Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014)

Jamie Marks Is Dead
Director: Carter Smith
Writer: Carter Smith
Based on: Christopher Barzak‘s novel One for Sorrow
Cast: Cameron Monaghan, Morgan Saylor, Noah Silver, Judy Greer, Liv Tyler
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Plot:
In a small town, the body of teenager Jamie Marks (Noah Silver) is found by school mate Gracie (Morgan Saylor). Even though nobody really interacted with Jamie when he was alive, popular Adam (Cameron Monaghan) takes an interest in him and Gracie now. That’s when Jamie starts to appear to him and basically moves into his closet. Gracie – who sees Jamie as well – distrusts the ghost, but Adam is fascinated by him, despite his equally strong connection to Gracie.

Jamie Marks is Dead has and interesting take on ghosts, but unfortunately too much is left unexamined, leaving the audience confused, disconnected from the events and characters, and ultimately bored.

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Super (2010)

Super
Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn
Cast: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Nathan Fillion, Linda Cardellini, Gregg Henry
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Frank (Rainn Wilson) has a pretty crappy life. The only thing he really loves about it is his wife Sarah (Liv Tyler). And then Sarah leaves him for the shady Jacques (Kevin Bacon) and Frank’s life completely falls apart. While watching some religious propaganda, Frank has an epiphany: he will become a superhero, save Sarah and win her back that way. Thus Crimson Bolt is born, despite Frank not really being the heroic type. So it comes as no surprise that things start going wrong very quickly.

Super is a to me rather controversial movie. It’s like Kick-Ass but with a morale I can agree with even less. If it wasn’t for the ending – and the way the audience around me reacted to it – I’d say that it’s pretty damn perfect. But as is, I have to show some more restraint.

[MAJOR SPOILERS]

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Green Action

Deadra and me went to the movies and watched The Incredible Hulk. Before I plunge into my point of view on the movie, let me say this: I’m not a Marvel girl. I don’t know much of the Marvel universe. And I’m not much of a Hulk fan, either. I watched the last Hulk because of Ang Lee, I watched this one because of Edward Norton and Tim Roth.

Deadra, on the other hand, is a Marvel girl (and doesn’t understand my obsession with Batman and Superman) and the film did for her, what it couldn’t achieve for me: One fan girl orgasm after the other. [NICK FURY!!! POSSIBLY DR. STRANGE!!! IRON MAN!!!] [Okay, I enjoyed Robert Downey Jr.‘s appearance as well.]

Apparantly, meaning imdb says, (almost) all the small hints to the Marvel universe (which were really nice as far as I got them) were Edward Norton’s idea, who worked on the script (talented bastard…).

Oh, Sweetie...

Oh, Sweetie…

Not so sweet

Not so sweet

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