Friday, April 29, 2011

Track of the week: Make it Stop (Septembers Children)

This weeks track of the week is Make it Stop (Septembers Children) by Rise Against.
It is from their new album Endgame, consisting of 12 rock alternative-rock songs.
 Their new album soon grew to a 32. place on spotify's top albums list. After a few weeks, three of the new songs made a top five on Rise Against's overall hits.

Hits from this album:
Rise Against – Make It Stop (September's Children)
Rise Against – Architects
Rise Against – Help Is On The Way
Rise Against – Satellite
Rise Against – A Gentlemen's Coup

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Long time, no see..

It's been a while now. But I will try to get more active now. I have decided to start blogging about one more of the the things I love. From now on, this is a movie and music blog. I will post spotify links to tracks I like, and maybe some music video from time to time.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Fog - 2005

The Fog is a remake of the 1980's classic follow-up movie of Halloween. In this remake, Elisabeth Williams (Maggie Grace) and Nick Castle(Tom Welling) , citizens of Antonio Bay, a sleepy little city on an island off the coast of Oregon who end up under siege by the supernatural for crimes of the island’s past.

The visuals are acually pretty impressive. The spooky fog moves in a threatening manner the original film never accomplished, although it doesn’t seem to move consistently. It’s the type of fog that moves in around a house, but then when the shots move to close ups, there is some level of visibility through the window until the fog moves in again in the closer shot, pressing up against all the exits. Visual mistakes like this are frequent in the film, and this is coming from a critic who never looks for that sort of thing. Windows that were broken become unbroken in long shots several times, cars fill with water and sink, only to reveal at the bottom of the sea that the car is just now filling with water. I’m pretty certain I even saw a marker stuck in for special effects to be inserted in one scene. Again, not one of these things was something I was looking for, so the fact that they stuck out at me so badly is a testament to just how sloppy this movie was put together. 

But all together, the movie is a good combination of supernatural activity and "jumpy moments". You don't get a great picture of the crimes of the past, and you will struggle a bit before you get the entire story. When they filmed the crimes, they divided it into pieces and showed it bit for bit through the entire movie, causing you to not understand what happened until the movie is over.

Rating: 4,5/10

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Trailer: The Hangover Part II

This is the trailer of the follow up of the movie success The Hangover. Looks exiting doesn't it? The movie is to be released 27th May 2011.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Source Code - 2011

Source Code is a movie about conspiracies and altered minds. The film is a modified reality and inner space, and there are points of comparison with Christopher Nolan's Inception. But the world of Source Code seems to me more interesting, and more able to incubate real drama, real suspense and even some real humour.

At its centre is Jake Gyllenhaal(Colter Stevens), a US army helicopter pilot who has crashed in Afghanistan. When he wakes up, he finds himself in civilian clothes aboard a crowded commuter train arriving slightly late into Chicago on a glorious summer morning. He appears to be in someone else's body; the body of a suburban teacher. Opposite him sits Christina (Michelle Monaghan) who behaves as if a brief nap has merely interrupted their highly flirtatious conversation, but she is then increasingly alarmed as Colter, wild-eyed and panicky, demands to know what is happening and what is going on.

Source Code is hi-tech in a 21st.century way, but also has something from an earlier age: it is a story from the Twilight Zone and traces of the television world of The Prisoner and The Fugitive.

Rating: 8/10

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Insidious - 2010

Horror movies haven't been this fun in a very long time. Director of Saw, James Wan and Leigh Whannell have left the torture scene behind, though they really didn't revel in it, if you think about it , to deliver Insidious, the most delightful celluloid dark ride of this or any other year. Rediscovering the basic joys in shocks and suspense, the duo don't so much reinvent the haunted house film as revive its rollercoaster thrills. By using a simple setup and a various payoffs, the movie plays as a joke-a-minute parody where dread and terror takes the place of punchlines, the audience screaming instead of laughing in devious delight.

After teacher Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) discover old family roots, and move into a new house, everything seems fine . Within the first couple of days, however, oldest child Dalton (Ty Simpkins) suffers a simple fall and suddenly falls into a coma. Months pass and the doctors have no answers. While caring for her son, Renai is convinced that an evil presence is trying to take him from her. Hoping to confirm (or cancel out) such supernatural ideas, Josh's mother (Barbara Hershey) asks a psychic friend (Lin Shaye) to look in on the brood. Without warning, the medium makes a shocking discovery. Dalton is being attacked by spirits from "The Further", a parallel plane of tortured souls -- and one particularly malevolent demon. If they can't find a way to save their son, he will be lost forever.

Rating: 7,5/10

Saturday, April 2, 2011

2012(The movie) - 2009

2012 is exactly what the trailers make it look like. Billions of people dies of the first , but there are only a few we're instructed to care about. Among them is Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) and his family, who start driving out of Los Angeles seconds before the destruction begins thanks to a tip from Charlie Frost(Woody Harrelson), a Yellowstone-residing conspiracy theorist who saw the whole thing coming and made a YouTube video about it.

The sequence were California is destroyed is incredible (marred only by some stupid footage of an actor playing a caricature of Arnold Schwarzenegger), and the money shot where Jackson flies through a couple of collapsing skyscrapers had me on the edge of my seat. The only problem here is that it happens too early in the film, and the last hour or so, spent on board the ships meant to save the human race, don't begin to compare with what we've already seen. 

So, if you liked the trailers for 2012, you'll probably enjoy the film aswell. It's beyond stupid, but it's also a lot of fun, so if you like this type of thing, than by all means check it out. You'll probably have a great time just don't think about it too hard afterwards.

Rating: 6/10