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“The Silent House” is a small horror film that first surfaced at the 2010 Cannes festival. Now, the plot (which is supposedly based on a true story) is fairly straightforward: A father and daughter are hired to renovate an old spooky house in the Uruguayan countryside. They decide to spend the night in the house before starting the renovations (the fools!) and that night they begin to hear tings go bump in the night.

Sounds familiar, huh?However, “The Silent House” has an ace up its sleeve…it was all shot in a single 79 minute shot on a handheld recorder. Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it! Imagine the time and effort it took to get everything perfect. I love it when people try to stand out from the crowd and do something different so fair deuce to director Gustavo Hernández‘s, actress Florencia Colucci and the entire team. I can only imagine the frustration tese guys encountered at various stages of the filming.

Early reviews of “The Silent House” have been mixed, however /Film gave the flick a pretty good review and I tend to listen to their opinions.

“The Silent House” is set to hit cinemas sometime in April. I can’t wait to check it out and if you want to see something original in a genre thats flooded with crappy 3D sequels and dissappointments, you should be too.

Here’s a quick round up of today’s stories that might be of interest to 1 or 2 of you out there:

Californian death metallers Vile are streaming the track “Prophetic Betrayal” from their upcoming album “Metamorphosis” on their MySpace page. Worth a listen if you like your death metal brutal as a sledgehammer to the side of the head.

Polish death metal legends Vader announced that drummer Pawel “Paul” Jaroszewicz has decided to leave the band due to “family matters”. His replacement is 21 year old English drummer James Stewart, who has played for Divine Chaos. Check out the video above to get an idea of James’ style of drumming.

DEVIN TOWNSEND RELEASES NEW MUSIC!No need to say any more, just listen…NOW.

Another teaser has appeared for the spooky looking “Insidious”, the latest offering from Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell. “Insidious” looks pretty creepy and early reviews seem to point to the guys delivering another pants soiling scary movie. Check out the clip at Bloody-Disgusting.com

Looks like we’re getting a sequel to 2008 monster movie “Cloverfield”. I really enjoyed “Cloverfield” but I’m not really excited at the prospect of a sequel, though it would be cool if it explains a little more about the giant beast that terrorizes New York in the original. /Film has all the details.

You guys remember “Grindhouse”, the two part homage to B-movies from Robert Rodriguez and Quinton Tarantino? While “Planet Terror” was a brilliant, over the top tribute to those sleazy, late night classics and “Death Proof” had it moments, it was the trailers in the middle that lasted longest in fan’s minds. These trailers proved so popular that some spawned their own films, most noticeably “Machete” (which as yet to make it to Irish cinemas for some reason).

These trailers also spawned a SXSW festival and Robert Rodriguez sponsored trailer contest and that contest has led to “Hobo With A Shotgun”, the debut feature film from Jason Eisener. According to IMDB, the plot of “Hobo With A Shotgun” is “A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun.” Without a shadow of a doubt, this film is gonna make its way onto my favorite films list.The title, the plot, the poster: its just all perfect. And based on a review by my buddy DiGi over at Movie Buzzers.com, “Hobo With A Shotgun Delivers” everything it promises.

So grab a few friends and a lot of beers and enjoy what looks like the cult film of the year

The first 45 minutes of “True Grit”, the latest Oscar fodder from academy favorites Joel and Ethan Coen are brilliant. The dialogue is witty, the script engrossing and the acting superb. I was incredibly impressed by what I was seeing on the screen in front of me and saw why the Coen brothers were held in such high regard (for some reason I’ve just never gotten around to watching man of their films).

However, as the film enters its second half, the story just kind of fizzles out; it loses its edge. I found the closing scenes very clichéd and the film just seems to drudge to its finale. If “True Grit” managed to retain the vitality of its opening it would be a masterpiece. However, it doesn’t and I found the closing half an hour rather lackluster.

Don’t get me wrong,theres still plenty to love about “True Grit”. The acting remains outstanding throughout the duration of the film. Jeff Bridges at his coolest and best as the one eyed Rooster Cogburn and if Hailee Steinfeld doesn’t get an Oscar nod for her debut performance as the hard as nails Mattie Ross, I’ll be mightily peeved. A Special mention must also go to Dakin Matthews, who I thought was excellent as Colonel Stonehill in the horse bartering scene (one of my favorite scenes in the movie).The only actor I was disappointed with was Matt Damon, who came across much better in the trailer than he does in the movie.

I found the amount of humor in “True Grit” pretty surprising. I expected it to be much more serious in tone but I found myself laughing the whole way through and the humor really adds to the film. I was also ver impressed with some of the cinematography in the film, especially the opening scene, and the Coen brothers beautifully capture the essence of the Wild West.

As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed True Grit. However, as I mentioned, it just seems to fizzel out in the last 30 or so minutes and I couldn’t help feeling a bit disappointed when leaving the cinema. “True Grit” is definitely worth a watch but it could, and should, have been a lot better.

“Black Swan”: Believe The Hype!

Posted: January 29, 2011 by Flashbox in Movies
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When my buddies and I emerged from the cinema after seeing “Black Swan” last weekend, the first thing we did was head straight to the pub and get a pint to help slow down the adrenaline that was rushing through us and discuss the roller coaster ride that Mr. Aronofsky had just put us through.

Since the first mentions of Black Swan surfaced, it has been one of the most talked about films in recent memory. And for good reason too!Darren Aronofsky, the man nehind the camera for “The Wrestler” and “Requiem For A Dream” was to be at the helm of the project. Natalie Portman had been touted for months as being the leading candidate for the best female lead Oscar for her career performance as Nina Sayers, the protagonist of “Black Swan”. Ms. Portman and the insanely sexy Mila Kunis were to have a very steamy lesbian scene. And, almost strangest of all, people from both the mainstream movie world and the horror world were salivating at the supernatural aspects of the movie.

Now, as every other review will tell you, this film is incredible. The acting from Portman and Kunis is top notch, each playing their roles superbly (and not just in the hot as hell lesbian scene!). I almost feel its unfair that Portman is getting all the credit in reviews as Kunis is fantastic as the sultry, seductive and dangerous Lilly. However, if Portman doesn’t win the Oscar for best female lead, it will, justifiably, cause riots.
Vincent Cassell is perfectly sleazy and ambiguous as Thomas Leroy, the director of the ballet and Barbara Hershey is entirely believable and creepy as Nina’s troubled mother, Erica.

What surprised me most, and was my favorite aspect of “Black Swan, was definitely its supernatural aspects and the overall intensity of the second half of the film. I had no idea that the film would be so furious and frantic as it bulldozes it way to its finally and I sure as hell didn’t expect to jump out of my seat with fear as much as I did. Seriously, “Black Swan” is scarier than 50% of the horror movies I’ve seen in the last year!

Beautifully shot, incredibly furious and filled with Oscar worthy performances, “Black Swan” is a remarkable film that grabs the viewer by the throat and throttles them for it entire duration. Everyone I’ve spoken to said they have rarely been taken on such a ride as they were on seeing “Black Swan”. Believe the hype: “Black Swan” needs to be seen to be believed.

“127 Hours” Is Incredible

Posted: January 19, 2011 by Flashbox in Movies
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Just back from seeing the highly anticipated “127 Hours” and holy crap is it good. Like blow your mind good. Besides Inception it is probably my favorite movie of the last 12 months. Equal parts tragic, inspiring and breath taking it really couldn’t have been any better.

For those of you living under a rock (couldn’t help it), “127 Hours” is the latest flick from super director Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave, Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting to name a few of his other movies) and tells the incredible true tale of rock climber Aron Ralston who, while out exploring Robbers Roost, Utah, gets his arm trapped under a boulder for 5 days and cuts his own arm off with a teeny army knife in order to escape.

James Franco(the hilarious pot head from Pineapple Express), who actually bears a physical resemblance to the real life Aron Ralston, gives the performance of his career in “127 Hours” and does an amazing job of portraying the trapped explorer. Franco really manages to form a connection with the viewer (at least he did with me anyway) and gets us to care about Aron, which makes his unenviable predicament even more hard to watch. James expertly depicts Aron’s losing battle with his insanity and his facial expressions and body language are extremely effective throughout.

Going into the film, all I could think of was the now notorious “are cutting off” scene. reports of people passing out during it at the premiere and at various film festivals was, truth be told, which attracted me to the film in the first place (I’m a gore-hound after all!) and I was wondering how gruesome it could really be. the answer: not too bad. Sure, its bloody and there is one particular piece that made me squirm but if you’ve seen any of the Saw films, you’ll have no problem sitting through this scene. However, it is filmed brilliant by Boyle, who gives the scene the realism and seriousness it deserves. I also couldn’t help but be amaze at the fact that Aron actually did this in real life, which was a much more horrible thought for me personally.

With “127 Hours”, Boyle shows why he is one of the world’s most respected directors, with shots and scenes that left me amazed, with the storm scene and the opening credits being my personal favorites. The film was completely different than how I imagined it would be (I really expected “Buried” just taking place in a cave) and his choice of music is inspired.

After I left the cinema I knew I had seen something special.This is a powerful film that will leave you inspired and amazed at the strength of the human spirit and is a film that could be watched over and over. A magnificent triumph for all involved

Dave Lombardo: Winter Beats

Posted: December 5, 2010 by Flashbox in Movies, Music
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Just stumbled across this sweet little video while checking the morning headlines on Blabbermouth. It’s Dave Lombardo providing the soundtrack to a scene from the latest Volcom Stone snowboard movie, “9191”.

The drums Lombardo has layed down are very different to what you hear on a Slayer record and give us a chance to see that Lombardo still has some tricks up his sleeves. On first watch, I found the video pretty strange (the whole clip has an out there, horror movie, grainy feel to it) and felt that the music didn’t suit it, probably due to the fact that I’ve been brain washed into thinking extreme sports should only be soundtracked by cookie cutter metal bands like 5 finger Death punch. However, after 2 or 3 more watches, I really thought it was a very cool clip that stands out from other clips.

Not being a drummer myself, I can’t comment on how technical what Dave is doing is, but it sounds pretty cool tome and is nice to see that the man doesn’t feel he has to be restricted to the strict style of music Slayer feel. Keep it up Dave!

Also, having tried to snowboard myself, and fail miserably at it, I’m still amazed at the tricks those guys can do. I couldn’t even stop myself sliding down a gently sloping hill, not to ind try getting my head around doing flips down mountains!