Friday, June 26, 2009

The Box Trailer

I've been following this films progress for quite some time now and I'm excited to announce Warner Brothers has finally debuted the first trailer to The Box, starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella. It's an interesting story that I'm sure you've heard - about a box that has the power to make you instantly rich by a push of a button. The only side effect is by doing so somewhere around the world someone drops dead. Known mostly for his work in Donnie Darko (great movie btw), director Richard Kelly takes a simple story and definitely creeps it up. It looks a lot scarier than I thought it would be. I'm super excited to see it! Set for release October 30th.





Norma (Cameron Diaz) and Arthur Lewis (James Marsden), a suburban couple with a young child, receive a wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human somewhere in the world.


Look any good?...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Revenge of the Fallen Review


Filled with explosions, amazing, mouth-dropping special effects Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is everything a summer blockbuster should be. In the sequel to the 2007 action-packed hit, the stealth war between the Autobots and Decepticons rages on, but now the bad guys have raised the stakes with an ancient doomsday machine that can save their mechanical race, but at the cost of human Armageddon.

A brief pre-credit opening takes us back to prehistoric times, tracing the Transformers’ history on Earth back to the year 17,000 B.C. It’s here where we meet the true leader of the Decepticons – The Fallen, a Transformer equivalent to Lucifer. Meanwhile, spanning to present day, Sam Witwicky (
Shia LaBeouf) sets off to college, leaving behind sleek, yellow Camaro Bumblebee and his sexy girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox). All the while, Optimus Prime and his Autobot warriors have forged an alliance with America’s military and continue to wage war against chaos-rendering Decepticons. Massive destruction begins right away with car chases, flying concrete and burning, twisted metal. What's going on? Who cares? Downtown Shanghai is going up in flames!

"Revenge of the Fallen" entertains when things are being smashed, squished, ripped apart and blown into tiny pieces. The Transformers' animations and the chaos of their combat are intense and spectacular. Sam finds himself, once again in the middle of this robot civil war, but this time, he's really the center of attention, having accidentally absorbed some lost secrets that the Decepticons desperately need. The battles between giant robots are astoundingly detailed, and cleverly set in places like forests and deserts, this adds to the realism. But, once again, the real star of the show is Optimus Prime, voiced by original cartoon voice actor
Peter Cullen. The legendary head Autobot is given a lot more screen time in this movie, and he is featured prominently in many of the manic action sequences, some of which make use of the Transformers’ stature for a cool Godzilla-type effect and some involve giant robots fist-fighting. Either way, Prime leads the audiences to momentous, hyper-fueled applause.

Not to be a downer, but
Michael Bay's sense of humor remains childish – robots cry, pass gas and flash reproductive organs that shouldn’t exist on a metallic beast. If you thought Sam’s parents were annoying in the first film (which I did a little bit), wait until you see Sam's mom ingest marijuana-laced brownies on Sam’s college campus. That scene added no value and in my opinion it should have been cut altogether. The worst additions to the film have to be The Twins – obnoxious, pint-sized Transformers named Mudflap and Skids, who stereotypically speak like hip-hop “gangsta” rappers. I was hoping the Twins would have been a little cooler. Now the best addition would have to be, hands down, Devastator. Seven construction vehicles merge to form this robot - he's massive. His sole purpose is to destroy anything and everything that gets in his way. He. Was. Awesome!

All in all I fully enjoyed this movie. It was everything I expected it to be. Your eyes will definitely be glued to the screen for 2 and a ½ hours. There were times when I found my mouth wide open in awe – it’s that spectacular. This is truly a must see IMAX movie - 3 scenes consume the full screen. I strongly recommend seeing it there. The real magic isn't in the plot, but rather in the amazing special effects, battles scenes, cars, robots and hotties. If plot is what you're after, what are you doing at a Michael Bay movie?


RATING: C+


What did YOU think of this movie?...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tim Burton's Topsy-Turvy Wonderland



I am a huge fan of Tim Burton's work and I am extremely excited he's directing this film. After only 40 days of shooting we have our first official look. Producer Richard Zanuck says "It has been Burton-ized" as he describes the Burton's vision of the Lewis Carroll classic. I could not agree more. This is exactly what I was expecting. Too be honest the 1951 animated version freaked me out a little as a kid, and I have a feeling this new live-action/3D version will have the same effect. It will definitely be the kind of movie that today’s youth will reference 20 years from now as “the movie that messed them up.” I definitely have my own list of movies that did just that - see The Family/Horror Section. Below you'll see the first three promo banners - one for the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), one for the evil Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), and one for the White Queen (Anne Hathaway). These will be up in movie theaters starting later this week.





(BTW the unofficial photo (left) looks more like Johnny Depp where
as the official photo (right) looks a lot like Elijah Wood - weird.)






Tweedledee and Tweedledum first appeared in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass in 1871 as two fat brothers who complement each other's words and never contradict each other, even when one of them, according to the famous nineteenth century nursery rhyme, "agrees to have a battle." They are both played by famous British comedian Matt Lucas.


A scene where Alice (Mia Wasikowska), greets talking rose blossoms at the entrance to what seems to be a forest of giant mushrooms. "But as in the book, her size shrinks and grows throughout her journey."

"The rabbit is convinced he has the right Alice," Zanuck says about the scene below. "He has been looking for her for years." Michael Sheen plays the White Rabbit.


Interestingly, this is somewhat of a sequel to Disney's 1951 animated movie. "Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn't remember." As for Wasikowska, who plays Alice, Burton says "she just had that certain kind of emotional toughness, standing her ground in a way that makes her kind of an older person with a younger person's mentality."

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is scheduled to hit theaters on March 5th, 2010 in both Disney Digital 3D as well as regular 2D. You can see more photos and find out more about Burton's movie at USA Today.


Personally I can not wait to see this movie, but I want to know if this movie interests you. Will you be seeing this movie or not?...





For those Burton fans out there, you won't
have to wait a year to see his brilliance.
Produced by the master himself, and
written/directed by Shane Acker.
Check out the trailer to 9. Hits
theaters 9/9/09. Thoughts?



Friday, June 19, 2009

*5 days & counting*

Are you excited to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen just as much as I am? Michael Bay says: "The way to see this movie is on IMAX. Never before has there been 4k rendered character animation shot on full IMAX 70 mm film. This is a first and the results are stunning. You will see Optimus Prime in a few shots where he is actually perfectly to scale on the IMAX 50 foot tall screens." That's what I'm talkin' about! He adds: "Four scenes were shot on IMAX cameras so the screen will fill the full IMAX screen for these scenes." You can bet I'm seeing this film on IMAX. I really can't wait! This is unquestionably the one movie I'm looking forward to seeing the most this summer, and just like The Dark Knight in IMAX, I have some incredibly high expectations for it that I suspect will surpass with ease. Here are a few badazz photos to tie you down until the big action-packed day.


These first six are courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

SHIA!!!

(P.S. I love him!)






These two are courtesy of USA Today.









Will you be seeing this movie opening night (6/24)??

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Whiteout Trailer


This movie has been in the works for quite some time now. It was actually filmed in 2007, but since then Warner Brothers has kept it hidden at the studio for reasons unknown to us. Well the hiding is over, folks. Whiteout is set for release September 11th. Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) is a US Marshal who flies down to Antarctica to investigate a murder. With only three days until winter, Carrie must solve this crime otherwise she faces utter darkness with a mad killer on the loose.

Note: Not the official trailer.



This thriller reminds me a lot of a cross between The Descent (excellent! BTW) and 30 Days of Night (not so excellent FYI). It looks like it could be a fun action-packed horror flick. I’m definitely curious.


A must see or a must miss?...


Nazi's on the moon?...


Blind Spot Pictures, the company behind the very interesting and potentially awesome space epic Iron Sky — a story set in an alternate world in which the Nazi’s set up a secret base on the moon in 1945 and plan to return and invade Earth again in 2018 — has released the teaser. Take a look...



The concept art looks pretty cool (like the ship you see above) and it will be very interesting to see it all come together. But to be honest, from little seen here, this Finnish comedy/science fiction film could go one of two ways – it could be super rad or super bad. *Stay tuned*


What are your thoughts… look interesting enough?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

3D snowball fights with Jason Voorhees?...

Not only does Friday the 13th come out on Blu-ray/DVD today, but there is talk of making yet another sequel. Com'on, are you really that surprised? When Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller were visiting the set of the new A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, they talked a lot about other upcoming movies and franchises and how they might be doing the sequel to Friday the 13th in the snow! Yep you heard right, they are thinking of doing the next film during winter. Death by snowballs?...

"Listen, I think that for that movie we want to have a fun movie. If we're going to do another Friday the 13th, you know we were having a blast on the set; we want to have fun. We also want to bring things they haven't seen before and one of the things that they haven't seen before is Jason in the snow. They haven't seen that before."

Fuller proceeds to talk about shooting in 3D, which is becoming a popular trend for movies these days and I think it’s fantastic. "It's certainly been talked about," he says, but goes on to say that getting the extra budget to shoot in 3D is the issue. I would say the recent Friday the 13th was pretty financially successful (it made $65 million in the US alone), but it was also a success with audiences, as I think most people embraced it and had a good time watching it. I had a blast seeing it opening night with my friends.

Fuller goes on to say, "we don't have a script, it's not greenlit, and we have no idea what's going to happen." So even though he's talking about snow and 3D, who knows what will come of it - stay tuned. Now Jason Voorhees is definitely my favorite horror villain of all time, but personally I feel he’s had his shining reign in the 80’s and would be perfectly fine if they never made other Jason film again, but let’s be honest, if all this “talk” takes silver-screen form you can bet I’ll be seeing it opening night.


If all goes according to plan, do you think
you will be seeing this horror flick?...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Top 10 Best Villains

Hollywood has delivered more than its fair share of memorable, fascinating and terrifying movie villains throughout the years. And let’s face it; they just happen to be a great box-office draw. Movies just aren’t complete unless there is at least one person to root against. Now coming up with an all-time best list of bad-A villains isn’t that easy. You have to weed out the crazies (Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction), the inhuman monsters (Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th), and the misunderstood (Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner) and truly enter the heart of darkness. With that being said, I give you my top 10 list of the pure evil:





10. Dr. Evil (Mike Myers
) from Austin Powers series
Com’on, he’s got “evil” in his name! You’ve got to include Dr. Evil, even if he isn’t nearly as terrifying as he’d like you to think he is. Being that he has been partially frozen for 30 years, throw him a friggin’ bone, will ya?

Most Villainous Line:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to my underground Lair. I have gathered here before me the world's deadliest assassins, and yet, each of you has failed to kill Austin Powers. That makes me angry, and when Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset, and when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset people DIE!”






9. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) from Misery
While seemingly calm most of the time, this literary unhinged groupie was capable of going nuts in an instant. She kidnaps her favorite author where she ultimately keeps him captive. The scene where James Caan is “hobbled” remains a classic.

Most Villainous Line:
“Burn the novel or I’ll burn you.”








8. Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
She was so convincing as the evil head nurse of the Salem, Oregon Mental Hospital in the 1975 classic that she won an Oscar for Best Actress. A cold, cruel dictator, Nurse Ratched never has to raise her voice to threaten the all-male population. Instead, she controls their pills, their television and, ultimately, their minds. Her character’s name instantly became synonymous with creepy, scary, evil in a female uniform. Not many villains, guy or gal, can claim such an honor.

Most Villainous Line:
“If Mr. McMurphy doesn't want to take his medication orally, I'm sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way. But I don't think that he would like it.”






7. T-1000 (Robert Patrick) from Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The original Terminator gets all the glory, but it's Patrick's T-1000, a prototype model made of shape-shifting liquid metal, that truly terrorizes. This homicidal robot is the ultimate hit man who won't stop until his mission (to kill resistance leader John Connor) is completed or he ends up on the scrap heap - whichever comes first.

Most Villainous Line:
“Say, that’s a nice bike.”





6. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) from The Silence of the Lambs
Nothing can top Hopkins' Hannibal. OK, maybe a few villains can top him, but as far as cannibalistic serial killers are concerned, Lecter takes the cake. Bet you can’t say Chianti and fava beans the same way.

Most Villainous Line: “I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner.”










5. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) from Harry Potter series
Fiennes has played a few evil men in his acting career, but it’s his He Who Should Not Be Named, the Dark Lord who really stands out as the best of the worst.

Most Villainous Line: “Astounding what a few drops of your blood will do, eh, Harry?”












4. Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) from The The Wizard of Oz"
[Cue the Witch’s theme music] Remember the first time you saw this film? It’s that image of the Wicked Witch’s green pointy face you can’t get out of your head - cackling at her crystal ball while her minion of flying monkeys stood by, waiting for her command. (the character’s redemption in the musical Wicked doesn’t count, by the way).

Most Villainous Line: “The last to go will see the first three go before her. And her little dog, too.”






3. Sauron (Sala Baker) from The Lord of the Rings series
Swaying the hearts and minds of the people in Middle Earth to his evil will in his quest for complete power. He crafted the One Ring in the volcano of Mount Doom in order to control all of the rings along with everyone else. The story revolves around the consequences of his malevolent actions and he is widely recognized to indeed be the evil Lord of the Rings. I get goose bumps when Sauron appears on the battlefield and starts to kick some A**. One blow so easily destroys 50 men.

Most Villainous Line: "You cannot hide! I see you! There is no life in the void, only death!"





2. The Joker (Heath Ledger
) from The Dark Knight
While Jack Nicholson played it for laughs and did great; it was Ledger who took the role to a whole new level. His incredibly creepy, absolutely mesmerizing performance as Batman’s nemesis The Joker, the ultimate anarchist, will forever go down in history as one of the best villains ever.

Most Villainous Line: “Do you wanna know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can't savor all the little emotions. And you see in their last moments...people show you who they really are. So, in a way, I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which one of them were cowards?”





And my #1 villain is?...



1. Darth Vader (James Earl Jones/David Prowse) from Star Wars series
[Cue the Darth Vader theme music] Yes, it’s Lord Vader. The greatest villain in the history of cinema. Vader remains tragic despite his fondness for evil. He personifies all that is dark and evil in The Force. When you see how he gets to be the way he is, you have to empathize, just a little, and of course, his salvation at the end is sweet. But honestly, folks, it’s hard to forgive all the other horrific and menacing acts he did.

Most Villainous Line:
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”




Honorable Mentions
Here are some other favorite villains and even though they are pretty bad-A, unfortunately they didn't quite make the cut:


Olivia Foxworth 'Grandmother' from
Flowers in the Attic




Well there you have it folks, my top 10 best villains of all time. Now I'd like to know which evil doer tops your list...

The Time Traveler's Wife Trailer


Warner Brothers has finally debuted the long-awaited trailer for The Time Traveler's Wife. This is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana), a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams), an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. This is more of a romance movie than sci-fi or anything else, but that doesn't mean it won't be a wonderful movie. McAdams is always great in these roles (need I mention The Notebook?) and it looks like she'll steal our hearts once again.






I got chills from watching this trailer. Needless to say I am super excited for this movie, set for release August 14th.



So after viewing this trailer is this a movie you'll
be seeing this summer or not?...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer Blockbuster *HOTTIES*

When it comes to blockbusters this summer I can’t help but notice all the lip-smackin’ man-candy and mouth-watering bombshells just struttin’ their stuff. Oh and what beautiful "stuff" it is. Hollywood sure has the pick of the litter this summer. This season is sure to steam up crazy hot with these 10 gorgeous actresses & actors burning up the silver screen.





*Mouth-watering Bombshells*




Megan Fox:
This desirable and gorgeous 'fox' is for sure beyond the hotness. She could run around wearing nothing but a black garbage bag and still pull off super sexy. The girl oozes sex appeal where ever she goes. Fox is even too hot to play certain roles. Must be rough. Be sure to look for this sexy bombshell later this month in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Next gig: Passion Plays with Mickey Rourke. A story about an angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster that is saved by a trumpet player down on his luck.








Moon Bloodgood:
This former Laker girl is an exotic beauty of Irish, Korean and Dutch ancestry, but she doesn't get by on those vapid hot chick roles alone. Instead, she's plays detectives, cops, videogame characters and her latest butt kicking role in
Terminator Salvation. Although the movie didn’t get great reviews, that’s no way a reflection on this mouth-watering bombshell.

Next gig: Bloodgood plays the lead role in the film
Bedrooms. A story about the walls that separate people and the heartbreak that often comes from tearing those walls down.







Sienna Miller:
This sexy dame shows off her mouth-dropping assets as The Baroness in the upcoming superhero flick,
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra set for release August 7th. Even if the movie bombs at least you are able to see this gorgeous blond, I take that back, this gorgeous brunette for 2 hours. Not a bad deal, eh. The sexy bombshell sure knows how to work it.

Next gig: Stay tuned.





Marion Cotillard:
What's French for hottie? French actresses always seem to be extremely sexy and beautiful and Cotillard is no exception. Not only is she gorgeous, but when the girl acts she takes home Academy Awards. Her beautiful eyes, full cherry lips and wonderful smile are just the requirements needed to get you to the top. And the girl has potential to stay there for a very long time.


Next gig:

The musical Nine, out this fall is a story about a famous film director who struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal life.







Rachel McAdams:
This flawless diamond is a classic beauty, and irresistibly sexy. While being super hot is surely an asset to her career, it's but a facet of her persona. She has this girl-next-door vibe to her, but can definitely vamp it up on the red carpet. Be sure to look for her in
The Time Traveler's Wife set for release August 14th, staring alongside Eric Bana.

Next gig:
Cast as the love interest in Sherlock Holmes, aslo staring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.






*Lip-smackin' Man-candy*




Johnny Depp:
I looked up the word lip-smackin’ man-candy in the dictionary and sure enough his picture showed up front and center. This quirky, talented and versatile actor exudes steamy hot sex appeal daily with those high cheekbones and those soulful brown eyes. It blows minds how the chiseled actor doesn't get the fuss about his own allure. "I have no idea," he says. Be sure to look for him in
Public Enemies set for release July 1st.

Next gig: He will star in
Alice in Wonderland as The Mad Hatter.











Taylor Kitsch:
He plays the sexy suave, combat-ready mutant, Gambit in
X-Men Origins: Wolverine and that’s how we like our hotties to roll. Displaying a bit of animal magnetism with his tiger-eyed stare, he's been signed on to the X-Men franchise for a three-picture deal as the kinetic ladies' man. Can ya blame him?

Next gig:
The Bang Bang Club about an apartheid drama with Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman. Just think: A knee injury diverted his early hockey career - oh well, their loss!










Chris Pine:
This boy is gonna be huge! His cocky yet sexy performance in the summer smash hit Star Trek definitely put him on the map. The ladies will for sure be drooling over those breathtaking blue eyes and that lip-smackin’ body that just won’t quit. Those who have seen Star Trek know what I mean.

Next gig: Carriers about four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus.









Channing Tatum:
The 6 pack heart-throb has girls all over America screaming for more. This hunk is one of the sexiest and hottest actors Hollywood has to offer to its young female fan base. Yes, this promising celebrity is a star to watch out for. Be sure to look for him in
Public Enemies as well as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra later this summer.

Next gig: He will be staring in a romantic drama
Dear John as a soldier who falls for a conservative college girl while he's home on leave.









Christian Bale:
There are many reasons to get excited about this talented, sexy, and successful actor. It's definitely hard to ignore this smokin’ hot actor with a chiseled rock-hard body that. Playing roles in blockbusters films like
Terminator Salvation and Public Enemies this summer proves this delicious actor isn’t going anywhere but the top and he’s definitely here to stay.

Next gig:
The Fighter, a story about the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid '80s.





Who are some of your favorite summer blockbuster hotties of 2009?...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Summer-Themed Movies

Scanning the shelves at your local video store for something to watch this weekend? As the official day for summer approaches, why not try one of these summer themed films to help enhance the anticipation and kick off the celebration. Summer is a great time for movies that are entertaining, light, fluffy, fun, and do not necessarily require a lot of thought. After spending a hot sunny day at the beach, watching movies on Blu-ray/DVD can be a nice way to relax and keep cool from the summer heat. I’ve listed my all time favorite summer themed movies below. Sorry, suntan lotion not included.





5. Summer School (1987)
At Ocean Front High, what do they call a guy who cuts classes, hates homework, and lives for summer vacations? A teacher. Mr. Freddy Shoop, a high-school gym teacher, is forced to cancel is summer plans to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Will his unconventional brand of teaching connect with them?








4. My Girl (1991)
A When your Dad's an undertaker, your Mom's in heaven, and your Grandma's got a screw loose...it's good to have a friend who understands you. Even if he is a boy. Vada Sultenfuss is obsessed with death. Her mother is dead, and her father runs a funeral parlor. She is also in love with her English teacher, and joins a poetry class over the summer just to impress him. Thomas J., her best friend, is "allergic to everything", and sticks with Vada despite her hangups. When Vada's father hires Shelly, a makeup expert, in his funeral parlor, and begins to fall in love with her, Vada is outraged and does everything in her power to split them up.







3. The Endless Summer (1966)
A landmark documentary, and the first serious look at surfing and those who devote their lives to it, The Endless Summer is a tribute to sun, surf, and freedom. Toting their boards from one spectacular coastline to another, Bruce "Big Kahuna" Brown and his accomplices, professional wave riders Robert August and Michael Hynson, pursue the summer season around the world in their quest for that ever-elusive perfect ride.








2. Stand By Me (1986)
For some, it's the last real taste of innocence, and the first real taste of life. But for everyone, it's the time that memories are made of.




Favorite Quote: "If I could only have one food for the rest of the my life? That's easy... Pez."






1. The Sandlot
(1993)
The adventure of a lifetime, the summer of their dreams...the dog of their nightmares.





Favorite Quote: "FOR-E-VERRR"







So now that I've shared my top 5 favorite summer-themed
movies, it's your turn to share yours...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Yes, I Can See Dead People Review

Last night some friends and I decided to venture the Seattle International Film Festival, otherwise known as SIFF. I picked a movie that would be fun and quirky. While it won't make any international waves, Yes, I Can See Dead People is a surprisingly agreeable entry into the teen horror genre, featuring lots of scary little kids. This Hong Kong dark comedy/horror flick starts off introducing its main character, Wah Koon-Nam, who is a slacker and spends most of his time delivering food, playing his PSP, and bumming around the public housing estate where he and his family reside. Oh, one other thing: Nam sees ghosts. No exclamation point, no registration of alarm; just the matter-of-fact acknowledgement that he can see the undead.

Nam's ghost-seeing abilities come into play when his brother Tung gets seemingly possessed after a night out on the town. He starts acting weird and somber and occasionally wets his pants. Nam immediately suspects something is up, but he has other issues on his mind, namely the hot stewardess Mei Chee, who lives next door. Soon enough she starts to take an interest in Nam before she too begins acting strange. Nam thinks that the ghosts are harmless, but security guard Fok assures Nam that this isn't the case. The ghost is a former resident of the housing estate and may have a grudge or two to settle. With Fok's counsel, Nam learns that with his great ghost-seeing power comes some form of great ghost-seeing responsibility. But can he get it together in time to help his brother, his crush, plus a group of deceased kids?...

Yes, I Can See Dead People won’t win any great cinematic awards, but for what it is - would-be cheesy teen horror - it's surprisingly effective. There were elements of comedy that had everyone laughing and delivered lots of decent tension and surprise. I found myself jumping quite a bit with in-your-face scare tactics. All the characters were very likable and the music, even though off-beat, was nicely placed which added to the film even more. It’s pretty obvious this film didn’t have a big budget, but the director, Lee Kwong-Ui, delivered nicely with his limitations. I will say that the movie lacked in its ending. I felt the flash backs came in too late for you to remember their purpose and the movie had about 4 too many would-be endings – it just kept going and going when it should have ended already. It made the film feel like it was 2 in ½ hours long when it was only 90 minutes. It just didn’t congeal well enough in the end making it a little too confusing not to mention a tad bit boring. But over all I enjoyed this film and like I said it was fun for what it was. Most of the time it kept you on your toes.

RATING: C-




Would you see this film?...


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