Warm Bodies

This off-the-wall different movie is one of my favorites. Certainly the plot of it is somewhat illogical, but when you are dealing with zombies, what’s really logical about any of it? I like this film because it’s one of the only ‘walking dead’ movies and tv shows that’s about hope. Most of the time, it’s always about accepting that the world has, in essence, ended. The inner monologue of R, the zombie main character, is really what makes the film. It has a good feel to it and a great soundtrack.
The movie is about R, a zombie who has an interesting way of looking at the world. That is, he can think at all. When he meets a young living woman he feels something shifting inside of him. Together, they try to figure out once and for all what zombies really are.
I have to say, this is one of those films that most critics agree was pretty well done. It played off the incredulity of it with a subtle underlying light-hearted humor that really gave the entire feel of the movie. It didn’t overstate the importance of the moral, but didn’t downplay it either. The characters were interesting and enjoyable. The movie was to the point and didn’t go off on any side plots. Definitely suggest this one to anyone.

Spellbound

 

What a WOW movie! This movie has some of my favorite qualities that I love in film: a realistic romance, on-point humor, a ridiculously handsome lead, good acting and a fantasy quality. It maybe had a couple awkward dialogue moments, but isn’t that how it is in life, sometimes? We say things that are off-point or completely inappropriate when we have a slip of the tongue. Honestly, this movie was really well done.

Spellbound is about Yeo Ri, a young woman, who has been living a solitary life away from everyone. One day she meets a young magician who hires her to help with a new act: one about ghosts. Unfortunately for Yeo Ri it’s no act. She is haunted by vengeful ghosts, one in particular, who refuses to let her have happiness. What is she to do then when her new boss starts pulling her back into the world of living, can she really risk being happy or will it spell the end to the relationship before it even begins?

I don’t know what it is about Korean paranormal stories that make me go running toward it instead of away. I’ve never been much for the whole ghost thing, but the way they are portrayed in movies like this and shows like Master’s Sun is just so intriguing. The characters in this are also really fun; they have such honest reactions to things. They just felt so genuine. The comedy is so great that I was just laughing uncontrollably. My face actually hurts. At the same time, I was always at the edge at my seat. The imagery of the movie was also beautiful; it’s pure art sometimes.

10 Cloverfield Lane

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Wow, this movie is amazing. So, take everything that is awesome about horror and psychological thrillers and add a touch of the post-apocalyptic feeling and you have 10 Cloverfield Lane. It’s one of those movies that makes the mind think and work through so many possibilities but still leaves you guessing.

There’s not a lot that I can really say about this movie, but it’s one of those movies that being obscure is best. In essence, the movie is about a young woman who has a car accident and wakes up in a bomb shelter. The man, John Goodman, tells her that the world has ended and because of the deadly atmosphere she is not allowed outside.

There are so many aspects to this movie. It’s everything that you expect and nothing that you expect. It’s one of those movies that the thrill and excitement are only comparable to the mystery. The broad range just takes the audience on such a broad journey and it’s many levels just make the movie so multi-faceted.

Scream

 

I don’t know many people who haven’t heard some line from this movie (“Do you like scary movies?”) or many people who don’t know this movie in general even if they haven’t seen it. Tonight was the first time I’d ever seen it and I have to say I was pretty impressed. After all the jokes I’d always heard and the movies that had made fun of it I thought it wasn’t going to be good.

This movie starts out with a teenage girl who’s home alone who gets a mysterious phone call from a stranger and then… well, I can’t say anything else besides that because the best part of a horror movie is the anticipation. I can say that besides this movie being so iconic I found the plot to be fairly fresh and enjoyable. I’m not really a horror movie person, but I actually had fun watching this movie. It was classic and kept me guessing.

I would suggest this movie to anyone looking to enjoy a good horror movie; maybe with some popcorn.

Army of Darkness

 

Nostalgia is what I feel when I see movies like this. I watched cult classics like this all the time when I was younger with my family and even today I still appreciate the oddness of this film. This movie isn’t necessarily a spoof in the strictness of the word, but it certainly isn’t a serious horror/thriller film.

Army of Darkness is the third installment of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films that were more or less successful, but nevertheless found a strong following as years went by. This film follows Ash, a man who in the Evil Dead awoke evil spirits from the Book of the Dead, lost his girlfriend to the darkness and had to cut off his own hand to save himself from succumbing to the evil. At the end of the Evil Dead 2 he is thrown into a mysterious portal; at the start of this film he finds himself in Medieval Times where the locals are threatened by the same evil as he was.

Now, this movie needs to be taken as its own genre. It’s a sort of Mel Brooke-like film with cheesy, smarmy dialogue and a melodramatic story-line, but it’s those very things that make the film so great. The acting by the awesome Bruce Campbell brings the film a true epic hero feel and even though some of the dialogue or scenes cause reflexive eye-rolls and bemused chuckles it still feels like a real film that has withstood the years and created a strong fan following.

If you decide to watch this film either out of curiosity or a prelude to the new Starz show “Ash vs. the Evil Dead” (which is set after the Army of Darkness) then I suggest going in with an open-mind and a sense of humor; you’ll enjoy it a lot more that way. Might I also mention that Ash uses a chain-saw for his missing hand and a cut off shot gun strapped to his back? You can’t get much cooler than that.

Perfect Sense

 

I always find it hard to resist a post-apocalyptic movie, even more so when it has Ewan McGregor in it. Anyway, this movie was very simple, thus my review will be fairly simple as well.

It’s hard to describe this movie, but simply it’s about two people falling in love during a mysterious plague that is taking people’s senses (sight, tough, taste, etc). It’s very reminiscent of “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”, but with the usual droll British acting that makes them so distinctive.

I have to say that while I did enjoy this movie the confusion of what was going on took away a little from it. Such as, right before they lose a sense they experience a certain emotional reaction; which certainly increased the intensity of the movie, but didn’t completely make sense, logically speaking. Besides that, though, I enjoyed it. It was an easy watch and the acting was very well-done. The imagery and how they explained the progression was good.