Friday, March 25, 2011

My Top 10 Films I could watch over and over again and never get tired of watching them PART II (#5-1)

#5- Fight Club
     There are two points in the lives of every man; they’re life before seeing “Fight Club” and their life after seeing “Fight Club”.  I have seen so many people make drastic changes to their lives after seeing this movie and I think every guy who has seen this movie has fantasized about being Tyler Durden at least once in their life.  Even though this film was based off of a Chuck Palahniuk novel, I still think that “Fight Club” has one of the most unique and original stories in the last 20 years of film.  To me “Fight Club” is a dark comedy that takes a satirical look at the effects the computer age and the trends technology growth have had on mankind.  Also, having my favorite actor, Edward Norton, in the film really helps me enjoy this film so much more.  I actually find it kind of upsetting that when I tell people my favorite actor is Edward Norton and their first response is usually “Who’s that?”, but all I have to say is “the other guy from Fight Club” and they know right away who he is (if they have seen the movie that is).    

#4- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
     This film hasn’t even been out for a year and already it’s one of my favorites.  It’s part movie, part video game, part comic book, and it is all EPIC!  If a Hollywood writer removed my brain and forced it to write what I would consider the perfect movie, I bet it would look a lot like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”.  I will admit that I saw the movie before I read the comics, but I had never even heard of the comic books before this film was released, and I do like the comic books as much as I like the film.  I think the film’s director, Edgar Wright, did a fantastic job making this film and all the cast members were wonderful as well (by the way did you know that the guy Romana’s 2nd Evil Ex is also playing Captain America?  I’m serious, how cool is that?!).

#3- The Nightmare Before Christmas
     I saw this movie when it first came out when I was just a little kid and it’s one of the few movies from my childhood that I can still watch today and still be entertained.  Other than the amazing stop-motion and wonderfully likeable characters my absolute favorite part about this film is the music.  “The Nightmare Before Christmas” doesn’t even need lines of dialogue you could literally just listen to the songs and you would still be able to follow the story without any confusion.  It is simply one of the greatest movies ever made and it’s not just a movie for kids; it’s a film that can be enjoyed by kids, teens, adults, even senior citizens.  Also, did you know that the character “Lock” (the boy in the devil costume; one that was one of the Boogey Man’s henchmen) is voiced by actor Paul Rubens who you might know better as PEE WEE HERMAN!!!  Isn’t that so weird/awesome?

#2- Gangster No. 1
     I don’t know why, but I’ve always really liked movies from this genre, and “Gangster No.1” is about as close as you can get to perfect with this film genre.  “Gangster No.1” is a story of crime, passion, desire, betrayal, violence, love, and vengeance.  It features a great cast, memorable characters, and some of the most vulgar dialogue I have ever heard in any film.  You could make a drinking game out of how many times they say the C-word in this film.  Actor Malcolm McDowell’s monologue at the end of the film is great and it is also one of the best and darkest endings I’ve ever seen in a film.  It’s creative, it’s violent, it’s vulgar it’s all around a truly amazing film.    If you haven’t seen “Gangster No.1”then I really recommend that you see this fantastic British Gangster film.

#1- Cashback
     The first time I sat and watched “Cashback” I watched it because I was bored and I had nothing better to do.  I chose this film because of its provocative and risqué film cover and I thought it would be a cheap thrill. I was very wrong.  The story of “Cashback” is something we’ve seen done in films many times before; a couple goes through a nasty break up, the boy is depressed and tries to win the girl back but the girl has moved on and doesn’t want the boy back, the boy begins to plan out how he can win the girl back, along the way the boy meets another girl and thinks nothing of her, the other girl develops feelings for the boy, but he’s too oblivious to realize it, but by the end of the film the boy realizes how special the other girl really is and they end up together, but the way the story is told in “Cashback” is unlike all the other films like it.  Every time I watch this film I notice so many things that I did not notice in any of the other times I previously watched it and I find that exciting.  The main character of “Cashback” is a young man named Ben Willis—played by Sean Biggerstaff (who was also Oliver Wood in the first two “Harry Potter” films)—and even though he’s the main character you’re really not rooting for him.  He’s not a hero; his character is dull, mopey, and incredibly bland, and yet I like that.  I like that I’m actually detesting the films protagonist because it’s so different from every other film where you want the main character to be successful and happy.  “Cashback” makes you appreciate and notice all the small details of your life and everything around you, and every time I watch this film, it just seems to get better and better.  If you haven’t seen “Cashback” yet, do yourself a favor and see it; I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Friday, March 18, 2011

My Top 10 Films I could watch over and over again and never get tired of watching them (#10-6)

Confessions of a Film Junkie: My Top 10 Films I could watch over and over again and never get sick of watching them
By: Brian Cotnoir
     Let me start off this article by saying this list was a lot more difficult than I ever thought it could be.  I must have edited this list over 15 times because I found it so difficult to limit this list to my top ten favorite films and because I wanted it to be a Top Ten list I had to make a lot of difficult decisions and changes to the list and films like “A Clockwork Orange”, “Zombieland”, “Ed Wood”, “Office Space”, “This is England”, and “Night of the Living Dorks” just barely missed making this  list, but still I figured I would at least give them an honorable mention in this opening paragraph.  So without further ado here are My Top 10 Films that I could over and over again and never get sick of watching them.

#10- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
     I’ve liked this movie ever since I was a little kid and every time I watch it I am sucked into its creative story and enchanted by this world of “pure imagination”.  There are two things I really like about this film.  The number one thing I like about “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” is actor Gene Wilder’s portrayal of the eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka.  Willy Wonka is my favorite movie character of all-time; if I could play any character in any movie I would want to be Willy Wonka, and I know I would do a much better job than, Johnny Depp did in that god awful remake.  Don’t get me wrong I am a huge fan of Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, and Danny Elfman, but to this day this is the one film that these three have collaborated on that I did not like.  The other thing I like about this film is more sentimental.  When I was younger I used to watch this film with my mother every time it was being shown on television and the memories this film has helped create are ones that I will remember for the rest of my life (also, I wish I had a Scary Tunnel like in Willy Wonka’s factory)
#9- Iron Man 2
     This is one of those rare instances in film when I like the sequel better than the original.  “Iron Man 2” is just a great super hero movie that shows many amazing visuals from all over the world and it has an amazing cast. Robert Downey, Jr. IS Tony Stark and with all of this films amazing visuals, creative effects, and enjoyable characters “Iron Man 2” is one super (hero) film I could watch again and again and never get sick of watching.

#8- Tropic Thunder
     “Tropic Thunder” is probably the funniest movie I have ever seen.  I like the films story, the jokes, the casting, everything!  Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., Nick Nolte, and Tom Cruise are absolutely hilarious and kept me laughing throughout the films.  Every time I watch this film I’m reminded that Tom Cruise is a great actor and not just some crazy (possible) closeted homosexual.  Heck, I even like the parts with Matthew McConaughey and Jack Black and I don’t really like many of the films these two have been featured in.  This is the one film guaranteed to make me laugh hysterically every time I watch it and I think everyone should see “Tropic Thunder” at least once in their life time.

#7- Suck and Repo: The Genetic Opera
     This was a very difficult decision to make so I decided to include both these films as my number seven favorite films that I could watch over and over again and never get sick of watching since they are very similar.  Both films have all-star casts, stunning visuals, creative stories, and of course lots and lots of blood and violence, but my favorite thing about these films is the music.  Both “Suck” and “Repo: The Genetic Opera” have wonderful and original songs that are fun to sing along with throughout the film.  Even though “Suck” and “Repo” were only released in the past few years I believe that both of these films will be fan favorite “cult classics” someday just like “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “A Clockwork Orange”.
#6- Silent Hill
     “Silent Hill” is—in my opinion—one of the best horror films ever made and has been my favorite horror film ever since I first saw it.  “Silent Hill” is one of the films that helped restore my faith in horror movies and showed me that they can still be violent and scary.  I have played the video game that the film is based off of and even though there are a few major differences between the game and the film, I still feel that the film version holds up very nicely and I still like it.  I also like how the film used the video games music for the soundtrack and I really liked the computer-generated monsters in the film.  They were about as close as you could come to the original game monsters—maybe even better.  For those of you who don’t like this film because it doesn’t follow the exact story from the video game I suggest you look at it from the perspective of a person who has never even played the game before because I think after you watch the film from that perspective you’ll really like “Silent Hill” the movie and enjoy it’s story and graphic imagery.

Hope you all like the list so far; Make sure to catch my Top 5 Favorite Films that I could watch over again and again and never get tired of watching NEXT WEEK :)

    The Film Junkie

Friday, March 11, 2011

A review of "Cool World"

Confessions of a Film Junkie: A review of “Cool World”
By: Brian Cotnoir
     Where do I begin to describe to mind-fuck of insanity that is Ralph Bakshi’s “Cool World”?  I think the unholy, inbred, bastard off-spring of “Heavy Metal” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” is a pretty accurate description.  This is one of the worst films I have ever seen.  It is a film that is part animation and part live action, and when you combine both of those elements all you end up with is a horrid excrement shit out by a brain dead monkey.  Now let’s dissect the story of this anus of a film (assuming that it actually had a fucking story!) and find out why I thought that “Cool World” is one of the worst films ever made.                                          
Dear God, Brad! How desperate were you for work?
    The film opens in Las Vegas in 1945 and our main character Frank Harris, who is played by Brad Pitt, has just returned home following the end of World War II.  Upon his return to the U.S. Frank decides to take his mother on his motorcycle, which he says he won over seas in a poker game.  Frank and his mother appear to be having the time of their lives while riding on Frank’s motorcycle, when all of a sudden they are hit by a drunk driver.  Frank is badly injured and his mother dies as a result of the accident, but before the paramedics can take Frank to be treated he is transported from the real world and is brought into a mysterious-animated place filled with destruction and anarchy known as “Cool World”.  Why was he brought to “Cool World” you may ask; I don’t know, it’s NEVER explained.       
Jack Deebs and the animated Miss Holli Would.
Cool World is actually a fictional comic book world created by Gabriel Byrne’s character, Jack Deebs.  Deeb’s has just been released from prison for murder and he passed the time of his prison sentence by drawing and fantasizing about one of “Cool World’s” animated characters, Miss Holli Would—who is both voiced and played by Kim Bassinger.  Deeb’s soon discovers that he can transport himself back and forth between reality and Cool World whenever he wants.  So Deeb’s finds Holli and the two of them get-it-on, which is a problem because the number one rule of Cool World is that Humans and cartoon characters do not have sex with one another.  Why, because apparently when a “Toon” has sex with a human it turns the “Toon” into a human.  So Deeb’s and Holli escape to the real world where Holli takes off and begins to spread chaos.  Now it’s up to Detective Frank Harris to find Holli and stop her from destroying reality and all forms of existence. 
     There are so many things wrong with this film that I’m afraid I won’t be able to cover all of them.  The animated parts for this film just suck; there’s nothing cool or exciting about them and there are actually a few scenes in the film were the animation is clearly unfinished.   Not to mention it’s really hard to follow the story and the main cast because there are random character’s attacking one another and exploding throughout the film.                                  
Seriously.  What the Heck is This???
Another problem I have with this film is that I don’t know who the target audience is for “Cool World”.  The story and the subjects that come up in this film suggest that it was made for adults, but the animation looks like something you’d see in a children’s Saturday morning cartoon.  I wouldn’t actually be surprised if a lot of parents took their children to see this film in theatres when it was first released because the animation is so reminiscent of the early Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons.  If I had to decide I’d say that “Cool World” is definitely more of an adult movie, but for every adult theme I saw in this movie I saw about three other things that made me think of a children’s cartoon.  There is just nothing consistent about this film.                                              
I don’t think anyone should ever see this movie.  “Cool World” is just too unintelligent and too confusing for most human minds to grasp, and that goes for both children and adults.  Throughout the duration of this film I kept finding more and more things to complain about and hate about this movie.  The only part I actually liked about this film was Brad Pitt because even though this was a really shitty movie with a really shitty script, he still tried his best to be a serious actor and do the best job he could, but unfortunately this is one of those rare instances where Brad Pitt’s presence cannot stop a movie from sucking.  I think all copies of “Cool World” should be gathered and then placed in an airplane, and then that airplane should be flown into the mouth of an active volcano so they can all be destroyed, and the painful memories people have of this film will quickly fade away into obscurity.  And if after all this you’re still naïve enough (or more likely STUPID enough)to see this film then I have no sympathy for you because I tried to warn you about how terrible this film was and instead you let your own ignorance get in the way 100% your fault!    

Friday, March 4, 2011

A review of "Witchery"

Confessions of a Film Junkie: A review of “Witchery”
By: Brian Cotnoir
     This is one of those films that is so bad that it’s actually very entertaining.  After doing some further research into the film, I have discovered that this film has a few different titles. “La Casa 4” and “Witchcraft” are two popular names for this film, but for the sake of avoiding confusion we will refer this film to what it was referred to when I watched it, “Witchery”.  Even more shocking to me is that “Witchery” (which is known as “La Casa 4” in Italy) is the first sequel to “La Casa 3” which is often referred to as the “Unofficial Evil Dead 3”?!  I never knew there was such a thing as an “Evil Dead 3”! I always just assumed that “Army of Darkness” was “Evil Dead 3”, but apparently I was wrong.                                   
 So the story of “Witchery” actually takes place in an abandoned hotel off the coast of Massachusetts where our main characters Gary and Linda—played by David Hasselhoff and Catherine Hickland—are doing research on witchcraft.  While conducting their research in the abandoned hotel the “island” is invaded by realtors and family that is thinking about buying the property.  Hasselhoff, Hickland, and the others get stranded on the island and have to spend the night in the old abandoned hotel, and after that some crazy, spooky things begin to happen and all hell breaks loose.                                      
  This film is nothing like the “Evil Dead” films. They share some aspects, but to call “Witchery” a sequel to “Evil Dead” is a flat out lie!  The acting in this film is terrible; only David Hasselhoff and Linda Blair do any real acting and Hasselhoff still is no Ash. I actually liked the bad acting though.  It made me laugh hysterically and that was the one thing that kept me from hating this movie.                                           
 Also I liked that I’ve actually been to a lot of the places where “Witchery” was filmed and I didn’t even realize it.  I’ve spent a lot of my childhood on Cape Cod and to see some of the places I’ve been in the film was just exciting and made me want to go back for a visit.  “Witchery” is a corny/campy film and even if you’re a person who’s a real wuss when it comes to horror movies, then this is the film for you!