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La Weekend July 5

Ghostdog (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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Flutter (2011)

 

flutter
Director :  Giles Borg
Writer : Stephen Leslie
Starring : Joe Anderson, Ricky Tomlinson, Laura Fraser, Autumn Federici, Billy Zane, Luke Evans. UK. 1h 26m.

The second full length film from budding director Giles Borg takes a much darker and diabolical path, but retains a healthy humorous streak. Personally I was quite smitten with the film and have enjoyed it several times, the humour is deathly dark and some of the surreal scenes near the end of the film are executed with a great attention to detail.

John (Joe Anderson) is addicted to gambling, it’s all that he and his friends do together, gamble down the tracks as often as they can and reap the rewards or drown their sorrows as a team, until one fateful day when Stan, their loyal bookie is missing and a blond bombshell is takes his place, this gorgeous stranger turns out to be the “new Stan” (Autumn Federici) who offers the boys good odds on bets they simply can’t refuse. Lured into big payoff bets set by the ever demanding Stan, John is slowly spiraling into a surreal and dank future that seems to be controlled by Stan’s ever growing need for power and control, how long can John keep going until he gets the big win of his dreams? Continue reading Flutter (2011)

5 Selected  – Billy Zane

It seems really odd to be writing about an actor that I don’t often rate waaaay before writing about a majority of those who I do but alas I suppose I should shine some light on la Billy Baby Face Zane, especially after twigging him in Flutter (2011) as Edwin the Dentist, it wasn’t an outstanding role but Billy has played some interesting characters over the years, generally as a rich scumbag , but he is versatile, to a certain extent, he’s played Superhero’s, demons and in most occasions a total self righteous schitehead but he’s a lovable rogue.

tales from the crypt demon knight01.Tales from the Crypt – Demon Night (1995)

I’m a sucker for Tales of the Crypt but when it comes to the longer movies they could get a little wishy washy. But Demon Knight was one of those longer features which really did the series justice, it is just the right kinda length and to be honest it could have carried on into another film. Zane is the charming embodiment of a Demon out to wreak carnage and charm a secret out a young girl who has been passed the challenge of trying to keep mankind safe from the up rise of demons. Billy sings a pretty tune and is suave as he ruthlessly kills and maims in imaginative ways while trying to get the prize. It’s a funny horror, that just wouldn’t be this great without Billy, I have to admit that he prefects the film. 7/10

tilda swinton billy zane orlando02.Orlando (1992)

Bily plays a minute part in this film but he’s memorable as the debenture Shelmerdine, overshadowed by about 90% of the cast but plays the part to perfection. He’s only really a pretty faced sperm doner. He dashes out of this epic story of understanding as quickly as he falls into it (spraining his ankle boo hoo). Not the longest role of his career but one acted to perfection, oh yes and for a lot of people he made the cover…. 10/10

the man who came back billy zane03.The man who came back (2008)

Shoot me down I don’t care, this is one of those movies which is actually quite shitty but it has so much heart. Retelling the gut wrenching tale of the Thibodaux Massacre, Billy turns up as a Yankee attorney who is dragged around as a pseudo journal keeper, being used to justify the disgusting killing by a wrongful land/slave owner. The attorney plays a very impartial yet vital role. Again he’s charming and again he’s pivotal, he has a knack of doing that in his films. 06/10

titanic billy zane04.Titanic (1997)

I had to take my best friend to the cinema to see this (I stress this every time I mention the movie, get used to it). The Zane, for most part of the movie plays a charming scoundrel, But it’s not until the end of the movie when his life is threatened (is this a spoiler, if you don’t know what happened on the Titanic, get the fuck off my blog), that he becomes a level 99 asshole. Using a missing child to climb aboard a life boat is literally the nicest thing he does in this film, often jealous and petty about trying to win the heart of the buxom wench that is Kate Winslett. 7/10

dead calm billy zane05.Dead Calm (1989)

Possibly the first movie I saw Billy Zane in and instantly I wanted him dead, I kinda kept this up throughout his career, he seems to play those slimy roles really well and kudos to him. But in this terrifying lost at sea thriller his character is dark and psychotic and pretty perfect when it comes to being a psycho on a boat. He manages to charm his way between a couple already suffering the lost of a child. Tearing them apart first but his cuteness then by pure deviance, he then turns the tables on them holding them and the entire movie on a knifes edge. Its a sterling film, it’s not aged too well but the character remains both sinister and brilliant.

There you go, my selected works of Billy Zane mostly the same character applied in many different ways in westerns, thrillers, romantic historical dramas, horrors and more. Many many more that I’ve not watched. My bad. And while I don’t like these lists to go one for more items than advertised it’s worth checking out the the Rabbit Chase scene in Flutter.