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Pitch Black (aka Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black)

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The film that launched Vin Diesal from being an unknown starring in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan into an action star. Also this film helped actress Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire, Silent Hill) get her ticket into the Hollywood limelight. The ‘Chronicles of Riddick’ was added to the title after the release of its sequel in 2004 titled The Chronicles of Riddick with the intention of a trilogy. A 3rd film is currently in the works bringing back the collaboration of David Twohy & Vin Diesal. A video game was released that acted as a connecting storyline between the first two films.

Written & Directed by David Twohy (Director of both Riddick films & 2009’s A Perfect Getaway). Wrote the films The Fugitive, G.I. Jane & Waterworld. Cole Hauser (Good Will Hunting, Tears of The Sun) stars as Johns, a bounty hunter tasked with transporting Riddick to prison. Radha Mitchell stars as Carolyn Fry, the surviving member of the flight crew who is wrongfully praised for their survival of crashing onto the planet. Keith David (Armageddon, Crash) stars as Abu ‘Imam’ al-Walid, a priest and father of three children.

A transport vessel crashes onto a desert planet after being struck by a meteor storm. They believe they are always in the light as the planet is orbited by 3 suns and quickly realize the need to find a water source. Soon, the 10 remaining survivors come across a mining colony where they find food and water. One of them is brutally killed and Riddick is captured and blamed for the murder. But they soon find out that the prior inhabitants never left but were killed by whatever killed their comrade. They soon come across these creatures as one of the children is killed and learn that they only stick to the night/dark. Therefore, if they stay in the light they would be fine. But of course this is a movie and it’s not that easy. They win the award for bad timing as an eclipse that only happens ever 22 years is about to occur.

“You’re not afraid of the dark are you?”

Now it’s a race against time to get the needed power cells they came across at the mining colony to their shuttle before darkness falls. Of course that doesn’t happen and the survivors are now at the mercy of relying on Riddick and, after a surgical operation in prison, his ability to see in the night. Will they make it off the planet alive with tensions mounting, trust dwindling and people dying?

The film mixes horror and action well without trying to be more of one rather than the other. With films like this, the character development is something that is usually forgotten in screenplay but not in this case. Not every character gets this treatment but the need isn’t there either. Plus after the sequel came out, this movie itself can be considered as development of the returning characters.

If you’re a fan of Vin Diesal than I highly recommend this movie. Also, with other viewings, this film will bring back that feeling of potential that we got our next big muscular action hero as his following films have been duds (The Pacifier) or cheesy attempts on action franchises (XXX). Plus we get some good one-liners that every action hero has to be remembered by and quoted on for years to come such as “Did not know whom he was fucking with!” The film itself isn’t even scary at all and doesn’t seem like it tries to be. It has more of that science-fiction/action feel to it and the sequel is undoubtedly placed in that category.

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Reservoir Dogs – “Like A Virgin”

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

The opening scene takes place in a restaurant before the heist and two topics were discussed: The Reason Why Mr. Pink Doesn’t Tip & The Meaning of Like A Virgin (the opening lines) …….

Mr. Brown:

Let me tell you what ‘Like a Virgin’ is about. It’s all about a girl who digs a guy with a big dick. The entire song. It’s a metaphor for big dicks.

Mr. Blonde:

No, no. It’s about a girl who is very vulnerable. She’s been fucked over a few times. Then she meets some guy who’s really sensitive…

Mr. Brown:

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa… Time out Greenbay. Tell that fucking bullshit to the tourists.

Joe:

Toby… Who the fuck is Toby? Toby…

Mr. Brown:

‘Like a Virgin’ is not about this sensitive girl who meets a nice fella. That’s what “True Blue” is about, now, granted, no argument about that.

Mr. Orange:

Which one is ‘True Blue’?

Nice Guy Eddie:

‘True Blue’ was a big ass hit for Madonna. I don’t even follow this Tops In Pops shit, and I’ve at least heard of “True Blue”.

Mr. Orange:

Look, asshole, I didn’t say I ain’t heard of it. All I asked was how does it go? Excuse me for not being the world’s biggest Madonna fan.

Mr. Blonde:

Personally, I can do without her.

Mr. Blue:

I like her early stuff. You know, ‘Lucky Star’, ‘Borderline’ – but once she got into her ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ phase, I don’t know, I tuned out.

Mr. Brown:

Hey, you guys are making me lose my… train of thought here. I was saying something, what was it?

Joe:

Oh, Toby was this Chinese girl, what was her last name?

Mr. White:

What’s that?

Joe:

I found this old address book in a jacket I ain’t worn in a coon’s age. What was that name?

Mr. Brown:

What the fuck was I talking about?

Mr. Pink:

You said ‘True Blue’ was about a nice girl, a sensitive girl who meets a nice guy, and that ‘Like a Virgin’ was a metaphor for big dicks.

Mr. Brown:

Lemme tell you what ‘Like a Virgin’ is about. It’s all about this cooze who’s a regular fuck machine, I’m talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.

Mr. Blue:

How many dicks is that?

Mr. White:

A lot.

Mr. Brown:

Then one day she meets this John Holmes motherfucker and it’s like, whoa baby, I mean this cat is like Charles Bronson in the ‘Great Escape’, he’s digging tunnels. Now, she’s gettin’ the serious dick action and she’s feeling something she ain’t felt since forever. Pain. Pain.

Joe:

Chew? Toby Chew?

Mr. Brown:

It hurts her. It shouldn’t hurt her, you know, her pussy should be Bubble Yum by now, but when this cat fucks her it hurts. It hurts just like it did the first time. You see the pain is reminding a fuck machine what it once was like to be a virgin. Hence, ‘Like a Virgin’.

Joe:

Wong?

  • Mr. Brown – Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Desperado)
  • Mr. Blonde – Michael Madsen (Donnie Brasco, Kill Bill: Vol. 1)
  • Joe – Lawrence Tierney (Prizzi’s Honor, Red)
  • Mr. Pink – Steve Buscemi (Armageddon, Fargo)
  • Nice Guy Eddie Cabot – Chris Penn (Footloose, Rush Hour)
  • Mr. Orange – Tim Roth (Incredible Hulk, 2001’s The Musketeer)
  • Mr. Blue – Edward Bunker (Tango & Cash, 2005’s The Longest Yard)
  • Mr. White – Harvey Keitel (From Dusk Till Dawn, U-571)

Bandits

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Released in 2001, I had never seen this movie until today. Which is wierd since I usually hop on the opportunity to see any Bruce Willis (Die Hard)  movie upon its release. My roommate had it in his collection so I thought I’d finally give it a look. The movie starts off showing what looks to be their final big score at the Alamo Bank, the opening credits move along with this scene. At the end, I saw that this film was directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Toys, Sleeper) so I knew that this wasn’t going to be just an ordinary buddy comedy.

The following scene involves the escape from prison of the charismatic Joseph Blake (Bruce Willis, Unbreakable) & the hypochondriac Terry Collins, played by Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Bad Santa), by stealing an on-site cement truck. Then starts a string of bank robberies where they are quickly named the “Sleepover Bandits” because they would kidnap the bank managers the night before and spend the night with their families. They are aided by Joseph’s friend Harvey Pollard, played by Troy Garity (Barbershop, Sunshine), who is a dimwitted stunt man and his role is that of the lookout and getaway driver. January Jones (American Wedding, Anger Management) has a small role as Harvey’s crush who wears pink cowboy boots.

Along the way they come across Kate Wheeler, a bored housewife who has decided to runaway, and she becomes a part of the criminal spree. As well as starting a confusing romantic relationship with both convicts. The first scene when you see Kate Wheeler, played by Cate Blanchett (Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Babel), I couldn’t help but bust out laughing. She’s preparing a fine-cooked dinner while dancing to ‘I Need a Hero’ which I’m the CD you see her put in is the soundtrack to Footloose. She is the funniest character in the movie and her dialogue is just great and perfectly timed, especially during her first encounter with the “sleepover bandits” which is just with Terry Collins after hitting him with her car.

Soon they become known throughout the nation and their faces are recognized when they walk up to their next target’s home and are welcomed with open arms and excitement. One final heist is to be preformed after their targets know that they won’t be harmed by these bank bandits and their plans start to become foiled.

The only boring part of the film was actually a big part of the plot, the love triangle between the 3 main characters. There were the funny moments in the conversations between each pair which actually helped stay focused on the film. I also didn’t care for Pollard’s character as he was just annoying when he started talking. The movie quickly moves along and we get to where the movie started off. Throughout the movie we gets clips of a tv show named “Criminals at Large” where the host is interviewing the “sleepover bandits” and they are telling their story behind each bank robbery. At one point, very early in the movie a pretty big detail to the ending is mentioned which I believe actually change the overall effect once you got to the final scene.

Unless you are a fan of the actors this movie doesn’t bring anything new to the buddy comedy and I wouldn’t say it’s a must see otherwise. The two male stars, Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, previously worked together in Armageddon and then later on they teamed up again in 2006 for the film The Astronaut Farmer, but Bruce Willis only had a cameo appearance. Bruce Willis would later on work again with director Barry Levinson in 2008’s What Just Happened. Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett previously worked with each other in 1999’s Pushing Tin. If you’ve got Netflix, check it out someday but don’t sweat over trying to remember to do so. Rating 6/10