Friday, June 24, 2011

The Videovangaurd presents: The Weekend Watch 06/24/2011

Woohoo!!! Let's all celbrate with another week done. I don't know about you, but the waether here in Minnesota has been shit. Rain and cold for the last week of June is not my idea of what summer should be.   Let's hope July is much better because I can't take any more of this cold weather.  The good news is that since it's cold its a good excuse to go indoors and see a movie. I would probably say the same thing if it was hot outside too.  So what kind of cinematic goodies are in store for you this weekend? The one movie I'm excited about this weekend is "Hobo With a Shotgun". It's exciting because I thought I would have to wait til it's on DVD before I could see it, but it's finally comming to the midwest for one week only. I will have
a review posted sometime next week.

The Videovangaurd reviews Takashi Miike's "13 Assassins".

13 Assassins.

Cast: Koji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki

Writers: Kaneo Ikegami, Daisuke Tengan

Director: Takashi Miike

** and 1/2 *'s out of four.

                                     (U.S. Theatrical Poster)

A group of Samurais set off on a quest to assassinate Lord Nartisugu Matsudaira(Goro Inagaki) from continueing to rule their land. If they don't their whole world will be put into peril. This is not as easy as one might think, because there are rules that have to be followed within the Samurai code. The mob have to ambush him before he gets to his home turf and his rules become law.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Videovangaurd puts on his dancing shoes and looks at the remake of "Footlose" trailer.

When it was announced that an updated version of the teen dance movie "Footloose" was being made. Fans of the original threw a fit, and proceeded to go on to every message board and trash talk it before they even saw it. I understand why a lot of people are going to get upset with any type of remake, but let's be clear about one thing. The first one was made over 25 years ago. Teens now a days don't really have much to relate to with the original, and if they like this new version they may seek out the other one as well.  

(Thanks to MTV for the embed)

I feel safer that director Craig Brewer is behind the camera on this remake. I have loved his first two films. "Hustle and Flow" and "Black Snake Moan" and have faith he can deliver a stellar version.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The reviews the erotic movie from Korea. "The Housemaid"

The Housemaid

 Cast: Do-yeon Jeon, Jung-Jae Lee

Writers: Sang-soo Im, Ki-young Kim

Director: Sang-soo Im

***'s out of four

                                 (U.S. Theatrical Poster)

The term erotic drama is pretty damn rare to see in theaters these days. Scratch that it's damn near extinct. Nudity in the past year or so is mainly used for cheap laughs or just as a marketing tool. A lot of filmmakers are afraid to make erotic movies because they are afraid their movies will be labeled as pornographic. Which is kind of ironic because most studios like to use sex as a way to market their movies but yet they still shy away from any sort of sexual topic. You are more likely to find sex on TV than you would the movie theater.  "The Housemaid" has some pretty graphic sex scenes, and explicit dialogue about sexual acts spoken by the characters, but it is shot in such beautiful composition by cinematographer Lee Hyung-deok. That it goes beyond simple shots of tits and ass.  I found myself pausing this film at certain times and could honestly see these stills at an art gallery.