Friday, October 24, 2014

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

For those readers of my blog, you know how much I hate the globalist depopulation agenda being led by the United Nations under the name of their Agenda 21 project. Ironically, I learned that today (October 24) was United Nations Day (how special). So, in honor of this illustrious pawn of the New World Order, I decided it was time to check out the Agenda 21 themed 2014 action/thriller The Purge: Anarchy.

Plot/ Five strangers are trying to survive Purge Night, when their lives intersect, and they are left stranded in The Purge to try to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.

I had put this movie off for some time, as the first installment from 2013 did nothing for me. In fact, it was one of the more disappointing flicks of that year. Fortunately, in this case, the sequel was definitely much better than the original source material, and was definitely more entertaining. While there were many improvements, the biggest came with the atmosphere (something that was non-existent in the original), as more of an action/thriller than horror movie, this concept fits with the overall storyline. The performances are solid, the imagery is better, and it best of all, it will help you forget the misery that was the first one in the series. Sure, there are some questionable decisions made by the characters, there is a lot of cliché, and for the most part there was a lack of chemistry between the casts, but no movie is perfect. In the end, this movie may not be great, but it is much better than its predecessor, and it is entertaining. Give it a shot; you will likely enjoy it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Donovan's Echo (2011)

After a trying afternoon dealing with the VA, I decided that I needed to unwind earlier than usual. With the kids awake, I decided to find something tamer than usual. After some debate with the voices in my head, I decided on the 2011 independent entry: Donovan’s Echo.

Plot/ A series of uncanny déjà vu events force a man to re-examine his tragic past, memory, instinct, and future.

I had never heard of this one when it popped up on the screen on my Netflix account and decided to role the dice. I am glad that I did. This rather unknown (and therefore underrated) supernatural themed movie was a lot better than I ever imagined. The atmosphere was heavy, the storyline layered, the performances solid, and the characters worked well together. Yes, it was a touch predictable as there were just enough hints written in to aid in discovery, and there were a few production/cinematography issues, but that did little to bring this one down. In the end, this was an entertaining mystery that dove into an intriguing topic. Check it out; it was definitely a surprise.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Slaughterhouse Massacre (2005)

Last night was a strange night for flicks in the house. I started the evening with the entertaining indie picture The Shrine. While it had a solid story and some interesting moments, the same cannot be said for my second selection, the 2005 low budget flick, The Slaughterhouse Massacre.

Plot/ Marty Sickle was accused of murdering a young girl inside the slaughterhouse where he lived. Soon after, four college kids brutally hung Marty in revenge.

I love low budget cinema, but I realize it can be a mixed bag. That is exactly what this flick is. OK, not really, it is actually pretty laughable on many fronts, riddles with a clichéd storyline, subpar special effects, an uneven script, and performances that in no way are memorable. In fact, the only entertaining and somewhat memorable attribute of this film is the amount of gratuitous nudity that definitely takes the overall feel back to a cheap 1980s direct to VHS slasher. In the end, this low budget slasher is nothing special and is rather uninspiring. Unless you have no other choices available, stay away!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Shrine (2010)

After taking a night off to play some Diablo III, I decided to get back into the swing of the season with something different. After some internal debate, I decided to watch The Shrine from 2010, a flick I should have watched a long time ago.

Plot/ A group of young journalists investigate a cult said to practice human sacrifice, but their ambitious ways may lead them to becoming the cult's next victims.

I have had this movie on my viewing list for some time, and finally sat down to watch it tonight. I am glad that I did. While there were some cliché moments, for the most part it had an intriguing storyline that actually feature a couple of unexpected twists. On top of that, there were some solid performances, the characters worked, the right amount of blood, and a darker atmosphere than I expected (playing without subtitles worked well). Unfortunately, the lack of subtitles in some areas will drive some people away, and they should not feel that way as it adds some realism to the flick, and yes, the characters do make some dumb decisions (this is a horror movie), but those are just minor issues. In the end, this one was a lot better than I expected and was an interesting indie flick that kept me entertained. Sure, it is not perfect, but what movie is. If you have not seen it, give it a shot; just be warned, it is not all in English.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Radio Free Albemuth (2010)

While I have never been a huge fan of Science Fiction writings, I could be changing my approach. This next movie comes from the mind of author Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner) and offers a glimpse of the reality we are living in today (even if the sheep want to ignore it). Next up for review is the 2010 film Radio Free Albemuth (released 2014).

Plot/ Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of best friend, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself and a mysterious woman named Silvia, Nick finds himself drawn into a dangerous political-mystical conspiracy of cosmic proportions. 

Let me start by saying that I have never read this book and cannot tell you how close the adaptation is to what was written. Although, in this case, I may decide to pick it up and read it, as the idea and storyline definitely felt real and reminded me of some of the weirdness we are experiencing in society today. This was an entertaining journey to watch with an intriguing and layered storyline, solid performances, outstanding characterizations, great visuals and a big budget feel. Sure, as a character and story driven movie, it does lack a tremendous amount of action, but that does nothing to bring the film down. In the end, this mixture of political and theological intrigue, conspiracy theories, and historical philosophical and subliminal messages plays out in an educational and entertaining manner, and is a must see for everyone. Check it out!