Director: Takashi Miike. Story by: Ryū Murakami
Starring. Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina. Japan. 1h 43m.
Famed as being one of the breakthrough modern Japanese video nasties, the Audition has a sacred place in the hearts of anyone who likes the gore and chills turned right up, from the granddaddy of Japanese bizarre cinema, Takashi Miike.
Based on the chilling horror novel The Audition By Ryū Murakami (thanks to @GiornataNera for the info, if you ever need someone awesome to follow on twitter check out this wonderful guy) and it captures an mesmerizing dreamlike feel when things start to get weird the “deeper” throws of the movie. Continue reading Odishon / The Audition (1999)
One of those life changing movies, and continues to be my go to film from time to time, a small indie movie graced by some impressive names, just because it’s that darn good of a film. Ghostdog is a lonely character, is only friend is a French speaking ice cream seller, his passion is Bushido and his Pigeons. After being saved by a mob boss, his adapted the way of the Samurai and looks upon this man as his master and he is a retainer. The mafia uses his dedication and sends him out to do hits. One goes awry and the mob turn on Ghostdog, but they don’t’ know who they are fucking with. Forest Whittaker plays the main character and he’s perfect, RZA had a hand in it’s production and the soundtrack takes a facet from each style of black music, it almost started a movement, (black) urban samurai 9/10
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Oh dear it was a bit of a crappy movie weekend, I had a lot of new stuff to see but I panned most it all for crappy stuff as I spent most of the weekend painting and being a general douchbag. So after watching hours of rubbish on YouTube I eventually got around to some TV movies.. yeah I know I say I don’t watch it and I don’t, unless there is a movie on..
Passenger 57 (1992) – I used adore this movie when I was a teen, mostly due to the hot 90’s hair action going on, but it was one of the more talked about action films (on the playground).. John Cutter (Westley Snipes) is a former police officer and now has the pleasure of escorting a terrorist Charles Rane (Bruce Payne) on his flight to the FBI, somehow, he takes over the plane and the two men have to physically and mentally psych each other out. It’s a bit laughable now but I think it will always hold a special place in my heart, but it’s nowhere near as awesome as New Jack City.. It was possibly one of the last films Rane did while he was still semi hot. and Tom Sizemore was on his verge of slipping into a drug coma. All said and done I think I found Con Air more re watchable and that’s saying a lot… 5/10 Continue reading La Weekend July 2017 – 3
Barbarella (1968) – Oh how I have always adored this adventure. so much of it stuck in my mind when I first watched it as a child and it was one of the first shirts I brought from Rabbit In Red, based on a psychedelic comic series and made in an era where boundaries were still being pushed, he essence of Barbarella was captured in a vibrant way but each character remains amazingly district. The sexy situations and innuendos are full on but not overpowering and it’s just so much fun to watch.
It’s certainly had a big influence on the fashion and music industry, the band Duran Duran got it’s name from one of the characters, and many designers have said it was an influence for other movie costumes. It’s certainly influenced me, anyone who’s met me will get bored of me imitating the Great Tyrant, not only from the “pretty pretty” talk but forging my own city of sin and pleasure..
The lose gist of the film is that Barbarella is on the hunt for Dr Duran Duran who has a weapon that could destroy the universe and she needs to stop him, after befriending an Angelic creature and demonstrating her amazing bedside manner she travels throughout space looking mighty fine until she meets her arch rival The Great Tyrant 9/10
Lighthouse (1999) – This was one of my purchase discs from Choices! man I’m showing my age. It’s a low budget UK production but it tells a pretty awesome story of a prison ship on it’s way to an remote island but it runs aground and the mix of prisoners and guards have to stick together to avoid a potential serial killer. There are some crazy tense scenes, bad decisions and a crazy stalker with a mystical quality about him. One of the earliest films I ever saw James Purefoy in and a strange appearance from Don Warrington.
It has Simon Hunter’s signature style to it, if you think you’re unfamiliar with his work, then I’ll give you a clue, he did Mutant Chronicles! so expect a strong lead male, with a achilles heel, a misty landscape and strange shots from odd angles, hopefully this will carry on with his new film that’s been announced Last Blood, based on a webcomic with the same name, where the last few human survivors are protected by vampires from the hoards of a zombie apocalypse! 5/10
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Director: Yoon-Hyun Chang , Chang Yoon-hyun , Chang Youn Hyun
Starring: Han Suk-kyu, Shim Eun-ha. South Korea. 1h 56m
So often have the Koreans fantasied with violent and psychotic serial killers, and often these cinematic gorefests are shrouded with mystery and loaded with grotesque skin crawling violence. The only film to date that had any real life connection is Memories of Murder (2003) which details the first properly documented serial killer in South Korea (correct me if I’m wrong, i’m just going by the details in my DVD cover), a case filled with blunders and much embarrassment. But in all fictional accounts the often flawed cops usually get their man.. Continue reading Hangul: 텔 미 썸딩/ Tell me something (1999)
Starring:Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White . USA. 1h 22m.
Sometimes you just need to abandon all hope and sense and let your hair down for a film to entertain you, and Lake Placid is one of those movies. It’s a thriller, a bit of a horror but it’s so cheesy it’s funny but it’s playful adventurous side is kept in balance. Directed by Steve Miner and scripted by the asshole who brought us Ally McBeal!?(like seriously). A group of ace scientists and police are on the hunt for a massive crocodile lurking in a picturesque Maine lake, but as it’s chewing up innocent folk it needs to be captured and possibly studied or made an attraction of. Continue reading Lake Placid (1999)
Director : Rupert Wainwright
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne. USA. 1h 43m
Patricia Arquette plays, Frankie a young hip hairdresser who works and salon that also offers tattoos waaaaaay you before that was ever popular, she goes out clubbing with her friends and is generally having quite an amazing time before she starts getting gross bleeding wounds in her wrists and feet which then turn to my fan to a constant downer.
While her life of turned upside down she is soon made a pet project by the experience tennis to father Andrew Keirnan (Gabriel Byrne) who also managed to play incarnation of Satan in the same year In the more efficient at end of days also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. the astute father, is deeply concerned about her situation as he is the chief Vatican phenomenal investigator he is constantly dressed in severe back and designer spectacles, he manages the coach her through an unusual situation.
Hey do you know what’s scarier than not believing in god?
The film seems to take several different directions the narrative is never clear, at first it seems that this is a phenomenon that could just happen to anybody but it seems a mistake to have happened to Frankie as she is an atheist. There is no attempt to make this a spiritual journey Frankie goes through possession style torture and is under the watchful eye of the church you’re more likely to find more meaning of suffering by watching MTV.
There is some strong dialogue and good acting all round and it’s quite interesting but the film forms the basis for which the viewer has to fill in the blanks therefore you can make it is a spiritual all as supernatural if you wish. The storyline does make it watchable but it’s just not a great movie, but possibly one of the better modern introduction to the phenomenon that we don’t actually see a lot of in these modern day features, even with the rise of exorcism and possession films especially from the found footage genre, stigmata if often glazed over. It would be interesting to see someone address this is more gritty way.
R – The Exorcist (1973), End of Days (1999), Matthew 18 (2014)
L – Selected Religious Films
5B – Gabriel Byrne, Patricia Arquette
Vs -Gabriel Priest vs Gabriel Satan
Director : Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Lee Miranda Richardson. USA. 1h 45m
The alluring Johnny Depp returns to the big screen under the gentle hand of his best friend Tim Burton in the timeless epic, Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving’s all American gothic mystery thriller romance, and with it’s dark and twisted back story it’s one of the prime suspects of a classic novel that would inspire Tim Burton to direct again and he manages to give it his stereotypical darkly tinted overhaul, conjuring up massively creepy action scenes for his favourite leading man despite his cheerful disposition and constant fainting, he is strangely the man for the job. Depp plays Ichabod Crane a police officer sent by the New York authorities, in this case by Christopher Lee in the late 18th century to investigate a supernatural crime wave in a small town almost lost within a forest called Sleepy Hollow, one of the obvious twists with this retelling of the story is the modern FBI approach that Crane has towards investigating the series of beheadings like Takeshi Kaneshiro in Dragon (2013) but without the CSI graphics. Continue reading Sleepy Hollow (1999)
8MM – (Crime. Mystery, Thriller 1999) (18) D: Joel Schumacher C: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare 2h 5m USA
A private investigator is hired to discover if a “snuff film” is authentic or not.
- It’s hard to know if it’s pain, enjoyment or premature perspiration?
My mother watched this and suggested that I did, I generally avoid Nicolas Cage movie as he really bores me as an actor, he did well for a couple but Mr Remake just doesn’t cut it with me anymore. BUT I thought I’d give it a go and it is an okay flick. It’s very specific about not showing the viewers anything too gorey. I think if the movie was a mockumentary then it might have had more of an impact. We all know this kinda schit goes on and if the film was trying to make a different it didn’t really hit home with me. Still it was an interesting chase, a little predictable but it flowed through well… and I see there is a part 2!? Sadly there will be no Joaquin belly button action 😦
Righto I actually watched a film and not a whole evening of tales of the unexpected, a bit strange but as I’m now on the final season I’m slowing down I suppose I don’t really want it to end.
So like a fool I picked my movie by the cover and not the time. Going through the to watch pile I decided on Titus (1999). After the first hour I realised that it was a 2h 42m movie.. NEVERMIND! I managed to fit it in AND a few tales of the unexpected!!
It’s a lavish Shakespearian tale, it was one of my more favourites as it has a lot of passion, drama, violence, it’s big and dramatic and damning!! And I didn’t have to study this one at school. It was worth watching merely for the costume and sets.