Last nights Movie 20-05-13

I only managed one movie last night.. it was only nearly 3 hours long!

DER UNTERGANG – DOWNFALL

(Biography, Drama, 2004) (15) D: Oliver Hirschbiegel W: Bernd Eichinger S:Ulrich Matthes, Bruno Ganz, Christian  Berkel, Tomas Kretschmann. 2h 36m. GER

TAGLINE : April 1945, a nation awaits its…

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Hitler tells of the Nazi dictators final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

The final days of hitler.. whoo! What a pleasure to watch. Or is it? I’m not sure if the movie was trying to portray the homicidal f*ckwit as a fragile old man with 99 problems but he does come across as paranoid and feeling desperately abandoned. It’s enjoyable to see the downfall of a tyrant but it was never going to be a fun movie to watch, tons of suicides, killing off of the kiddies and doggies but ultimately the end of the war. It was different to see a screenplay deliberate the Second World War without really mentioning Jewish persecution or having yanks winning the war. It details the ignorance of the young. All in all it was interesting to see this from such a unique perspective with more humanist honesty than glamour.

Q : “And at that moment I actually realised that a young age isn’t an excuse. And that it might have been possible to get to know things.”

8/10

R: Schindlers List (1993), Pianist (2002) Medal of Honour 

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Last Nights Movies 14-05-13

JOHNNY MNEUMONIC (Science Fiction, Action, Cyberpunk 1995) D: Robert Longo W: William Gibson 1h 43m. USA

TAGLINE: The futures most wanted fugitive.

A data courier, carrying a data package literally in side his head to large to hold for long, must deliver before he dies. OK Straight up I’ve never liked this movie, my best advice is to read the short story, there is much more going on, better characters and a more memorable ending. On the plus side this movie boasts a great cast including Ice-T and Henry Rollins (how musical) and the best performance Dolph has given to date. I feel that Beat Takeshi was thrown in as everyone associates cyberpunk with japan. Lets face it, anything taken from a short story can’t be written into a majorly long film, it fails most of the time, The Box (2009) and Screamers(1995) could have been pretty short films and not have lost any impact. So Johnny (Keanu) is a yuppie on the run with data that can change the world in his head, the Yuppie has to go and dwell with the street low lives in order to try and achieve his mission and to stay alive. The only problem is Keanu at his scariest is like a Care Bare with boxing gloves, I could have preferred to see Rollins punch his light out early on in the film and saved this day himself and all in under 1 hour. This movie could have has a memorable soundtrack but it sucks ass too. Q: “and it’s still our first date” R: Fortress(1992), Hackers(1995), Blade Runner (1982)

FOOTBALL FACTORY (Sport, crime, action 2004) D: Nick Lowe W: John King 1h 31m UK

TAGLINE : What else are you gonna do on a Saturday.

The football factory is more than just a study of the English obsession with football violence, its about men looking for armies to join. I’m expecting Danny Dyers face to bleed, an Indie Britpop OST, violence and the word c*nt. BINGO! I’m not saying this movie is totally predictable,it does deliver a few additional qualities that I really enjoyed among the usual football hooligan story. There is a powerful mini story with Bill, Dudley Sutton’s character, the movie boasts that it’s not all about football hooliganism but about men fighting a war, then you have Bill who has fought for his country in a war and is confronted by idiots who hold fascist views thinking they are on the same par as him. They don’t realise that they are the people ole Bill was fighting against. He sums it up in one quote “I don’t like him, I fought in the war against fascist views like his.” This helps demonstrate how pathetic and unaware the youth are today. Danny dyer has a few prophetic dreams during the course of the movie which reminds me of the ones similar to Valhalla Rising (2009). And surprisingly the most unsuspecting character has the noblest speech!

Q: “Oh, we have a few vans out on jobs most of the time. Yeah, sure it’s always busier in the summer, of course. Nothing like a soaring temperature to help the work, you know what I mean? Anyway, most of the time I just sit around the office waiting for the weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I love the money the job pays. But my real passion lies in kicking people’s f*cking heads in at football. See, I got to channel it somewhere. As you can probably tell by my bulging stomach, I don’t participate in too many sporting activities. And I don’t do drugs. Well, that’s not entirely true, but not a lot. So I got to have my release in something, and a good fu*king fight seems like the best way. Wouldn’t you agree? Maybe not. At least I wouldn’t be walking around like you lot, fucking horrible cunts with sticks shoved up you’re a*ses trying to pretend your little suburban nightmare’s all right. Then again, I suppose it just depends which way you look at it.”

It’s not my all time favourite football hooligan movie but I did enjoy it. the little caption adverts that speak directly to Danny Dyer and the ending which details what the characters did after the film were quite entertaining.

R: Cass(2008), Green Street (2005), Rise of the white collar hooligan (2012), Awaydays (2009), This is England (2006), Rise of the Foot soldier

Take shelter (2011)

Take shelter
(LofiSciFi, Drama 2011) D: W: 2h 1m. USA.

Another LoFiSciFi that I couldn’t recognise as being science fiction immediately. You join this story at a time when Shannon life becomes prophetic with visions of an apocalypse. He is also experiencing deteriorating health which leads him to think he has a mental illness causing hallucinations. Lots of difficult scenes and powerful preformances from the main cast. Shannon plays the part quite well as he generally looks like he’s dying from something. Along with the main character your dragged between believing in a real apocalypse or that shannons mental health is at question which keeps the mini epic quite interesting.

T: Michael Shannon didn’t read up about mental illness before the movie as his character wouldnt have known about it. Q:

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Doom (2005)

DOOM
(Science. Fiction,Horror, Action 2005) D: Andrzej Bartkowiak W: Dave Callahan 1h 40m.

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TAGLINE: No one gets out alive.
Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines.

I used to play this game many years ago while doing night support, being terrible at first person shooters I was just cannon fodder! Anyway I avoided the film for some time, but then was forced to watch it and sadly… I loved it! The film is a little predictable and the dialogue is a bit lengthy but Richard Break and Karl Urban make the movie great. It’s worth watching it for the game play section near the end, you’ll wanna get the please games out and play away. There is no hidden meabings, deeper plot lines it’s quite WYSIWYG. And I’m chuffed as f*ck to have a signed poster for this film!.

Q: Don’t give me an excuse Portman. No one here will miss you. OST: Guest appearance from Trent Reznor
7/10
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LAST NIGHTS MOVIES

 CLASS OF 1999
(Science Fiction, Horror, Action 1990) D/W : Mark Lester W: C.Courtney Joyner 1h 39m.

TAGLINE: The ultimate teaching machine… out of control.
Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot.

With a stunning cast and believable story line it’s easy to see why this movie is a cult classic. How many people wanted to sneak back into school and blow their teachers away!? This film justifies that dream.

QLike I trust a vampire to give me a blow jobOST: NINE inch nails – Head like a hole. Midge Ireland – Come the day.
9/10

Then came…

GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS 2
(Sport, Crime, Drama 2010) D: Jesse V Johnson W: Jay Obrien – 1h 34m.

TAGLINE: Fight for Respect!

Following the deadly climax of Green Street Hooligans” several member of the West Ham firm and numerous members of Millwall end up in jail…
So technically this a prison revenge movie fuelled by football hooligans, it should be gritty and violent, sadly it’s a slow paced movie but there is a lot of smacking about and blood. There is a good dose of dodgy prison guards because we all know they are all bent and a surprise cameo by Matthias Hues and Timothy Murphy. It’s a pale comparison to the first movie but it’s OK. I was gagging for it to end but did enjoy all the double dealing.

4/10

 

Tonghts movies

I started off the evening with an old classic…

CLASS OF 1999

(Science Fiction, Horror, Action 1990) D/W : Mark Lester W: C.Courtney Joyner 1h 39m.

The ultimate teaching machine… out of control. Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot. With a stunning cast and believable story line it’s easy to see why this movie is a cult classic.How many people wanted to sneak back into school and blow their teachers away!? This film justifies that dream.

Q: Like I trust a vampire to give me a blow job. OST: NINE inch nails – Head like a hole. Midge Ireland – Come the day.
9/10

Then came…

Another new genre to re discover – Disturbing!

I seem to be drawn to movies that most people consider “disturbing” I think secretly we are all drawn to these movies but I guess some of us are more open to watching them even if we do question ourselves.

So on my travels around the internet I find the odd list here and there, most disturbing music videos, books and of course movies. I’m not won over by this list but there are a few titles that are new to me, so time to put my viewing cap on.

 Hostel (2005)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Transsiberian (2008)
Valhalla Rising (2009)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)
The Exorcist (1973)
 We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Se7en (1995)
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Gummo (1997)
Murder-Set-Pieces (2004)
The Bunny Game (2012)
Funny Games (1997)
Night and Fog (1955)
The Snowtown Murders (2012)
Sweet Movie (1974)
Deadgirl (2008)
 Antichrist (2009)
 Happiness (1998)
Kill List (2012)
Un Chien Andalou (1929)
Oldboy (2003)
High Tension (2003)
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
 I Stand Alone (1998)
Begotten (1990)
Man Behind the Sun (1988)
Ichi the Killer (2001)
Martyrs (2008)
Eraserhead (1977)
Blood Feast (1963)
Inside (2007)
Visitor Q (2001)
A Serbian Film (2011)
August Underground (2001)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
Titicut Follies (1967)
Flowers of Flesh and Blood (1975)
Irréversible (2002)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Aftermath (1994)
In a Glass Cage (1987)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
 Audition (1999)
 Pink Flamingos (1972)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Nekromantik (1987)
Salò, or 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

News for March

I’ve been a bit slack lately, but still watching a huge variety of movies. Sadly my favourite second hand shop will be closing this weekend so I’ll be needed to catch up with the those guys and see what bargains I can buy. In the meantime I’ve still ploughing through Lo Fi Sci Fi movies, Disturbing top 50, Icelandic history of movies, the odd spaghetti western and Scandinavian horror.

Updated the Lo Fi Sci Fi list.

Uploading top 50 most disturbing movies suggested list.

Lo Fi Sci Fi – Update No.1

Okey dokey, I’ve been watching my way through my lo fi sci fi list and I’m getting a distinct feeling for the sub genre.

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For me the comedy element doesn’t really do anything for me, but as I don’t own a funny bone it doesn’t come as a shock.

I do enjoy the more darker drama elements of Another Earth and the Sound Of My Voice. The retro visual and aural elements of Beyond The Black Rainbow  and total disregard for all the rules of The FP. So far the only movie from the list which doesn’t seem to fit is First Winter. I certainly wouldn’t include it in the original list of movies that were suggested to me.

The general overall trend and description so far is “cleaver middle American white hipster “underground” culture flicks”. I’m being unfair here  but for me it defines  things. I’m sure this will change as time goes on.

I’ve seen very few ethnic “minorities” in the movies, most of them don’t have any other colour than white, i’m not saying all movies have to display positive racism but it did concern me a little bit 😦

The main ideals that run through this genre are :-Dreaming, Time Travel, Science (duh), Mystery and Love seem to be the general theme foremost. Other common traits are :- Ecoology, Psychology and Doing the Right Thing.

I get the feeling that through these modern moral plays we’re presented with a new set of fairy tales that suggest what you should do to be a good person, that redemption and a world of magic is there to await you.

I still have a few more to go and a couple to add to the list. Further details and reviews to come.

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