4-8-2002: Finally I'm back after recent problems with my computer that prevented
me from writing the latest column, but now I'm back with many wonders.
I watched RESIDENT EVIL and I have to say it is a kick ass movie. Director Paul Anderson
has channled the good movies that John Carpenter used to make so well. Wait a minute! THIS IS JUST
LIKE A GOOD JOHN CARPENTER FILM! Milla Jovovich stars in this fast paced horror movie where she plays a woman
who has temporarily lost her memory due to the self defenses of a city being activated. A small city under
the mansion and a team has been sent in to find out what has happened. They soon find out a virus has been
released and has turned all of the people in the city into the living dead!
I just love this movie. It even leaves it open for a sequel! Milla
pulls one out her best performance to date and Paul Anderson has made an other good movie that is the equal of EVENT HORIZON
(another Paul Anderson film). I can't wait for the director's cut if it is released on DVD!
On the other hand, I felt vaguely disappointed by THE TIME MACHINE. It stars Guy
Pearce as Alex Hartdigan. Alex builds a time machine to prevent the death of his bride-to-be, but he soon finds
out he can't change the past and throws himself further into the future until he finds what he thinks is paradise 800,000
years into the future. Paradise is not all as it seems as the world is divided into two races: the peaceful and
beautiful Eloi, and the ulgy and cruel Morlocks that prey on the Eloi.
The movie has many interesting ideas and concepts, but THE TIME MACHINE suffers from a poorly
written script and a poor execution of the ideas that are there. I would have liked to seen more of the morlock
liar and have more substance to it. The movie just goes too fast without stopping to fill in the gaps.
Even Guy Pearce isn't great as Alex (and Guy has admitted as much). Not as bad as reviewers say, but it isn't a
great movie either.
Rented THIR13EN GHOSTS over the weekend and I loved it! It is gory and afst paced.
The house is something to marvel. WOW! Also I rented K-PAX which is also a must see iwth an ending
that leaves it up to you where Prot was an alien or not visiting Earth. JOYRIDE is one I must get the DVD or rent
the DVD to watch the four alternate endings. I liked JOYRIDE after a slow start.
Of course that brings me to a movie I always wanted to see, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES.
It is a 1966 sci-fi movie directed by Mario Bava. I will tell you more about this movie later. I caught
it on American Movie Classics, and thought it was a great sci-fi/horror that was very intelligent for the time it came out
Catch you later and maybe there will be a second Enterline column by the end of the week.