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The Driller Killer, a review by Jimmy




Title : The Driller Killer (1979)

Overview
A struggling artist is trying to complete his latest painting when he finds himself distracted by a punk rock band that moves into the downstairs apartment and continuously plays its music. He finally finishes his marterpiece despite the noise and shows it to his art dealer but his devastated when the dealer laughs at his work. Driven over the edge by the dealer's criticisms and the band's loud music, the artist snaps and begins killing people using a large power drills as his weapon of choice.

My Impression
This is one movie that I own already as a stand alone dvd with a better print quality, in its correct format (the copy here is fullscreen) and uncut. The director of this is Abel Ferrara in case you don't know and this is his second movie after 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy (something that I will have to watch one day). This is not your ordinary horror movie, yes it have a lot of blood and killing but there is something more to it. I could call it an arthouse horror movie because of the way it was filmed, the psychological interpretation of the film (my interpretation of the film anyway) and the real mood of it. No one in this are professionals actor and most of them haven't done anything before or after this, but the acting is not bad in fact that sound more real to me. I really like the end of this movie and evidently the music score is great since Ferrara had used seventies New York punk music. Last thing, it's always interesting to see how NY was looking in the seventies.

Recommanded, but try to get the Cult Epic release for a much better version.

Rating :

(From Chilling Classics (50 Movie Pack) - films review on October 23rd, 2008)

Member's Reviews

Stargate, a review by DJ Doena


First I thought about a re-run of Smallville but I have watched this in the middle of last year and it's been a while since I've watched Stargate SG-1.

In order to watch Stargate SG-1, one has to watch Stargate first.

Stargate


Kurt Russell ... Col. Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil
James Spader ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Alexis Cruz ... Skaara
Viveca Lindfors ... Catherine
Mili Avital ... Sha'uri
John Diehl ... Lieutenant Kawalsky
Leon Rippy ... General W.O. West
Erick Avari ... Kasuf
French Stewart ... Lieutenant Ferretti
Jaye Davidson ... Ra

Synopsis: Dr. Jackson is not very renowned in the scientific community. But he is convinced that the great pyramids weren't build during the fourth dynasty 5,000 years ago. He believes that they are much older. A digging back in 1928 confirms his suspicions: buried in the sands of Egypt under a great cover stone with unknown symbols - not hieroglyphs - the Door to Heaven Stargate was found. The Stargate is an ancient device to open an intergalactic connection to the planet Abydos. Dr. Jackson and Colonel Jack O'Neill (and a group of soldiers) go there. O'Neill's job is to evaluate the danger of the situation they are facing.

My Opinion: Unfortunately I haven't seen this movie in the theatres (I went to Star Trek: Generations instead). The idea that alien cultures have been to Earth and have had an influence isn't new, but it was interestingly presented. I also liked that the Abydosians really spoke abydosian (a variant of ancient egyptian) and not just english. The fights were very well choreographed, too, I didn't have the feeling that the weapons of the humans were a match to the ones of Ra's.

To adopt the story for the series they had to make some adjustments (this contains spoilers in regard to the pilot of the series):
  • In the movie, Ra is portrayed as the last of his kind, in the series he is one System Lord amongst many - although the most powerful one
  • In the movie, Ra is no Goa'uld, his alien body looks totally different
  • In the movie, Abydos is in another galaxy, in the series it's the planet closest to Earth
  • In the movie, the Stargate is a point-to-point connection to Abydos, in the series it's one in a great network of Stargates
  • Ra's Jaffa (who aren't called Jaffa in the movie) don't have an abdomen pouch in which they carry a Goa'uld larva (the term Goa'uld is also an invention of the series)

Additionally one has to activate one's "suspension of disbelief" even more than in the movie, because:
  • On most planets the people speak english, no explanation is given (Universal Translator in Star Trek, Translator Microbes in Farscape)
  • Most planets look like canadian forrests
  • On some planets are earth-like cultures that developed only after the gate was buried
  • We never see normal Goa'ulds, they are either rulers or at least scientists, but the huge number of Gua'uld larvae in the Jaffa have to result in a much larger Goa'uld population

Now we can get started ...



(From "Stargate SG-1" Marathon on February 29th, 2008)

Member's TV Reviews

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season marathon, a review by Achim


The Demon Hand
Another one of those "sorry we need to bore you, but we need to bring acreoos some more exposition" episodes. They aren't bad, it's just not a lot going on, really. I enjoyed them bringing Silverman back.

"No, I'm not police. But I do find them useful."

Vick's Chip
Those scenes with the chip were quite interesting; and creepy at times! It was cool how they tightened the screws a bit on the suspicions against Cameron, but also on Derek; good stuff for season 2.

"The roast should have been removed from the stove 18 minutes and 27 seconds ago."

What He Beheld
I somehow expected they'd go out with a bang. Well, they didn't, but I still thought this was an excellent episode. Some twists and turns along the way, a very touching moment (that scene with John and Derek, you'll know what I mean once you've seen it) and a decent cliffhanger (seems they were very confident or already knew they were picked up for a second season...). The scene in the internet café sure played out quite unexpected for a show like this.

School Friend: "Is this your car?"
Cameron: "No. It belongs to the guy I killed and stuffed in the trunk."


My conclusion:
A cool TV series that connect Terminator 2 and 3 brilliantly (so far), with good acting, sufficient amount of action and some humor thrown in for good measure. :thumbup: Looking forward to season 2 (full-length!).

(From Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season marathon on January 27th, 2009)