Based on the controversial novel, "Bless Me, Ultima" is an account of the boy who seeks wisdom from the medicine woman in his village. Set in New Mexico during WW2 there were still some superstitious (or just racist?) townsfolk in this region of our country who suspected the elder of being a witch. Originally published in 1972, this story has been awaiting a film adaptation for some time. Well, Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress") has finally done it and the result seems more than watchable. Oh, and how about that female voice saying "Rated PG-13" at the end of the trailer? Don't think I've ever heard that before... "Bless Me, Ultima" is currently playing in select theaters. I hope to catch sometime in the next week.
"6 Souls" has had a tough run getting released. Made back in 2009 under the name "Shelter," it follows Julianne Moore as a forensic psychologist who is shocked to discover that all six of her current patient's (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) multiple personalities were murder victims. Great talent onscreen, little-known talent off, at best I think this can hope to reach the status of the decent likes of "The Forgotten," another horror Moore vehicle. "6 Souls" has been testing the waters overseas for years, it finally gets a limited run here in the States starting April 5th.
Quit stallin' in the horse stall, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!
We've been seeing a lot of great films from Norway lately, but I learned long ago that there's opposition in all things. "Thale," inspired by native folklore, is the story of two cleaning men who stumble upon Thale in a basement. Just what is she/it? I cheated and checked out the Wikipedia entry for huldra. Nothing like a CGI tail to seduce the hearts of men! No word on any type of release date in the States. I'm sure it'll wind up on Netflix Instant before the year's over.
"3G - A Killer Connection" is the latest Bollywood blockbuster (which you can guess from the trailer) and claims to be a drama, horror, sci-fi. It's dazzling and bewildering and pretty terrible; it ultimately feels somewhere between a music video and a B-movie thriller. It debuts on March 15th in India and the UK. We'll just have to await its connection our way.
Wesley Snipes hunted vampires again and again in the successful "Blade" series. Now he's taking his tactics to the Wild West in "Gallowwalkers." He's a gunfighter who's been cursed to find that everyone he kills returns as a zombie. At least ripping their heads off with his bare hands seems to put them down eternally. This premise makes for a perpetual bloody horror/action flick that will hopefully balance out the dumb with fun. This will surely not get a theatrical run, but look for it at a Redbox near you soon!
LASSO OF THE WEEK
"Graceland," like "Eden" (above), is about a young girl taken from her family by the evil peons of human trafficking. The story follows the father who will stop at nothing to get her back. On paper it's very much a Philippine version of "Taken," but being the product of this country it brings some valuable perspective and weight to this growing world problem. This thriller looks bleakly realistic yet truly heart-pounding. It has run around the festival circuit, I'm awaiting to hear when the rest of us might be able to see it.