Tip o' My Brain

March 21, 2011

Let Me In in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,drama,sci-fi/horror — kryptobrent @ 7:50 pm

I thought it was a good vampire movie that mashed up themes of fear and loneliness very effectively.  Its frosty, remote gunmetal landscapes make it better than average. Better than the original, Let the Right One In? “The best horror film in years?” as some critics apparently have said?  No on either account, I say. It was good–let’s just leave it at that.

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The Box in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror,thriller — kryptobrent @ 7:47 pm

When I saw the trailer I imagined its “push the button and get a million dollars, but someone you don’t know dies” premise as a  20-minute Twilight Zone episode. And, after 100 minutes of alien conspiracies, people acting incomprehensibly, and Cameron Diaz and James Marsden looking really glum as they propel towards an unnecessarily bleak ending…my version was better.

Shutter in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror,thriller — kryptobrent @ 7:40 pm

I bought this film at a Blockbuster liquidation sale for $4. I thought it was the original Thailand version–not too groundbreaking, but well-acted and paced, with an interesting ending. I popped it in and discovered it was the AMERICAN version. What could go wrong?! Moral–when you buy a DVD without the box, you play with fire.

March 7, 2011

The Others in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror,thriller — kryptobrent @ 1:08 pm

It was somewhat overshadowed by others of its kind when it was released (6th Sense, etc.) but it’s actually well-told and quite effective with the chills.  Some think Nicole Kidman is kind of remote as an actress– she uses that well here.

The Seven Samuri in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,classics — kryptobrent @ 1:06 pm

It moves surprisingly fast for its three-hour running time.  The cinematography is remarkable–instead of today’s quick cuts and over-stylized sequences, we see lots of long, unedited shots. Counter-intuitively (to me, anyway), it actually ramps up the tension–you realize these characters are fighting for their lives. Their swordplay isn’t awesome–they just want the other guy to die reeeeaaalll bad.

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