Creepy Creatures and Crazy Canines, Tonight!

June 5, 2010 at 1:07 AM (Uncategorized)

What a great time we had at the movies, tonight!  Our choices check-out commendably, as I feel that we saw two films to close a week, wonderfully!  As one film appealed to our love for science-fiction, the second one was joyous, bringing a classic cartoon character to the big screen!

We watched Splice, first!  The story starts in a hospital, with patients dying during surgery.  Yet, after medicines and electric shocks were given to one, it was labeled as perfect.  Other specimens were displayed, curious and gross mixtures of human and animal parts.  They were made to imprint genetic codes upon one another.

It is Newstead Pharmaceuticals that created the creatures called Ginger and Fred through genetic splicing.  They mean for the process to be used along with human DNA in attempts to treat and cure diseases.  A Phase II is to begin, which doctors oppose, yet they need the money that it will provide.

It is Dr. Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) whom begins a new expirement.  She creates an embryo that is not completely human. Previous tests like this one failed, and Dr. Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) is against this attempt.  Yet, the embryo is progressing with stability.

While in the laboratory, the test capsule with the now fetus inside breaks, and it grabs hold of Elsa.  It gets loose, yet Clive catches it.  He takes it away, meaning to kill it, yet Elsa wants to study it!  Yet, once they take it into a lab, it seems to die.

A new creature is born, and it escapes!  It gets loose within the lab, and Elsa calls out to it.  It seems harmless, yet Clive rushes to get Elsa out of the lab.  The creature is shown, having two legs, no arms, and bare skin.  Both doctors opt to study it, more!

After seven days, the creature has grown and aged rapidly.  It is female, hyperactive, and hungry.  As it has small arms, like a kangaroo, it has a fetish for Tic Tacs.  Elsa now seems ready to adopt it, yet Clive remains against that idea.  She chooses to name it Dren (nerd, in reverse), and it now looks to Elsa as it’s mother!

Dren (Delphine Chaneac) becomes ill with a fever, and she is placed into cold water.  They place her into freezing water in an attempt to cool her, yet Clive tries to drown Dren!  Amazingly, Dren survives beneath the water, revealing that she is amphibious! 

Clive and Elsa attend a scientific conference.  They are introduced, and they display experimental organisms.  The organisms fight, and one kills the other.  It escapes within a splash of blood, then it is shown suddenly changing it’s own sex from female to male!  After seeing this, the lead scientists are ready to shut the experiments down.

Clive and Elsa take Dren away, hiding her in a barn.  Yet, Dren escapes.  She goes into the nearby woods, where she hunts an animal.  She returns to the barn, now her home, located next to Clive’s and Elsa’s home.

The next day, Dren acts on her curiousities.  She gets out of the barn, and she sees a cat.  Dren grabs hold of it, and she snuggles with it. 

Dren now is taught by Clive and Elsa.  Dren has learned to spell, and has become good at playing Scrabble.  Yet, she still wants to be outside.  Later, she breaks out of the barn, falling from the upper level of it.  As she falls, large wings emerge from her back!

Elsa continues helping Dren with her development, showing her ways of female maturity.  Yet, Dren still wants to leave.  Clive gets home one evening, deciding to teach Dren, more.  He turns on music, showing her how to dance.  A moment comes where Clive feels attracted to Dren, noticing that she has traits of Elsa within her. 

Elsa goes to visit Dren in the barn, and she brings Dren a cat.  Dren quickly kills the cat, and Elsa slaps her.  Dren tries to escape, but Elsa knocks her out.  She opts to continue studying Dren due to her issues with understanding human development, and she no longer treats Dren as a human equal.

Elsa removes Dren’s tail and stinger.  She does not use antesthetics as she operates on Dren.  Clive comforts Dren.  One evening, he sees Dren, nude in the barn, and he experiences momentary lust for her!  He sees her again during another evening, and he ends up fornicating with Dren!

Elsa caught them in the process of making out!  She ran for her car, got inside, and she sped away!  Later, Clive tries to explain to her about what happened.  This leads into an argument about ethics.

Now, as Clive and Elsa go to the barn to get Dren, they find that she is pregnant!  Yet, Dren seems to have died, so they bury her.  As they contact other scientists to review what is happening, Dren emerges from the ground, flying out, then trying to kill one of the scientists!

She grabs hold of Clive, flying with him into a neaby lab.  He survives, but Dren mutates further. Now, she is a strong hunter, talking, and flying into the woods.  Clive manages to stab her, but he does not kill her.  She attacks and kills Clive.  Elsa sees this, and is able to get hold of Dren, killing her!  Elsa leaves this situation, going onto continue with genetic studies, getting funding for curious experiments, and hiding her current state of pregnancy!


We went to see Marmaduke, next!  This family-fun feature starts with the introduction of Marmaduke, a 200 pound Great Dane!  He lives with his humans, the Winslow family.  This includes a young boy named Brian (Finley Jacobsen), a teenaged girl named Barbara (Caroline Sunshine), a baby girl named Sarah (Mandy Haines), the mom, Debbie (Judy Greer), and the dad, Phil (Lee Pace). 

Marmaduke (voice of Owen Wilson) is a practically unstoppable force!  He frequently rampages through the home, and frequently gets stuck in the dog door.  Also, he keeps a secret load of scrap food under the adults’ bed! 

He is friends with the family’s cat, Carlos (voice of George Lopez).  Marmaduke learns that the family is moving to California, and he does not like that idea.  Yet, he and Carlos end up being shipped there by a moving service.

The new home is in Orange County, and it is complete with a large pool.  Marmaduke goes with Phil to meet his new boss, Don Twombly (William H. Macy).  They get to a park, and see that the boss has a beautiful, female Collie named Jezebel (voice of Stacey Ferguson).  Other dogs introduce themselves to Marmaduke, also.

Marmaduke tries to fit in with local pedigreed dogs, including Jezebel.  Yet, her doggie dude is a Doberman Pinscher named Bosco (voice of Keifer Sutherland).  After meeting the dogs, Marmaduke returns to Phil, charging at his boss while chasing a bee!

At home, that night, Marmaduke sneaks out of the house.  He goes to a garage where dogs are partying.  He plays a game with the other dogs, then he leads his new pal-pooches to a party at Bosco’s house.  While on the way, the dogs see Chupadogra (voice of Sam Elliott)!

Arriving at the party, Marmaduke is shunned by Bosco because he does not want the Great Dane around his bitch, Jezebel!  Bosco embarrasses Marmaduke, who then leaves the party.  He runs home just before sunrise, the next morning!

After Phil awakens, he takes Marmaduke for a walk.  They see surfers while walking by the beach, and Phil gets an idea for his job.  He wants to have his co-workers take up the idea of introducing surfing for dogs!  Marmaduke sees a friendly female dog named Mazie (voice of Emma Stone) while they are walking, and she helps him to get acquainted with the area.

At home, Marmaduke talks with Carlos.  An idea develops for Marmaduke to use Carlos to show his braveness in front of Jezebel and the other dogs.  He uses Carlos, feigning an attack on the cat to show that he is brave.  The male dogs laugh, and Jezebel is impressed.

Later, Marmaduke goes to the beach with Barbara and the family.  There, Phil takes him surfing.  They get into a contest, winning it, which leads to an argument between Marmaduke and Bosco.  They scuffle briefly, yet Marmaduke remains at the beach.  He meets Mazie there that evening, and they bond!

That night, Marmaduke and a pal go to a junkyard where other dogs live.  They have a partying evening that carries into the morning.  Marmaduke gets home, finding that he is going to walk in the park.  He interacts more with Jezebel in the park, upsetting Mazie.  Marmaduke now has assumed the role of a high-class hound!

The family leaves town, and Marmaduke has a house party!  The house is full, and quickly gets wrecked!  There is dog poop everywhere when Bosco the cat gets there.  At this point, the other dogs find out that Marmaduke lives with a cat, as they laugh, then outcast him.  Jezebel even gets upset, thinking that Marmaduke was a no-cats dog!

The family gets home to a wrecked house!  Phil is mad, and he thinks of giving Marmaduke away.  The dog is depressed, so he decides to run away.  Jezebel goes after him, with the help of other dogs.  Yet, Marmaduke has wandered to a strange area, where he meets Chupadogra (voice of Sam Elliott).  He gives Marmaduke advice about staying with his humans!

At home, Carlos tries to tell the family that Marmaduke is missing.  They see that the dog is gone, and they all go to find him.  Mazie has joined in the search, also.  It is in traffic that they find Marmaduke, as he sees Mazie.  Suddenly, an earthquake occurs, and Mazie falls into a sinkhole.  Marmaduke leaps in after her!

Rescuers arrive, lifting Mazie out of the hole.  Yet, Marmaduke is swept away by rushing waters!  He is found by Phil, in a ditch, downstream.  He saves Marmaduke, and expresses that he is ready to move back to Kansas. 

The rest of the family has become happy with living in California.  Meanwhile, Marmaduke goes back to the park, talking to Bosco, and claiming the turf for non-pedigreed dogs.  Jezebel even remains, as she and the other dogs reject Bosco!  At last, Marmaduke bonds with Mazie!

I am excited that The A-Team and The Karate Kid open next week!  I did not get to see Killers, so I will try to work that one in, too, somewhere.  Meanwhile, the rest of June includes Grown Ups, Jonah Hex, The Killer Inside Me, The Nature of ExistenceToy Story 3, and Twilight:  Eclipse.  Despicable Me, Predators, and Salt highlight July! 



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