Monthly Archives: September 2009

Review: The Burning Plain

TheBurningPlainPosterThe Burning Plain is like finishing a jigsaw puzzle when you’ve already seen the cover of the box. You’re thrilled about putting together all the pieces, but once that initial pleasure wears off, you’re left with exactly what you knew you were going to get and have nowhere to put it. Academy Award nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga continues to use his signature multi-narrative structure in his directorial debut. Funny thing is, this first-time director’s film falters in the area he’s well seasoned in, the screenwriting. Just like his highly acclaimed films Babel and 21 Grams, The Burning Plain makes the viewer think. The problem is, you’re never compensated for your work.

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Interview: Norman Reedus

NormanReedusAfter chatting with Sean Patrick Flannery last week it was obvious that there was something special about Boondock Saints. I’m not referring to the fact that the film, which barely got a run in the theaters, managed to grow into a sensational cult classic; rather that the success of the film had a profound effect on the actors that made us love it. Norma Reedus emphasized his gratitude for Troy Duffy casting him as Murphy McManus in the 1999 hit, but it’s moviegoers that should be thankful for it let a talented actor share his craft with the world.

Norman may have held back when it came to divulging juicy Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day plot details and informed me that’s he’s never seen Titanic (gasp), but he’s still got a lot to say about the vast number of projects he’s so passionate about. It’s been ten years since we’ve seen Reedus as Murphy McManus and he’s kept very busy over the intermediary years. Not only does Reedus have Pandorum hitting theaters on September 25th and All Saints Day on October 30th, he’s also busy working on films through his own production company. The guy may be known as brother, kill and a saint, but there’s a lot more to him than that.

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When Hotties Attack: Rise Of The Female Slasher

WhenHottiesAttackAsk anyone who comes to mind when they think of horror films and odds are the list will include guys like Jason, Michael Myers and Leatherface. While we’re being bombarded with resurrections of popular 80s slasher flicks featuring monstrous giants with a mean streak, a new breed of killer has cropped up, the unlikely female. Enormity and a chainsaw are a thing of the past. Nowadays the maniac behind a bloodbath could be a pretty face with a hidden agenda.

It’s kind of like Elijah Wood’s theory in <I>The Faculty</I>, “If you were going to take over the world, would you blow up the White House ‘Independence Day’ style, or sneak in through the back door?” That’s the approach a new breed of horror films have started taking with their killers. The seven-foot-tall monster brandishing a machete is hackneyed. Mass murderers are growing a pair and I don’t mean down there.

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Review: Sorority Row

SororityRowPosterPaint by numbers horror is tiresome, but horror movies should work within the genre. When they color too far outside the lines fans get lost. Sorority Row has all of the necessary elements to make it a typical slasher flick but at the same time tries to put a fresh coat of primer on the genre in an effort to find a happy medium between those two alternatives. While the film never quite reaches that middle ground, it sure provides a damn good time while trying to find it.

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Interview: Sean Patrick Flannery

SeanPatrickFlaneryWho would have thought we’d see a sequel to The Boondock Saints? First of all, the film didn’t have much of a theatrical run and even after it attained cult status via DVD, the hope to make a second film was an on again, off again concept. Well, the time has come. The film is complete and we’re less than two months away from its release.

Its obvious there are tons of fans out there psyched about seeing the McManus brothers back in action in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, but it’s Conner McManus himself, Sean Patrick Flanery, that is especially thrilled about the October 30th release. Yes, in Hollywood when you have a film as successful as The Boondock Saints, a sequel is likely in the future, but All Saints Day is far from a mere effort to capitalize on the success of the original film. It’s particularly special for the fans and the cast as well. Eleven years later, there’s nothing Sean would rather do than bring back Conner McManus.

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Review: Halloween II

HalloweenIIPosterWhen you’re rebooting a film franchise you obviously run the risk of not pleasing the fans. Disappointment is one thing, but the absolute disgust I felt after seeing Rob Zombie’s Halloween II is inexcusable. At one point in the film, a character is accused of “profiteering off the miseries of others” and that is exactly what Zombie will do to you if you see this movie.

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Interview: Clifton Collins Jr.

CliftonCollinsJrMy phone interview with Clifton Collins Jr. had a rocky start. It went something like this: “Hello?” “Hi, this is Perri from Cinema Blend.” “Who?” At first I thought I called the wrong number or miscalculated the New York/California time difference. Finally I thought to toss in the key word, extract, and the two of us were on the same page. You forget that even though most of the country is focusing on the upcoming release of Extract, the film’s cast and crew are probably busy with other projects. Clifton is certainly no exception.

Whether or not you know Clifton’s name, you’ve seen some of his work. He’s played key roles in a number of hit films including Traffic, The Last Castle, Capote and Babel and is making his repertoire even more impressive with an extremely successful 2009. He’s starred in Sunshine Cleaning alongside Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, played an evil Romulan in one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, Star Trek, and, this weekend, will make you laugh as the lovable but unlucky Step in Extract.

You’d think with a laundry list as extensive as Clifton’s he’d have zero time to devote to anything besides his acting career, but he’s been able to put to use another talent, directing music videos. Clifton directed two videos for the Zac Brown Band and I called him right in the middle of his next one. “No, I’m not the lighting company, I’m Perri from Cinema Blend. Would you mind switching gears for a bit and talking about Extract?” “Sweet, you can take as much time as you need. I love this movie!”

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