Posted on June 11, 2013 by Uncle Critic
The Iceman is a movie about Richard Kuklinski; he was a serial killer who became a contract killer for the mob. This is a true story. First off this movie has one hell of a cast Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, it’s pretty stacked. Though the man that really shines is the star of the show, Michael Shannon. This man continues to impress me in everything he’s in. In Iceman he plays the lead role of Richard Kuklinski and I think it’s his best role to date. He’s straight up terrifying in some of these scenes, this is a man not to be fucked with and Shannon is the perfect fit for this. The film starts off right before Kuklinski fell in with the mob and goes all the way until he’s in prison. If you like true story movies, mob movies or just great movies with Michael Shannon you should definitely check out The Iceman.
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Posted on May 23, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Most of the time when WWE is involved in a movie its bad; actually I think I’m going to say every time. It’s just how it goes. When I found out WWE was attached to this I was unsure that I should even go see it but the trailer looked like stupid fun so I went ahead with it. Ryûhei Kitamura directed this; it’s also something that made me unsure of the movie. The man has directed some great movies like Aragami, Versus and Azumi but he also directed one of the worst Godzilla movies made, Final Wars. Luke Evans is the only actor in the movie with any name that I recognized. I like Luke Evans but he wasn’t a sell point. Anyway about the actual movie, an out of town couple are moving, they’re passing through this town and they run into a group of guys that are up to no good. They steal from people’s houses when they’re gone and they’re most recent job got botched so they’re looking for something to make up for it, these out of towners seem like a good target. Soon they find out that it was more than they bargained for because this couple has something to do with a girl that’s been missing for months and it’s not long before it becomes a situation where people are waiting in a house to get killed off one by one. It’s a pretty fun movie, and was good as far as bad horror movies go. It’s not super violent though there are a few scenes of the ultra-violence and there is a ton of blood being spilled throughout. People that like fun horror movies that don’t have to be the best movie in the world will dig this one. I had fun watching it anyway.
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Posted on May 21, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Another remake of a movie I love, this time they’ve taken the fantastic film from 1980 and remade it. Originally one of the more psychologically disturbing movies I’ve seen the 2012 version presents a version that really tries very hard to imitate it but just ends up with a watered down version. Playing Frank Zito is Elijah Wood, I like Elijah Wood and I think he can pull off some really weird roles but he’s just nowhere near as crazy as Joe Spinell and I think that’s a big part of the problem with this movie. Wood isn’t bad in the role; he just doesn’t have the inherent creepiness that Spinell did. The score on this is pretty great though; again not as cool as the original’s but I did enjoy it. There were also some pretty cool kills too (sadly no shotgun on the hood of the car). But in the end the movie just left me feeling bored and robbed. I guess if you’re a big Maniac fan you might want to check out what they did to the movie you love but besides that I can’t see a reason for watching this movie. Do yourself a favor and just watch the original; it’s superior in every way.
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Posted on April 10, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Haven’t had enough unnecessary remakes yet? Well here’s one of the classic 1981 horror film Evil Dead. The original was basically Sam Raimi’s first movie so I kind of like the parallel that the remake is pretty much Fede Alvarez’s first movie. This isn’t a straight shot for shot remake or even really an updated version. It’s essentially the same story but it’s different enough that people that have seen Evil Dead a bunch of times don’t know what’s coming next, personally I think that was a good way to go for this. Though sadly there is no Ash, I wouldn’t even say there’s an Ash like character which really was kind of a bummer. I went into this with pretty low expectations for various reasons but I actually ended up liking this way more than I had expected to. The movie wasn’t great, but it was pretty good. There were some problems though. Overall it seemed like the motto was “we can’t make as good as a movie as Sam Raimi did so let’s just add more gore”. Overall with that I felt like I’d just seen a hollow, poor imitation of an Evil Dead movie. It was a good enough movie to go see in theaters, probably the best horror movie I’ve seen in theaters in a while. But I’d be totally fine with never getting a sequel to it.
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Posted on March 18, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Stoker is the new movie from director Chan-wook Park, the man that brought us Oldboy, Lady Vengeance and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. As the three main characters we’ve got Mia Wasikowska as the main characters the young daughter India Stoker, Nicole Kidman is her mom Evelyn Stoker and Matthew Goode is the Uncle Charles. India’s father dies and Uncle Charles appears from pretty much nowhere and that is pretty much the setting for the movie. The whole time something seems off but you can’t quite figure out what it is. Between India having a very Lydia from Beetlejuice personality and Charles having a Norman Bates vibe going on you’re not quite sure where the source of this uneasiness is coming from. It’s later revealed eventually (I won’t spoil it) but that doesn’t really help to settle things, you just get a whole new set of problems. The movie goes very slowly, I wouldn’t say it’s greatly done but I didn’t mind it too much and there are a few Hitchcock elements sew-in. One thing I’ve heard people complain about is that the movie just seems to be hyper stylized, I do see what these people mean but I don’t really agree, a few shots you get that feeling from but it’s nothing close to the whole movie being that way, there are also some scenes that given a different soundtrack could seem like something Wes Anderson would film. Overall though I really enjoyed this movie, it was a type of movie that I haven’t seen for a good while and Chan-wook Park pulled the whole thing off pretty well. People that like slow burn mystery thrillers will probably dig this, but again I remind you if you don’t like slow movies watch out because that’s what you’re in for here.
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