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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

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

The 4.95 Review: Public Enemies

July 8, 2009

Michael Mann’s Public Enemies is chock full of gunfire, misogyny, overly romantic lines and Clark Gable. A sign of the times. The always fantastic Johnny Depp plays legendary bank robber John Dillinger during the Great Depression. Batma… John Conn… Christian Bale stars alongside as Melvin Purvis, the man trying to bring him down. Marion Cotillard plays Depp’s romantic interest in the film and, in my opinion, is the least effective out of the three.

The movie has gunfire. It’s fair share of it in fact. And it’s loud. Very loud. I’m surprised that out of all the summer movies this one seems to be the loudest so far. Bale’s South Carolinian accent is somewhat bothersome as he doesn’t quite pull off at times. Depp is perfectly cast in his role as Dillinger and is the highlight of the movie (is he not always?). The story does move along slowly at times. The movie runs at 143 minutes and there are times where it seems dragged out to fill all of those minutes up. I’m glad Mann didn’t overdo the humor as the two or three spots of laughter are well timed and his use of camera angles and, what seems to be a digital camera at times, makes the movie visually appealing and the shootouts rival those of Mann’s Heat from 1995.

Verdict: 7/10 – Worth the trip but a little on the long side.

Review: Combinations by Eisley

August 11, 2007

The previous post on Tyler’s own Eisley had two demos in it in which I forgot to mention as demos. Both have since been removed but the lead single Invasion still remains there. Eisley is good at what they do and what they do is good. If I had one major complaint, it’s that it clocks in at under 40 minutes (no song reaches 4 minutes) making it one hell of a short LP.

Things kick off with Many Funerals. The DuPrees can harmonize like it’s nobody’s business and the song is what you’d expect from them but the chorus doesn’t work for me. Invasion is next and it’s the perfect choice for the lead single. Taking Control is my favorite song on the album. It found a way to bury itself in my head and I feel myself humming the tune when I’m not even listening to it. Go Away (incredibly repetitive) and I Could be There for You are filler tracks but Come Clean has a certain charm to it and the chorus is sung beautifully. Ten Cent Blues and A Sight to Behold aren’t anything special and seem to fall into filler status as well. The title track is as whimsical as it is honest with its waltz like quality, and one of the best songs on the album. The final track, If You’re Wondering, is a wonderful way to end the album. The softness of the track works as a mission statement for the band and a way to remind us that they’re here to stay.

If you liked Room Noises you’ll like Combinations just fine but with this second LP they stay on the safe side. I just hope they reach higher and try something different on their third. Pick it up in stores on Tuesday. Rating: 7.5/10

Eisley – Taking Control
Eisley – Come Clean
Eisley – If You’re Wondering