July 2008 movies

July 1st, 2008 Film, Film Reviews, Penthouse

Zombie Strippers

Jenna Jameson’s mainstream film debut might be a sly social comment on the objectification of women — we want them to be sexually ornamental on the outside but so devoid of opinions, character and value on the inside they’re virtually the walking dead.

Or it could just be the cheesiest genre mash-up since 1977’s Cinderella 2000. With Jameson as an undead exotic danger and the godfather of schlock horror — Robert ‘Freddy Krueger’ Englund — as a sleazy strip club manager, we’re thinking the latter.

When a zombie virus starts infecting dancers at a popular small-town nightclub, it brings out the animal in their performances, especially that of club owner Kat (Jameson). Manager Ian (Englund) thinks their ship’s come in, but with the military closing in to contain the threat, you know things are going to go pear shaped. With softcore porn and gore-hound horror all in one tacky package, what’s not to like?

The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger’s premature death early this year has only cast a more mysterious pall over what promised to be one of the grittiest, nastiest superhero blockbusters in an increasingly boring genre.

Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins gave the hero a startling new legitimacy with great design and visuals, a multi-faceted plot and a reverent approach, all tricksy winks at the audience gone.

Even without rumblings about The Joker being the defining performance of Ledger’s career The Dark Knight promises to be the rarest of cinematic beasts — an action/adventure movie with wide appeal made for adults.

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