Posted on 4/09/14 11:21 AM
Wolf Creek - Independent Australian horror film. It was written, co-produced and directed by Greg McLean. Starring John Jarratt.It is said to be based on the true-event about British backpacker who was killed by John Bradley Murdoch in the outback of Australia-this film generally depicts the events somewhat different than that but purely on the assailant. Film was premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and Cannes Film Festival.
I remember watching this movie, almost half of which had been played already on middle-eastern movie-channel, back in 2006. I always wanted to get its name but never succeeded. Last day I was in search for the good horror film, and I stumbled over this; and all of a sudden it brought back the memory when the film just crossed from where I began watching it in 2006. It is good but the violence is extremely deplorable-I simply can't take too much of psychopath killers having fun and laugh while the victims plead for mercy. I can take violence to some degree, but this is too sick really. Anyways there are folks out there who do love watching such movies, and I am sure they are going to juice it up.
Some of you blokes might be wondering that why the hack did I then want to know its name-maybe over the time I have seen, read and watched too much of violence and thus to say, having revisited this film, it totally altered my mindset on how I previously thought of the film.
But 60% for this movie has to be considered 'justified' for it anyhow depicts the horrors of falling prey to ever-lingering fear in the outback of Australia.
Posted on 4/08/14 01:54 PM
Inside (Inside (À l'intérieur) French horror film - written by Alexandre Bustillo and directed by Julien Maury. Starring Alysson Paradis and Béatrice Dalle. The film is counted among 'new wave of French horror'. Shamefully as usual Hollywood is trying to remake the film.
After a tragic car-accident in which a pregnant woman loses her husband and survives the tragedy (now taken care by her senior employer and mother). One night she hears a knock at her house-door by a strange woman-she calls the police, who assures her about calmness around her house. Long after the police is gone, she is awaken by the lady inside house carrying a scissor - what follows, in the process is the sprouting of blood, gore and sickening death scenes.
They are themselves the perpetrators and likewise the doctors - they incinerate each other, knowing precisely the areas to strike a blow and they know how to apply remedy-at least this does not signify the film's atmosphere (although the ending revelation is generally acceptable but the cruel scenes do not justify this).
I could not swallow that an ordinary woman who loses her child, becomes a psychopath killers-overcomes three strong professional-lawmen (killing five men in the process). But then again, this is supposedly the moviedom - let's enjoy and forget.
Posted on 4/06/14 02:10 PM
The Past (Le Passé) French film written and directed by the Asghar Farhadi (Iranian director 'The Separation'). Film stars Tahar Rahim, Bérénice Bejo, and Ali Mosaffa. Film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival. Film was Iran's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at Academy Award but didn't get nomination.
Ahmed (Ali Mosaffa) an Iranian man arrives in France to finalize his divorce with Marie. Marie is romancing with a new boyfriend named 'Samir' (Tahar Rahim), whose wife is already in coma (who tried to commit-suicide having learned about her husband's extramarital affair). Marie's elder grown up daughter Lucie doesn't like Samir and wants her mother to part her ways.
I watched this movie with my elder sisters - it was charming and enjoyable. What we kept bragging about this movie, was rather natural performance of actors-as if they were going about their daily engagements and a hidden camera-man was showing us live-broadcast of this estranged family. Sometime it did sound to me like earlier film of Asghar 'The Separation' (we have pregnancy issue, a laundry-assistant, a daughter, hospital, and judicial issue, divorce etc.). A good film, but something more explanatory was to be supplemented for the ending.
Posted on 4/06/14 01:53 PM
The Immigrant (previously 'The Nightingale' or 'Low Life') - an American period-film co-written and directed by James Gray. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, and French-actress Marion Cotillard. Film was nominated for the Palme d'Or award at Cannes Film Festival. It was also shown at Chicago International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.
Set in 1921 Catholic Polish emigrants 'Ewa' (Marion Cottilard) arrives with her sister (Angela Sarafyan) at Ellis Island. Ewa's sister is quarantined with tuberculosis-and threatened to be deported. She's spotted by 'Bruno' (Joaquin Phoenix) who approaches Ewa mildly under company of the authority in control. He bribes those in control and brings Ewa home-offering her a home to stay, and slowly asks her to join his team (it turns out the Bruno is a benefactor - sex-show impresario and a pimp). Bruno intimidates her into agreeing to join them, having condoled her worrisome about her system-money to be earned to rescue her sister from Ellis Island. Ewa meets Bruno's cousin 'Emil' (Jeremy Renner), he's a fun-guy, and stage-magician. Emil is despised by Bruno due to an old tussle - Bruno simply doesn't want Emil to be near Ewa.
When I laid my eyes on this film - I thought that this was going to be breathtaking experience! Was I wrong then? Maybe, little bit but not entirely, because I could watch (yet) another mesmerizing performance by Joaquin Phoenix. His is the only acting worth watching, and worth sitting around predictable-yet-complex movie. I adore his performance during the last 15-mints - and his chasing after Emil around stage, who earlier in the scene called on Ewa unexpectedly over the stage, who suffered taunting behavior from the audience. Marion Cottilard is playing an average role. The relationship between Joaquin, Marion and Jeremy, reminded me an Oscar-winning Italian film of Frederico Fellini's La Strada (The Road). Some topless scenes, blood and violence to follow.
Posted on 3/31/14 07:11 AM
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues -- written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (McKay also directed the film). Starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd - also in cameo roles Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Vince Vaugh, John C. Reilly and more. It won $127.3 at the U.S. box-office
Ron Burgundy is told by boss (Harrison Ford) that he is no more needed at the television-station (citing his on-air use of obscene words) - Harrison (who's retiring from his post) passes his position to Burgundy's wife; angering her husband. Burgundy asks his wife either choose 'career or 'husband'. She goes for the latter. Burgundy is shown as an announcer at dolphins-show - frustrated with his life and ridiculing dolphins and the dolphin-trainers. This results in his second time he loses the job - after which he decides to commit suicide but fails. At this point, he is approached by new a producer of television networks who wants him to re-form his team and offers him platform to re-launch.
Burgundy teams up with his fellas who are separately carrying out their lives Judd Apatow is running a fast-food restaurant (cooking bats as broast instead of chicken) - Steve has been holding his own funeral thinking that he's been dead for long; until jolted by the arrival of three of his best friends at an ongoing funeral procession, where Steve is reading eulogy for himself. Burgundy is more into underestimating his wife than actually showing his zealot feelings about journalism - not backing down on the suggestions by one of his friends about running 'porno' - as the question pops up regarding how to handle a channel that runs slogan '24-hours around the news'. His 7 year old son wants him more to be with him than spending time out, faking news on the channel to achieve star-rating - or about broadcasting live on tv 'police car chase' (the man turns out to be 80 year old man).
When you have names like 'Will Ferrell' in the market of today's Hollywood then you need not to worry about quality in comedy movies. Will who also co-produced the film, invited great cameos by 'Jim Carrey', 'Sacha Baron Cohen', 'Will Smith', 'Liam Neeson', 'John C. Reilly', 'Vince Vaugh' and 'Harrison Ford'. This sequel took so much time to come out - this delay in its release rather shines the moonlight on its work and durability. It also makes us believe that all that re-modification in script and solid material (if not) as successful as the original, yet must be what was to be expected worth a sequel in the end.
There is quality of humor and timing, especially the whole credit goes to Will Ferrell. I think the rest of the cast were not given top priority (except minor attention toward Steve Carrell). The show has been won by Ferrell, who so delightfully manages to be the focal point in cast-studded film like this. Truly a phenomenon sequel to an amazing 'beginning'.
Posted on 3/28/14 06:52 PM
The Returned - post-zombie film - written by Hatem Khraiche and directed by Manuel Carballo. Starring Kris Holden-Reid, Emily Hampshire, and Shawn Doyle. The name of the film should not be confused with French Tv-miniseries of the same name.
Set in contemporary Canada - Kate (Emily) has constant flashbacks of her childhood, about 20 years ago when the viral outbreak of zombie began; which she experienced in shape of watching her mother being attacked by her father who'd turned-zombie. Kate is now a doctor working in a team to find cure to treat the 'returned' (simple reference to those who are living with this viral - it takes about 24-hrs for virus to turn victims into zombies - initial signs to be 'breathing difficulty', later 'coughing blood', lastly 'change of voice').
Kate's husband Alex (Kris Holden-Reid) is a music-teacher who was once bitten by zombie, while trying to help him before he was about to turn zombie. Kate has been purchasing enough of stash of syringes for her husband - this medicine immunizes the human system against viral bacteria for some quality time. Both Kate and Alex inform their only trustworthy couple-friends about their secret, who warmly accept who the Alex really is.
'The Returned' is sleek and moderate film - it is zombie-version for 'Dallas Buyers Club'. I don't understand; why it has received negative score on RT? Film's directorial work is somewhat O.K. acting is normal, music is adjustable - and overall story is convincing. It's got pure touch of 'Mystery' and 'Betrayal', this, I truly enjoyed in the very last ending of the film.
If you loved 'World War Z', then you are definitely going to enjoy this as well.
Posted on 3/27/14 03:46 AM
7 Cajas (7 Boxes) - low-budget Paraguayan Spanish-language thriller film. Directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia (also writer of the film) and Tana Schémbori. Based on true story, set in Asunción (Capital and largest city of Paraguay). Starring Celso Franco as 'Victor' in lead. It was nominated for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film at Goya Awards.
17-year old Victor (Celso Franco) is wheelbarrow-drawer in bustling market of Asunción (Paraguay) - fetching merchandize goods of shoppers and shop-owners to their destinations. Victor's elder sister 'Tamara' (Nelly Davalos - who works as kitchen assistant at small Korean restaurant) - shows Victor a camera-cum-movie-recording cellular-phone (mind it, the film is set in 2005 - when camera-mobiles where phenomenon). Victor gets obsessed with this latest technology and decides to make out ways to get his very own mobile. Victor is given a job by local butcher to deliver 7 boxes to certain destination and wait for his calls for further instructions - for this Victor is given half paper of $100 U.S. bill as surety, as well as camera-less mobile phone (to be contacted on).
Victor is chased by another wheelbarrow-drawer 'Nelson' (Victor Sosa) - Nelson's infant son is in desperate need for insulin for which he needs enough money to buy the syringe. Nelson has arrived quite late to have claimed the delivery of 7-boxes. Nelson hires other goons (wheelbarrow-drawers) to capture Victor, even if it requires killing anyone in between. The police has also escalated their search-operation after a woman has gone disappeared. It is revealed that the boxes contain mutilated body parts of that woman. What follows next, is the cat and mouse chase all throughout the night in the congested streets of the locality.
7 Cajas is real-life story. Editing is marvelous - as the other part of the story is being narrated by butcher, the second half is shown simultaneously, giving us insight on the background of the story. These somewhat starlets, have shown promising capability at acting. Crisscrossing in the film - each character is interlocked with the other (too few characters - and I actually liked the conversation and brief humorous talks between police, Tamara, Korean, and especially she-male who could not stop at praising the camera-recording feature of mobile).
I believe this story in the sense that the film is already set in an era when mobile phones were becoming fascination for the youth and adult alike. In parts of Pakistan, mobile-snatching is still the major incident considered (most cases cost lives for people who resist - motorbike drivers snatch away your mobile - they could stop you as if asking for some direction and later draw their gun at you). So no doubt for mobile phones, I have seen murders taking place here.
But I don't know if it was rather mistake, or that Nelson was too naïve that he not rob the pharmacy-store at the night - since he could kill few people to get hold of the boxes (thinking the boxes contain money), and hiring lethal team to capture Victor.
Posted on 3/26/14 12:58 PM
Patrick (OR: Patrick: Evil Awakens) Ozploitation film that is written by Justin King and directed by Mark Hartley - starring Sharni Vinson, Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths. It's a remake of classic Australian film of the same name by Richard Franklin. This horror film touches the core subject of 'telepathy' It was shown at Melbourne International Film Festival.
Kathy (Sharni Vinson) receives a nurse-job at Melbourne-hospital, located somewhat remotely. On her first visit she is introduced to patients (mostly in coma) - she's then taken to a 'room-#15', where resides brain-dead patient 'Patrick' (Jackson Gallegher). Patrick is youngish looking, motionless-body, and eyes wide-open. Dr. Roget (Charles Dance) carries out his questionably lunatic treatment on him. As Kathy attempts to dig out on the case, she is rebuked by Dr. Roget and his daughter Nurse Matron (Rachel Griffiths).
Kathy spends time with her boyfriend - suddenly she experiences bizarre behavior of Patrick when she's alone with him. Patrick firstly tries to communicate with her by spitting (so not to terrorize her by unleashing psychic powers at first) - slowly he releases his psychic powers. Stalking her Facebook profile photos, her iPhone memory. It comes to the point that Patrick seems to be in love with Kathy - and does not want anybody around her.
Too many, I repeat too many horror-jolts in the film (which is appreciative really) - it is required in the movies and better than those sickening scenes from the today's ridiculously horror movies. We have perfect photography and lighting here - good performances from well-known Aussie actors. It is amazingly convincing story.
I'd also like to take full liberty here in expressing my appreciation for the intelligence use of psychic powers - WHICH is far, far, and far better than pathetically, miserably, shamefully, remake of classic 'Carrie' (dir. Kimberly Pierce). Go ahead and take the lead in getting entertained by this non-stop horror film.
Posted on 3/13/14 04:18 PM
Big Bad Wolves ?(Mi mefahed mezeev hara) Israeli comic thriller film. It was written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. Starring Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Dov Glickman, Menashe Noy, Dvir Benedek, Kais. It was the official selection of Tribeca Film Festival. It was shown at Vancouver Film Festival
Film starts slo-mo, with two teenage girls and a boy playing hide-and-seek in an abandoned area - in which incident one of the girls has disappeared from the lone-lying closet. The next frame shows a schoolteacher 'Dror' (Rotem Keinan) is tied to a chair and beaten by Israeli police detectives led by 'Miki' (Lior Ashkenazi) who's in charge of the case. Dror is prime suspect 'pedophile' - he is soon released but still chased by Miki. Police finds headless body of a girl - the prime suspect 'Dror' is now hunted by victim's father 'Gidi (Tzahi Grad) who's an ex-military personnel in his middle of 40s.
Miki successfully kidnaps Dror and brings him to an isolated forest to extract truth out of him on whereabouts of victim's head. Gidi arrives at the scene and knocks down both Miki and Dror unconscious - he brings them to his newly rented house (in Arab village) where he inflicts sadistic pains and tortures upon Dror - while also negotiating with Miki to help him, who's stuck between his job and what's going on around. Film then turns to fierce show of torture and comic interruptions; which involves, the arrival of Gidi's father (who later joins his son - as well as recommends Israeli military kind of tortures).
Big Bad Wolves is yet another substance like 'Prisoners' or '7-Days' - the subject of which always tackles a father's desperation to seek revenge and experience moral-principles. Photography is brilliant - editing is normal. Excellent pool of actors who devote touch of comic and delivery of hilarious dialogues (which sometime turn into humor / sarcasm / wit-full). There is quality of humor between exchange of dialogues between Miki and a young Arab horse-rider, in the dark-hour of the night.
Keshales and Papushado have made sure that audience do not lay their trust quickly in these characters - there is sense of self-determination to find out: who's wrong? And who's right?...and if there really is there a 'head'; or other victims to further your suspicion. Go and check this out - at least you're going to take an experience of 'humor', 'torture (I know nobody likes it but what should you be doing when faced by conflicting situations of who's dear to you and who do you despise the most!)
Posted on 3/13/14 04:10 PM
The History of Future Folk - Hipster science-fiction extraterrestrial comedy film - debut-directorial by John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker. Starring Nils d'Aulaire, Jay Klaitz (duo of bluegrass), Julie Ann Enemy. The official website of the film puts it in this way ... "Future Folk is an acoustic-music duo from outer space and man..."
Bill aka General Trius (Nils d'Aulaire) lives with his caring gentle wife, and smart, intelligent little daughter. He tells his wife that he works as groundkeeper of the museum - as well as performing at spaceship themed trashy bar, wearing red glossy bucket-like-helmet and playing his banjo. Bill belongs to a planet called 'Hondo', who was sent down to the Earth, to find an alternate for the residents of Hondo - which is about to be suffer annihilation due to approaching comet. Though Bill did find the Earth perfect place for his people to dwell, but his introduction to unique style of human music, changed his very perception and decided to live among them. Kevin (Jay Klaitz) crash-lands one day and starts hunting Bill to remind him of his job - but Kevin likewise falls victim to unique human-music. The two join together in performing at bar - while also finding ways to destroy comet and at the same save people of the Earth.
Lesser budget, little known faces and remarkable story in the end. I do find appreciative words for this movie. Nils is handsome who suits to his character in the film. Kevin keeps up the altitude of comedy and expressions - the two flaunt their skills with acting (it seems as if the two are not new to acting). There is little visual-effects but it is as par the requirement of the film. I did enjoy the fast-paced story and timing of comedy.