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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

This is the true strong of Frank Abagnale Jr., professional con-artist and counterfeiter who started out young, a kid on the run, met a girl, escaped his followers many times, became an airline pilot, was eventually arrested by the FBI and then given a job in their relatively new counterfeiting unit, working together with Carl Hanraty, who he'd developed a sorta bond with during the chase.

At the time the movie has made, he had been married for 26 years and led a quite life in the mid-west, was considered one of the 'world's foremost authorities on bank fraud and forgery' and made millions of dollars per year thanks to his new designs of secure checks used everyday by Fortune 500 companies, amongst others.

Sounds interesting? The movie is too, and Leonardo DiCaprio plays his role flawlessly, as does Tom Hanks as Hanratty... I've never appreciated Hank that much as an actor, he's just not a particularly charismatic and memorable person, but maybe that's the same reason he is such a good actor: he blends in. The movie was just clean and... professional. Not always fun. Not full of action, but definitely an interesting watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Caged Heat 3000 (1995)

Caged Heat 3000 (1995)

It's the year 3000 AD. The world's most dangerous women are banished to a remote asteroid 45 million light years from earth. Kira Murphy doesn't belong; wrongfully accused of a crime she did not commit, she's thrown in this interplanetary prison and left to her own defenses. But Kira's a fighter, and soon she finds herself in the middle of a female gang war; where everyone wants a piece of the action... and a piece of her! "Caged Heat 3000" takes the Women-in-Prison genre to a whole new level... and a whole new galaxy!

So that basically explains it. This is like the 1974 original on a whole other plane (yeah yeah, galaxy, OK)... with a bit more of everything but not such a big a difference in plot or artistry, and slightly worse acting. When people speak of films like this in regard to 'artistic sensibility' I really don't get what they're going on about, this is like creative softcore porn with a lot of violence. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but if the goal really is to be artistic, there are better ways to get there.

Compared to the 1974 movie (the only real prison exploitation film I've seen so far, prior to this) there is a lot more focus on fights, especially between prisoners (part of the also very increased factors of exploitation). There is electric therapy, death, rebellion, conclusion... and hey, isn't that the actor from American Shaolin? :O Biggest surprise of the movie!

It's a pretty silly movie despite the violence, at times unnecessarily brutal and plotless, but still a pleasure to watch. I'm also thinking this might be an inspiration behind the hentai title Kangoku Senkan, which takes the aspect of exploitation to a whole other level. There, there is no prison, but apart from this minor detail there are plenty of similarities... the characters even wear similar suits. Anyway, I'll give this a...

 rated 2/5: decent

Caged Heat (1974)

Caged Heat (1974)

Prison exploitation films generally have a lot of blood and grime, naked girls and gruesome gore galore. When people refer to the ^ genre, this is probably the one they refer to first, the classic that might even be one to form the genre. And it is with good merit.

This movie is all about girls who get exploited in prison, do things, become friends, get punished, escape, get revenge, and ultimately team up to escape their torment. The plot's both simple and complicated in the tangled web of relationships. It's not a bad movie, but it's really no masterpiece either. It's gritty, violent; sensual... but still I feel it's not all it's hyped up to be. I'd prefer this type of fictional shockumentary over the modern shock-value horror movies any day though, there's a sense of realism here you won't get in new ones, and the actors aren't bad either, but still it doesn't have the pace or eventfulness of the action movies I prefer.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Anvil - The Story Of Anvil (2008)

Anvil - The Story Of Anvil (2008)

Anvil was one of many heavy metal bands that popped up during the eighties, and one of the unlucky few that (despite great musical talent) didn't really make it big. This is their story.

As with most band documentaries the movie is a mash-up of real show footage, interviews, and just random film from their daily lives, detailing a journey from a pinnacle of fame, back to a more depressing and not-so-glorious now, and then back into the future again, ending with one big attempt at getting back into the music business - a show of hope.

The whole movie is one big promo for the band, but that's OK, it was interesting to watch, and considering I'd never really heard of Anvil before I watched this... it must be working! Looks like they did attain some renewed fame after this movie was released too. I'm glad. They seem like a creative bunch of people, they make good music, they deserve another shot. Rock on!

 rated 3/5: not bad

So Undercover (2012)

So Undercover (2012)

Somehow I ended up watching an action comedy with Miley Cyrus... maybe more of a slice of life/romance/drama with a little action comedy. It's a feel-good movies that ends up... feeling almost too good. It's too stereotypical. It's the corny of Kick Ass without the brutality to balance it out.

The plot is a mesh of relationships, Miley going undercover, her dad with a gambling problem, her employer the *no spoiler*, her friends not her real friends, her enemies her real friends, her friends her enemies... all in all it's not so bad, but it leaves me with an eyebrow raised and half a smile, like 'so this is it..'. but it was OK.

I'm not sure what I was expecting though, for the intended audience (lower age group; females) this probably delivers exactly what it's supposed to. It wasn't made for me.

 rated 2/5: decent

One Direction - This Is Us (2013)

One Direction - This Is Us (2013)

I've never been much for boy bands. The Beatles were OK, but modern boy bands... nah, not my style. Too oriented towards the opposite gender maybe (just watch the crowds!), so... watching a movie like this isn't the norm! I try to keep an open mind. :P

Their music isn't so bad, though it's definately not something I'd appreciate listening to in the long run. It's catchy, feelgood, not with the emotional depth that seems to charecterise my favorites, but there's no denying the group really is a collection of musical characters. They seem like a fun bunch too, as the one band member says, they try not to take things too seriously; go day by day. Mixed in with concert footage and interviews with both members of the band and everyone they work with are the occasional streaks of mischievery and randomness. Nuts. :?

Two dudes really look like the two from Sum 41 too. I've never listened to the group before this, and I won't start now, but it was a fun watch. In the end, it was a bit of a spirit lifter, an inlook on a bright side of life, on a group of people who really made it and seem to enjoy the life they live. Good watch.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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