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Hairspray
Hairspray (2007)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Hairspray is colourful, fun and camp which makes a recipe for a perfect movie! The comedy and music work hand-in-hand together because the comedy is given the perfect delivery while the music always seems to compliment it. I have lost count how many times I have watched this movie since I discovered it last summer but what I do know is that it gets the same laughs from me that it got the first time round. Also, while the film's story is serious on the aspect that it is about racial integration, the comedy is used always at the perfect timing so the taste of the movie isn't bitter, isn't bitter-sweet but in fact sweet for every second that is in the movie's running time!

Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Beyond the blood, guts and gore, there isn't really anything to Ichi The Killer that is all that great. Don't get me wrong, Takashi Miike has a totally unique and fresh take on his direction which proves to do wonders for the movie. Not forgetting Hideo Yamamoto's cinematography which also proves to be a storng aspect of the film. However, apart from aggression, sex, rape, torture, brutality and gore, I couldn't really find and identify the story and it got pretty confusing. I must admit though that the reason why I watched the film in the first place was because of it's gruesome torture scenes! But going back to the good notes of this film, Ichi The Killer contains some really strong and creepy imagery. Okay, this movie doesn't contain such disturbing imagery as Eraserhead and Begotten have provided in the past years but SOME imagery really stays with you for at least a few hours! I know it may sound stupid and not creepy if I say that it stays with you for a few hours but I am not going to lie and say that some of it's imagery stays with you FOREVER! For gorehounds who crave blood, torture and death, I beg you to watch this movie. For audience members who actually like to follow a good story, just put a big X sticker on the DVD case because this movie REALLY isn't for you!

Audition (‘dishon)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Although this movie is good, Audition is heavily overrated for it's use of gore and violence. However, saying this, the usage of gore and violence proves to be very effective when it is used. It is really quite remarkable how Takashi Miike manages to create an atmospheric clash between the opening and concluding scenes of the film. The first half is very calm, peaceful and partly romantic but then in contrast, the second half of Audition proves to be disturbing, grim and grotesque. Actually, combining the first and second half together, you could say that Audition is like "The Notebook" meets "Ichi The Killer". The movie isn't my most eager reccomendation but I guess it is always worth watching if you have the time. Just be prepared for some truely grotesque moments!

Let the Right One In
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

To be perfectly honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie. I especially didn't expect this to become an immediate favourite movie of mine after my first viewing of it. For a horror movie, the setting and atmosphere created was strangely quiet and peaceful. The story was believeable and realistic compared to most vampire movies/novels which are about stakes, garlic, holy water, werewolves and bats. The relationship between Eli and Oskar is easily a benchmark in vampire romances on screen. Movies like Near Dark, Twilight and The Lost Boys provide vampire romances but the way they are portrayed are a little odd and unrealistic but to be honest, Eli and Oskar's relationship in the film was totally opposite. I cannot express how great this movie is just from one review but I do strongly suggest it. By the end of the movie, you are guaranteed to feel peaceful and content.

Fame
Fame (1980)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It's fun, entertaining and provides an outstanding portrayal of teenage students with the dreams and ambitions of becoming famous with their talents in the performing arts. I cannot find fault with any of the movie and although I dislike key scenes, it's because director Alan Parker didn't want me to like them! To be perfectly honest, they're sick and disturbing yet their is no point in me fast forwarding the movie because events like it happen in real life and sadly, most of the time it goes unnoticed but by including scenes with such a shocking nature, it makes people aware that it is happening in reality and is not just the product of a Hollywood blockbuster! Fame is in my list of top ten favourite movies of all time for a very good reason and lets face it... It has shaped and inspired so many musicals and high school movies!