John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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It's a tragedy that some people don't get the happy childhood that everyone should have, especially when later in life it turns you into a serial killer. That really sucks. So here we have one such example, rampaging around New York, with a particular interest in scalping his victims to help him dress up shop dummies to look like them. Unfortunately, despite it being made (and I think set) in 1980, there are plenty of offensive early 70s haircuts and some dodgy disco music that I'm afraid you'll need to deal with, as you follow our (very) anti-hero around as he builds up his body count (to six I think). For the record, they're two lovers on a beach, a prostitute, a married woman having an affair with some guy (complete with a Village People 70s porno moustache), a nurse and a model. He's clearly got some issues to work through.
This film doesn't really make a lot of sense, but then that's hardy the point really, when all we're really interested in is seeing how the next victim gets dispatched. The picture quality was a bit grim; it was softer than my bed. However, the sound was great; DTS-ES 6.1 is about as good as it gets on an ordinary DVD.
Recommended for sickos and trainee serial killers.
2 decapitations and no cats. Actually there're nearly three; a shotgun at point blank range does a lot of damage. One makes no sense to me though, why was there suddenly a headless body by his bed? However, the other is a classic; six women ripping a man's head off; (I think they were a just a little bit pissed off with him).
Top badass moment? It has to be Frank (the Maniac of the title) managing to chat up a very attractive photographer and go out on a couple of dates with her, despite the fact that she was clearly way out of his league, like totally not even playing the same game. Performing a miracle is badass; and it gives people like me hope too.
For someone like me who struggles to have even one personality, someone who has several is always going to make me a little bit jealous, even if they have all been sucked out of dead people.
This is a solid enough horror and was creepy enough to make me a bit weary of my dark hall, when I had to stop the DVD at one point as I needed to go to the toilet. (It's okay don't panic, it was just the vacuum cleaner on the floor lurking in the shadows.) It starts off with a psychologist trying to unravel the mystery of a chap with a multiple personality disorder, but ends up as a quasi-religious nutter-fest; as all good psychological horrors should of course. Oh, by the way, don't eat dirt!
Recommended for people who like creepy horrors.
No cats and no decapitations. Adam does do a rather neat neck stretching trick though. Eew.
Top badass moment? The unsung hero of this film is definitely mild mannered musician Stephen. Along with his suspiciously impressive solving of the 'shadow on the video' mystery, his fast drive and then attempt to slow down Adam, despite his rather nasty injures, make his actions deservedly badass. At least someone was doing something positive. What a shame he died...
You know you're in for one of 'those days' when a ten year old boy turns up at your door and announces he's the reincarnation of your dead husband. It really puts a bit of a dent in your plans doesn't it?
Best known for its long, single-shot of Nicole Kidman's face at a classical concert, along with the infamous 'two in a bath' scene (and get ready to write to your local MP about that one), this is actually a pretty good thriller. Slow and moody, watching Nicole Kidman failing to let go of the past is a worthwhile technique for frittering an afternoon away. I spent a lot of time thinking, "when is this going to turn into a proper horror" and "when is the dodgy underage sex scene going to come along"? This is a film populated with loads of miserable, well-off, boring, slighter bitter, conservatives. Yes, 'dull people' is the phrase I'm looking for.
I'm probably not making a very convincing case for this film am I? Seriously it's worth watching. I really like how this movie sounds; it's got a really good soundtrack. Okay, I think I'll stop now; I'm just digging a bigger and bigger hole for myself and this film to fall into.
Recommended for those who like decent thrillers with a European feel to them.
1 cat and no decapitations. Just a brief run on run off part; it steals the scene in my opinion though.
Top badass moment? Clara trying to trick Sean with the love letters. Really, it can't be that difficult to work out whether someone who says they're the reincarnation of someone else is telling the truth or not. Actually making some sort of attempt to, like, solve the central mystery in a way that 'normal people' would, is badass. Jeez, it's not rocket science, just ask him a load of questions; he's either Anna's dead husband or a ten year old kid messing about; it can't be that hard to tell the difference.
So hands up who's ready for a complicated sci-fi film then? Hello? Hello? Is anybody there? Oh. Well that's a shame really, as this is one of those rare films that will take you beyond any expectation you could possibly have from just reading about it; (at least anything written by someone with my limited grasp of English anyway). Okay, so bits of it will remind you of other films, the Matrix, Nightmare on Elm Street and Inception being three that came to my mind. However, this is a stunning film on every level.
Yes it's got a plot, something to do with redemption, changing the past to alter the future, dreams and nightmares, etc, etc. You'll need to keep your wits about you if you want to work it all out, but the experience of this film goes well beyond the story, even though this itself is top stuff. The whole atmosphere of the movie is quite special. The soundtrack is amazing. It's an intensely emotional film to watch. I found myself crying at the end, but have no real idea why.
Recommended for anyone who thinks there must be more to film-making than "Dude, Where's My Car?".
No cats and no decapitations.
Top badass moment? In films about good vs evil, there're often plenty of candidates. This is no exception. However, I'm going to have to go for the final battle in the hospital, with Allel fighting the Incubi right in the doorway of the room where John and Quinn are. Fighting a battle you're certain to lose, to redeem a failed father and save his young daughter, is totally badass. We all need a hero sometimes.
It's ages since I watched this film. I had a recollection from the last time I did so that it didn't make a lot of sense and wasn't that good. On reflection, having watched it just now again, it makes a lot more sense and is better than I remember. I think my main problem with it is that I could never quite accept Hazel O'Connor as the punk chick she plays in it; and the music is just a bit too weedy to sound like punk circa 1978. I guess this is partly to do with the film's marketing, which tries to present this sort of image when it would have been better to go with more of an early new wave /electronic crossover vibe and set it nearer the date it was made, 1980.
Despite it appearing to be a rags to riches to rags in the music biz type of story, it's really a bit of a romance on the side too. Eighth Day is a very good song and the film maximises its impact by holding back on playing it until needed. And of course, any film based on punk is worth seeing, even if it just provides an excuse to go on about how it's totally missed the point of the music/attitude/fashion, etc.
It's normally quite fun to watch a film when you know some of the places where it was filmed too. This one was mainly made in central London. It was interesting to see the footage shot inside the Music Machine, which later became the Camden Palace, which later became Koko. It didn't look a lot difference to how it looks now; it was just as rubbish then. (It's not my favourite venue for seeing bands in; and all that hideously ugly, vivid red Baroque nude women bollocks all over the place just looks so terribly vulgar don't you know.) It was good to see an old Tube train too, with wooden panels and old fashioned straps to hang onto.
Recommended for people who like music based dramas, or want to see how tatty London looked all those years ago.
No cats and no decapitations.
Top badass moment? Has to be Danny arguing with a pub owner and a bouncer, demanding a Ã,Â£30 payment for the band's appearance. When he got nowhere he clobbered the bouncer with an electric guitar and ran off. Trashing your kit is always rock 'n' roll and therefore always badass, even if smashing up it is a bit stupid and you're not even in the band anyway. Hitting a bouncer is probably not the brightest thing to do either.