Thursday, March 15, 2007

March 20, 2007 releases

Blood Diamond

Kate Says: "Blood Diamond" is one of the most powerful movies I've seen in a long time, and it has some seriously heartwrenching scenes in it. The acting is phenomenal, the plot keeps you interested etc., but the subject matter is what needs to be seen. I honestly think this is a movie that everyone should watch, regardless of movie taste. There is a large amount of violence, but it's very appropriate and necessary, and definately not gratuatous or glorified in any way. The violence is not overly gory but it is disturbing, and it should disturb you. 10yr. old children going into a village and shooting everyone in sight; young children having their arms cut off- incidents such as these should make you uncomfortable, and "Blood Diamnond" does an excellent job portraying the atrocities of civil war in Africa as just that, atrocious. Having said that, although this is a heavy film, it's not purely violence. Again, everyone should watch this, regardless of movie preference. One of, if not the, best of the year. 10/10

Rocky Balboa


Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film

Kate Says: This is one of the more interesting documentaries that I can recall watching. Of course, being that it is about slasher films, it probably won't effect you in the same way as "the Secret," for example; nonetheless it is very informative and enlightening in the way of slasher flicks. "Going to Pieces" features input from horror-movie legends such as Wes Craven and John Carpenter, as well as newer movie greats like Rob Zombie. Essentially this documentary dissects the slasher film starting with the first in the 1920's and continuing through to today. Bonus: it features some of the "top" (read: goriest, most excessive and creative) slasher kill scenes. As I said, this documentary is actually quite informative: in addition to gratuatous kill scenes and the 411 on the genre's biggest names, it gives a great history of the slasher genre, posing questions and answers such as "why in the world do people enjoy seeing this sick sh**?" Being a fan of horror movies, I was excited to watch this; my boyfriend doesn't enjoy horror/slasher movies for the most part, but he actually enjoyed this documentary. Therefore, slasher fan or not, this is a good and surprisingly educational watch. (Albeit, not for the faint of heart)

Everyone's Hero

Shogun Assassin 2: Lightening Swords of Death

The Nativity Story

"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse"

Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave

The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning

The Hunt

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