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Faust : Love of the Damned (2000)

Director: Brian Yuzna
Starring: Mark Frost, Isabel Brook, Jeffrey Combs, Andrew Divoff, Monica Vam Campen . Spain . 1h 38m

Based on Tim Vigil and David Quinn (graphic novel) Wolfgang Von Goethe (play)

There’s a magical era of horror which isn’t to be taken too seriously but it is to be thoroughly enjoyed. I haven’t really been able to put a name to it, if one exists then please hit me up on twitter @admitonefilmadd or comment here. But it involves great special effects, a bit cheesy for modern audiences but so very treasured for the community.

It’s not too hard to work out the basis of this gory horror, it’s a modern rendition of a play by Wolfgang Von Goethe known originally as Urfaust dated between 1772-1775, so the story is well known, but there are additional twists so keep new eyes riveted on the action. Continue reading Faust : Love of the Damned (2000)

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バトル・ロワイアル (Batoru Rowaiaru) Battle Royale (2000)

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Based on: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Starring:Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takeshi Kitano, Aki Maeda, , Chiaki Juriyama. Japan. 1h 54m

Battle Royale is  Japan’s ultimate dystopian thriller,  which follows a group of junior high schoolers who are forced to fight to the death by the Japanese government. due to the ultra violent nature of the film and the age of most of the cast it was met with widespread repulsion and band in excluded from distribution in several countries.

Veteran director fukasaku,  at the tender age of 70, managed to put everything we had into this film.  and while it’s often not easy to watch, stark, angsty and the incredibly unnerving it still remains an influential genre masterpiece,  that takes place in a difficult near future, that we pray is an alternative universe to the one that we’re all comfortable with. Continue reading バトル・ロワイアル (Batoru Rowaiaru) Battle Royale (2000)

U-571 (2000)

Director: Jonathan Mostow
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi. UK. 1h 46m

Now that Dunkirk is breaking records, it’s time to look back at all the occasions where they got things terribly wrong with war movies.  There have been a few films that tried to eradicate the British efforts and triumphs during the second world war. Continue reading U-571 (2000)

Ginger Snaps(2000)

Day 1 – Ginger Snaps

Director: John Fawcett .
Starring
. Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Kris Lemche,Mimi Rogers. Canada. 1h 48m.

Usually teen coming of age movies are both shocking and comedic, and while ginger snaps has all of this, it takes everything to a new level, the comedy is blacker and there’s much more blood than you’d expect from a couple of girls who are just trying to get by in high school..

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A lot of horror films involve teenagers; classic horrors like Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) have thrilled and scared our pants off, but usually the teens are the victims, but a whole lot Ginger Snaps strives to be different from all the rest and in this teen dream film meets hammer horror, the beast wears lipstick and heels while feeling really awkward in social situations. Continue reading Ginger Snaps(2000)

La Weekend July 2017 – 3

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

A perfect storm (2000)

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This is one of those terrible Hollywood fuck ups that’s strangely enjoyable but to be frank it’s dank in so many ways. It’s not all that hard to love a terrible movie, but usually that movie has no budget  but while I have a love/hate relationship with this film it has much bigger problems which are more personal to the families involved in the real events.

Based on a true story, that is bound to be unknown to a majority of it’s audience, and using the real characters names without permission from  the families and getting sued only added to the original hype. This film is loosely based on real events which sees a group of experienced fishermen head to rough seas in the search for a profit and encounter a super storm. it’s as simple as that. Obviously being Hollywood there are all the classic elements, a rivalry, a grudge match and a blossoming romance.

After coming back with a measly catch and after a few sly remarks from Bob Brown (Michael Ironside) Captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney) takes the Andrea Gail and it’s beaten down and crabby crew back out again to bring back a real fortune. With promises of the biggest catch ever recorded they set out totally fearless and with a glint in their eyes.

The acting is good, I won’t knock most of the cast but the accents are so dismal and most are dropped after a the first few words and nearly all abandoned by the end of the film, which is a godsend as none of them were all that accurate and just come across as a painstakingly annoying. While no one looked like an actual competent fisherman they do all look busy, so that’s distracting enough. Every character is another stereotype, the crying kid (omg those big doe eyes, it was like watching Bambi) the old craggy guy who can remember the last big storm who just hangs around the bar, the doting girlfriend who just has a “bad feeling” about this trip the list is endless, and this film does stink of Disney, but it’s watchable.

The guys get along well for some time, there is a spectacular hatred between Sully (William Fichtner) and Murph (John C Reilly), along with some snide remarks things do get physical and if that wasn’t enough drama there is a random shark attack and lots of bouncing around by waves fit for the apocalypse.

There is a fair share of action and each scene is equipped with a variation of  “the theme tune” which does really start to grate on the nerves (I find making up words for it helps). But the big attraction is the now slightly dated special effects, it did the film some justice back in the day and still looks ok, possibly better than the hacked up mess of 300 – Rise of an Empire (2014) that came later but just didn’t’ put in the effort.

It’s a like-able film, despite the somber side to it like the family issues and fights between friends, poor Clooney having to swallow his pride and admit defeat that he’s just as shit as captain as he is as an actor.

Minimal attention is paid to the sea and scenery until the shit hits the fan, then the effects take over, and suddenly everyone is thrashing around in a giant swimming pool as epic waves crash about. Overall the film is  inaccurate, is weak in acting, characters, script and drama, tries to apologize with a lot of dramatic and enhanced storm sequences, they are incredibly well done but I was left feeling cheated as there is just some eye candy and nothing else.

It’s still a guilty pleasure for me, I haven’t decided if it’s just the campness of the movie that makes me laugh at it, rather than we with it. but i do enjoy watching it from time to time. It does raise awareness of the stakes involved in our fishing industry and there is a great tribute page kept in honour of the original crew.

Rating 5/10

L Sea flicks, based on real events.
R: Twister (1996),
5B George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, William Fitchner,
A How far can Holywood go before it’s just totally unreal?

 

Unbreakable (2000)

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One of the good N Might movies that I missed as I had given up as his films all had a similar formula but then went back when the films got really bad and it was made before he slipped down that slippery route.

Price (Samuel L Jackson) is a fragile little snowflake who loves comics, and spent his life searching for someone who he believed to be his total opposite Mr Unbreakable and he find such a man in David Dunn(Bruce Willis) who has recently survived a train crash that killed everyone else on board. So Price is now convinced and tries to convince David  and his family that he does have super hero powers…

I don’t know if I watched it too late, but it just didn’t do a lot for me, it’s a brilliant concept and one that we really need to pay attention to because we need more people to realise what hero’s really are, and that we can’t rely on radioactive spiders to bite people who will in turn save the world, because lets face it, it ain’t gonna happen.

Samuel L Jackson is very poetic in his detailing of information, Willis is and always will be John McClane and is the perfect candidate as a (super)human hero, he’s supported by a talented cast including Robyn Wright (Mrs Dunn)  and  Spencer Treat Clark (Master Dunn)  and all appear in one of the most intense scenes in the movie where Treat tries to prove to his father that he’s invincible and there is a pants wetting stand off in the kitchen where he points a gun at his dad and his parents try to talk him out of proving that particular point…it’s gripping.

M Night appears in a small role that confused a bunch of people, there is an “mind blowing” twist at the end but not one his best. a bit of action but mostly the film is padded out with Samuel L trying to convince Willis that he’s amazing and lets face it when Sammy L Tells you something, you pay attention. For the budget i would have liked a little less chat and bit more OMG he can do amazing things, but it wasn’t explored and the moment was lost.  Still it’s a fairly entertaining movie, just nothing I’d ever want to watch again.

4/10

full review to come…