Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Love Lifts The Crow

As Halloween approaches, I couldn’t resist the urge to watch, The Crow.

Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), a musician turned Avenger, who is killed on mischief night, returns one year later to pay some karmic violence to the oil slicks that killed him and raped and murdered his fiancé and soul mate Shelly(Sofia Shinas).

Along the way, Eric receives the memories of Shelly’s hospital stay before dying, from the mind of Sergeant Albrecht (Ernie Hudson).

Slowly the attacked becomes the attacker as Top Dollar’s Band of Deviants: Grange, Funboy,T-Bird, Skank, and Tin Tin, suffer a well deserved death, by their personal method of frenzy or mayhem.

But it can’t rain all the time. Sarah (Rochell Davis), the “adopted” daughter of Eric and Shelly serves as a feminine component in this masculine tale.

Meanwhile, Sarah’s heroine addicted mother, Darla, gets the scariest wake up call ever, by witnessing the murder of Funboy.

But the final lesson is taught on top of a gothic cathedral as Eric defeats the remaining ring-leader of the street vermin, Top Dollar, restoring balance to the community.

With the assistance of violins to ignite the pain of loss and the strings of a guitar to moan the longing of loneliness or rage of revenge, your feelings will flow.

Lovely language like “this is loaded…which one of you motorcity motherf****** wants to bet me this isn’t…hey fire it up! Fire it up! Fire it up!” offers comic relief to this sometimes heavy film.

But the moods shift continuously as the musical score builds and decreases.

Sure it’s difficult at times to know that the ones we love may be taken away.

However, it’s important to realize “if the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on, is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.”

Monday, October 27, 2008

Movie Monday Blog Carnival Posted

Missy has some good links in store for you this week at Observations from Missy's Window.

Please scoot on over to read the Movie Monday Blog Carnival.

Pajama Party Flick Picks- October 27, 2008

Welcome to the October 27, 2008 edition of Pajama Party Flick Picks.

Mac presents Julia Roberts Gunning for Another Oscar? posted at Actorlicious.

Steven Chang presents Mongol posted at Movie Review & Film Critique.

Audrey Berger presents Leonard Cohen "I'm Your Man" | Cracks In Sidewalks posted at Cracks In Sidewalks, saying, "This is not a horror flick nor is it scary. It's just a great music documentary.

Favorite Horror Film

Favorite Horror FilmMissy presents Anatomy: A Horror Film posted at Observations from Missy's Window, saying, "As Halloween is approaching and folks are looking for films to ’scare’ them, I highly recommend this one."

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Witches Rule in the Craft

Life is hard enough when you’re a teen. Your parents don’t understand you. Anxiety and isolation are common occurrences, while poor self-image can make you weep inside.

For Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney) everything is out of balance. Her mother died during child birth. She’s new in town, must wear a school uniform and make new friends.

Enter the witches of St. Bernard’s Academy.

Bonnie (Neve Campbell) walks around constantly concealing her painful burn scars and ignoring the penetrating stares of her peers.

Rochelle (Rachel True) is one of few African-American students at this snooty Catholic school. Her diving skills suffer due to the devious outbursts of Laura Lizzie (Christine Taylor), the stereotypical racist, white skank.

Nancy (Fairuza Balk) is the crazed chick of the group. Her mother’s alcoholic lifestyle and perverted, pedophilic husband push her to crave adventure, power, and revenge.

On her first day of class, Sarah is approached by the horn dog asshole Chris (Skeet Ulrich). He warns her of the witches and asks her out.

By day’s end, the witches tell Nancy that Chris is a jack off who spreads disease and lies. Not convinced of their honesty, Nancy keeps her date with Chris.

But the night ends early when Nancy goes home instead of putting out.

The next day the witches reveal the rumor of her lousy lay status and she confronts Chris. Always, the macho schmuck, Chris shows off for his friends Mitt (Breckin Meyer) and Trey by telling Nancy he won’t go out with her again.

Hurt by these turn of events, Nancy finds solace with the witches and discovers she’s a witch too.

The supernatural quartet assembles a coven and begin dispatching revenge where it’s needed.

Sarah creates a love spell that makes Chris do her bidding.

Bonnie sheds her scars.

Rochelle makes the lovely blond locks of Laura fall to the floor.

Nancy has trouble making her spell work, until she invokes the spirit of Mano. Once she is filled with the power, her step father drops dead, leaving her and her mother $150,000 in insurance money.

All of the ladies believe their lives have improved until events grow nastier.

Sarah is nearly raped by Chris because of the spell.

Bonnie becomes pompous.

Rochelle feels badly for seeing Laura become bald and frightened.

The drama escalates as Nancy goes to a party to hunt down Chris for his attempted attack on Sarah.

She is rejected by him and changes her face to look like Sarah. The other ladies come to the party. Sarah is shocked to see herself straddling Chris.

Drunk and freaked out, Chris backs away from Nancy and falls to his death.

The coven is torn apart.

Friends become enemies.

Yet, power lies at the heart of film.

Having too much power changes people; although, we have free will.

With our free will, we can decide how to respond to a situation.

The witches of St. Bernard make decisions that have a lasting effect on their lives.

Through their decisions, power is used, lives are lost, and redemption is sought.

Strong performances and a perfect marriage of an actress and role, make the Craft worth watching. Fairuza Balk has grown from the worst witch to a psychotic one. Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True are convincing as misunderstand teens in search of acceptance and happiness. Skeet Ulrich and Breckin Meyer are the perfect arrogant, smart-mouthed punks.

I won’t give away the creepy, crawly conclusion, but if you fear insects and snakes, cover your eyes, count to ten and wait for the Craft to end.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Live Your Dreams With Teen Witch

A saxophone begins blaring sweet love through the air as a steamy dream sequence introduces the audience to Brad and Louise.

The two characters dance around trying to entice the other. Just as Louise leaps to her dream man’s arms, the alarm sounds.

Awake and back to reality, Louise (Robyn Lively) is less than the popular girl. She’s the girl whom everyone treats like a toddler.

Her plain, acne speckled face stays lost in the hallway crowd.

Her closest friend, Polly, isn’t much of a looker either.

To add insult to injury her bratty brother, Richie, managed to stick her diary entry to her English homework. Naturally her ass of a teacher reads the steamy details of Louise’s lust for Brad (Dan Gauthier) to the class.

Mortified, Louise flees to the ladies room.

Gradually, Louise’s interaction with Brad increases since they share many classes.

One night, after flattening her tire, Louise is offered a ride by Brad and Randa, but passes.

Instead she meets an eccentric little lady named Madame Serena.

Louise gets spooked from the woman’s prediction of strange powers arriving on her 16th birthday and bolts.

Everyone, except Polly, is a no show to Louise’s birthday party. However, her powers arrive during her troubled sleep. The next day Louise finds an interesting pendant while chatting with her drama teacher.

Things appear to be looking up when Randa sets Louise up with her nerdy cousin David. Unfortunately, this dude is Buddy Holly and Steve Urkel’s love-child. When she’s had enough of her date from hell, she tells him to leave her alone and he does.

Freaked out by her dates disappearance Louise visits Madame Serena again and the two begin to bond.

The real fun happens as Louise picks and chooses whose life to alter with magic.

Revenge is sweet when it occurs in front of an audience.

Having the ability to make your dreams a reality is at the heart of the film.

As the story progresses our heroine finds her powers are a blessing and curse.

Is popularity everything?

Is love worth having if it’s given unwillingly?

Although, there will never be one right answer, the movie helps you decide.

Big hair. Funky music. Spandex and mini skirts.

Teen Witch is a true 80’s flick that lets your heart sing “It’s never gonna be…the same again. Never gonna be…the same again.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pajama Party Flick Picks- October 20, 2008

Welcome to the October 20, 2008 edition of Pajama Party Flick Picks.

Kevin Fleming presents Watch Lost Season 1 and 2 Online posted at Satellite TV Guru.

Missy presents 'Pathology' Results are Dismal posted at Observations from Missy's Window, saying, "Milo Ventimiglia's crime/thriller fails to impress."

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Witch Week

Hello PJ's and A Movie readers.

This week I'll be spotlighting my favorite witch films of the past.

I'll begin with the family friendly flick, The Worst Witch, starring Fairuza Balk, Charlotte Rae, Diana Rigg, and Tim Curry.

Next we'll join the awkward high school life of Louise Miller, in Teen Witch, starring Robyn Lively and Dick Sargent of Bewitched.

The week will conclude with the Craft, starring a more mature Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, and Rachel True.

Can the Worst Witch Become the Best

What do you get when you put Fairuza Balk, Charlotte Rae, Diana Rigg, and Tim Curry in a film? Snappy dialogue, hilarious shenanigans, and a smack meowing cat.

Straight out of 1986, the Worst Witch, helped me through grade school. Every autumn day I’d awake, get myself together and watch a few glimpses of this classic Halloween flick.

The heroine, Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk) lives up to the films title. With her messy hair, wrinkly clothing, poor marks in class, and constant tardiness, Mildred isn’t the first choice for anything.

As if being a screw up isn’t bad enough, Mildred is continuously taunted by Ethel Hallow, the schools top witch.

However, as Halloween approaches, Miss Cackles International Academy for Witches preps for the arrival of the Grand Wizard (Tim Curry).

Each witch auditions for a chance to broom fly in the Grand Wizards welcoming ceremony.

When Zoe Chant-Vestry dips into the Laughter Potion again, Mildred replaces her in the group formation.

However, Miss Hardbroom detests Mildred’s old, ugly broom. Ethel Hallow agrees to lend Mildred her spare, but places a curse on it beforehand.

As expected, Mildred’s whacked out broom causes catastrophe and the night ends as the Grand Wizard flies off to “another gig.”

Will Mildred be expelled? Will Ethel get her comeuppance? Does the Grand Wizard still dig Miss Hardbroom?

The answers and catchy repartee are awaiting you.

So watch the Worst Witch, because sometimes greatness must be learned, not bred.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pajama Party Flick Picks- October 13, 2008

Welcome to the October 13, 2008 edition of Pajama Party Flick Picks.

Missy presents Three Movie Recommendations posted at Observations from Missy's Window, saying, "Films considered worthy of your time."

Mac presents Turning Up The Sizzle posted at Actorlicious.


Vaprak presents Movie Review: The Rocker (2008) posted at The Critical Critics.

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Monday Man-Harrison Ford

Welcome to this week’s edition of Monday Man.

Today’s spotlight shines on the remarkable Harrison Ford.

Where would American Cinema be, if it weren’t for his performances in some of Hollywood’s biggest crowd pleasers?

Ford’s characters range from the handsome, heroic pilot in the Star Wars Trilogy to a rugged intellect in the Indiana Jones series, and the cold-hearted romantic in Sydney Pollack’s remake of Sabrina.

However, the magic of Harrison Ford’s talent illuminates through his quieter roles in tear-jerker Regarding Henry and the Amish thriller, Witness.

In 2008, Ford reprised the role of the adventurous, archaeologist Professor Jones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

This time Indy joins a youth, played by Shia LeBeouf, in search of a crystal skull said to unlock a golden city.

Will doctor Jones charm the ladies, escape ridiculous death traps, and outsmart thugs with witty rejoinders?

Buy or rent the DVD this Tuesday and find out.

Until next time.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Pajama Party Flick Picks-October 6, 2008

Welcome to the October 6, 2008 edition of Pajama Party Flick Picks.

Missy presents Do Actors/Actresses Reveal Too Much? posted at Observations from Missy's Window, saying, "Do the opinions of celebrities matter to you?"

Mac presents Bourne Ultimatum Toddler Edition posted at Actorlicious.

GrrlScientist presents You Don't Have to Pass an IQ Test to be in the Senate posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, "A streaming video trailer of comedian Bill Maher's new film, Religulous."

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