Bizarre meets comedy – Clerk’s creator Kevin Smith takes on horror

TuskTusk, the latest from director/actor/comedian Kevin Smith starts screening in selected theaters across America, and as many other human beings which saw the trailer (or the whole movie), I too can’t help to wonder: is this Human Centipede’s spiritual successor?

The movie stars “Mac” guy Justin Long, who plays a pod-cast host going to Manitoba, Canada where he gets kidnapped by a demented guy (Michael Parks) who wants to ‘transform’ him into a walrus. Yup, can’t get more bizarre than that.

But, as pointed out by viewers, Tusk is actually a satirical take on “America’s perception on Canada”, having more inside Canadian jokes than your average Cracked article.

Jordan Crucchiola (WIRED) salutes Kevin Smith’s try, stating that “our movies fell into a rut and instead of cashing in on the same old schtick because Smodcast fans will follow you anywhere, you took a gamble and gave audiences a new part of yourself to consider, and appreciate.”

As a bonus, you have Sixth Sense’s kid Haley Joel Osment also playing a role in this movie along with Johnny Depp, so, yeah.

Post Scriptum: I don’t want to die in Canada also.

Fly Paper

Flypaper_posterIn this edition of The Netflix Binge, we review the 2011 action, drama, comedy, Flypaper, starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd.  Dempsey stars as Tripp, a quirky genius-like customer that unwittingly gets caught up in a whole lot of drama. Judd Co-stars as Tripp’s bank teller, and weird paralleling love interest throughout the film.

The two had great energy and chemistry, not what I would have thought by such an odd pairing. Judd put her best foot forward, and was looking purrdy foxy.

The story takes place in a bank, and everything is business as usual when suddenly it gets robbed, twice. That’s right, two bank robberies on the same day, at the same time. Clearly the bank robbers are befuddled. What was supposed to be a run of the mill robbery has turned into a somewhat tense situation between the customers, employees, and of course, the rival crew.

Now in a hostage scenario, Tripp unwittingly tries to decode the reasoning behind such a peculiar event. What unfolds is just the best game of clue, ever. Lots of backwards allegations, people dying, and good laughs as everyone is just trying to get the hell out of the bank.

Great performance by Dempsey. He shows an interesting dynamic throughout his role. He nailed the neurotic, somewhat pitiful, yet confident nature of his character’s clearly flawed and honest demeanor.

Overall the film was well put together. However, sometimes the story line became muddy and disillusioned, but it did come back together in the end for a great twist. The length in which the “hostages” were able to take was a bit over-the-top, as Tripp escapes several times, only to simply be put back into lock up.

If they were trying to portray a complete separation, lack of control, and systematical breakdown of both bank crews, they did a great job. I mean the writers were from “The Hangover”, a movie where nothing is in control, except the beginning and ending credits.

Flypaper is most definitely a movie to add to your watch list.




The Colony

the-colony-03As I continue on with my Laurence Fishburne movie homage, we come upon The Colony. This Netflix sci-fi thriller was tucked away in my “Recommended for Rodney” queue because my little ones have an intent fascination with Curious George and Iron Man.

I’m not complaining, I love cartoon Iron Man, and who doesn’t like Curious George? That monkey is nothing but trouble… but Neflix thinks I’m either 5-years-old, or a Soccer mom.

The Colony is your typical end of the world movie, set in a frozen wasteland, the world crumbling to a grinding halt.

The surviving humans have created colonies underground to withstand the frigid elements.  Food, water, everything is rationed and accounted for.

Sickness can kill a whole colony, and therefore, you either go to quarantine, leave the colony, or get shot. What a life.

Running colony 7 is Briggs (Laurence Fishburne) and ex-military soldier with a propensity for stern words, fairness, and the truth. Briggs’ Sergeant at Arms and former military cohort, Mason, (Bill Paxton) is the loose cannon that has become disenchanted with the world as it is.

Mason doesn’t think sick people should have any choices. If you get sick, you die. Clearly Briggs takes issue with this, putting a rif between the two blood brothers, and setting the tone for hostile take over.

But wait, before we can worry about colony politics, a distress signal comes from a neighboring colony, number 5. Briggs rallies up a team of three, one of those being his adopted son of sorts, Sam, (Kevin Zegers). Sam is also the only one with a smoking hot girlfriend, Kai, played by Charlotte Sullivan.

The third guy is a teenager with no girlfriend and his parents don’t want him to go, but he wants to be a man…So, they let him. Needless to say, he’s the very first one to die. Upon the team’s exploration of colony 5, they stumble upon a grotesque scene, the entire colony slaughtered by something they call feral humans. Or as I like to say, zombies with hearts. Or, The Kardashians.

And so, the scene is set for an epic showdown between a horde of blood thirsty, bad-breathed human-ish beings. The team escapes, minus the kid who want to be a man. Oh he’s dead. Real dead.

But they’re followed, and now the rest of colony 7 is in for a real long evening. There’s some basic, yet entertaining twists and turns that will keep you entertained for the entire film.

For the basic nature of the plot, the acting was spot on as one would expect from two veterans like Fishburne and Paxton. Don’t count on any “I am Legend” musings, but it’s engaging nonetheless, and definitely worth an “Add to My List”.