Film Review: Hellgate (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A western businessman (Cary Elwes), his Thai wife and son experience a horrible accident while visiting Bangkok. In the aftermath, they find there is a shadow world between life and death where endless darkness lies. REVIEW: This film is also known in some places as Shadows, which did at first cause some confusion, but I personally think that Shadows was in fact a better suited name for the movie. Although ‘Hellgate’ is still slightly … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mr. Brooks (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego. REVIEW: While gore for fear sake certainly does have a place in film, psychological horror stands alone, typically being considerably much more frightening and leaving a lasting impression. When the film is loaded with some of Hollywood’s best actors, this aspect is emphasized even more. Hitchcock was a master at creating that increasingly tense feeling deep within the screener, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Altered States (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. REVIEW: “Altered States” “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” -Dr. Johnson. This film is a juggernaut of intellectual and stylistic eye candy, it is apocalyptic in imagery and in its nature this film is a tiny milestone marking the beginning of … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Norton stars as Bruce Banner in this version of the classic comic book tale about a doctor who searches for a cure for his exotic condition, which causes him to transform into a huge green monster when under duress. Drawing closer to finding a remedy, Dr. Banner becomes sidetracked as he’s pursued first by the military and then by a rival monster known as the Abomination. Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt co-star. … Continue reading

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