Monthly Archives: February 2009

DEAD LIKE ME: LIFE AFTER DEATH

R, 87 min, 2009

Director: Stephen Herek
Writers: Bryan Fuller (characters), John Masius (written by) and Stephen Godchaux (written by), Bryan Fuller (excerpts written by) & Dan E. Fesman (excerpts written by) (as Dan Fesman) & Harry Victor (excerpts written by) & J.J. Philbin (excerpts written by)

Stars: Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Sarah Wynter

Movie versions of TV series are a perilous crapshoot in which any number of things can go wrong. Direct-to-DVD films are no better (see Babylon 5’s many post-series incarnations). Here then is a surprisingly entertaining TV movie-adaptation that juggles many things with varying degrees of success: it attempts to stick to the style of the original series, appealing to original viewers while also searching for accessibility to a new audience, it attempts to tell a stand-alone story that is going to be satisfying to both old and new viewers alike, and it also seems to be setting up a potential continuation of the franchise on DVD. Continue reading

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FRIDAY THE 13TH

Friday the 13th Movie Review

R, 97 min, 2009

Director: Marcus Nispel
Writers: Damian Shannon (screenplay) & Mark Swift (screenplay), Damian Shannon (story) & Mark Swift (story) and Mark Wheaton (story), Victor Miller (characters)

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears

Has there ever, in the history of cinema, been such an iconic character as thanklessly portrayed as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th franchise? Halloween‘s Michael Myers leaps to mind. At least Robert Englund’s Freddy Kruger (Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.) had a personality and a point of view – however repetitive and formulaic it may have become. After all, how much personality and individuality can you exude whilst wearing a hockey mask, hulking around and silently killing loads and loads of teenage campers? This question is just one of the things that occurred to me during and after watching Marcus Nispel’s 2009 “reimagining” of Friday the 13th. The answer: none. Continue reading

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THE INTERNATIONAL

The International Movie Review

R, 118 min, 2009

Director: Tom Tykwer
Writer: Eric Singer (written by) (as Eric Warren Singer)
Stars: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl

Tom Tykwer’s The International is a tense, fascinating global thriller and an absorbingly hypnotic tale of coporate greed, murder, corruption and the odyssey to expose the truth. Continue reading

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CORALINE

Coraline Movie Review

PG, 100 min, 2009

Director: Henry Selick
Writers: Henry Selick (screenplay), Neil Gaiman (book)
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman

Coraline is a vividly-realized, hauntingly absorbing animated film that’s not for small children, but their nightmares might feel right at home. Continue reading

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