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Now Playing: Denzel is God’s samurai in ‘The Book of Eli’

15 Jan

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The Book of Eli (R) 118 min. Directed by: Albert & Allen Hughes Written by: Gary Whitta Starring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Michael Gambon, Jennifer Beals, Ray Stevenson Cinematography: Don Burgess Original Score: Atticus Ross

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The apocalypse has never looked better or felt sharper than it does in The Book of Eli, the newest end-of-the-world thriller from the previously MIA Hughes Brothers.

Bearing the brunt of the movie’s gritty but hopeful through line comes Denzel Washington, striding through the ashy, barren wastelands of an America gone to permanent ruin. He’s carrying with him what he believes is the hope of humanity. Unfortunately, the opportunistic despot, Carnegie (played by a deviously bloated Gary Oldman) also desires it, and the rest of the picture develops into the modern American equivalent of a samurai movie. You can cite the western if you want, but Eli’s poise, resolve and code of combat suggest the bushido of a wandering ronin. Throw in brutal but fluid action sequences, an interesting and thought provoking spiritual subtext, and you have the best post-apocalyptic thrill ride since The Road WarriorContinue reading

AMAD-Horror Edition: Pig Hunt

2 Oct

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cinemagrade b-Sou-eeeee! You boys just took a wrong turn! Right through the wild backwaters of cinema and into the dingy, scat-littered lair of Pig Hunt. This is one crazy movie. Expecting some sort of Sy-Fy channel opus about a cgi giant hog, what I found instead in Pig Hunt was an off-kilter action flick with plenty of beasts, babes and ‘billies of the Northern California variety. James Isaac isn’t a director that inspires confidence–his only other movies are Jason X, Skinwalkers, and House III: The Horror Show–but his newest is actually so crazy, so demented and over-the-top insane that it achieves a kind of grandeur. Absurdity and oddness for its own sake are the mark of Pig Hunt. If John Waters ever made a horror movie it might feel a lot like this. Continue reading

Top Fifteen 80’s Movies That Deserve A Video Game

17 Jun

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June 17th, 2009-

Woo-hoo! Somewhere, all over geekdom that battle cry is going up. Why? Because this week, the long awaited follow-up to the  classic Ghostbusters series has arrived and it isn’t even a movie (although there is one of those on the way too). No, the only place you can currently find Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston is on a video-game console ; Atari is releasing the game on nearly every system out there including PC.

Though I have yet to get my hands on a copy(that will be remedied soon enough), Ghostbusters: The Video Game combines all the elements that made the originals so much fun; assorted creatures, almost the entire cast back doing voicework and a considerable amount of wit. Now kids of the 80s who used to daydream about being a ghostbuster can try on the proton pack and get down to business. Better than that, all of the characters return just as they were when we left them thanks to the work of talented game artists.

So, in honor of this return to form for a classic from way-back, Cinematropolis brings you the Top 15 movies from the 1980s that would be perfect for a video game resurrection. And yes, back then many of these had their own Nintendo iterations but that barely counts. What we are talking here is a full-fledged, narrative driven game taking the elements we love and marrying them to an original bit of gameplay. Most of these are just wishful thinking, a few little more than jokes, but there are some here that could really amount to something special; one more chance to wander the playground of the cheesetastic 80s. Which ones would you most like to see? Continue reading