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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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This week we tackle the long talked about sequel to 1987′s “Lost Boys”, “Lost Boys: The Tribe”! Also, we review the Indie horror flick “Shadows Light”!

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Lost Boys: The Tribe

In 1987 we were treated to a quirky and dark vampire flick starring the likes of Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Jason Patrick and Keifer Sutherland. Some twenty-one years later, somebody decided to make an unneeded sequel to the movie, mainly P.J. Pesce with “Lost Boys: The Tribe”.

Chris and Nicole Emerson are new arrivals to Santa Barbara; Chris, recovering from ruining a fellow pro surfer’s career in a tournament, Nicole along the ride because their parents died a car accident. Together they meet up with their Aunt Jillian who is going to rent them a beat up and run down beach house. Knowing nobody in town, they both try to blend in as well as possible. Eventually, Chris runs into fellow former pro surfer Shane who disappeared from the circuit some years before. Shane invites them to a party in which they attend, and soon the vampire seduction is in effect once again as well as one Emerson sibling succumbing to their whiles, while the other tries to save their mortal soul.

Most horror fans wrote off “Lost Boys 2” way back in 2007 when the project was first announced. Already determined to be unnecessary, crap, and generally uninteresting, most had declared the film a failure before filming had even begun. Normally, I tend to scoff at individuals such as these. Never judge a book by its cover and all that stuff. As it turns out, they were right. “Lost Boys 2” is a pretty horrible film all around. Especially because it’s “Lost Boys 2”.

If you hadn’t guessed, I have a lot of things to complain about with this movie. So, let’s start with the things I did like. First of all, the only large scale cameo on the film from the original back in 1987, Corey Feldman returns as Edgar Frog, the vampire slayer. This time around his brother is missing with only a few cursory ominous lines dropped about his whereabouts. Feldman however, is….Edgar Frog. A spitting image of his roll from the original film so long ago. The Wig is the same, the clothes are the same, the attitude and actions are the same; the only difference here is that Feldman has decided to adopt a Christian Bale Batman style false voice. Aside from that, Feldman does as expected in his once familiar role. He’s not going to win an Oscar mind you, but you get what you expect. The other heart-warming cameo from the original “Lost Boys”? Do you remember the shirtless saxophone dude that played on stage at the beach party? He was all ripped and bedecked in leather pants and a ponytail? He’s back too! He’s dressed exactly the same as well! Shirtless, leather pants, sunglasses, bad hair do; and a beer gut to rival my own! He’s only there for twenty seconds, but at least it’s a twenty seconds that will make you remember the original film before the dreck starts in number two.

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For the remainder of the movie, especially in comparison to the original, “Lost Boys: The Tribe” falters after a relatively okay beginning. Our opening sequence is reminiscent of the first film; atmospheric shots of night time beaches and darkness. Hell, even a Tom Savini cameo thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, they also use this time to introduce us to our new tribe of vampires and that’s where the film starts to snowball.

My major gripe is the complete disregard to the style, personality and ethos of the original Vampire tribe led by Keifer Sutherland. In the original “Lost Boys”, our vamps embodied exactly that; the lost boys from “Peter Pan”. Never growing old, dressing and doing as they pleased, on and on. Keifer and Bill S. Preston, Esquire where unique characters with their own style and fashion. They were different, the were wild, they were better than us. Everything about them spoke magnitudes that they saw themselves as highly evolved, better than a mere human. They didn’t throw parties, they hunted parties. In “Lost Boys: The Tribe”, this is all thrown out the window for a band of extreme sports athletes stuck in frat boy surfer mode. There is no hint as to why the might be called Lost Boys. There is no air of superiority to them. They’re just a pack of surfer bums with big teeth. Led by Keifers half brother Angus Sutherland, they fail to evoke fear and mystery. There’s nothing threatening about Angus Sutherland; he’s just a scrawny surfer with a really bad surfer drawl. The other members of the tribe are nothing more than set dressing. They’ll throw out a quip or one liner here or there and stand around and look menacing once in awhile, but they excel at being part of the scenery.

The plot suffers as well since there is nothing to seduce us with the new breed of vampire. Aunt Jillian is a poor attempt at a cross between Sam Emerson’s mom and Grandpa Joe and she’s the only adult involved. For a large chunk of the plot, they rehash the original and juxtapose the Emerson siblings. This time younger Emerson falls in with the bad guys and the elder bails her out. When they do try and branch off from the realm of reheated plot, they succeed only in dragging the movie to a slow crawl with no excitement to offer except for some fancy tricks on motorbikes and a lame cop chase. Where originally we (dare I say) were drawn in by Sam’s fear for his older brother and what was happening to him, we’re now faced with a brother protecting his little sister just because he thinks he’s supposed to. There’s no emotion to it, there’s no drama to it; he’s just trying to keep the dirty surfer guys from touching her bits and pieces.

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“Lost Boys: The Tribe” fails to bring anything good to the ‘franchise’ established in 1987. In many aspects, they could have dropped the “Lost Boys” from the title all together and cut the name Edgar Frog and they would have had a run of the mill low budget DVD. It was bland and generic enough to be a “Lost Boys” movie in name only. As a matter of fact, in the end it feels a bit insulting to those of us that call ourselves fans of the original.

If you have to watch it, watch it to see Corey Feldman as a Frog brother again. There’s not much more to offer here.

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For those of you wondering when Corey Haim comes up in this discussion, there’s not much to talk about. When the end credits roll, fight your instincts from hitting the stop button. It’s really not worth the effort though.

3 Corey Haim loves Rob Lowe’s out of 10

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Doomsday

Neil Marshall set us on edge back in 2002 with his werewolf spectacular “Dog Soldiers”. In 2005 he scared the crap out of us all with “The Descent”. Now in 2008 he threw his hat into the genre funfest once again, this time while paying homage to the post apocalyptic action fests of the early 80’s with “Doomsday”. Now today, we all get to bring it home on DVD!

It’s been a fair bit of time since “Doomsday” left the theaters, so most readers aren’t strangers to the movie packed within. A deadly plague breaks out in Scotland and to ward it from infecting the rest of England, they wall off the small country and those who are sick within. Some thirty years later it appears that the “Reaper Virus” is making its return. With initial panic it is soon discovered that there are survivors in Scotland. Where there are survivors, there must be a cure. Assembling a crack military team to breach the wall, we watch along as Rhona Mitra and company set forth to fight the “Road Warrior” worthy punks and medieval fiefdom of Malcolm McDowell.

An acquired taste for some, a well crafted throw back to others, “Doomsday” manages to pack in copious amounts of over the top action to thrill and please just about anybody. There’s solid humor contained within, as well as a well formed and thought out science fiction story that’s worthy of being included of discussion from its predecessors. Malcolm McDowell is always well suited to a hammy bad guy and shows it here. Rhona Mitra makes for a nice action star in spandex!

For the “Doomsday” DVD, the studio has thrown a nice twist in the package. All to well, us movie fans are well versed in studios double dipping techniques. Many times we’ve had a theatrical version of a movie released, only to have a directors cut come out six months after you drop your hard earned cash on the first disk and always promising more and more special features to help lure you into buying the movie a second time. With the “Doomsday” DVD, they’ve thrown double dipping to the wayside and given us both the Theatrical cut and the Directors Cut all on one disk! A nice change to say the least.

The special features contained within are quite nice as well:

• ANATOMY OF CATASTROPHE: CIVILIZATION ON THE BRINK -Writer/Director Neil Marshall takes you inside the making of Doomsday. Meet the enormous cast and crew, experience the challenges and endurance it takes to bring a film of this massive scale to the screen and break down how all of the major stunts, explosions and fight sequences were executed.
• THE VISUAL EFFECTS OF DOOMSDAY – Meet the visual effects wizards and see how they collaborated with Director Neil Marshall to achieve his vision in creating the compelling sets that couldn’t be built but were instead created by computer.
• FEATURE COMMENTARY (UNRATED VERSION ONLY) – Filmmaker Neil Marshall and cast members Sean Pertwee, Darren Morfitt, Rick Warden and Les Simpson.
• ORIGINAL THEATRICAL VERSION
“Anatomy of a Catastrophe” is a great little side documentary that shows you the behind the scenes as well as behind the mind of Director Neil Marshall. Showing you his love of the genre and 80’s movies as well, they all combine for a nice addition to the main movie. The commentary is entertaining as well. For the “Visual Effects of Doomsday”, you may feel a bit overwhelmed and bogged down if special effects are not your bag. Unfortunately, they’re not my bag and failed to hold my interest for very long.

So, good movie, good DVD.

8 Mel Gibson should be proud’s out of 10!

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From today until August 16th, email cinemafromage@gmail.com to enter the drawing! Include DOOMSDAY GIVEAWAY in the subject line, and give me your name and your mailing address in the body of the email! All entries will be thrown in a hat and drawn out by me!

So there you have it folks, looking forward to hearing from ya!

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Monday, July 28th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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X-Files: I Want to Believe

As a long time fan of the show, my excitement for “X-Files: I Want to Believe” was cautiously optimistic. The chance to see Mulder and Scully trading paranoia once again was a good thing to be had. But could the pull it off?

Scully has left the FBI, working as a full fledged doctor. Renowned and working on children’s cases for a catholic hospital, she’s set in her ways and happy with being Dr. Scully once again. Mulder on the other hand has holed himself away in his study, carrying on the torch of his former X-Files role, following news stories and still mildly obsessing over the disappearance of his sister. Cut to the current FBI offices; an FBI agent has turned up missing. Shortly after, a priest convicted of child molestation calls in reporting visions of the missing agent. Amanda Peet and Xzibit are assigned the case to track her down, hopefully still alive. With the added difficulty of a perverted priest having visions, they’re not sure how to proceed. So, they call in the expert; tracking down Mulder they bring him in for his experience in dealing with psychics. In turn, he brings in Scully because she completes him, and because he relies on her skeptic nature to help him solve his cases. Before you know it, Mulder’s on the trail with his bulldog style and Scully does her best to keep from getting too deeply involved and we’re off on the trail of another X-Files case!

For the fans who want to believe, you can breathe easy now. “X-Files: I Want to Believe” is a solid entry into the X-Files canon and worthy of your $10. It’s not an earth shattering movie by any means and it certainly doesn’t reinvent the show that we’ve all grown to love. It does however make for a solid X-Files fluff episode that wastes no time in sucking you back into the flow of Mulder and Scully’s former escapades.

For myself, I was relieved to hear that this wasn’t going to be part of the large series long alien arch. Sure, it was key to what made the show what it was; I was always more of a fan however of the one off monster chasing episodes. The X-Files cases were always about more than just little green men and UFO’s; they always flirted with many an urban legend and random monster who stalked the shadows. “I Want to Believe” is one of these one-off shows. Even after so many years off, Chris Carter and company still knew exactly how to appeal to their audience. The characters were as strong as ever, the banter was still there.

There were some problems of course. As I said, “I Want to Believe” failed to be spectacular. Xzibit as an FBI agent simply didn’t work. Too stiff and too grumpy just for the sake of being grumpy, he failed to do much but play the muscle to Amanda Peet’s Agent Whitney. Early on, some of the banter with Scully’s general skepticism felt somewhat forced and lacked the spark that they used to have when arguing Mulder’s crazy theories.

The overall plot however worked very nice and they kept some nice twists to keep it entertaining in the old school X-Files feel. Some of the twists felt like they were wrapped up too neatly but it was nice to see the gang back in action once again. Amanda Peet made a nice addition to the dynamic duo. Cautiously believing in the hopes that whatever could possibly help, she would try. (She was pretty cute to boot!) Billy Connoly fit in well with the scenery with his portrayal of the perverted Father Crissman even if he did fail to make himself a noteworthy X-Files cast member to be remembered throughout the ages.

So; if you’re a long time fan go see “X-Files: I Want to Believe”. It fits well as canon but doesn’t escalating the franchise to any new heights. Nostalgic in appearance and enjoyment, it’s worth it to see where everybody ended up after the craziness that was the last two seasons.

And Scully’s still a hottie. Plain and simple.

7 nostalgic beliefs out of 10

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Monday, July 28th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

This week we dig on the comfort food effect we got from watching “The X Files: I Want To Believe”, call shenanigans on Christian Bale’s family and hear from some friends of the show.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Comcast teams up with the Dark Knight once again with another set of exclusive videos available here!

If you haven’t seen the movie yet (you should have by now, really) now’s your chance to get some behind the scenes info on what’s quite probably the movie of the year.

When you’re done with that, head over here to check out the Dark Knight Gotham City Street Chase game!

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

Midnight Muenster hits Episode 8 with a big show, and a big theme! It’s summertime, and in honor of my own time as a camp councelor this week we tackle 3 camp classics! 1987′s Cheerleader Camp, 1988′s Sleepaway Camp 2, and 1989′s Sleepaway Camp 3!

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Details are out folks, and next week the 29th marks the return of the Frog brothers and the surfing vampires of “Lost Boys 2: The Tribe”!

So far, the DVD sounds pretty chock full:

• Lost Boys The Tribe contains the following special features:

* Lost Boys: The Tribe: Action Junkies —A piece showcasing the various extreme sports stunt choreography throughout the film.
* Edgar Frog’s Guide to Coming Back Alive — A “How To Kill” doc showcasing various weapons and methods for disposing of vampires. Hosted by Corey Feldman in character as Edgar Frog.
* Alternate Endings: — Two alternate endings featuring a familiar face from the 1987 Original.
* Blu-ray disc includes a bonus Digital Copy of the film.
* Music Videos:
o Featuring all-new remix music video of “CRY LITTLE SISTER” by original THE LOST BOYS artist G Tom Mac.
o Three music videos by Yeah Whatever

+ Downfall
+ Hell is Full
+ It’s Over Now

Standard/Blu-ray Street Date: July 29 th , 2008
Languages: English 5.1 audio
Subtitles: ESDH, Latin Spanish, French (feature only)
Running Time – Rated: 92 minutes
Running Time – UNCUT: 94 minutes
Rating: R / Uncut

Be there the 29th to check it out, and stay tuned for a review, possible giveaways, and an upcoming Midnight Muenster episode! Come on, admit it. You know you’re at least a little curious!

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Monday, July 21st, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

This episode we get our hadcore nerd on over The Dark Knight, the crew convinces me to try giving comic books a shot, and we listen to some great double feature suggestions via voicemail.

Spoilers run from 17:00 to 1:40:00.

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Sunday, July 20th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

You may have noticed that Cinema Fromage was pretty quiet for the last week. There’s good reason behind that! Last week I packed my bags along with my daughter, changed my name to ‘Yogi’ and set off for the woods of Camp Dellwood Girl Scout camp on the surface of the sun! (Also known as Indianapolis, IN) The week was packed full of fun, heat and humidity and general good old fashioned camping fun. Me being 1 of 2 dads in attendance for the week, I was quite the spectacle as I roamed around with my unit of of 11 and 12 year old girls in tow. By the end of the week, I was a minor celebrity with the younger units. Good times had by all, but by the end of 3 days of hiking in 95 degree heat with a 101 heat index and high humidity, Delaney and I were both glad when it was over.

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One of the funner things I got to do during the week with my older girl unit was archery! It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to shoot a bow and arrow and I was glad to see I still had it! Thankfully the archery range was in a shady spot and it’s not to intensive of a sport so it made for a nice break during the week.

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Delaney was shacked up with her best friend Jess for the week. These two are pretty die hard campers and the heat, dirt and bugs didn’t phase them in the least. Ask them both, the pool was of course their favorite part but being Brownies, they had lots of fun in the woods as well. Where I spent my week in an old fashioned canvas pitch tent, these two got to spend theirs in a platform tent complete with cots. They had it easy! (Platform tents are way cooler though)

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The theme for this years camp was back to basics, so there was heavy emphasis on basic camping skills. In my unit, we built our own fire on Wednesday and the girls had to cook their own lunches. The lunches were foil dinners, also known as hobo dinners, packed with veggies, hamburger and biscuits. My partner in Girl Scout crime and BFF ‘Ms. Laura’ will be thrilled to know that we also cooked with Dutch Ovens, making two dump cakes for dessert! For those not in the know, Dump cake consists of a layer of pie filling, a layer of dry cake mix, and a layer of butter. Throw it in the fire, walk away, check again later. Good stuff.

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The remainder of the week, meal time was provided by the camp cook in the lodge. The lodge is a neat place, an old sheep barn converted into a cafeteria. Rustic, heavy wooden tables and heavy wooden beams complete the feel. As you can see it was a place of chaos and fun as we packed in all 250 girls of Camp Dellwood in for each meal on Thursday and Friday. This was the time that I got to catch up with my daughter and Delaney since she wasn’t in my unit. Good times where had by all, and I couldn’t walk far with out a yell of ‘HI YOGI!’ coming from one table or another!

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A big event on Thursday for the girls was the rock wall climbing that was brought in for the day. Every girl in the camp got to take a shot at the wall as seen here as Delaney makes her way up. The only real problem was that the rockwall was set directly in the sun which made the hand holds and line standing both a miserable experience. Regardless, the girls were all quite pleased with themselves as they made it to the top and most of them were content to laze in the shade once they were done. Can’t say I blame them!

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The girls of my troop, Troop 213, they’re all pretty seasoned campers by this point. Thanks to myself and Ms. Laura taking them on at least three camp-outs so far, this being their third year at scout camp, and another trip already planned for the fall, they’re old pros! They all showed up ready to go on Monday morning as seen above. One or two was venturing forth for their first time with a bit of nerves, but the girls of our troop are good and took them in hand and worked them right into the routine.

So there you have it. That’s the reason Cinema Fromage has been silent for the past week! By the time we got home in the evenings (it was a day camp with one overnight) ‘Yogi’ was too pooped to either watch a movie or write a review. Regardless, the entire experience was a blast and I definitely plan on returning with the troop again next year!

And now back to the recuperation part of our show.

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