Daily Archives: May 22, 2012

Rampart

 

Rampart     See Woody snarl.  See Woody cry.  See Woody puke.  This is an “actors’ movie” if ever there was one, and Harrelson is very good as a crooked L.A. cop, but you still need a story, and Rampart’s plot is threadbare and unpleasant.  Release:  2011  Grade:  C

 

*****

 

Corman

                                                 

Corman’s World     For decades, Roger Corman has been Hollywood’s crazy uncle, the embarrassing relation who tells dirty jokes at dinner and insists on shots of whiskey for dessert.  Corman made B movies, but his list of protégés is impressively A-list.  Jack Nicholson and Martin Scorsese are just two of the Corman graduates who pay tribute in this entertaining, clip-filled documentary.  Corman himself never graduated to the Hollywood big-time — a fact not really explained in this movie.  Release:  2011  Grade:  B

 

*****

                                                  Asylum


Asylum Blackout     My bar is at ground level for low-budget horror movies, but this one isn’t half-bad.  Here is what Asylum has going for it:  1) characters with some depth; not a whole lot of depth, but more than we usually get when kids hang out at cabins in the woods (in this case, the kids are trapped in a mental hospital when the power goes out);  2) some genuine suspense;  3) an intelligent screenplay, albeit a tad too smart for its own good near the end;  4) ominous settings;  and 5) a good, creepy villain.  Release:  2011  Grade:  B

 

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