May 10, 2002 |
"Blackwoods," a glum psychological horror picture, opens today for what will surely be a quick stopover on the way to video store bins. Director Uwe Boll and writer Robert Dean Klein fail to generate any interest in an unsympathetic hero caught up in an intricate plot that while cleverly worked out, cannot overcome blah characters. Matt Sullivan's (Patrick Muldoon) girlfriend of three weeks, Dawn (Keegan Connor Tracy), wants to introduce him to her family.
January 28, 2005 |
As silly as it is stylish, "Alone in the Dark" has a preposterous premise, but since the film is based on the Atari video game of the same name, it also has much to appeal to headbangers: fast pace, lots of gadgets, monsters, explosive special effects, plenty of inscrutable plot twists and turns. Beyond that, director Uwe Boll, cinematographer Mathias Neumann and production designer Tink have created a striking-looking world for their film -- one that's shadowy, brooding and menacing.
January 6, 2006 |
The only thing left unsliced is the ham in "BloodRayne," yet another video game adaptation by German genre specialist Uwe Boll and a movie with more fading -- or faded -- talent than an Italian basketball team. Star Kristanna Loken does a lot for a leather bustier but very little for the Rayne of the title, a dhampir -- half vampire, half human -- who thirsts for the blood of the undead. A sip here, a slurp there. The next thing you know, you're a Veg-O-Matic with hips.
January 11, 2008 |
Matthew Lillard is working on a book, which he describes as advice to aspiring young actors from someone in the middle of a long haul. He means to offer perspective from someone "in the middle of a fight," neither speaking from on high nor from the sidelines of the acting game. For the book, Lillard said, he is interviewing contemporaries like Efren Ramirez, who is Pedro from "Napoleon Dynamite." Lillard has similarly managed to lodge himself in the firmament of movie trivia.
October 13, 2003 |
There's scarcely a whiff of originality in the zombie horror picture "House of the Dead," but Uwe Boll has directed it with enough energy and style that it adds up to passably mindless if grisly fun. Dave Parker and Mark A. Altman's serviceable plot finds five University of Washington students missing a party boat for a spring break rave on a remote island in the strait of Juan de Fuca.
October 18, 2007 |
Not only did the French coin the phrase "film noir," but they also made some extraordinary examples of the genre, several of which are screening during the American Cinematheque's Crooks in Clover: Noir, French Style series opening Friday at the Egyptian Theatre.