Tip o' My Brain

July 13, 2011

Brick in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,drama,thriller — kryptobrent @ 6:02 pm

A noir-tinged murder mystery in the vein of The Maltese Falcon. Lots of rapid fire dialogue and tight performances. Here’s the twist–high school students are the protagonists.  Therein lies my only problem–my limited knowledge of what high school is like made it hard for me to believe what I was seeing. It’d be like office workers suddenly talking like they’re nuclear scientists.

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Oldboy in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,drama,thriller — kryptobrent @ 5:54 pm

Okay, let me be forthright here–I’m not recommending you see this. There’s some r0ugh stuff, and the third act is deeply disturbing. But I will say this: Three days later and I’m still chewing over it, trying to figure out how the story drew an emotional response out of me. I admit, I’d kill to write a script that has that affect. Maybe the Spike Lee-directed American version will be tamer. But, I ask, will it still pack a punch?

July 11, 2011

Splice in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror,thriller — kryptobrent @ 8:35 pm

Scientists get the idea of splicing human DNA into their genetic experiments.  I’m going to do you the favor their friends apparently never thought of–if you’re ever in a similar position…DON’T.  It can’t possibly turn out well.  Oh, and the film wasn’t bad, even though the weird sexual overtones detracted from the punch. Don’t do THAT, either.

July 3, 2011

Touch of Evil in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,classics,thriller — kryptobrent @ 11:41 pm

It’s so refreshing to be reminded that films can be over 50 years old and still have sharp, twisty plots and incredibly rich dialogue.  Touch of Evil stands up after all this time as a noir masterpiece. It’s a mature movie for a mature audience (I mean that in the best possible way). It’s one of those films that made me feel smarter.

The Birds in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,classics,thriller — kryptobrent @ 11:37 pm

Why does spoiled rich girl Melanie chase dashing Mitch to his coastal hometown? What’s the attraction between these two divergent personalities? Will Mitch’s mother interfere? What about Annie, his old flame? And does Melanie bring something more sinister with…wait! Who needs answers and resolution when we’s got… BIRDS!!!!

June 9, 2011

The Next Three Days in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,thriller — kryptobrent @ 12:42 pm

What would you do if your wife was suddenly and (probably) wrongfully imprisoned for life? If you were an action hero you’d have it all figured out.  Here, though, we get Russell Crowe, looking soft and out of his depth, but determined to do right by the woman he loves.  All in all, a pretty darn good thriller.

April 20, 2011

Cloverfield in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror,thriller — kryptobrent @ 8:22 pm

I love this movie for several reasons- the genius setup, the epic sharing space with the intimate, and the hush-hush marketing buildup to the film’s release still informs my viewing pleasure. But this time what got to me was the sheer humanity of the players. I bought every minute they sold me. Not bad for a movie told via camcorder.

March 21, 2011

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.

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