Return to Cabin by the Lake
Murderous screenwriter Stanley Caldwell, who incidentally is thought to be dead, returns to the scenes of his crimes.
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Jeff H (kr) wrote: Its delievers on its advertising as Spinal Tap meets Trailer Park boys. It is on netflix streaming now so put it in your que and give it a try.
Cameron J (us) wrote: I reckon Colin Farrell just couldn't wait for "Fright Night", because he was already calling up the guy who did "Interview with the Vampire"... before they were considering to remake "Fright Night". Yeah, that joke was probably never going to work too well, because as much as Neil Jordan is relatively recognized for doing "Interview with the Vampire", he's mostly the definitive Irish filmmaker. As if "Michael Collins" wasn't Irish enough for you, the only way that this film could be any more Irish is if it wasn't about a fisherman, but a potato farmer, and even then, I think Farrell pretty much compensated by actually going so far as to thicken his accent. Well, Farrell probably tweaked his Irish accent because he's so proud of his doing impeccable faux accents in most every other film that he wasn't even going to return home the same (I know accents differ with regions in Ireland, but I figured that not even the Irish cared), and plus, this film's Irishness is also limited by its also starring a Mexican-born Polish actress. Oh well, Alicja Bachleda is pretty hot, so I guess I'll run with whatever she slurs out in a pseudo-Scottish fashion (She's not actually playing Irish in the film, but you get the point). Actually, maybe I should rethink my system of accepting whatever Bachleda says, because considering that Jordan also did "The Crying Game", Farrell's Syracuse character should be less worried about the titular Ondine character hiding a fish tale and more worried about her hiding a, well, certain other type of tale. That possible twist certainly kept me on the edge of my seat, though it and Bachleda's gorgeous, seemingly female face, and fondness of getting down to her underwear every opportunity she gets, weren't the only things that kept me engaged throughout this, because this film is pretty enjoyable, though not without aspects which challenged my engagement. For a somewhat fluffy flick about water and fishing and whatnot, this film is kind of dry (Oh yeah, and most every other program about fishing is thrilling; maybe they would be if they had more beautiful Mexican-Polish women), having a certain entertainment value throughout its course, but still with plenty of moments in which momentum slows down under the weight of atmospheric cold spells, drawn out by repetitious dragging in story structuring. The film engages just fine time and again, but it is limper than it probably should be, and has moments where it really slows down, enough so to disengage and shake your investment, much like conventionalism. Perhaps even more abundant than the limp spells and decidedly as problematic is, of course, the film's being just so formulaic, maybe even borderline trite in its shamelessly taking on trope after trope, until it slips into predictability which ends up being contradicted by something of an unexpectedly lame twist, but still stands, and probably shouldn't be noticed throughout this "drama", because, truth be told, you go so far as to see the cheesy bits in this film coming... outside of the lame twist, of course. What reinforces the predictability of the somewhat overly fluffy areas in this film's plotting highlights is, of course, storytelling's taking most every opportunity it gets to corn things up a bit, whether when it's letting the lighter areas drift too far into cheesiness, or allowing more dramatic beats to become saccharine, maybe even histrionic, with subtlety issues which reflect director and writer Neil Jordan's being a bit too ambitious for his own good. Sure, Jordan's ambition inspires the charm that never abates from this film, and carries the final product quite a distance, but when it's not pumping the film with questionable storytelling beats, such as the subtlety issues, it's stressing the other shortcomings within the fulfillment of this film's potential, which, to be fair, is still pretty limited, as this film follows a simple story with only so much to say, let alone flesh out as potent, no matter how much Jordan wants it to be more than what it is. There's just not a whole lot to this film's story, and that's fine and all, but you're frequently reminded by Jordan's ambition to make this film more than what it is, and do so through such questionable moves as subtlety issues to break up the slow spells and conventionalism, thus leaving the final product to slip into underwhelmingness, maybe even forgetability. Still, when the film is occupying your time, I'd be lying if I said that such time isn't entirely squandered, because no matter how naturally limited or flawed the film may be, it wins you over, or at least looks pretty good. A film of this type isn't looking to do too much with its visual style, and sure enough, plenty of areas within Christopher Doyle's cinematography are kind of flat, and you shouldn't expect too much from Doyle's efforts, yet there is a certain ruggedness to the look of the film which is relatively unique, and consistently handsome. Doyle is not allowed to play with the film's visual style as well as he could have, but in the hands of a less competent photographer, the look of this film would have been completely flat, and as things stand, what Doyle does he does well enough for the film to look mighty good and catch your eye, much like the performers, and not just because some of the performers in this film are pretty pretty. Needless to say, there's hardly anything for this talented cast to work with, but when there's not the ever so occasional dramatic beat to play up, anyone from the young Alison Barry to the gorgeous Alicja Bachleda and, well, somewhat less dashing than usual Colin Farrell charm thoroughly, being handed questionably drawn characters who they bring to life with distinct charisma, somewhat augmented by decent chemistry. Like the characters themselves, the relationships between the characters are too cheesily, maybe even messily written, to feel as genuine as they probably should, considering how much this film is driven by its leads' relationships, but the chemistry is sold about as much as it can be by a cast whose charisma really does do a lot to carry the final product a fair distance, which is good, seeing as how this film's story is going to need all the help it can get if it's going to keep you going. Actually, while the film's story concept is not simply simple, but something of a mess, and steadily grows more so as it is unraveled through cornball storytelling, it's colorful, and while colorful is certainly not going to get the job done when it comes to really compelling, it ignites an immediate charm which is then flavored up, not just by the acting, but by Neil Jordan's performance, even as the writer of a script which is messy and rich with subtlety issues, but fleshes out colorful, if somewhat cheesy characters, while Jordan's direction fleshes out entertainment value. Sure, the entertainment value within Jordan's efforts could be more potent, as storytelling gets to be too steady to have all that much engagement value, while a sense of unsubtle overambition within what areas of Jordan's atmosphere that are not chilled out a touch too much further challenge your investment, but at the same time, Jordan keeps your investment alive with what he does do reasonably well, having a certain tenderness to his storytelling which soaks up the color and heart of this film, resulting in some entertainment value, maybe even some compelling moments, anchored by a wealth of charm. Really, if the film has nothing else going for it, it's charm, and while I kind of wish that the final product had more than just that going, even though the film was never to have too much going for, the heart of this fluffy drama is endearing enough to get you by with adequate entertainment value, even if it won't leave the final product to stick all that firmly into your memory. Overall, slow spells challenge engagement value about as much as cheesy subtlety issues within a simple and conventional story, as well as the ambition which emphasizes it all, thus making for a messy fantasy drama which falls as underwhelming, and could have even fallen flat, were it not for the handsome cinematography, charismatic performances, colorful writing and endearingly charming direction which make Neil Jordan's "Ondine" a reasonably entertaining and consistently enjoyable fluff drama, in spite of its heavy deal of problems. 2.5/5 - Fair
Greg S (ca) wrote: A well crafted, inspiring movie. Very uplifting story about just an humble ordinary guy. Great production and editing as well.
Wrik S (ca) wrote: Amazing story line... beautifully executed... Shreyas was really nice....
Heather H (kr) wrote: A Christmas classic. We don't consider it Christmas at our house until we've watched it each year.
Antonius H (br) wrote: A failed attempt to provide scientific explanation for the Ring grudge, not scary at all. I think it failed the genre
Kate V (us) wrote: Some parts scared me but the story was lame. A mother would never leave her daughter behind and comit suicide to mothered a dead little girl...how stupid is that..?
Britton Y (us) wrote: This review I'm making was first spoken by James Rolfe:"A true gem from the Shaw Bros. Studios. Super Inframan was the first superhero from Hong Kong, known as just plain Inframan here in the United States. It brings to mind Ultraman and Power Rangers, but this is a whole different beast. It starts out pretty nuts, but then it just gets flat-out insane. The opening credits is a seizure inducing trippy flash of colored lights that over stimulates your mind and tells you to get ready, because you're in for some crazy shit. Soon enough, we see a winged dragon creature flipping around and cackling like a maniac. Then it turns into a girl with gold cone tits who starts summoning other monsters with the crack of a whip. We're only getting started. When there's monsters, you need a superhero, so in comes Inframan. He was just a regular guy volunteering in a science lab to be transformed into... well, Inframan. *Scene plays with Inframan sitting up and it replays while closing up on Inframan's face* Did you see that? He sat up, just in case you missed it. *Scene plays with Inframan flipping around* Wanna see his special powers? *Scene plays with Inframan shooting lasers out his wrists and shooting his fist off like a rocket* Why couldn't they show a replay of that? I don't even know what the hell just happened. I can't even comment on this shit. Just watch. *Scene plays with Inframan jumping into the air and kicking a monster, in which the monster explodes* Now your life is complete. This movie has everything. *Scene plays when a girl with black cone tits fires lasers out of the eyes on her clawed hands* When Mrs. Black cone tits starts shooting dinky lasers out the eyeballs on her clawed hands, you're in for a wild time. *Scene: Man is shoved against an electric wall by a tentacle* Tentacles without bodies fry people against electric walls, *Scene: Spacemen fighting henchman and a bug monster* spacemen fight evil henchmen in skeleton suits and horned helmets along with a bug monster that never stops growling. *Scene: Spacemen fighting bug monster* *Imagine these scenes in your head* Yellow lasers vs. red boomerangs, Creature from the Black Lagoon has a horned crown and a red mustache! Even in the background, he hands it off! Look at him swaying back and forth, dancing like a jackass! He's restless! Like, what the fuck?! Why isn't there stuff blowing up right now?! He's gotta move! He's gotta shoot fire out his face! I love the villain's headquarters, on her desk is a cheesy looking bat, and behind her, it looks like King Ghidora's in the Twilight Zone. There's a scene where she becomes the dragon and fights Inframan, and Inframan cuts of her head. The head regenerates, so he has to cut it off again, and again, and again, and again, until he decides "Fuck it! This ain't workin'!" By the way, everything explodes, BOOM!!! Monster flips over a car, BOOM!!! Car explodes! Monster takes a piss, BOOM!!! Piss explodes! Inframan shoots laser, BOOM!!! Laser explodes! Inframan fights weird upside down octapus creature, does flying kick, BOOM!!! Lasers are highly combustible when mixed with water, BOOM!!! Bug monster falls on buildings, BOOM!!! Spear with bowling ball gets thrown, BOOM!!! Monster uses drill, BOOM!!! Pole gets thrown, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!!! Inframan hits the control boards, BOOM!!! Inframan picks up dynamite, flies up into the air, throws the dynamite, BOOM!!! Wait a minute, dynamite exploded? Don't be silly. Inframan flips guy into the water, BOOM!!! *Scene: Inframan flies from the position he wasn't in* How did Inframan get over there?! Now BOOM again??!! I'd be afraid to live in this worlds where everything is ignitable, if you stub your toe, hit your head, or trip and fall, you'll go BOOM!!! Look at all this shit going on, I'm really at a loss for words here. *Scene: Water explosion* Oh, there goes Mrs. Cone tits! That makes no sense! But who cares?! BOOM!!! BOOM!!! BOOM!!! BOOM!!! BOOM!!! BOOM!!! BOOM!!! BOOM!!! BOOM!!! BOOM!!! So, basically, BOOM!!! This could be the best movie ever made. Except, it should come with a warning label. It's highly combustible, and it could go BOOM!!!"
Tim R (au) wrote: What a crazy movie with a twist!
Brett P (au) wrote: if this is the original, then hell yea!