The Killing Club (2001), a review by addicted2dvd
Julie Bowen as Jamie
Traci Lords as Laura
Dawn Maxey as Arlene
Michael Sottile as Tony
David Packer as Al
Scott Trost as Larry
What begins as an accidental murder becomes a deadly society when three women decide they are the ones who can eliminate all the irredeemable men in their lives - permanently.
Jamie is a successful novelist, trapped in a bad relationship. When things get out of control and her boyfriend ends up dead, her best friend convinces her to hide the body. But he is only their first casualty, and soon The Killing Club brings on its third member - and takes care of its next victim…
My Thoughts:Hmmm... What did I think of this one? I enjoyed it enough that it kept my interest through-out the entire movie. But at the same time... it is far from a great movie. It is a pretty good story. But some of the acting could have been better. Over-all I would say it is worth a watch... not so sure about it being worth a purchase. I would say only if you can get it very cheap. As for the rating... I would say it is barely a 3 rating out of 5.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Alphabet Marathon: The Unwatched Version on September 24th, 2011)
The Omen, a review by Jon
4 out of 5
Gregory Peck stars as Robert Thorn, a powerful politician whose wife has just given birth to a stillborn son. He keeps it from her and on the hospitals suggestion, swaps for a newborn orphan baby. But dire warnings and mysterious deaths suggest that the child, Damien, may be nothing less than the Anti-Christ.
I’ve seen this quite a lot over the years, but it’s never lost any of its power. It’s a great story, well grounded by Peck’s solid performance. It must have been particularly shocking at the time, featuring such an actor, best known as Atticus Finch, the most dependable of heroic everyman types.
I’m a sucker for any story that uses religion like this. The best example is still The Exorcist (possibly Dogma… ), but this, probably riding that films wake just three years later, is a very close second though far more comic book, genre filmmaking. The Bible comes with weight and reputation, so if it’s used well in albeit a romanticised fashion, a story like this can seem very legitimate. It’s also good that it involves several countries (American family, British home, Italian monks, Middle East history and artefacts) as that emphasises the world conquering prophecy.
And when it’s played out without a shred of hyperbole or exaggeration, that legitimacy can only increase. Richard Donner has always been a dependable, workman like director, who relies on the characters and script to make the impact, even in Superman. I think Lethal Weapon is him at his most ‘flashy’. Here there are no attempts to make the audience jump. The story is strong enough to linger without short-lived jumps. Scenes like Kathy being knocked off the landing by the little bastard are very clever in their simplicity. Sending the poor goldfish ahead gives a very tangible sense of peril without resulting to a single note of music or gratuitous zoom.
I just called Damien “the little bastard”, but that’s a bit misleading. Perhaps not on that very last famous shot. Then it’s justified, but until the landing scene his role is quite ambiguous. As such, he is terrifying, like a teddy bear hiding a grenade! But in the final sequence, he’s still a child after all and that makes this an agonising spectacle. It’s Mrs. Baylock, the apostle, who is the real threat for the viewer though. Her and her dog (who have hilariously expanded roles in a rightly deleted scene on the DVD!).
The Omen films are strangely similar to the Alien ones: excellent, old-fashioned first instalment; more visceral, next generation sequel (though Omen II is more silly fun); crap third part that tries to close the trilogy in a commendable way; and a part 4 that ranks amongst the worst films ever made, with utterly ridiculous plot ideas. Thank the Anti-Christ there hasn’t been a remake! I mean, what would be the point?
Alright, games up, I know there’s a remake. I haven’t seen it, but I don’t want to. Everything I’ve heard suggests it is almost literally a carbon copy. And every shot I see of the new Damien suggests they really, really missed the point. He looks sinister, which he should never be.
(From October Marathon: Horror! on October 26th, 2008)
Death Note anime/manga/movies comparison, a review by Tom
- The detectives and L watch subway survaillence footage of Raye Penber's death.
- Light and Ryuk discuss one of the death note rules
- Watari and L receive a call and learn of Naomi's going missing. L concludes that she must have been onto Kira. And as she was Raye Penber's fiance, they are going to focus on the people Raye investigated. Among these was Light Yagami's family.
- They decide to put camera's and wiretabs in the Yagami house.
- Light notices that someone has entered his room and suspect that cameras were installed. Light tells Ryuk about this after they have left the house. He also tells him about all the tricks he has implemented to see if someone has entered his room. Only one of those has been discovered and resetted by the ones who entered his room. Light gets Ryuk to check for the positions of the cameras.
- Light looks at porn magazines in his room, so that the detectives think he checks for entry to his room because of these. L doesn't fall for this
- Yagami family has dinner and watches TV. L sends fake news report to check the reaction of Light. Light doesn't fall for it
- With a trick, Light can watch the news report without L knowing he has access to a TV. Light writes down names of criminals currently being reported
- L learns about the death of those criminals and survaillence is stopped
Manga: Episode is covered in chapters 16 and 17
Movies: Essentially the same but with some changes. Light only uses one trick to check access to his room and it wasn't noticed. Therefore the trick with the porn magazines is not needed. Also the survaillence takes about a week until Light can move suspicion away from him, instead of only one day. This is good for the character development of Light's father (the lead detective) in my opinion.
(From Death Note anime/manga/movies comparison on June 28th, 2009)