Splice

Cast: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, Brandon McGibbon, Simona Maicanescu, David Hewlett, and Abigail Chu

Written by: Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant, Doug Taylor

Directed by: Vincenzo Natali

Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama

Running Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Released: October 6, 2009

MPAA Rating: R

Side note:

Splice has gotten a lot of attention lately, after it was added to Netflix’s streaming service in the U.S. (in July, I believe). If you have noticed reviews popping up all over, that’s why. The reason I’m doing one now, is… well, it happened to come up next chronologically, and that’s how we roll here.

Summary

Clive (Brody) and Elsa (Polley) are geneticists [and a couple], working with a pharmaceutical company to engineer new medications. Their goal is to blend various traits from different species, until a certain protein can be synthesized. So, they splice (hence the title) various genes in an attempt to achieve this.

The couple successfully make Ginger and Fred, a pair of creatures who… well… honestly look like deformed penises. Things start out promising for the pair and their company, N.E.R.D. Then, Elsa gets the idea to engineer more creatures, with human DNA added in this time.

After some small successes, things go a little sideways. Hopefully, I’ve avoided spoilers in this summation. If you feel otherwise, I apologize.

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Oops.

As it turns out, I haven’t quite been doing these blog posts in the correct order. I had been going by year, basically, and not taking into account the exact release dates.

In some cases, I had gone according to U.S. release, when the movies came out much sooner elsewhere.

However, I’ve corrected the order now on the Films  page. So, I’d recommend navigating via that list, vs. the archive. That is, if you’re someone who even cares if a movie that came out in March was reviewed before one that came out in January. Do whatever works for you. 🙂

Bloom doesn’t care.

The Tehuacan Project

By this DVD’s placement on my shelf, I thought this was where it fell chronologically. Apparently, it actually came out in 2007.  So, I’m a little late, here. My apologies. 

Cast: Children of Casa del Niño Sordo and their families, narration by Adrien Brody (English), and Esai Morales (Spanish).

Writer: Andy Lauer

Director: Andy Lauer

Executive Producer: Brad Pitt

Genre: Documentary, short form

Running Time: 14 minutes

Release: March 20, 2007

MPAA Rating: not rated

This will be a short review, because it’s a short film.

Director Andy Lauer, and his former roommate, Adrien.

Synopsis

Casa del Niño Sordo (“Deaf child house”), is a school, and clinic for Deaf children in Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico. The majority of children there lost their hearing (whether partially, or completely) due to diseases easily prevented by vaccines. Vaccines they weren’t able to get.

The organization known as The Tehuacan Project was formed in order to provide these children with hearing aids, and specialized education to help them adjust afterward. They also offer counseling to parents during the entire process.

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Progress, and a Shortcut

An Update on the Updating

I’m still reformatting posts. It’s done up to Summer of Sam, so far. It’s a bit more of an undertaking than I’d anticipated, so please bear with me.

A Shortcut

As a result of the upgrade I did recently (to remove banner ads), I was granted an additional domain. So, I chose brodymovies.com, as a sort of shortcut. It will redirect to everybrodymovie.com, anyway, but it’s just easier/faster to type. 😉

My social media and everything is already branded with Every Brody Movie, so that’s why I’m keeping that the primary.

Reformatting

Pardon the “Sawdust”

I’m making some edits to older posts, for consistency’s sake. So, pardon the unevenness while I do that.

  • The “scores” for each movie will now appear at the end of the review, not at the top.
  • Also, I had apparently abandoned noting the running time and genre of each movie after the first few posts. I’m adding that information to posts it was missing from.
  • Adding movie trailers where possible.

I am trying to get more serious about this place, and I figured this was a good a place to start.

Thank you for being here!

Giallo

I put this one off for as long as I could. It’s time to face the music and get it done. I really didn’t want to re-watch this one, you guys, but I finally bit the bullet. Horror isn’t really my genre (other than maybe the Halloween movies).

To be honest, Giallo wasn’t quite as bad as I remember, but it sure isn’t good.

Here we go…

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Cadillac Records

Cast: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Eamonn Walker, Beyonce Knowles, Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union, Mos Def, and Norman Reedus

Written by: Darnell Martin

Directed by: Darnell Martin

Genre: Biography, Drama, Music

Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes

Released: November 24, 2008 (U.S.)

MPAA Rating: R

Adrien’s Role: Len Chess

Adrien plays a slightly sanitized version of Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, a pioneering blues and rock n’ roll label. Adrien’s version of Len Chess is mainly concerned with getting black artists heard. The real Chess was more concerned with making money, and not giving the artists much of it. Continue reading “Cadillac Records”