House of the Dead 2 (2005)
Many reviewers and
IMDb members commented that this film was superior to the original
House of the Dead. I suppose that is true, but it is almost
self-evident, about like saying that Khrushchev was a better human
being than Stalin. What are the odds that he could have been worse?
The original House of the Dead was made by Uwe Boll and is rated 15th
on the list of the worst movies of all time at IMDb, so it's the
Stalin of movies, and the odds are pretty damned good that the
successor would be better. Indeed, the distributors could have
re-issued Gymkata with a new title and it would have been an
To be fair, House of
the Dead 2 is not a bad effort, given the limitations of its genre and
budget. The script makes some sense. It has a sense of humor. It is
properly lighted, clearly photographed and competently performed.
There are no mainstream reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, but four
genre specialists weighed in on the film, and three of the four
summed up the perspective of the genre critics:
"HOUSE OF THE DEAD 2 showed off
a winning sense of humor, a promising premise, a handful of decent
actors and an easy-money pace. Too bad the low budget, the lack of
true gore and the oh-hum directing played against it. Iím half, half
on this one but I could see it playing well with brews and friends in
tow. I saw it with a crowd and it sure helped make it more fun than it
truly was. Your call!"
Call it a C-.
Although it is a film to avoid if zombies aren't your thing, the
people who do have a thing for zombies found it to be competent, if
Three Years in Iraq: President's Ruminations on the
Three Year Anniversary of America's Super-Successful Freedomizationizing of
The Daily Show's Trendspotter looks at "Life
Jon Stewart talks to Iraqi General Georges Sada
The joke's on the Net: Comedy careers launched via
Great nostalgia ...
Complete episodes of classic TV shows in excellent
quality . I watched the
first episodes of F Troop and Welcome Back, Kotter
Conan O'Brien visits a random Finnish man with a
silly name (Forss Fagerstrom)
The trailer for I Am A Sex Addict,
an offbeat documentary.
The trailer for The Sisters
- "Four siblings struggle to banish the ghost of their dead father and
create some semblance of harmony using a college on New York's Upper East Side
as their surrogate home. Flashing between the chaos of Manhattan and the
seemingly perfect sanctuary of Charleston, this unflinchingly honest drama
with comedy explores and explodes the myths of family and friendship. As three
sisters and a brother recall the simpler life the family left in their
childhood home, they peel back the layers of their pretensions and
self-deceptions with wit and candor escalating to moments of shocking power.
Their final realization is that chaos and violence lie within the heart, and
the only defenses are love and honesty."
"CHENEY INVITES HELEN THOMAS ON HUNTING TRIP"
... Effort to Reach Out to White House Press Corps, Observers Say
"Cassini took this surreal image of the gas giant
Saturn, its majestic rings, and its enigmatic world Enceladus all in one frame."
Joan Rivers Looks for Love on Match.com
"Jennifer Aniston is quitting Hollywood and moving
to Chicago ..." because
all the flights to Rochester were booked.
The Daily Show looks at the Bush communication
Do the whiny kids really grow up to be
- Looking at the study beyond the first paragraph, one finds that one factor
explains only 7% of the variation in the other.
- Apparently the cause of trying to diagnose conservatism as a personality
defect is an entire subset of psychology. Back in the 1950s, one researcher
claimed that subjects who saw Nazism and Stalinism as similar phenomena were
demonstrating their "idiocy" and "irrationality."
RapidShare Video: Elizabeth
Whitcraft in Working Girl
are the still captures in a .rar file, also on RapidShare
Top Ten Reasons Dick Cheney
The Weekend Warrior makes his
predictions for the upcoming weekend
- He thinks Inside Man, with Jodie Foster and Denzel, will take the #1 spot
from revenues in about 2800 theaters.
- Larry the Cable Inspector and Stay Alive are expected to reach 1700-1900
screens, and open modestly in 6th and 7th.
Colbert gives a big thumb down
to the earth's axis.
Colbert interviews Connie
Colbert Report: Iraq
Anniversary. Stephen honors the courage and sacrifice of the Iraqi people with a
Colbert Report: Movies
Destroying America: The Libertine
The Daily Show:
"Clive Owen confirms that he
has worked with a crazy prick, but he won't disclose who it is."
Colbert and The Daily Show pay
tribute to the Irish for St Patty's day
The Daily Show discusses
The Daily Show: Iraq the
Info and spoilers for Superman
A classic TV moment: The
Hulkster puts Richard Belzer in a sleeper hold.
An oldie but goodie:
Kate Moss doing her crazy
Dancer loses job due to large
Museum of bad album covers:
the worst album covers ever!
'A Prairie Home Companion'
-another full trailer
The Gawker Stalker
- a mapped record of Manhattan celebrity sightings
"U.S. CONFUSES INSURGENTS WITH
PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN"
... Military Launches "Operation Incomprehensible Program" Across Iraq
RapidShare video of Jamie-Lynn
Sigler undulating in her undies on The Sopranos
is a .rar file of 18 high definition captures from the same scene.
Friends of Isaac Hayes say
that he did not quit South Park
- interesting read.
Musical genius department:
"K-Fed" releases his latest
rap effort. (Not
safe for work. Loud, filled with profane language, plays automatically.)
Die Hard: The Ballad of John
(Very well done, but one strange concept - Die Hard re-mixed as a B&W silent
The trailer from Little Miss
- "A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a
beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus."
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)
Someone in the U.K. is killing anyone in a Santa suit, and Scotland Yard is
under pressure to find the killer before the city runs out of Santas. There is
no consistency or pattern to the murder methods, and the killer wears a mask,
so there are few clues for most of the film. However, the daughter of one of
the early victims figures the entire thing out well ahead of Scotland Yard.
One of the Santas is offed in a peep show booth, so the killer must try for
her as well. Oddly, she provides no nudity. Pat Ashley, as a nude model, shows
breasts when she wears a Santa cape home from a shoot and is nearly done by
The most interesting thing about the film was watching the film makers
finding ways to kill Santas. Buring one to death on a chestnut roasting grill
was not bad, but my personal favorite involved a department store Santa taking
a leak, and a straight razor.
IMDb readers have this at 2.6, with 75 votes. It is reassuring to know that
75 other people besides me watched this thing. Minor critics place this in the
"so bad it is worth the watch" category. I might feel the same way were it not
for the very weak transfer I screened.
This is a D.
Pat's comments in yellow...
Graceland opened a new exhibit to give Elvis fans a peek into their night owl
idol's nocturnal life. It includes the jukebox he would play all night, film
clips of associates describing the King's late-night rentals of movie theaters
and amusement parks, and a TV with a bullet hole in the screen, the only
surviving TV of many that Elvis shot. A spokesman said he shot it when Robert
Goulet was performing.
* You don't want the Percodan to wear off when Robert
Goulet is singing.
Ever-quotable Sharon Stone said, "Guys who think they're cool aren't cool to
me," and she craves the kind of guy who "would want to wear Sponge Bob pajamas
and sit in the front row at the school play."
* "...Next to a woman who isn't wearing panties."
* Her ideal man is Michael Jackson?!
Stone also said she made sure she was ready to appear nude in "Basic Instinct 2"
by freeze-framing herself naked in the first movie on her projection room screen
and standing naked beside it for her best friend's inspection. Stone said her
friend told her, "'You look fabulous, you're ready to go.' I felt great."
* But then, she's done the same thing every day since
* I get the impression "Basic Instinct" is ALWAYS on her projection room
Tuesday, George W. Bush defended the Iraq war but would not name a date for
troop withdrawal, saying that may be up to a future president
* Like George Jetson.
A Brooklyn College study of women over 70 found that those whose favorite TV
shows were soap operas and daytime talk shows scored much lower on mental tests,
but they can't say what the connection is
* Gee ... why would "Jeopardy" fans be mentally sharper
than Jenny Jones fans?
A study by England's Christie Hospital found that fish rich in fatty oils may
help prevent the spread of prostate cancer
* The only hard part is cramming the fish up your butt.