February 2016 Film List

Kantimer

Phew the shortest month of the year but I manged to fill in a few films around the beginning of the Rugby 6 nations.

Tusk
Robocop 2
Rollerball
Bundy
Ronin
Regression 5/10
Thanatomorphose
Mutants
Creep
Hostle 2
Candyman
The Hunted 4/10
Down Terrace
Tombstone
Rush
Southern Comfort
Moby Dick (1956)
Apollo 18
Undisputed 2
The Beyond
The Wrestler
From Beyond
Taxidermia
Wolf
Se7en
Under the bed 3/10

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Monsters
Straw Dogs
The Collector
The Walk
Hellboy
Pandoras Box
Saw V
The Danish girl 7/10
Jeruzalem 7/10
Carandiru
Life 5/10
Truth or Die 6/10
Wishmaster 8/10
Flash Gordon
Terminator
Master and Commander
The Gorgon
Narcopolis 4/10
Persuasions
Abandoned 5/10
Terminator
Kantemir 2/10
Hannibal
Helllboy
Harbinger Down 6/10

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Hard to be a God (1989) 7/10
Cass
Stone
Razorback
Snow Beast 1/10
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Bridge 7/10
Race to Extinction 5/10
Samurai Cop 2 3/10
Tremors
Night of the Living Dead (r)
The Craft
Possession
Terminator
The Cook the thief his wife and her lover
Once were Warriors
Dragon
Avatar

Total – 64
New  – 17
Best NewDanish Girl
Worst New  – Snow Beast

Notable
*Wishmaster
*The Bridge
*Stone
*The cool the thief his wife and her lover
*Dragon
*Moby Dick

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Monsters (2010)

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Director : Gareth Edwards
Writer : Gareth Edwards
Starring : Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able UK  1h 34m

While going  through a healthy size list of Lofi Scifi movies i found a series of beautiful and haunting movies, mostly dealing with time and space travel, but not many dealing with aliens, than I finally got around to watching  Monsters which was an answer for the missing aliens but also maintained the haunting and emotional side of this genre.

A NASA deep space probe crash lands in Mexico, spreading extraterrestrial life form into north Mexico and America, a wall is soon erected to keep the United States safe, and both armies battle to keep the alien life contained in an infected zone. A photojournalist Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) is tasked with the job of collecting and escorting his editors daughter  Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able)back to the USA before the infected zone is totally closed off, he finds her in a hospital and the start their journey home, but the train they are on is stopped as the tracks are damaged and the pair then have to hitch hike for the rest of the journey home. Continue reading Monsters (2010)

Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010)

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Director : Tom Six
Writer : Tom Six
Starring Deiter Laser, Ashley C Williams, Ashley Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura, Netherlands. 1h 32m

One of those films that lowered the benchmark on gory horrors for another generation. Initially coming from a random pub conversation about the best sentence for pedophile a deranged fetish style story emerges and influenced a whole new style of grotesque lab horror.

A couple of American girls get lost on the way to a party in Germany, while attempting to find help, they are entrapped in the makeshift basement laboratory of an unbalanced retired surgeon, who used to specialise in separating twins but now has a kink for joining bodies together. After practicing on his dogs the doctor now want to have his own personal human centipede and combine the girls to another captive by their gastric system.
Continue reading Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010)

Lila and Eve (2015)

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This started out as a pleasant surprise and then fell to pieces due to the plot holes. Unless I just missed something? Overall it’s a solid idea, giving a clear message but doesn’t deal with the issues that it raises. Its hard to talk about in this Quick Flick review and I will raise a lot more in the review and especially the Post Discussion. The totally basic side to the plot is that Lila (Viola Davis) loses her son during some dodgy dealing and while trying to cope with his death and hold things together for her surviving son she joins a support group where she meets Eve (Jennifer Lopez) and together they try to put things straight by playing the bad guys at their own game.

While that’s pretty simple, there is a dramatic twist but the two “strong women” basically track down those involved in the son’s killing and go after them gun cocked and locked and ready to roll!? How the fuck is that going to make the situation any better, is that really what “strong women” do? I’m all for fighting back and not being a victim but really going out and killing lots of other sons isn’t going to make the world a better place… It’s an immediate reaction though and I suppose it might make some people feel better, after all if a loved one is slain then I’m sure it’s human nature to want an eye for a eye.

It does have an amazing eye for detail while looking through the eyes of “everyday people” but I don’t know if it’s really a good reflection of real reactions to situations, what would YOU do in this situation?

Anyway if you look past that and the plot holes it’s an okay movie, probably more of a TV film really, some rocking chick flick or tea time weapy?? The acting isn’t really astounding, the story could have been better. I really wanted to like this as it does have a bit of potential but it was just a fudged up mess really. Everyone has done better in movie roles, I think it’s only going to really be acknowledged in certain women’s groups (don’t get me wrong i’m a feminist,but don’t see the noble side to this at all).

3/10

Fill review to come soon….

The Danish Girl (2015)

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Director : Tom Hooper
Writer: David Ebershoff (novel) Lucinda Coxon (screenplay)
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenarts, Ben Whislaw UK/USA/Belgium 2h 7m

I couldn’t wait to see this film!! I saw it advertised ages ago on YouTube constantly for some time then it vanished, completely no adverts no “hype” then suddenly it was being ushered out as fast as possible!? I’ve no idea what happened but I’m so happy to have finally seen it. It’s a treat for the eyes as much as pulling at all the heartstrings while it centres on the viewer’s moral fibers and grows.

Elegantly portraying the mental and physical transition of Einar (Eddie Redmayne) and the frantic struggles  of a confused and extremely loving wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) and supportive best friend Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts). Danish Girl is one of those films that paints itself dramatically across the screen in subtle muted tones, Lili is an extremely quiet and shy creature who had developed; over time into Lily a female alter ego who is taking over. First therapy is sought, radiation treatment and psychiatrists give damning advice and pills, but eventually a doctor is willing to try some experimental surgery to finally give birth fully to this new girl and lay Einar to rest. Continue reading The Danish Girl (2015)

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

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This is what I like to call a substance film, it’s got such a unique claustrophobic feel to every element of it, it’s a constant array of muted and dismal greys, a concrete totalitarian regime where the people are controlled to the point where their inner thoughts belong to the state and in the midst of this, one man dares to break the rules and fall in love.

Winston Smith (John Hurt) role in life is to re write history, in this bleak future where Big Brother (Bob Flag‘s image) is always watching and a constant voice (Phyllis Logan) can be heard informing the “people” of victory and successes in a war that no one has ever witnessed. But Winston strives for more, he can see the cracks in this fascist regime  and he dares to fall in love and rebels against the norm with revolutionist Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) but with intricate overseers including the monstrous O’Brien (Richard Burton) who have carte blanche to enforce what the party ys is right, who would dare defy the party forever.

Obviously drawing from a paranoia of where the human race was heading if hitler or stalin were to drop into power and to be honest we’ve not really paid much attention to the warnings of this amazing book/film etc, instead we’ve made a TV show called Big Brother so we CAN watch other people, new laws are passed daily to spy on people and we are slowly slipping into the Prole class. It’s hard not to get political after you’ve digested this fascinating and terrifying dystopian story.

It’s incredibly uneasy to watch, while your watching the decline of the individual, free thinking and privacy, thoughts creep into the mind that indicate that we’re heading for this dismal future.

Richard Burton (RIP), went out with a surly bang with this, his final film. He’s not on screen for very long but what you do see of him is so calm, reserved and yet extremely powerful, listening to him he sounds like a gentle friends but the torture scenes near the end make him out to be very much the opposite, John Hurt’s fragile looking character goes through a lot of thoughts and torture especially once he makes it into room 101, and attempting to drill 2+2=5 into him. It’s uncanny how many words from the newspeak that have been adopted, and most all there to describe a picking at society.

The movie shows a slice of this dismal life, from the gutter looking up to Big Brother looking down everyone. John hurt shuffles around alien English streets (now Oceana) with the guilt of his job on his shoulders and the want of being free, even while he wears his standard uniform, this is truly a reality where you are a number and not a person anymore.

The original book has influenced a series of sub cultures, new words and concepts and many poignant messages, while it shines through in this graphic and chilling movie, it’s moody melancholy atmosphere twinned with the claustrophobic prying eyes of big brother and constant announcements bring the clear message from the book onto the screen. Even without the violent ending it will get any intelligent audience thinking and honestly remarkable in many ways, although I can’t recommend the book enough, it really demands to be read.

Rating 8/10

full review and lots of post discussion stuff to come

Constantine (2005)

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I was totally reluctant to see this and it did take a couple of years for me to finally give in as it was on Film4 and generally they don’t fuck around with shit films.. generally.. The movie was never going to be as good as the comics, and very few comic remakes are that good, and on top of this Mr Keanu (I’m a wooden puppet) Reeves is cast as the lead and I stepped back crying OH HELL NO, until i realised Tilda Swinton had a small part and decided it would be worth it to perve on her.

Hellblazer.. *ahem* I mean John Constantine is like a detective/guardian who deals with all things religiously supernatural, demonic possession, angels and demons who try to interfere a little too much etc etc, with the help of his ambitious sidekick he’s onto something big here that leads him almost straight into hell and to Devil himself. After rescuing a young girl from a demon a little secret is let out, and John is on the case of trying to stop one of the devils sons from coming back to burn this earth and claim it for his own. Dect Angela Dodson  (Rachel Weisz) has recently lost her twin sister to suicide and through messages left behind and Constantine’s help the pair are in for a wild ride as they try to decipher the mysteries of Hell’s army. Continue reading Constantine (2005)

Post Discussion – The Visit (2014)

Please note this post discussion is a post discussion, therefore it’s full of spoilers it discloses information about the ENTIRE film (yes including the ending) and these following movies,..The Taking of Debroah Logan (2014) , The Happening (2008), 

So if you’ve not seen them it’s probably better not to read on..

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While isn’t one of the best found footage movies to date. It is definitely entertaining, coming from a director who has had numerous cinema failures in the last few years; M Night has managed to pull back some credibility with this different stance on the found footage genre.

The movie doesn’t commit too many found footage movies sins, please see my list of what to and what not to expect in any found footage movies here. It does manage to create right atmosphere and has many plausible seems wear cameras could be used.

The visitWell he has managed to make a good movie he hasn’t made a brilliant movie but I have to give me credit for not only working outside of his normal comfort zone by making a found footage movie and working with two very young actors but at the same time it has to be noted that these are the cheapest movies to make at the moment, so was this a money saving exercise in order.

Generally you find with M Night movies there is a very clear beginning middle and end which doesn’t leave much room for prequel sequel everything is quiet study as standalone movie. Continue reading Post Discussion – The Visit (2014)

5 Selected – Brad Dourif

Brad is one of those actors who is often overlooked when anyone is referencing horror icons. He’s definitely got enough films and contributions on this resume to really be considered in the horror role of fame. He’s speciality isn’t just in horror, he had managed to add his little psychotic spice into a range of other movies. I am especially in love with his donation of the best quote to Dune (1984) where his additions to the Peter De Vries character was so en point that I have it tattooed on my arm. Sadly his vocal work couldn’t do anything to save the abysmal Gingerclown (2013). Continue reading 5 Selected – Brad Dourif