Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dark Places

tags: murder mystery, thriller

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From Wiki
Set in a farming town in Kansas, Dark Places follows Libby Day, the only surviving witness of a horrific massacre that took the lives of her mother and sisters. Believing the slaughter to be the work of a Satanic cult, Libby testifies in court against her own brother. Almost thirty years after the murder, she remains haunted by the gruesome violence of her past when she meets a group of amateur investigators who call themselves "The Kill Club." Looking to satisfy their morbid curiosity, the group begins its own inquiry about the case, believing that Libby's brother is innocent. To help them, Libby must unearth painful memories of the event and learn that her past may not be what it seems.
Dark Places is based on Gillian Flynn's novel with the same title. I read the book and rated it 4 stars in August 2012. Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, is a very skilled storyteller and I like her books regardless of the main characters having a potty mouth.

I appreciate that the movie didn't stray much from the book's story line. I had to give it just 3 stars though because large portions of the movie are very very dark visually. A little bit more lighting would have been better. In one scene, Charlize Theron was reading some old records/papers. The lights were turned off and she was reading using a torch. She does have electricity in her house and she is not doing it stealthily or something. The director has taken "dark places" quite literally.

I also didn't like Charlize Theron as Libby Day. The Libby I had in my mind is shorter than Charlize, more delicate looking, and with long hair, not the short masculine hair style that Charlize has. *But it's just me, I've never liked very short hair on women.* The younger actors are very good, specially Chloe Moretz as the wicked girlfriend of Libby's brother, Ben, played by Tye Sheridan.

Recommended for Gillian Flynn, murder mystery, and thriller fans.
Currently streaming on Amazon, Blu-Ray DVD from Netflix.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Assassination Classroom Live Action 2015

tags: comedy, fantasy, Japanese, live action anime

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“Class E” of Kunugigaoka Junior High School consists of students determined to have no future. They’re separated from their classmates and assigned to a bizarre tentacled alien homeroom teacher. The alien, whom the students refer to as “Kurosensei” (literally “unkillable teacher”), had previously destroyed most of the moon and threatened to destroy Earth. However, he decided to delay his plan for one year if he was given a class of junior high school students to teach on the terms that he wouldn’t harm them.
Kurosensei teachers his class various assassination techniques and the government promises a 10 billion yen reward to the student who finally manages to kill him. Unfortunately, Kurosensei is able to avoid all of their attacks due to his vastly superior alien reflexes. In spite of this, student Nagisa Shiota keeps track of any perceived weaknesses as he and his classmates try to come up with new ways to kill him.
I love this latest live action anime from Japan. It's so silly but lots of fun to watch. The English subs are probably not 100% accurate but I find they make sense and am able to understand the movie. I'll watch it again just to see if the subtitles have improved.

Recommended for Japanese anime fans. Full English subtitled movie is no longer available on YouTube. Have fun watching Kurosensei's antics if you can find the movie elsewhere by searching.

The lead actor, Yamada Ryosuke as Nagisa Shiota, is a member of the Japanese idol group Hey! Say! JUMP. Here's a video of one of their songs from the movie


Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Ridiculous 6 Trailer

The Ridiculous 6 is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Frank Coraci and written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler. The film is a satire of westerns in general, and the classic 1960 western, The Magnificent Seven in particular. It stars Sandler, Will ForteTaylor LautnerSteve BuscemiDanny TrejoTerry CrewsLuke WilsonNick NolteRob Schneider and Jorge Garcia. The film will be released worldwide on Netflix on December 11, 2015.
Taylor Lautner acts like a half wit in this satirical Netflix movie. The Mark Twain look-alike at the end of the trailer is also funny. I hope the whole movie is hilarious and can't wait to see it.