Good thing this is a Sunday where most people are too busy to read blogs because this one won't be too interesting, movie review-wise.
Last House on the Left - This was the remake of the movie of the same name where a girl is shot and left to die by some criminals. The criminals sucker their way into staying the night at the girl's parents' cabin for the night and when the wounded girl shows up, the parents want revenge. It was decent if anything because it felt pretty gritty and the kills were pretty cool and gruesome. But it wasn't anything special and the kind of movie you forget after it is done. Surprisingly, I have heard some people describe the movie as too disturbing to sit through, but I didn't get that feeling. 6 out of 10
The Final Destination - I enjoy the Final Destination films for what they are - somewhat entertaining films about people who cheat death and Death coming back to claim them and kill them off in fairly amusing, if not clever ways. This fourth in the series was, unfortunately, not as good. The kills were still somewhat clever, if not too over the top this time. The movie was overall, way to cheesy compared to the others. The special effects seemed piss poor compared to the others and it seemed more like a direct to TV sequel filmed for the Sci-Fi channel or something - just really lower quality. Disappointing... 5 out of 10
Halloween 2- I am actually one of a small group that actually liked Rob Zombie's reboot of the Halloween series a couple of years ago. I thought it was a very clever reimagining of the Michael Myers origin and I was quite entertained. I heard from several people that the sequel was pretty bad, but finally decided to give it a chance. They were correct. This was a horrible, convoluted, clusterfuck of a movie. I love gore, but it seemed to be gruesome just for the sake of being gruesome and the story was so subpar, I really didn't care for any of the characters, and really, only cared about when the movie would end. It had a few good scenes, but mostly, this was a piece of unfortunate crap. 3 out of 10
This Is It - This is concert film made up of tapings of Michael Jackson as he prepared and rehearsed for the This Is It tour that he was going to do in England before his untimely death. As much as I enjoyed it, this really is only for Jackson fans as all it is clips of songs being rehearsed in the order I imagine they would have been sung at the concerts. They also interviewed background singers and dancers for the performances, but it is kind of bittersweet as all the interviews are taken from rehearsal time and it sad to see these people that are so excited say that these upcoming concerts are a dream come true and will be life changing. Sad, because with Jackson's death, all of them really had their dreams shattered. It is also sad because with the footage provided, it really did seem like Jackson was back and had the chance to make a big time comeback. The concert and all the set pieces they were practicing really were going to be epic. So sad. 7 out of 10
Alien v Predator: Requiem - I LOVE the Aliens movies and I LOVE the Predator films. The fact that they were going to make an Alien VS Predator film was a dream come true, and even though it wasn't spectacular, I was entertained and mostly happy with the first Alien v Predator film. For some crazy reason, I didn't get around to seeing the second Alien v Predator film until very recently. I couldn't even finish it. Seriously, it was that bad. About 2/3 of the way through, I actually turned it off. This too, felt like a Sci-Fi channel film all the way down to the horrible acting. A pure travesty in the history of these two great characters. 1 out of 10.
With that (mostly)garbage out of the way, I do have some new photos. This morning, I woke up and felt like taking some pictures so I decided to go down to the park and take a few while I knew it would still be empty. Nobody takes their kids to the playground on a Sunday at 7:30 in the morning!
See a slideshow of the whole set here!