Archive for the ‘Drama’ Category
Successful writer and scholar Jonathan Merrick falls under the spell of the irresistible, bewitchingly beautiful Ligeia. She’s fighting a fatal illness and she will stop at nothing to defeat death, her one true enemy. She steals other people’s souls and on her quest to immortality she tricks Jonathan into supporting her work, breaking him apart from his fiancé Rowena and pulling him into her dark, mysterious world.
Ligeia is very loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe’s short story and in reality the film doesn’t have too much to do with the short story, but they try to sell it to you that way. Regardless, a good film is a good film whether it follows the story closely or not, however Ligeia is not really a good film. It’s advertised as a horror/thriller, but was more of a made for TV drama. The way the plot was presented made the film very predictable, so it lacked any tension or shocking moments. On a positive note the production value wasn’t too bad and it had decent effects for not being a big budget Hollywood movie.
The acting wasn’t horrible, but it was very TV-Drama like, so some may like it depending on your preferences. Sofya Skya looked the part well of Ligeia, but some of her acting was hit or miss. Parts of Ligeia dragged and even though the film was under an hour and a half it felt much longer. Ligeia might be suitable as a TV movie of the week, but not much more besides that.
My Rating: 4/10
Originally posted 2010-04-16 06:55:33.
Milos is a former adult film star who is down on his luck financially. When he receives a call from his long-time movie actress partner, Layla, he welcomes her call. Apparently she’s heard that a new film director wants to hire Milos to star in his “artistically-designed” adult film for a very generous price. He is easily lured form his semi-retirement by the lucrative offer, agreeing to meet the director in an isolated mansion.
If you are reading this you may have heard about the hype surrounding A Serbian Film, and if not then it is an extreme and graphic movie that tries to push the limits of cinema. Does it succeed in pushing the limits? Yes and No. It is definitely very graphic and unless you can handle extreme situations it might make you sick, but remember it is just a movie. Unlike a lot of shocking, disturbing, graphic, etc films out there, A Serbian Film does make a decent movie out of itself also. It has a plot, direction and does make a statement with an ending.
Will people enjoy the movie? Enjoy is not the word, but it should bring up many emotions in the viewer and succeeds in that aspect. Some may wonder what happens exactly in the film to make it so disturbing, but I won’t put any spoilers and just say the situations involve lots of sex, torture, killing, heavy subject matter involving children and more. If you try to think about as many bad subjects as you can you will probably miss some of the subjects gone over in the film. Overall it is a decent film, but is not for everyone and people looking for the most disgusting movie ever will be disappointed and people not knowing what they are getting into will turn it off. Looking at the movie as a whole it mixed cinema with horror and did sicken me while watching it, but I understood the message the film brought and did succeed in that aspect.
My Rating: 7/10
Originally posted 2010-07-27 10:36:25.