Review 2 – Cube Trilogy

Posted: Saturday June 27, 2015 in Movies, Reviews
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With this review, is another three movies that was on Pay TV on Demand which I watched. Each movie has the same plot thus this review is going to be a short one. Cube, Cube²: Hypercube and Cube Zero are rated R because of the horror elements in the movies are very horrific.

Plot

Main Plot for Cube – Seven people of different background come together in a maze of rooms that has deadly traps.
Main Plot for Cube² Hypercube – Eight people awaken with no memory in a cube room where they must find a way out.
Main Plot for Cube Zero – A young man enters the cube to save an innocent woman.

Overall plot – has a number of people usually up to 7 or 8, knowing not how they got there, trying to find a way out. Each of the people get to know that each cubic room they go to are either have sensors or are manually set of deadly traps and on the way each one of the certain number dies off. Does any of 7 or 8 survive?

Overview

With the first was made in 1997 and with this Canadian movie has an actor from the Stargate TV Series Franchise – David Hewlett – who plays a person who knows something about the cube. But he tries not to voice for the fear of what will happen to him as he get to know the other people he meets in the cube. Even though he has a small part within the making of the cube, it is not until the third you understand the Cube. It seems each room that is a cube is also moving like a Rubik’s Cube. These rooms were counted to be twenty-six cubic rooms. A mathematical sense is also added to the whole three movies. Yet in the second has alphabets instead of numbers, they still notice a mathematical problem. The problems these eight had to understand the problem was to get to the one room that they had all joined in the first place.

The useful boot they had to use for the room they had to go into was either booby-trapped with deadly wires, gases, acids and such that one dies from. Each person has been a part to play in the second Cube movie. There was one who knew only one thing was to get a USB type-stick from a person. She was the one who came out of the Cube. Does she live? The hypercube is based on a theory that if a cube is created many times it would collapse on itself – physics does not apply. It was playing with your mind as well, it would show a person on the other side and like a mirror see the self. It was this that made me watch and how time flowed in the Cube.

Then the third was such that you find that the Cube is an experiment by a multimillion dollar company who employs a heap of people; if they question the objective of the job and they would end up in the cube. Even though, the story open in a building and it two workers, you wonder if this company has more of these Cubes in different places in the world. Then you find that they were being watched by the two who control the traps. It seems very awkward that the result of the Cube was that the head of the company wants these Cubes of mazes be set with deadly trap.

These three movies remind me of Cabin in the Woods scenario or should I say the reverse. Yet this is very much a longer way to do like Cabin in the Woods but I fear this trilogy had come with a sense of sensationalism of the fear of the greater power. Even though these three movies were good to watch but I felt the third seemed like another movie should have been done after it. If you like Lovecraft type stories, because this felt like them for me; then Cube ♠♠, Cube²:Hypercube ♠♠½ and Cube Zero ♠♠.

A Little Promo

Posted: Saturday June 27, 2015 in Uncategorized, Writing

To my followers here, I have a new site as an author and I would like you to follow that site as well. At the moment, I have started with a new platform of the operating system – the old system was Windows based while the new is Linux based.   The transition from Windows to Linux was slow at first, because I had to make sure everything is going well before advertising my new official site.I hope you might enjoy my official site. To the left sidebar is the link to about me and you can then go to my site. Or you can click this link, for soon competitions will be starting as soon as humanly possible.

Now my little self-promo is over, you will soon read the next trilogy review.

Review 1 – Dracula trilogy

Posted: Thursday June 18, 2015 in Reviews

As promise in my last post even though my health has been in decline, which is normal for me. It’s just see where I am at the moment. Why? Well it is another thing to add to the ever changing life that through at you. So after two weeks of changing my way of thinking it feels like I must have to deal with it at a later date. I urge everyone to have their macular in their eyes checked with an optometrist. I have to check if my macular is going to get worse with an Amsler grid card. Another problem on the list to deal with and manage. It seems like I’ll be going to need bionic eyes – laugh out loud, if that ever going to happen. Seriously, there is a Gizmag report that did show it to be possible; I may Apart from that which life can through at me, I must not deter on my plans here or on my official website. So far it may be that the diagnosis might be wrong which I’ll fine out in six months and see if I could see a specialist for the eyes – depending on the changes happen in six months.

Well I better give you my review of the Dracula trilogy, which I watched last month. Dracula 2000, Dracula II – Ascension and Dracula III – Legacy.

Dracula 2000

Plot

Dracula is kept hidden within a company, where its owner has kept it secret. He a collector of ancient relics, one employee wants the money hidden within the vault. But what the employee, her lover and his crew hold is something they wish they didn’t have. But something does change… The company owner holds a secret which also has a daughter who is estrange from him, he goes to her in New Orleans.

Overview

This is almost a carry on of the Bram Stokers novel of Dracula but with one difference if it was real. The premise of this story seems to be good and even though the actors from Elementary and Phantom of the Opera actors play in this movie. Christoper Plummer carries his role as Abraham Van Helsing in good steed like Peter Cushing; and instead of killing Dracula, he holds him in stasis and staying alive in the year 2000. Helsing under an alias, his relic hunter Simon Sheppard played by Jonny Lee Miller (a young miller) whose love interest is Solina (Jennifer Esposito) the employee who lets her lover into the vault.  Simon follows Helsing to New Orleans after Helsing finds out that Dracula is taken by the Solina and her lover’s crew. How can Helsing live for more than 300 years? How his daughter could be marked for Dracula lust?

For fans of Star Trek Voyager, Jeri Ryan also star in this and becomes a sexy vamp in this, Omar Epps (from House) also stars in this as one of the crew who steal a coffin without knowing Dracula is in it. This almost full star list should have given a good performance, but Gerard Butler (a young Butler before his Phantom of the Opera role) as Dracula was not as good as Bela or Lee but very close to them. For Firefly fans, Nathan Fillion (also stars in Castle) plays a priest in this and knows Helsing’s daughter. What more can one ask for? This version is depicted by another story which makes the myth more beautiful – this version puts two plots and merge it. The first with Dracula’s famous hunter Helsing and the second from the time when Judas Iscariot hangs himself for betraying Jesus. Of course, having a 2000 year old vampire who may have created Dracula seems plausible but it is farfetched to have Judas. Is it farfetched? The myth says that a man hangs himself/herself becomes a vampire seems plausible.

Okay the remakes of all Dracula movies does contemplates on many factors such as immortality, legends, myths and if one concept is real to life – what would we do. This seem to bring these many thoughts when I watched this version and it also connects to the Dracula movie with Luke Evans stared in. Comparing plots of the many Dracula movies is a post on its own. It did give me a glimpse into my thoughts that even every Dracula movie I see the plots change only a little but kept the original monster that Dracula has become a legend.  Just a note – a executive producer Wes Craven is listed, what else could I do. ♠♠♠

Dracula II – Ascension

Plot

A priest is on the hunt for the exclusive Dracula, travels from the Vatican to New Orleans. Medical students take the body of Dracula and do experiments on him to get cash from an investor.

Overview

Another full of famous actors, like Jason Scott Lee, Jason London, Roy Scheider and  Stephen Billington. Lee as Priest Uffizi searches for Dracula; but this continue on from the first movie which seem to be a little bit disassociated with how Dracula 2000 ended. Once you over look the ending of the first movie, and consider the beginning of this which should of happen. It seems natural that the burnt body would be brought to a mortuary where med-students look at the body – here is Luke (London) thinks of the body as a vampire. Elisabeth Blaine who is in love with the professor who is disable, ring him from the moment she finds out that her blood and Dracula’s mixed together. Luke and Elisabeth swap the bodies that have been burnt, but when Uffizi puts holy water on the already burnt body doesn’t catch fire like the other vampires – he soon chases the students. After a Dracula(Billington) escapes the torment of the medical students test with the professor and the front-man of the mysterious investor, Luke had kept water bottle from the church where Uffizi stayed, here in a memory his mentor a archbishop(Scheider)speaks of what he must hold on the faith of God. He had also put faith in Luke when the two teamed up. Luke wanted to free Elisabeth from the hold of Dracula, however they were too injured and tired to go further.

Before I go further the second and the first the actors who portrayed Dracula should have been the same one or may be its my tastes that plague me –  a black haired Dracula compared to a blond hair. Even though the ending seemed abrupt, it also had a beautiful story line which brought the story of the first one to this second a bit better even though, the ending seemed confusing from first to second. Back story moment were almost good to see as the whole. But for me, vampire movies are always good horror. Even a blond haired Dracula seem better in this movie because its capture for science seemed plausible. ♠♠½

Dracula III – Legacy

Plot

Luke and the Priest Uffizi return to hunt for Dracula and Elisabeth. Luke hopes to save Elisabeth whom he had a crush on her and hopes to turn her back but Dracula’s power is too strong. Uffizi and Luke soon follow Dracula’s trail to Romania where Romania is at war with the rich against the resistance. A reporter find the two and she falls for the priest in an abandoned church where a group of vampires attack.  A group of traders whom get humans during the day are really food collectors in the hope to become vampires. Will the darkness take Uffizi? Or will he triumph?

Overview

This is even better than the last one and there is some resolve. This concludes well the trilogy but it does have a sense of a twist at the end which I knew it would end because my writer in me knew the ending. It is fair but Luke did not get his girl at the end. Rutger Hauer plays Dracula and the Priest Uffizi fight a battle which ends a good movie. Many things in this movie was fairly done but it had one thing missing and that is the presence of the ominous power of Dracula himself. When Rutger Hauer did Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie he was better there, in his performance was believable(he was younger in Buffy). Just thought it lack a bit of something. May be it was my belief of the character as Dracula should be commanding and sexy and more like Bela’s Dracula. Or even Christopher Lee’s Dracula – menacing and commanding.

Okay, you are wondering why I picked on this particular thing. I’ll get to that after this review. The premise of it was stunning and making it feel real could well be seen in the war but they were never going to win with Vampires being the monster the rebels are fighting. With this in mind and the lack of commanding force it should have been better. Is this for those of you who want to watch vampires? My answer is yes with much bite to be had. ♠♠♠

My End Note

I have been having some personal issues which look like getting back to normal.

I’m Back

Posted: Tuesday May 19, 2015 in Health, Holidays, News, Reviews

Well I’m back from 24 days holiday but technically, my emotional state was at a low since a week after my mum went into hospital.

What happened on my holidays?

Well I enjoyed meeting my relatives on my mother’s side. And let me say, I enjoy shopping and looking at the city of Adelaide, South Australia very much. The weather was beautiful and winter season came in the last week I was there – Love the cold. The break was needed but life had other tests.

After the holiday?

It was a week which was slow and tiring and I tried to relax which was okay until Friday the 17th of April, in the afternoon, that life’s test happen. I went to do my annual ultrasound for my bladder and kidneys on that morning, in the meantime mum went through an ultrasound on her temple in the week after the holiday. The results of my mums’ ultrasound had returned that same morning, when we returned home for lunch. A message from the doctor, she went to her visit with the doctor, we rushed to the specialist then she was put to hospital.

After a week in hospital, Mum went through a biopsy which seemed to be a result that has been a good one. Yet the follow up is still ongoing. It seems one hurdle has been hopped over, but praying it to be all steady.

Reviews

Well, its been a little over two months, no, close to a month and two weeks since I reviewed some movies. Well soon you will read a few reviews. There will be seven.

Summarizing

Well its the 19th May and I have the flu and it will be some time before I feel better to do a review. This post is a long one in coming because of family problems seem to be manageable at the moment. I couldn’t concentrate on anything let alone do any reviews. So on the home-front of this review month will be coming in next month or as soon as I’m better from this… achtu  damn cough… and the dripping nose… cheers see you all soon.

Holiday’s Yeah

Posted: Saturday March 14, 2015 in Holidays
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It is going to be a beautiful few days as my last minute things before I’m going on my holiday somewhere in South Australia. Its very close to the day when I’m leaving for the holiday, that I’m feeling a little excited. Of course, when I return, I’ll come back with a few movies to review while on holidays. I know I’ll be viewing movies during my holidays because that is what I do when I go to a movie cinema that I haven’t been to before.

I’ll tell you all what has happen when I return.

New Site Up

Posted: Friday March 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

As you can see I have changed this site as it is a basic review site of movies and books, I watch and read after two days. On the left side that is the sidebar, is an About.me which show a small amount of info of me and there you can find the link to my new site – robert cristante dot(.) com. (You should get to my new site which is www dot robertcristante dot com slash(/) Author and yes leave capital A as is – if you want to type my site address in the address bar.) Also there is a Facebook Link button to me – Please remember that I try to be friendly with everyone however if there is spam it will be deleted immediately.

I was lucky I had backups and it was because of those backups that made my speedy recovery less stressful. It took me about three days of copying and pasting and uploading pictures to the new site.

As I am looking to the weekend and next week, my preparations for the holidays is coming quickly. I am excited about them. You’ll have to find out more on my new site when the day gets closer.

New Site Coming

Posted: Sunday March 1, 2015 in News

Please Note – this is about my Official site not this site; however, I use links in the menu above that goes to Robert Cristante dot(.) com site.

I have been looking at my site that is Robert Cristante dot com and notice I couldn’t do things at all without using the File Transfer Protocol password. This started to confuse me and then using a windows hosting had come to my media playing up so I was more than unhappy. Then I was so confused that nothing works.

After a few days of researching I soon realized that I made a big mistake – but on face value when I started window hosting with one click WordPress  everything was going smoothly until the end of last year with password for ftp and then last few weeks the installing of WP 4.1.1 had me going off like a Dalek loosing vision. With this in mind of the researching I decided to go with Linux hosting with my provider and see how it goes. One this I did wrong with the other was not making a backup  and lost everything – not quite everything. I made my own backups  of the pages from Robert Cristante dot com, I have all the pages I had in a word document.  But I have another site as a back up – this site is a free site which I kept but as close to my site.

So for now I’ll leave you with this thought, backup everything in triplicates. One last thing, here is okay because WordPress dot com are beyond great and they have backups well in hand.  One last note, very soon, I will be doing to this site is changing the menu above for how I want this Review site to be.

Update

Posted: Thursday February 26, 2015 in Holidays, News
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Please keep this in mind that my Official Site is having problems. If you click the above menu you might not get back to this site; so here I give you a tip, left click of your mouse and click on open a new tabbed window for each menu item except for contact and R.C. Reviews..

I can’t keep up with which update I am doing at the moment, a few problems I have had so far are such that I need a holiday and it seems fortunate that the holiday I had plan for looked almost in question two days ago. Lucky the incident that happen on Monday that seemed to be very fatal had lowered to minor. Thank the man upstairs that it was just a very minor problem.

My official site has been a major problem for me at the moment, it seems that internal problems which I have to figure if I need to do something – what can I do? I can easily say a few swear words and wait patiently and see. It’s been a day and now I wonder what is going on. I assure you, I will be as patient until Sunday, when I will do something…

As of the moment, there will be no reviews until after April 10th, 2015. It seems that my holidays are slowing creeping up and in the next two weeks, I’ll be preparing for my trip. It will be a three week plus three days holiday. I just can’t wait for the trip. It will be a good time for me to have a quiet time with my family relations. When I return from my holidays, I will give you some pictures of where I am going. Holiday is in a state in Australia.

Insidious and Insidious:- Chapter 2

Posted: Thursday February 26, 2015 in Movies, Reviews, Videos
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Horror movies is fairly my kind of cup of tea but what I hate is movies that shows a video camera within the movie. Ghost movies or paranormal movies that have people videoing  themselves is so old like the Blair Witch Project or more precisely like reality TV. Well these two movies for review are different and felt more real than reel.

Insidious

Plot

A family moves to a old house, when things start to strangely scare the mother who is a music composer. These strange things soon develop into the first born son and it puts the boy into a comatose state. Things get worse as the mother of the boy calls a priest but that is when the husband couldn’t believe her of their son’s troubles. This sets the whole family to move to another home but the same problems occur and that is when the priest intervene but after that the husband plays along because his mother calls in help from a specialist in paranormal activity. Soon the grandmother of the boy, tells her son that she went through the same thing.

Overview of Insidious

The story was there if you looked carefully at the movie. The signs were there. The father didn’t like taking photos because of his past experience. The story of “an outer bodily experience” in a horror sense is beautifully done with this movie.

Imagine you go to sleep and before you know it you wake and see yourself from the bed and enter in a world of limbo. Where you see souls living in darkness wanting to return to the world you know. The Further as the specialist puts it is where you travel further than anyone could in dream land and it is where demons stay and latch on to the dreamer whose soul roams limbo and the Further. Kids have this ability and sometimes they develop it into their adulthood. But it is not as horrible as this movie.

In one of these experiences, Dalton traveled to far into the Further that he became lost in the limbo world.Because of Dalton was haunted by a demonic entity which resulted in a comatose state.

This was a rented movie I watched and I enjoyed this than the Paranormal Activity movies put together. This had the story down pact to a T. The ending was such that it felt like it ended abruptly. (Of course it did and there’s a reason for this in the next review.)

Insidious – Chapter 2

Plot

After returning from the Further, Dalton and his father is returned and after a few months Dalton’s father started to show unusual behavior that comes forth so much that Dalton’s mother takes her thoughts to the grandmother.  The specialist had died in the first movie but the police are investigating this while Dalton’s father show unusual habits.

Overview

The roles are reversed this time, Dalton must face the Further again but it was such that a visitor from the further had latched on Dalton’s father’s body. This soon became what a more can the director give. It was another story that is wedge in with a crazy man who dressed as a girl when he was a boy for a domineering mother. The history of this man seemed to seep through the videotape of Dalton because Dalton’s father’s spirit was there asking for help.

It was the story that pressed me forward and it was also a beautifully portrayed story of a outer body experience. A story solely generated around a boy and his family experience in these two movies is so exquisite and intricate that compass the netted story to more than one event. With this movie ending is really a what more can happen and before I give away the ending, it also seem to show that another movie should be coming. (I know that this as a prediction that Insidious is going to be a franchise and possibility a cult movie classic.)

Insidious ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠½ and Insidious – Chapter 2 ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠½  are rated as such because I enjoy them so much. I could not rated it any higher because horror of the psychological kind; Insidious is the first movie that shows outer bodily experience so correctly.

Well my precious, where do I begin with this movie review. Oh before I do and this is for those who read the reviews of The Hobbit:- The Battle of the Five Armies from other reviewers –  I must say this before I do this review – forget the reviews and just watch it for what it was. I did.

Plot

It started where it left off with the Desolation of Smaug and the Laketown up in a fiery uproar. And the Dwarf King going through his own madness to find the heart of Erebor – a jewel which bring madness to the kings of the Dwarves. Bilbo holds the jewel in the fear that if Thorin’s madness escalates, he gives the jewel to the elven wood King. During which the Orcs and the darkness of Sauron comes to the fore in which Men, Elves, Dwarves and two type of Orcs fight a war which bring tensions to each race.

Overview

The Hobbit movies has come to the end with this last movie which I feel compel to agree to some of the reviewers out there. However, I feel that the whole story of Tolkiens’ Middle Earth is shown with the three earlier movies, this and the last two movies of The Hobbit. It is very much the reason why I feel that a marathon will be need to watch the whole six movies at once – that is, starting with the first of The Hobbit trilogy and then The Lord of the Rings trilogy of the movies. Why you may ask?

Well its fairly simple, this movie seemed a little less epic in the feeling of it. But think of the story that follows from this movie. If you feel then that this movie is  good enough then follow me with this review.

Thinking back to the beginning of the first movie where Bilbo decided to sign the contract and he stated that he was on an adventure – with a rough group of thirteen Dwarves and Gandalf. It was this hobbit as a burglar and the one ring which he took off Golem by a riddle  put the first sub plot which came to blossom in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

The same sub plot with the dwarf king and Bilbo, where Bilbo had to lie to his friend because of the dragon sickness. Similar sub plots played through the last two movies which could be picked up if you remember that The Hobbit was the prequel to The Lord of the Rings.

Saruman the White, Elrond and Galadriel came to rescue Gandalf and here is where Saruman felt he was doing a good deed but we all know, he fell to Sauron’s power. This sub plot unfolds in the Lord of the Rings. When Legolas and his father spoke together also starts the main plot for the Lord of the Rings.

Yes it was not enjoyable as the other two but this movie also sets the plot to the trilogy movies to The Lord of the Rings. For this movie I found that this was actually a tie-in movie to The Lord of the Rings movies. Even though, I enjoy it as well.

Peter Jackson put the Hobbit movies into three parts with three main plots from the book. This is genius, in a way because it showed the basic story from the parts of the book I enjoyed. I really enjoyed the Hobbit :- The Battle of the Five Armies.

The reason for ♠♠♠♠½ is really this, The Hobbit:- The Battle of the Five Armies is the binding glue to The Lord of the Rings. It really is funny to think like this, but for me it was how I viewed it. And as a writer I could see the flowing subplots joining together with the epic that is Tolkien’s view of Middle Earth or more precisely Jackson’s view of Middle Earth in film.