Saturday, August 21, 2010

Piranha 3D

After seeing this last night I pondered as to how I could right a review about this flick free of spoilers. Then I realized that wait, there are no spoilers. The name its self, Piranha, pretty much spells out the whole movie even if you never saw Roger Corman's (rip off of Jaws ) original back in 1978.

So here I go with the recipe that makes Piranha 3D work:
Take a Silly Script, predictable plotline, predictable scenes, Characters we have all seen before, FANTASTIC 3D special effects, Boobs, more boobs, narly looking prehistoric peranha fish with personality, bikini clad girls dancing around in the water, blood, blood and more blood, a film style that reminds you of Miami CSI, a fast paced hip hop music score, add in a splash of corny suspensful tactics, followed by lots of gory special effects, then you add in a pretty strong cast including Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, and the grandson of Steve McQueen, Steven R. McQueen. Plus there a couple of other cast surprises I was not expecting.

Anyhoo, you take all of these things and toss them together and you get a movie that works. Piranha 3D was everything I would expect from a movie named Piranha 3D. Blood, gore, boobs, floating body parts, laughter, suspense, a and a scene I will simply dub "The Frenzie".

I tried to count things like dead people, boobs, body parts, but I lost count. Cool Huh?

If you go see this movie expecting a social statement on the evils of teen sex, or an artistic look at the evolution of mans folly, then you are not paying attention. Not even to the title.

I give Piranha 3D 4 out of five free floating boobs.

Oh and a note to the girl who left her guy sitting in the movie because it was "Ewe Gross": You wern't paying attention were you?! And to the guy, Good for you for not leaving with her.

Friday, August 20, 2010

"Alien Trespass" Definately Not Horrific But A Lot of Fun

Eric McCormack stars as Ted Lewis, an astronomer whose body plays host to an intergalactic bounty hunter named Urp after a spacecraft crashes into a mountain. But Urp isn't the only survivor: A ravenous monster is now roaming the California countryside. With the help of a local waitress (Jenni Baird), it's up to Ted -- or rather, his alien alter ego, Urp -- to save the planet from total annihilation. This movie pays homage to 1950s-era alien invasion flicks and completely captures the tone and feel of the classics we used to watch late on Saturday nights in Cleveland.
This movie has a great campiness to it. The sets are fantastic and if you love old cars you won't be disappointed. The "Monster' affects are cheesy on purpose and they meet their goal which is to create the look and feel of the 50s B Movie.
I first saw Alien Trespass in a little beat up movie house in Berkley last year. And I just talked my poor family into watching it again last weekend. This is great Flick so Get your popcorn ready, snuggleup with your best girl and enjoy.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's Alive

The original, the horrific "It's Alive" written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen in 1974. The movie, in which the Davie's infant child turns out to be a vicious mutant monster that kills when frightened, when hungry, or just when ever.

I love this movie. I first saw it in about the 7th grade (uh oh, age hint here) and it has not lost any of it's original charm. Um, I mean harm.

If you are into camp, bad acting, bad writing, really bad special effects, then spend a saturday evening revisiting this classic. This is one of those movies so bad it is good.

Scene of NOTE (little spoiler here) Mr. Davies leaves the Hospital after his now missing son has slaughtered the entire delvery room staff. With apparently nothing else on his mind, Mr Davies decides to get a newspaper and catch up on the days events HUH?! Really WTF?!

You be the judge here but I found plenty reason to laugh.