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The World's End (2013)
As far as I am concerned its a Cornetto duology.
This is easily the weakest of the so called Cornetto trilogy.
Its a complete mess of a sci-fi film which ruins what would have been a classic trilogy.
It doesn't resemble the previous two movies in quality. re-watchability or tone.
Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have made a career out of nostalgia for pop culture and this movie deviates from this formula.
Whereas Spaced, Shaun etc looked to the shared past with their audience with affection, The Worlds End is basically taking a dump on the whole idea of nostalgia.
The message of this movie seems to be that reminiscing about the past is pathological, which is very odd considering that Spaced was basically an entire series of mainly cultural references from the past?
This is problematic for the trilogy as it attacks the very heart of the success of the previous movies.
The Worlds End conflates alcohol misuse with looking back on your past. One is pathological while the other is fairly normal.
Recently Simon Pegg reported that he himself experienced alcohol issues and that this character in the movie was basically him. Its seems that in order to exorcise these demons that they have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. So much for therapy.
The problem is that again this is a significant deviation from the Cornetto template, he is a very unlikable person and is very grating to watch. This doesn't suit Simon Pegg as he is best cast as a likeable nerd which again was one of the main draws of the cinematic series.
Another issue is that he embodies nostalgia, in his musical tastes and belief that his teen years were the best of his life, funnily enough many people feel these were so to attack this idea is extremely clumsy and has alienated a huge chuck of the Cornetto audience.
What is strange is the use of 90s music which is obviously used as a tool to hook in an audience who grew up in the 90s, which is a nostalgia trip. The movie then spends its time stamping on its audience telling us that that this is wrong. It sends out very mixed messages.
If you loved Shaun and Fuzz then you will probably hate this, the people who seem to like have either never seen the others or actively dislike them.
The final Cornetto flavour is a very bitter one and its no surprise that fans of the first two movies simply couldn't stomach it.
Small Trouble In Little Italy
I had previously watched Ford Fairlane also starring Dice Clay so thought this would be worth a shot.
Unfortunately its nowhere near as good.
This is not even an average movie even by B movie standards despite there being quite a few recognisable faces.
The story itself is kinda weird, its an odd mix of Big Trouble In Little China mixed with The Golden Child, its all about some magical flower which Chinese monks want for immortality. Just an odd premise.
This is billed as an action comedy, its not funny enough to make you laugh once and the action in particular the fight scenes are terrible.
Its almost as if this is a kids level movie but for adults? Maybe adults with a kids IQ? Its possibly too crude for kids but too silly for adults.
There is supposedly a love story at the heart of this but Dice doesn't convince, the playing it cool on stage comedy personae may have been big at the time but now it just looks stilted.
To top it all off theres a really bad song which I think is being sang by a woman but its very hard to tell her voice sounds odd and its hard to make out any lyrics.
But hey with a movie named Brain Smasher which has to be one of the worst titles ever, followed by a Love Story pretty much tells you all you need to know about how tone deaf this production is.
Maybe worth watching as an example of a bad movie but even Dice fans may be disappointed.
The Dirt (2019)
Everything Bohemian Rhapsody Aint.
There seems to be a number of rock biography movies around at the moment, the most hyped of course was the Queen Bohemian Rhapsody movie. At the other end of the scale was the death metal movie Lords of Chaos. Neither of which are anywhere near as good as The Dirt.
Bohemian was basically a polished shiny fluff piece in which the world of rock and rock doesn't have sex or drugs. Not to mention rock n roll. That is what happens when those involved want to protect "the legacy", it looks like an afternoon TV movie.
Lords was basically a nihilistic look at a bunch of losers who ruined their own lives and the lives of others for dumb ideas, it wasn't a fun watch and will likely sink without trace.
The Dirt is warts and all and that is where the fun is obviously. The whole point of being in a rock and roll band is access to the sex and drugs and to have a great time.
This movie reflects that attitude and why not as thats the truth?
The story is far more realistic as there is a balance between the highs and the lows, it reflects the sometimes strained relationships between the band members and lets you see when each member is at fault. Its a far more honest movie than Bohemian.
Strangely enough the people who are more likely to enjoy the thrill ride of the story are people like me, who don't even know about Motley Crue or even like the music. I haven't read the book but if you know whats coming there will not be any shocks or surprises.
There is more enjoyment in ten mins of this movie than there is in the three or four hours of Bohemian Rhapsody and Lords of Chaos combined.
Sex, drugs and rock n roll, as its supposed to be.
A Girl Focused Buddy Movie With A Hip Hop Soundtrack.
There are movies which are female led which mainly appeal to females only. While its all well and good that female friendly films are made it doesn't do much for their overall appeal when they deliberately shun the guys.
Luckily this isn't one of them.
This is a teenage party movie in the same vein as Superbad but without the gross out humour.
Its also a nerd movie, a genre which was popular in the 80s with the Revenge Of The Nerds series and more recently with the Big Bang Theory, the twist here is that its female nerds. So far so 2019. The story is that the two protagonists are obsessive study types who have shunned partying to get into the best schools. They enjoy looking down their noses as the rest of their party hard classmates due to their mistaken belief their party lifestyle means they didn't get into the good colleges. It doesn't.
The protagonists fear of missing out drives them to attend the biggest party in the school before college and that is where the bulk of the action is.
This is a movie which will appeal to teens and adults alike due to the humour and the smart writing.
Its not overly hip so that it feels inaccessible to an older audience. But it will certainly appeal to a teenage market who will likely feel the movie is all about them.
The film is held together by the relationships between the many characters who are very believable and the acting is great.
I would also like to mention the soundtrack which was put together by Dan The Automator, a well know independent producer known for Hip Hop.
I would recommend this if you enjoy those crazy party movies regardless of age or gender.
Its one of the better movies of 2019.
Deep Rising (1998)
Think Aliens, Predator Or Even Tremors On A Ship.
The 90s had a weird glut of sci-fi horror movies which were based on ships for some reason. I am not sure if this was some kind of weird Titanic tie in where the studio thought anything with a big boat was a sure fire hit?
This is one of the better attempts. Its a non-stop action movie which has some real gore, frights, surprises and humour thrown in. Its simply impossible not to be entertained by this.
The story is a basic monster hunting down the crew scenario but its done well enough that you have no idea who is next on the menu and it also holds back on the reveal of whats attacking the crew, till well around the halfway of the movie.
There are a couple of well know B movie actors in this and its very much B movie fodder, some of the FX in terms of CGI look dated now but some of the models look fantastic.
The movie borrows heavily from a number of major action franchises but it doesn't detract from the fun.
There are plenty of entertaining death scenes and some which were quite unique and effective.
Not sure how I missed this in the past but its highly recommended for a fun action flick.
Just be kind on on CGI it was 1998.
Gloria Bell (2018)
Dating for the divorced with baggage.
I usually watch anything with Julianne Moore and John Turturro so this had obvious appeal.
Reading the blurb I got the impression this was a story about a middle aged woman who went looking for romance in "dance" ie (EDM, house etc) clubs as thats whats generally termed dance these days. That would have been an interesting proposition due to the age issues however the clubs she attends are disco clubs with a patronage of the over 50s.
The story is basically her attempt to find romance as a divorcee which comes with baggage, both hers and any potential partners. However Gloria seems quite self centred and unable to cope with the baggage of others while expecting her partners to accept her issues without question.
This reminds me of those ladies who exit a marriage in their 40s to 50s but haven't realised they are no longer 21.
She doesn't come across as a sympathetic character due to her selfishness and it appears that people who don't pick up on this are the ones who will be drawn to this movie. Her love interest is supposed to be seen as a a kind of immature man who is at fault however he just has alot to deal with in terms of his family.
This movie will be quite polarising due to the ways gender is dealt with. Its obvious to see that this will likely be a hit with the "its always mens fault" brigade. While those with a more balanced view will see flaws in both protagonists.
The movie ends with a very odd scene which sums up the immaturity of Gloria which in reality would probably have ended up with jail time.
Its basically another riff on the old trashing the mans car or burning his clothes scene. Crazy people think thats acceptable while the rest of the world looks on and understands why the partner left.
A terrible choice for a first date movie but probably a massive hit with wine drinking women of a certain age looking for more reasons to trash men, or those who are prone to destroying mens possessions when dumped.
A very poor choice for both actors.
Marci X (2003)
Unfairly overlooked Hip Hop comedy.
The reviews on here for this movie have obviously been left by people with a limited experience of cinema, the worst film ever made? Hardly as this isn't a badly made movie by any stretch.
Marci X is at the tail end of a number of Hip Hop comedy movies however this one was unfortunate enough to star ex-Friends Lisa Kudrow. This is unfortunate not because she is bad in this movie but this period was the time right after the end of the Friends TV series where the stars either decided ON A BREAK or tried their hands at movies.
There isn't a single movie with a Friends actor which was successful around this time, looks like Friends fans couldn't get their heads around the actors playing other roles and reacted badly to this. One movie called The Good Girl I attended a screening of starred Jennifer Anniston, some Friends fans laughed every time she said a line despite it not being a comedy and what she was saying wasn't funny. Talk about Pavlovian Conditioning.
Marci X suffers from the same issue but if you can forget Friends this is a decent comedy, it has plenty of laughs. Its a clashing of the worlds romcom storyline with a rich woman falling for a gangster rapper. The only issue that matters is was this a funny movie? Yes, there are some great one liners and some obvious jabs at Hip Hop but no more so than in CB4. While I could have done without Lisa rapping which wasn't that good that didn't put me off this movie.
It was well produced, had a decent budget and cast who did a good enough job.
Sorry Friends ended but the cast have obviously moved on, some Friends fans obviously haven't.
A very average comedy but not the turkey some wish it to be.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Ghost in the Shell Exposed.
If you like a good laugh just read some of the hyper critical reviews of this movie. I am also a fan of the anime however unlike most of them who left a negative review I also like this movie. Hollywood made alot of effort and spent alot on this movie. It's loyal to the source material and it's obviously a joint US and Japanese production. Sadly there are people who really believe that they are smarter than everyone else because they watch anime with subtitles and who pretend to understand things which are actually deliberately opaque. This movie being in English actually exposes the fact that the source material simply isn't that great, it's just okay. It also fails that it simply doesn't make much sense. Having it stripped of the mysticism which comes with being in a foreign language lays bare the actual storyline which is simply not that groundbreaking or deep and that seems to be behind the fanboy rage. You see that cool anime film only they think they know about? Well now everyone does and because it's mainstream they no longer like it. This movie looks fantastic and is true to the anime so its as good a version of GITS live action there is ever likely to be. Ghost was only ever a 6 out 10 story possibly a five but this is far clearer than trying to read badly translated subtitles. Enjoy it for what it is and don't listen to the fanboys who are complaining about what they think it isn't. Funnily enough most of them aren't even Japanese.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Great ending to the franchise.
I managed to attend a double bill of this and Infinity War last night with Endgame being the midnight movie.
Going to a midnight showing takes alot of effort as you are disrupting your working week to watch a movie until 3 am, but it seems to be the only way to avoid having the movie spoiled.
Was it worth the upheaval? In short yes. This definitely delivers as the franchise closer. This is a very dark movie at the beginning and while their is alot going on story wise (there are alot of character story arcs to deal with) it feels like a resolution to the overall narrative.
This could be problematic for some people who haven't seen every movie in the franchise as stories are resolved from characters origins movies.
As is the standard with this franchise the action scenes and effects are so well done that watching other superhero movies can pale in comparison. The blending of the different character universes is seamless and the fun is watching the interactions of the characters.
All action, twists, humour and emotion which you have come to expect in these movies is here.
If you have managed to resist looking for spoilers online then see it as soon as possible, because people will want to discuss this movie. If you are the type of actively went looking for them then you may have ruined the movie for yourself as one of the numerous rumoured plot lines is real. You only have yourself to blame.
Endgame doesn't have the same heavyweight emotional punch that Infinity War does but they were never going to top THAT ending. Although there were men crying in the screening I attended and tried to pretend they weren't.
This appears to be a definite ending to this particular story arc as there is NO post credit scene, so you are know equipped with the knowledge to beat the crowds at the end.
No spoilers and a handy tip? You don't get that from every IMDB reviewer!
It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
Quite dated movie about the Ibiza scene.
There is something strange about the dance music movies that came out of the UK around this time. This along with Kevin and Perry, present very unsympathetic views of the dance music scene in Ibiza while at the same time targeting those in the scene as its audience. In short both movies view DJs and clubbers as terrible arrogant people only interested in hedonism so why would clubbers watch to watch something thats out to ridicule them?
While Kevin and Perry was a total gross out comedy this movie is a drama with some comedic touches. Its the story of a DJ who loses his hearing which threatens his livelihood. At the time this was marketed as being based on a true story. Its not, a number of fake profiles were put online to fuel this rumour. So far so fake.
This seems to be a morality or redemption type movie with the protagonist leaving behind his DJ lifestyle as if the two things are incompatible with living a normal healthy life. Again this is another shot at the whole clubbing experience.
It makes you think that the producers just wished to cash in on the scene while at the same time making it look as if its completely populated by idiots. This did not do well on release and its clear to see why. The DJ in this is almost an exact copy of Eyeball Paul from Kevin and Perry.
Where the story falls flat is the central premise. That a deaf person would find it impossible to DJ without the use of monitors they would feel. First off if any speaker is loud enough to feel its loud enough to hear, so everyone would hear the pre mix. Second off is that DJ software is visual and was around years before this movie was made. Its very easy to mix without hearing just using the software so the entire premise of the movie falls flat.
This is best viewed as a snapshot of the time it was made but its not a movie that clubbers are likely to enjoy. Best watched by people who think clubbing is a waste of time and who do not know anything about being a DJ.
X the Unknown (1956)
The UK Blob before the USA Blob.
This is a good genre movie if you like 1950s sci-fi horror about oddly shaped monsters. It has a number of similarities to The Blob which came out a couple of years later and probably with a bigger budget which is why this seems to have been largely forgotten. It plays like a Quatermass movie with an American expert in the UK who advises the military on how to deal with an odd radioactive mass which comes from under the surface of the earth. Its pretty standard stuff with a few deaths and climactic ending, some of the effects are good and the cast has many well known British faces. The movie being based in Scotland is also unusual for this kind of story. Worth watching if 1950s sci-fi or UK movies is your thing.
Biker Boyz (2003)
Biker Borez goes from 0 to 5mph in over 90 mins.
It takes a special kind of movie to make Torque look like a masterpiece.
This could and should have been an entertaining movie about biking, with the calibre of cast involved and the uniqueness of a black biker gang story line. There are alot of well known faces and this must have been the worst movie everyone of them has ever been in.
The ingredients were all there for an explosive movie however what we get is slow moving melodrama lacking any excitement.
What this movie does have are all the cliches from the Fast/Furious franchise ie everyone is a model, they all have ridiculously expensive machines but no jobs, they dance anywhere to rubbish music and they all live by some odd street rules that nobody has ever heard of and there are loads of them. So basically all the garbage which gets teenage boys excited for no reason but doesnt make it a decent movie. The thing is however the Fast/Furious franchise can get away with this as they have great action sequences which carry the movie. If you can imagine a Fast/Furious type movie but without the action and excitement then this is what you are left with.
The biggest draw of this movie should have been exciting bike action but this movie actually makes riding at over 100 mph seem very boring.
How is that even possible? Well one way is the bad choice in slow R&B type emotional songs instead of having something more exciting and aggressive. The music used seems to suck all the energy out of what should be exciting action. The comments from bike enthusiasts seem to be in agreement the biking was neither realistic or exciting. They could have had their pick of decent rap, metal or even electronic music would have helped things along.
There is also such a lack of tension during the races you simply don't care. Nor is it even clear who you should be rooting for as almost everyone seems to be an arrogant idiot. Its all gym bodied people who are too cool to actually be nice to each other, everyone seems permanently annoyed with everyone else but no one seems to mind because hey they are all cool bikers and apparently part of that is being uncivil, must be part of their unwritten biker book of the road they all seem to have read?
There is supposed to be some kind of message about growing up or fatherhood but its simply not clear what it is or why you should care.
For all its faults, Torque is far more entertaining than this.
The Double 0 Kid (1992)
Double Zero should be the rating.
This is surprisingly terrible on all fronts.
What is shocking is just how bad this is with so many well known actors involved. Corey Haim, Brigette Neilson and a few other very recognisable faces.
This is another one of those teen as secret agent movies which are aimed at kids yet this doesn't have the tone of a kids movie due to the profanity and deaths. There is a scene involving a payed escort!
Just what age group is this for? Its too silly for older kids but clearly not kid friendly.
It seems to be an attempt at a send up of James Bond movies based on the score which must be the worst I have ever heard, its one man on a cheap sounding synth playing an obvious 007 rip off.
It has no excitement, tension or humour to speak of.
Not sure that the MST3K guys could have made this one watchable. Seriously just avoid.
Lazzaro felice (2018)
Aint Them Italians Saints?
I have read with interest some of the strange interpretations of this movie. The inability to understand what the story this movie conveys is largely down to the lack of awareness of the Catholic faith as its no longer in favour with some due to how the church responded to allegations of abuse.
This is a movie about a saint. The main actor bears more than a passing resemblance to Michelangelos David in both facial features and hair. His behaviour is selfless and he turns the other cheek when abused. He is dutiful and never questions authority. He is in short the ideal catholic or rather the ideal that the catholic religion teaches.
Religious iconography is all over this movie and there is also a discussion about saints and their demise, the so called shock ending is no shock if you have have ever attended mass. This is not exactly a surprise as this movie is based in a catholic country.
The movie is the story about a person who is used as a beast of burden by a group of tobacco workers who are in turn being exploited by the rich, all very biblical. The story is split into two with the first half focusing on the tobacco farm and the second years later in a city setting.
There is alot of gentle humour in the movie and it is in part poverty porn, its about the poorest of the poor being exploited by those with better finances. This is also a very catholic idea, that the poor will get to heaven while the rich will not. The story itself is quite simple but is maybe overlong at over two hours.
This is a movie which would likely play well to a religious audience who understand where the narrative is coming from. However its in Italian which may limit its reach. Its certainly playing well with the so called educated classes however they appear to be uneducated in the texts of dominant christian religion and interpret this movie as "magical" but seem to miss the point.
If you enjoyed Being There this is basically a religious version on the same themes, recommended but its not magical its religious.
Eighth Grade (2018)
Another teen cringe movie.
I managed to catch a preview screening ahead of its general UK release and was encouraged by the positive reviews.
This is another coming of age movie which focuses on an eighth grade (another girl movie? Cant recall the last one from a boys pov?) girl towards the end of the academic year and about to go into her new phase of schooling.
The movie is set in current times so alot of the story revolves around social media and the IPhone with the protagonist spending much of her time without peer group company.
She lives with her father who struggles to engage her in any meaningful conversation due to her obsession with social media where she tries to develop friendships but misses the potential of company in real life.
She has a side project where she gives out life advice, despite not having any observable skills in that area due to her social anxiety. Irony alert.
These are movies which are aimed at those people who experienced the social scene at school from the sidelines. These movies are so these people can say "oh that was how I was at school etc..." Not everyone does however so these experiences may not chime with you unless you were an angsty teenager. Some people actually enjoyed school, there I said it.
The movie does have some funny/cringey moments however there are times when you just wish the father would lay down some discipline and some boundaries. At times her huffy behaviour is difficult to watch as is her cheek and the fathers tolerance of behaviour seems crazy.
The score for some reason I found deafeningly loud, it could do with being turned down.
This a movie is all about a socially inept girl with anxiety issues struggling at what is after all low level first world problems.
No lives were threatened in this movie. It was enjoyable however being a male in my 40s its obviously not aimed at me.
I am sure it will resonate better the more closely you identify with the main character so reviewers really should point this out. It doesnt have the universal appeal of Heathers or Mean Girls, nor the heavy social commentary of The Florida Project.
Probably fantastic for females, less so for males.
Lords of Chaos (2018)
When stupid meets dangerous.
This movie is apparently based on real world events in Norway when a death metal band decided to live what they preached in music or to use rap parlance to "keep it real". Welll folks just like the Dave Chappelle joke goes, when keeping it real goes wrong.
This movie is told from the viewpoint of the band leader who adds narration throughout and played by a Culkin, sibling of Maculay he of home alone fame. Try wrapping your head around that casting decision? I actually thought they would have used Norwegain actors speaking their own language for this movie however they went with an English language line instead so we hear American accents.
The plot is like any band movie so its like Bohemian Rhapsody but with death metal and alot more violence and blood. The violence in this movie is of the same level as you would find in a horror movie, thats no exaggeration so if thats not for you then avoid. However this is probably right up the alley of the target audience which is death metal fans.
The tone of the movie is quite odd as it flits between humour, mainly aimed directly at the band members who come across as being quite stupid and pretentious, with extreme violence and dark content. Mixing horror elements with comedy is not easy task and in this case it doesnt really work as the jokes dont really make you laugh out loud and seem out of place.
The outcome of the real story is easy to find out online however the release of the movie now may bring some unwanted attention to some of the players which they may not welcome. However they did what they did and sometimes you need to face the consequences of your actions.
This is really a story about what happens when the easily led latch onto an ideology which promotes hate and act on these ideas. Its obvious that this story chimes with the recent rise of IS in Syria and Iraq as it wouldnt be hard to imagine some of these guys joining up. The other link with IS and this movie is that from what we have seen in the Middle East recently, the events in this movie is no longer as shocking. Unfortunately we have seen much worse so these events kind of pale into comparison.
Should you watch this movie? A UK critic Mark Kermode said this movie was to do with toxic masculinity which is nonsense. It has very little to do with being a male and everything to do with extremist associated with religious or semi-religious beliefs, we can also point to the fact that females exist in this world willingly.
If you want a break from all the real chaos that religious extremism is currently causing in the world then this will be a bad choice. Similarly if you are looking for a rock comedy as this aint Spinal Tap or Bad News.
It seems to be aimed firmly for the metal scene and those who already knew the story and are curious.
I wouldn't recommend this to a casual viewer due to the violent content or anti-Christian sentiments . These are not humans most people would want to spend any time with but as we all know, for some thats the attraction.
Out of Blue (2018)
Not terrible, not fantastic just ok.
This movie seems to have split audience and critics down the middle which is why a 5 rating is probably correct.
There is not much of a story here, its a basic police procedural about a female homicide cop trying to solve the riddle which is the death of a professor. Its maybe a tad overlong at an hour and 50 mins.
The cast and acting are spot its just that the story takes a while to get going and there is alot of weird visuals and symbolism between the colours red and blue throughout.
Is this another movie I have to read a critique of before I understand whats going on? What happened to movies you can go watch and experience the full story in the 90 mins?
Anyway the tone is somewhere between a David Lynch lite without too much weirdness and one of Darren Aronofskys earlier movies minus the emotionally harrowing content. And thats maybe the issue with this movie, stuff happens with alot of nice visuals but it lacks an emotive punch.
Worth watching if you like that kind of thing but it wont win over a mainstream audience, one for people who like challenging cinema with good cinematography.
Inferno in diretta (1985)
Some gore, not much else.
This is one of those movies I recall from the days of VHS tape rental stores.
Cut and Run was one of the well know video nasties that had a reputation around it for extreme violence.
Its an Italian made 80s movie of the "white people get killed by cannibals" micro genre.
There are a couple of secondary narratives about drug dealers, the Jonestown Massacre and a missing man but the movie basically exists to show a few extreme murders.
Nothing is really explained as to why what is happening is happening and there is zero character development, you couldn't care less who gets killed.
It actually quite boring and despite a few well known faces, including Eric La Salle as a pimp in purple there is nothing really engaging or believable to keep you interested.
The only real value in this movie is if you are inclined to see a few gory deaths using old style special effects.
And thats pretty much it, what was possibly a cult 80s horror movie turns out to be a borefest by current standards.
Its just not a very good movie.
Time Walker (1982)
A Mummy From Space with Rodger Random?
This is basically a 1950's style B-movie with low rent 80s production values. The story is about an archaeological dig which unearths a mummy which is blasted by radiation , reviving it from its slumber. What follows is a mixture of a mummy curse movie with an alien trying to return home movie. Its not at all scary or gory with very few kills. It doesn't manage to ramp up any tension or excitement at any point. It really should have been a comedy. There is also an odd sub-plot about fungus, again another 1950s staple , which doesn't seem to add anything to the story. The effects are super low budget and comparable to something you would see in a TV show not a movie. This was actually one of the MST3K episodes which tells you all you need to know, however it was not one of the more popular episodes. If you have the time to waste on a bad movie then fine however do not expect to be entertained.
La Vénus à la fourrure (2013)
Venus the bore.
I am very surprised at the high rating for this. Its simply such a boring movie. This is loosely based on the book/play Venus in Fur which is apparently one of the classic books about sadomasochism.
This movie concerns an actress auditioning for the role in a stage production of the Venus in Fur book with plays director. In order for the audition to work, the director has to read the part of the man who is obsessed with Venus.
Its supposed to play out like a game of cat and mouse or powerplay between the two characters but you don't get any sense that she is in control which should have been the main draw of the movie. It plays out like a fairly boring conversation between a slightly nerdy director and a slightly sarcastic middle aged woman.
There are no other people in the movie and the action never strays from the theatre.
The action therefor is largely linguistic which isn't an issue in itself however the dialogue is not very engaging, this could have been an issue with the subtitle translation but I doubt it.
Its less engaging as movie than it would be as a play or even a live broadcast of a play.
The ending is quite bizarre but it doesn't offer any sort of closure and you are left with the feeling you have wasted your time, as there is no real pay off from the time spent enduring tedious dialogue.
Not worth the effort.
London Irish (2013)
Unapologetically Irish Working Class Humour.
I was a latecomer to London Irish. This a series written by the same team responsible for the current UK smash Derry Girls. Like me, many others have enjoyed Derry Girls and are keen to discover other work by the same writer.
This series was slated by the press at the time which is why its a mainly forgotten UK comedy series. However it appears to me that the dislike is mainly to do with snobbery from people who lack the life experience to understand how realistic the show actually is. There are very few shows which deal with working class heavy drinking culture which is a big part of Scottish and Irish life. The cast are seen drinking, getting drunk, smoking and swearing heavily which is obviously too much for the genteel middle class reviewers who basically view themselves as superior as they would never behave this way. The reality is this is a show which is reflective of many 20 somethings who come from this culture and who have no middle class aspirations. Its a very funny show but its obviously aimed at a similar audience that Trainspotting was, its simply written for a specific audience.
While it does have similarities to Derry Girls, its basically DG with less swearing, drinking etc and with a supposedly older cast. I say this as the cast of DG are in their 20s and 30s! You could argue that London Irish are the Derry Girls and boys after they have left school and relocated to London.
London Irish looks like it will have a second life after the success of Derry Girls and rightfully so. If you are the sort of person who looks down their nose at drinking, smoking and swearing this isn't for you and simply doesn't have to be.
Obvio-us? Good, but not as good as Get Out.
Expectations for this movie were very high, based on the previous movie by the same director.
I managed to watch this on its first screening at the local cinema, along with one other person in a not very busy screening.
I am a fan of the writer/directors debut Get Out which was an original horror with quite a bit of social commentary. However Us neither feels as original or has the same level of explicit social commentary Get Out has.
Maybe it does have a social commentary message and I just didn't get it?
This movie feels like a guest directed movie version of a Twilight Zone episode, which is pretty much what it is.
The story revolves around a family returning to their beach holiday home and having to deal with the unwelcome and dangerous visitors who come in the middle of the night. Watching trailers gave the impression that this was a house siege type of movie which it isn't. The action moves away from the family house and elsewhere so if you were expecting a drawn out tense home invasion movie that's not on offer.
This is more of a psychological horror with some violence and blood, not flat out impossible levels of gore.
The film does build up tension and doesn't rely on jump scares, there is also some humour which does work, although the other patron I saw this with didn't seem to think so. Well not everybody likes rap music or maybe he was the police?
The score and soundtrack are both very well done, adding to the comic relief at some points.
The biggest problem I have with the movie is that the ending was predictable, maybe this is due to the source material being part of the Twilight Zone cannon. What may have been difficult to second guess back in the day is quite easy to predict today. It takes more to fool people these days.
Where this is original or at least unfortunately rare is that we have a horror movie, well basically a movie about a middle class black family which is to be celebrated. We are moving away from the hood movie equals black movie era which can only be a good thing. Even black horror movies in the past always seemed to located in a ghetto environment. Not this time.
Its a very good horror movie its just unfortunate that Get Out is an excellent horror movie which its bound to be compared to.
One thing about the movie is that you simply cannot understand everything about it in one showing. Anyone who thinks they can is deluded and simply trying to appear smarter than they are. It has been designed to be watched multiple times which begins to feel like a cheap trick to manipulate the box office. Based on this reason I have downgraded my rating to a five, if you cant experience the full story watching something once, its a fail.
The Evil That Men Do (1984)
Typical Bronson Brutality.
This movie has Cannon studios written all over despite it not being made by them. This is apparently based on a book and it sees Bronson coming out of retirement to bump off an evil doctor who is employed by governments to carry out torture. The movie has quite a few scenes of torture and sadism. The violence is over the top and exactly what we come to expect from a Bronson movie like the Death Wish series. Its strange how similar it is to the Death Wish movies despite not having the same directors or studio backing. This is maybe a little slower and has less action than some Bronson movies but the central idea of revenge is still there. The ending of the movie is its highlight and unless you have read the book its a shocker. Recommended for fans of Bronson or those into violent revenge movies at the more extreme end of the scale.
Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
Feel the space.
The title of this movie used to really bother me. What does it mean? Well Electra Glide is a type of motorbike used by the police in this movie so mystery solved.
This is a 70s movie about a motorcycle cop who is bored with his job and dreams of moving to homicide because he thinks he will get more respect and excitement than his current role.
When he is called on to investigate a suicide he has suspicions its a clear cut case and he gets the opportunity to work alongside a homicide detective for real.
The movie is basically about someone wishing for another life while idolising others and having a grass is greener outlook in terms of occupation. During his stint working in homicide he comes to the realisation the grass isn't always greener and its best not to meet your idols should they turn out to be just as human and fallible as everyone else.
This is typical of the big screen 70s with with wide vistas which feel very different to the current style of cinematography which seems cluttered in comparison.
Its a slow moving story with plenty of room to breathe with the odd action scene.
If you are fan of 70s movies or just someone who wants a change from the current style of action or cop movie this is a must see. This is an adult movie which does not rely on flashy action but story telling and great cinematography.
Recommended for grown ups but not for generation short attention span.
Holmes & Watson (2018)
Actually quite funny.
Everyone knows this was destroyed by critics for some very silly reasons. There were reports of walk out. But I like to make up my own mind and I don't mind sitting through a bad movie if it's so bad it's laughable.
The first complaint about this movie was it's simply not funny. That's simply not true. It has a silly tone to it much like any Ferrell movies. It simply has a lower budget but if you like that kind of humour you will probably like this. It's not simply a funny movie it's a pastiche of Sherlock movies. And it works. It takes aim at the Downey Jr vehicle and when it does these scenes are hilarious.
Despite it not being a big budget movie the cast has UK comedy royalty. It was also great to hear a genuine Scottish accent by Kelly MacDonald of trainspotting fame. This movie will probably play better in the UK than the US due to the acting talent involved.
There were some complaints this was anti-Trump. It's clearly not. There is one part where they joke about the electoral system but of course this applies to any elected president. The jokes are neither pro or con any political side, so to suggest this as a reason it's a bad movie is completely false.
If you enjoyed other Ferrel movies give it a go, it's not big budget by any means but as a parody of Sherlock Holmes movies it works very well. It's elementary that some of the hate is from Sherlock fans who do not like their hero ridiculed. Decent despite the negative hype.