Tag Archives: drama

The Tank (2017)

Director: Kellie Madison
Writers: Nicky Hawthorne, Kellie Madison
Starring: Marguerite Moreau, Jack Davenport, Brad William Henke, Christopher McDonald

This film seems to be a poor relation to the inventive 400 Days (2015) which is a gripping science fiction movie, in this tepid thriller, a group are left in a bunker to simulate what it’s like to travel to Mars, sadly around the time they are to be released from the confines of their bunker, they lose communication and the crew start to break down mentally but that’s the least of their worries, as the paranoia seeps in the power cuts, have they really been left underground or have they really gone to Mars? Continue reading The Tank (2017)

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Efter Brylluppet / After the Wedding (2006)

Director: Susanne Bier.
Starring. Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Denmark/India/Sweden. 2h 2m.

There’s a strange sense of duty and a unique stiff upper lip with Scandinavian culture, often associated with bravery and wisdom, sometimes things get a little sharp and precise with the Northern European restraint, and it unfolds with a glorious and bitter results.

The film opens with Jacob (Mikkelsen) a good Samaritan who has cast off all the luxuries of Denmark and is running an orphanage in India which is in dire need of funding. A mysterious man Jorgen (Lasagard) insists on giving the a large sum of money to the cause but only if he gets to meet with face to face, at first he’s hesitant but then soon realises the fate of the children rests on his shoulders. Continue reading Efter Brylluppet / After the Wedding (2006)

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C Reilly, Toby Kebbell, Corey Hawkins. USA. 1h48m.

When I first heard about this film I was shaking my head crying about Another remake, but I still headed out to see it, just because I wanted to have a sofa to myself at the new local Empire Cinema,so I booked those two seats baby!

So it’s not a remake but it is a remake, yet again we’re discovering Kong but he’s not King anymore, in the same was that Spider man is not just a spider man he’s the AMAZING Spiderman, so now that King Kong had been downgraded and a slightly different persona and his tastes for blondes has been abandoned.
Continue reading Kong: Skull Island (2017)

The Institute (2017)


Directors:
Pamela Romanowsky, James Franco
Starring: James Franco, Allie Gallerani,Tim Blake Nelson,Joe Pease, Lori Singer, Eric Roberts. USA. 1h 30m.

A grief stricken Isabelle (Gallerani) checks herself into the Rosewood asylum to find a cure for her melancholy, her dedicated brother Robert (Pease) is deeply concerned about how the death of their parents have affected her and checks in on her and the history of the asylum despite being urged by the trusted Dr Torrington (Roberts) that it’s the best hospital in the country. Isobelle becomes a patient under the highly talented and slightly eccentric Dr. Carin (Franco) and his creepy surgeon sidekick Dr. Lemelle (Nelson). As Isobelle starts to become aware that there are other women at the asylum who seem second class, injured and shabby the crawl the halls, but she’s promised that she won’t have to be around them and her care is seperate but she strikes up a friendship with them. Continue reading The Institute (2017)

Bokeh (2016)

Directors: Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan.
Starring. Maika Monroe, Matt O’Leary, Arnar Jonsson. USA/Iceland. 1h 44m.

Every now and again there is new renaissance of post apocalyptic films, most of them are pretty horrific, some rely heavily on sci fi and others are intense dramas, and then there is Bokeh which is just a bit dull..

Starting with a young couple, deeply in love and on a romantic trip to Iceland, the atmosphere is really warm and inviting, they seem amazingly bright and brilliant showing all the love and warmth that you’d expect when young love is on the cards. The couple make the most of their first day, going on tours and meeting a local priest, learning about the thriving history and culture. Continue reading Bokeh (2016)

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Director: Abel Ferrara.
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy, Frankie Acciarito, Peggy Gormley, Victor Argo, . USA. 1h 36m.

The 90’s were the golden revival era of disturbing films, and while this isn’t your average cop film, it is a brilliant cop drama but the main character is so massively flawed that you often forget that he’s supposed to be the good guy.

Harvey Keitel plays the ultimate asshole of a cop LT, who shambles about the city, taking drugs, pulling over and intimidating young girls, he’s a mess, stealing drugs from crime scenes and on the odd occasion babysitting his kids and racking up huge gambling debts. Continue reading Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Maggie (2015)

Director:Henry Hobson .
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, USA. 1h 35m.

One of the staple factors in any zombie film tries to answer what we would do with our loved ones, this is fully inspected and dissected in this unusual emo movie. All rational thoughts are out of the window and a deeply sympathetic view is adapted the traditional zombie movie into something quite unbelievable but it does raise some questions, questions we know we’d never have to ask. Continue reading Maggie (2015)

Near Dark (1987)

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Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton. Janette Goldstein, Joshua John Miller. USA. 1h 34m.

Famed for being one of the few vampire flicks never to mention vampires, Near Dark is more than just your average vampire flick, it’s a dusty road trip from hell with some ancient and amusing characters who just happen to drink blood. Strangely his romantic horror is never really all that scary but is serious enough to unleash some tough alternative ideas into the vampire genre, but between the hard luck story, the power struggles and the endless road there’s a hint of comedy albeit it dark and some iconic vamps emerge forever etched in our memories.

There is no doubt that this film comes from the south, everything about it drips gravy and biscuits. Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) is a young farmer’s son, who meets a beautiful drifter Mae (Jenny Wright) who changes his life after she bites him and he’s forced to join a nomadic group of vampires who are quite happy slaying their way across America. Continue reading Near Dark (1987)

April 2016 film list

southbound

Bangkok haunted
Once upon a time in America pt 1
Young and dangerous
The Hearse
Once upon a time in America pt 2
*Rage 2/10
Lone wolf and cub 4
Lone wolf and cub 5
Red cliff
*Red 2 6/10
Jaws
bullyBully
Dear God no!
*Hazard jack 1/10
36
Night Train Murders
Outland
Horror express
Ninja scroll
Class of 1999
wpid-tom-towles-fortress.pngFortress
Fonejacker
League of extraordinary gentleman
The man who came back
Die hard
Terminator salvation
Perfect storm
Last of the Mohicans
dracula untold charles danceDracula untold
Frost /Nixon
House on Haunted hill
*13 Assassins 7/10
North Face
*Messiah of Evil (1973)l 8/10
Brother where art thou
Unforgiven
*Southbound 8/10
Dracula untold
Misery
Exterminator
Moonraker
The Fly
The assassination of Jessy James …
The collector
For a few dollars more
Coffy
Brother
Dawn of the dead
Night of the dead
The Commitments
*The man from deep river 6/10
Ufc 197
Night of the dead
*Jack the ripper 4/10
The-Bat-(1)*The bat 4/10
Shivers
Aeon flux entire series
Silent scream
*Babadook 8/10
*Lavalantula 2/10
*Shock Waves 6/10

Total 61
New 12

Best Messiah of Evil
Worst Hazard Jack

Notable

  • Babadook
  • Silent Scream
  • Southbound
  • 13 Assassins
  • Frost/Nixon

no country for old men

Le weekend..

Le weekend Sat 25th, Sun 26th and Mon 27th of May 2013.

It was a bank holiday weekend but I seem to have watched fewer movies than a normal weekend!? I’m not sure how I managed that but I guess I did. This is the list of films, reviews to come!

DREAMSCAPE (1984)  – An old favourite of mine from the 80’s I used to get all freaked out and had to watch this with my mum! 7/10

HERO (2002) – Old school classic, I watched this with my ma to start the weekend rolling! 8/10

*ABBY (1974) – I dunno how I’ve missed this movies all these years, a little comical due to the age of it but actually quite a cool possession movie. 6/10

*CELDA 211 (2009) – WOAH! I adore European and South American prision movies, this is getting remade but I’d recommend that everyone watch the original before it gets watered down (which I predict will happen). 9/10

*EVIL DEAD (2013)– I don’t wanna talk about how s1ht this movie is. 1/10

MANS BEST FRIEND  (1993) – A blast from the past, this could have bee like the thing if the comedy was taken out and if the director REALLY wanted to scare some people. 4/10.

*DIAMOND DOGS (2007)  – No dolph.. just no..

THE CROW (1994) – Should be in my GOAT list, definitely one of the films that helped me define myself as a teen. I remember when goths used to aim to kick some A$$. 10/10

RED HILL (2010) – I picked this up last year or so ago thinking it was going to be a western even though it plays out like one it’s such an awesome ozzy movie. 8/10

*SKYFALL (2012) – Finally a James Bond movie that I actually like! It’s not uber superb but yay! 8/10

*THE BUNKER  (2001) – Meh.. it plays like a rehash of Deathwatch. 4/10

*LEVIANTHAN (1989) – This is like every underwater adventure mixed up including Jaws.. still quite good for the effects and superb one liners. 6/10

*LES 7 JOURS DE TALION (2010) – I love this.. totally love it, the feeling, cinematography, storyline and raw emotions are all prefect! 9/10

*STATIC (2012)– Started out as a bit of a remake of Ils – Them (2006) but then soon twisted into one of the best plots I’ve seen from Holywood for some time. 8/10

*THE KOVAK BOX (2006) – I think this movie was trying to make a drama out of a molehill, or a mystery out of a simple story, I dunno.. I tried to like it but it just tripped and failed after the first hour. 5/10

*ANTROPOPHAGUS (1980) – WHOO! I love Italian horror especially with lot of baby and intestine eating! 7/10

*HAPPINESS – I only made it half way though this movie but I was thoroughly enjoying it before I had to go to work L

* denotes a first viewing!

It was a fairly good bank holiday weekend, there were some highs..

  • Dreamscapes
  • The Crow
  • Celda 211
  • Les 7 Jours de talion
  • Skyfall
  • Static

And some lows

  • Diamond Dogs
  • Evil Smeg..

 I’m actually a little worried about the amount of USA movies I’ve been watching lately!  I’ll loose my street cred soon.