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Fantasia Review: Alien Trespass

July 18, 2009

Alien Trespass is a movie directed by RW Goodwin of X-Files fame and stars Eric McCormack and Robert Patrick. It takes place in the 1950’s and although it may look like an homage to the alien, sci-fi films of that era, it isn’t. It actually is an alien, sci-fi film from that era. Just in the now.

When a fiery object crashes into the mountains the entire desert town becomes intrigued by it. Two teens necking in the mountains see it coming right for them and scram. McCormack plays an astronomer named Ted who lives with his gorgeous wife Lana, played by the delightful Jody Thompson. Ted investigates and well…the fun begins. The hunt for a creature that escaped the ship begins and there isn’t one wasted moment. The pace is perfect.

A movie like this could have easily been black and white. But I’m happy it wasn’t because the colors pop out on screen. The era seemed to be a colorful one and I’m glad it’s displayed as luminous as it is in the film. Like the cheese known as Plan 9 from Outer Space, the effects are poor. But unlike Plan, they’re poor in Trespass on purpose. And it really adds to the tone of the film. The humor is well paced and the script is written in that “gee wilikers” sort of manner which works perfectly. One real shinning point of the film is the absolute fantastic performance of Jenny Baird. She’s beyond amazing in the role of waitress Tammy. I hope we all see more of her after this.

VERDICT – 8/10

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Widow’s Peak

July 16, 2009

Entertainment Weekly has got the first pic of ScarJo as the Black Widow in Iron Man 2. I love her but I thought that original choice Emily Blunt would’ve benn perfect. Seeing the pic has instilled confidence in ScarJo to play Miss Romanova. The magazine hits stands tomorrow and the movie next summer.

The 11.95 Review: Bruno

July 13, 2009

I almost died of laughter when I first saw Borat. I was afraid that I might actually die seeing Bruno after seeing the trailer. And I almost did. Sascha Baron Cohen strikes again as yet another character from Da Ali G show. This time he hits America as the gay Austrian fashionista Bruno and it’s just as, if not more, hilarious as his previous effort.

If Borat offended you, then Bruno will make your moral compass spin and eventually crack. The film’s narrative is actually quite similar to Borat complete with “real” people caught in some terrible moments of humanity. I use quotes because it’s debatable how real any of it is. But real or not the one thing that counts is that it’s damn funny. There’s a rather embarrassing part with Paula Abdul, an unforgettable segment with Ron Paul and a fantastic interview with Harrison Ford.

I thought for a second that Cohen’s follow up would just be more of the same. And it was. But in a good way. There are some of the funniest and filthiest moments I’ve seen at the movies all year in this one. Try not to take yourself so seriously and go see it.

Verdict – 8.5/10

In Brightest Day

July 11, 2009

He gets to do all sorts of things to Scarlett Johansson and now he gets to take flight as Hal Jordan in a big screen adaptation of Green Lantern. I’m thinking he’ll be great as long as the script doesn’t rely too much on humor. Look for it in 2011.