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Last night Movies 17.07.2017

It was a quiet night, I spend a bit of it pondering Romero’s career and obviously I’ll be writing a short list of my favourite films from him, trying to avoid any Zombie ones but damn that man made a huge impact and with a tiny amount of films under his belt, 20 credited to him on the IMDb but it’s not the quantity it’s the quality right. I nearly forgot how prominent a strong independent black man is to his formula.

 

So I got the old “of the Dead” boxset out but I just couldn’t watch any of them, I had to get my mind off from Ghouls and Zombie for a while, my twitter feed is like a rolling Romero montage at the moment, I’ve seen enough.. so I tried a golden oldie then something that’s been on the to- watch pile for a while.

30 Days of Night (2007) D: David Slade S:Josh Hartnett, Horror/Supernatural (USA) Continue reading Last night Movies 17.07.2017

No Country For Old Men (2007)

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It’s going to be hard for me to sum this up in a quick review as I so very often prattle on about this movie and I’ve watched it on so many occasions that I can recite the entire script without much help, heck I can even do the accents.

Another Coen movie that I can’t pinpoint exactly why I find it so amazing, it might just be due to… everything!?  It’s a crazy revenge/chase/psycho thrilling style of movie. The movie stars a lot of familiar faces, and unlike other movies with a cast this size, the Coens manage to not only make people act their very best, they also make them so humble, that no one is really going to pot shot and are just equally all amazing. Continue reading No Country For Old Men (2007)

30 Days of Night (2007)

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Based on a cult classic graphic novel of the same name that tells a chilling tale of a small remote town the most northern part of America that experiences an entire month of darkness during the midwinter, but during this particular season it’s prayed the upon by a group of mysterious vampires with the help of a raw meat eating wanna be vampire minion type stranger (Ben Foster) manages to isolate the town and slowly picks off the residents. Even though it’s just another vampire movie I think it has greater engagement due to its original graphic novel background which gives the fantasy, action and drama elements greater depth. as they come from a more obscure origin. Continue reading 30 Days of Night (2007)

Anamorph (2007)

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To basically sum this up, Anamorph is a poor relation to Se7en (1995), which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it’s a huge legacy to try and live up to.  For me it falls short and needlessly so.

Instead of Mills and Somerset we have Stan (Willem Dafoe) and Carl (Scott Speedman), and they are carbon copies. Stan got his promotion after tracking down and killing a prolific serial killer known as Uncle Eddie, but years later some copy cat murders are happening and Stan returns with the help of a new boisterous partner (Speedman) to search for this new killer who is constantly taunting Stan. Uncle Eddies MO is to utilise renaissance artistic equipment to emphasis two images in one, which is known as “Anamorphosis” which should have been the title of the movie.

“A extremely dark and deeply atmospheric thriller”

It’s a interesting movie but doesn’t have a great depth in either characters or style.  Dafoe saves the day with a lot of effort put into his character as he transverses the artistic landscape that it left behind by the stalkerish Uncle Eddie copycat killer who is fixated on him, leaving him presents and stealing his furniture, plaguing him with anagrams and even stalking him about the city he’s protecting.

Sadly it had a buff ending which is a major let down but there is a pretty gripping police story until that point, so it’s not a total loss. It could have done with some refining, but does have some wacky scenes with Peter Stormare who helps out the cop duo with information about historical art techniques.

6/10

I’m rating this quite high really trying to ignore the terrible ending it’s still a pretty good film.

Full review, etc to come soon…

Into the Wild (2007)

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Into the Wild (2007) (Biography, Adventure, Drama,  2007) (15) D: Sean Penn W: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer P: Sean Penn C: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart, Hal Holbrook. 2h 28m. USA.

Synopsis : After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

TAGLINE : Into the heart Into the soul

Sean Penns 6th film comes in the form of a nonlinear biographical road trip detailing the inspirational and curious life of Christopher McCandless played by the young multitalented Emile Hirsch. Boasting a bittersweet and soulful and soundtrack from Eddie Vedder and detailing the literary works of Jon Krakauer. Penn manages to draw together the details from the book to form an almost romantic optimistic view on this quite scary mystery filtered through an ever changing landscape.

Starting off near the end and skipping forwards and backwards throughout the timeline is always a little confusing but for this story where no one fully really knows what happened or why, it doesn’t hinder how the storytelling at all, it does mimic the way that the story was revealed in real time. Christopher (Emile Hirsch) is shown through various stages of this life, but is constant in his need to live his life on the hippy trail, without money or fancy cars, his strong sense of life and living outside of what we accept as the norm.

Abandoning his (oppressive) parents, keeping in touch with his sister through letters and hitting the road Christopher spends the film living off the land and picking up jobs and survival information for his Alaskan dream. Constantly avoiding convention he works in burger places, learns how to crop and enriches the lives of everyone he meets while keeping his distance from personal relationships he learns how to work leather while reminding the aged Hal (Ron Franz) that there is life is outside the workshop and shouldn’t be put off doing something new until another day,  instantly recognising problems between Rainy (Brian Dierker) and Jan (Catherine Keener) his love and understanding bonds him with the couple throughout the film and they almost adopt him. Vince Vaughn manages to inspire him and teaches him how to work the fields before his arrest.

He questions everything, in one great scene he just wants to canoe along a river, but there is way too much red tape, waiting lists, instructions and laws which to Christopher and anyone who thinks about it, it’s just pointless, so he goes alone, lawless and courageous.

Switching between the stark contrasts of hot happy scenes in the desert with friends and laughter and the sorrows of the snowy lonesome Alaskan wilderness the film is almost split between the two parallels all surrounding the man and his environment.

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The beautiful road trip turns into an isolated nightmare. As Christopher collects his worldly possessions, some money and a few books, he heads into the frosty wild. The movie starts to change pace and mood as it details a desperate challenge of survival. Even though scenes of this have been seen throughout the movie in the latter half it really focuses in on his desperate plight. The connection he had with nature soon unravels and everything changes, depression, starvation and his grasp on his personal ideology start to fall away.

The film comes across as being honest, in relation to it offering no answers just a recount of known facts. It does romanticise along the way, capturing little golden moments. There is some interesting effects using two different scenes cut on the screen which give an impression of what’s going on around Chris and what he’s concentrating on. Ultimately everything rotates near the end and as Christopher loses his grip with the natural world he does make a very poignant realisation about love and a very detailed case study of a very distinctive individual.

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7/10

V : I tracked this movie down after seeing a photo of Christopher McCandless in one of those “haunting last photos” videos on YouTube,  when I found out a tiny bit of information about Chris’s journey into the wild and tracked down the movie and book. No one knows the full story and I like that this movie doesn’t try to give any answers why any of this happened and just documents the life of a very unusual character, it doesn’t try to sensationalise anything. It is a slightly frustrating movie in that it really focuses in on him getting to Alaska more than him being there, with me being a morbid girl, I must say that I am more interested in the Alaska chapter more. On the whole it’s still a cinematic dream and gorgeous movie filled with great characters and an unforgettable story. Hopefully it will open a few eyes to the fact that life can exist outside the norm and it’s free to be a good human being, hopefully it won’t put anyone off going it alone. It’s a great homage to Christopher.

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R: Hunger (2009), This must be the place (2011), Nebraska (2013)

T : Based on a True Story. Father details on the demise of Christopher here from the new yorker http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-chris-mccandless-died

Q : “When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.”

OST: Unique Eddie Vedder OST throughout.

TIL : I must admit that i learnt a lot from the movie but there is a lot more in the book (as always).

BS : I really enjoyed the scene when Chris returned to Rainy and Jan, it gave off some really good vibes of friendship. Chris has only known the couple for a short while but they had bonded together in such a solid way it was like meeting up with your oldest bestest friend and was utterly charming.

DGI : NONE

5B : William Hurt, Sean Penn,

L: Based on a real story (and kept it real).

PD : Coming Soon

 

Ex Drummer (2007)

EX DRUMMER (Crime, Drama, Surreal, Comedy, Music 2007) (18D: Koen Mortier W: Herman Brusselmans 1h 41m. Belgium

Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them.

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Wowies! I have been trying to get hold of this movie for some time. Any film with a dude standing on the celling on the cover is bound to be “up my street”. The movie is beautifully surreal, stark, gritty and pretty much plays like the most disgusting scenes from Trainspotting (1996) mixed with the best of any local drunken battle of the bands night. It’s got a paramount assortment of anal rape, vomiting, parent beating, comedy, drug abuse, murder, violence, talking corpses and music any modern movie can give.

The movie starts with the outsider; Dries, explaining the story. He stands out from all the others, he’s not handicapped, he doesn’t play any instruments and even thought he’s not all there it’s not on the same level of depravity as the others, his house is clean, his girlfriend is err.. mostly normal and everything surrounding him is pretty clean and organised.

The rest of the cast are generic fuck ups, all with several physical and mental disorders. As the movie progresses things spiral further out of control and into the darker pits of the disabilities and paranoia, sadly I never quite work out why the lead guitarist/singer lives upside down, it’s cute seeing him wander around brushing is teeth and coughing up blood while walking around on the ceiling but it all adds to the oddball nature of the entire movie.. I mean why not!? Fuck it!? He’s obviously happy up there.

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The movie doesn’t claim to be pushing any boundaries, it will be shocking to some, funny and exciting to others. If you’re happy looking at life from an alternative scumbag point of view then it will interest you as much as any other lowlife point of view movie. Sadly if you think that there should be some “high” standard of living then this will disgust you to no end.

Q : “ I hear you can’t drum” OST : Mogwai –Hunted By a Freak, Millionare –Mongoloid. RTrainspotting (1996) Spun (2002) Pusher (1996), Requiem for a Dream (2000)

8/10

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