The story revolves around American Air Force Engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (ROB FREEMAN) who emerges from a plane crash as the sole survivor in a land where the dead are returning to life and attacking the living. The action takes place in war torn Africa with no explanation as to why people are turning into zombies. This is standard for most zombie movies and in no way diminishes the plot. We follow Brian Murphy through the harsh and beautiful landscapes of Africa as he fights to survive against the slow moving but numerous zombies. His sole mission is to find a military base so that he can fly back to America and be with his family. The film does not reveal until the very end if this is local epidemic or a global one. Overall this is a good movie. The ending kind of left me feeling empty, but the action was well paced and kept me engaged. I give it a 6/10.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386925/

This is the first of my 5 minute reviews.  The clock will start and I will do my best to review this album in 5 minutes.  Let’s see what happens.

This is Collapse Under the Empires third proper album and it is by far their most mellow to date.  The album is simply beautiful.  It is majestic instrumental post-rock that flows seamlessly from track to track.  When listening to this I feel a sense of calm, kind of like I am melting into my chair.  It has it’s heavy crescendos of guitar but for the most part it is just soothing instrumental rock.  This album would only be for serious post-rock fans and not for the public at large.  I dig it.

As was expected the two front runners, Romney and Perry attacked each other’s records.  From where I was sitting it seemed like Romney got the better of Perry as Perry seemed to really fade as the debate went on.  At one critical point Perry tried to expose Romney’s flip-flopping and quite frankly Perry sounded drunk trying to make his point.  He certainly reminds me of the other Texas Governor who could not get a clear sentence out.   Overall it would seem that Romney elevated his position and Perry lost a few points, but certainly it is still a two person race.  The lower tier candidates were more aggressive as they attacked each other instead of the top two.  This is a good strategy as it will help to elevate one of them to the important number 3 slot.  In the last election Guliani and Romney were the front runners and McCain was in third place going into the primaries.  When all was said and done it was McCain who got the nomination.  However with this field of candidates I really cannot see any of the lower tier having a genuine shot at the nomination.  Time will tell and stranger things have happened.  It was an enjoyable debate, but it certainly did nothing to change the polls.  What do you think?

New 5 Minute Reviews

Posted: February 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

I am going to experiment with a new feature here on the blog.  I am going to do 5 minute reviews of music, movies, books, products, etc.  The concept is simple.  I am going to set a times for 5 minutes and write as much as I can about whatever it is I am reviewing.  When 5 minutes is up I finish my last sentence and that is it.  I think with this method it will allow me to really get to the heart of the review and to conserve words.

Chances are if you are reading this then you already know the premise for The Social Network.  The movie is about Mark Zuckerburg and the rapid rise of Facebook leading to him becoming the youngest billionaire in history.

Although Mark Zuckerburg admits the movie is an over-dramatization of his life and not 100% factual it does a great job of telling the story from the beginnings in his Harvard dorm room to the meeting with attorney’s to settle the distribution of money after it’s success.  The movie is engaging throughout.  The acting  is top notch.  Basically, this is a great story because it is true.  It shows how friendships and loyalties can change when money is involved and it reveals a lot about the genius of Mark Zuckerburg.  This is not an Oscar type movie, nor is it really special in anyway.  It is just a good story and well acted.  8/10 stars.

Movie Review – Monsters (2010)

Posted: November 9, 2010 in movie review

Premise from IMDB: “Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life form began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain “the creatures”…… Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border..”

Quite simply this film is an arty-indie version of Cloverfield minus all the destruction, cool camera shots and effects.  Yet in this film I felt more drawn to the two central characters.  They were real, believable and I invested in them as they made their  journey through the infected zone.  This isn’t a horror movie.  It is a movie about slow building tension that at the end reveals the tension might not be necessary at all…I’ll leave it at that.  The movie really isn’t about monsters either, in fact they are rarely seen in the movie.  They are implied.  This is a human story and as the story unfolds you realize the aliens are not monsters at all, but subject to racism or (alienism) by the powers who do not understand them.  You can draw a parallel to Godzilla in meaning, but there is zero Cheese here.  Really a good movie.  Not great and not for everybody, especially those who are used to Hollywood movies. 7/10 Stars

Movie Review – The Fall (2006)

Posted: November 4, 2010 in movie review

The Fall centers around a 1915 Los Angeles hospital. Roy Walker (Lee Pace) is an injured movie stunt man. His injuries are severe, but the real injury is his broken heart after his girlfriend ran off with the leading man.  He is ready to end his life when he befriends 5 year old Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) with the goal of persuading her to steal a lethal dose of Morphine for his suicide.

Roy launches into a tale that is seen though the little girl’s imagination. The story parallels Roy’s love triangle, with Roy as the hero trying to get back his girl, while also exacting the revenge he so desires. Alexandria is so riveted with the story that she eventually steals the Morphine so that he will continue with the next installment of the story. As the story progresses it becomes darker and darker until Alexandria finally realizes that the hero of the story will die and if he does then so will Roy Walker.

This movie is fantastic on so many levels. Capturing the perspective of a 5 year old girls imagination and the breathtaking surreal scenery is enough to recommend this movie. But, there is so much more to it. The dynamics of love, revenge, manipulation and the innocence of youth are all illuminated in this beautiful film. This movie has the power to make you laugh and cry and bring you back again. Cantica Untaru was superb and made this film special. A must see.  8/10 stars.