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« Reply #435 on: August 07, 2012, 10:50:53 AM »

Have the Melbourne International Film Festival [MIFF] on at the moment so have a few films to see.  Below are the two I've seen thus far.


Killer Joe:

A family of trailer trash hire a policeman/contract killer to kill the matriarch of the family after the son gets in trouble with drug dealers and needs the insurance payout.

Basically the above description does little to explain the sheer craziness of this film.  I was going to link to the trailer, but it is unfortunately one of those trailers that shows too much of the film and it's much better going in knowing very little.

One of the ushers before our screening felt the need to stress that the film had 'dark themes, very violent and disturbing' and whilst he wasn't wrong, he also didn't say how hilarious it was.  This may be one of those moments when you realise I need psychiatric help perhaps.

Matthew McConaughey plays Killer Joe and does an incredible job, channelling part Norman Bates, part Bateman from American Psycho.  The whole film is dark humor surreal film that really is there to build towards the final scenes, which in short are just. Plain. Insane. 

Very highly recommended if you don't mind watching something that has hints of incest and paedophilia, plenty violence and trailer trash.




The Legend of Kaspar Hauser:

Vincent Gallo's surreal take on the Kaspar Hauser legend also is very hard to explain.  I had many people tell me how bad it was but I actually quite enjoyed it, helped in part by the thumping soundtrack and a terrific performance by Silvia Calderoni as Kapar Hauser.

The trailer has little to do with the film other than the music.  But it gives you a good idea of what you're in for [wait, no actually it doesn't]

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"Arriving on a deserted beach in the Mediterranean sea, in a time and a place unspecified, Kaspar Hauser is forced to confront the evil of a Grand Duchess who feels threatened by the power he exercises over the community."

There are alot of monologues, a few bouncey breasts, plenty of electronic thumping music and many wackadoo moments.  Kaspar Hauser wears headphones not connected to anything for the whole film and moves like a person possessed the whole time [its a great job by Calderoni]

Even more so than Killer Joe this one is hard to get a handle on.  A friend saw an earlier screening and hated it, but I quite enjoyed its bizarre nature [but then I love surreal films].  Best I could describe it, is that it falls, to me at least, in a similar category of late night surreal films like El Topo, but with dance music and a smaller scale.

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« Reply #436 on: August 08, 2012, 10:57:09 AM »

Have the Melbourne International Film Festival [MIFF] on at the moment so have a few films to see.  Below are the two I've seen thus far.


Killer Joe:

A family of trailer trash hire a policeman/contract killer to kill the matriarch of the family after the son gets in trouble with drug dealers and needs the insurance payout.

Basically the above description does little to explain the sheer craziness of this film.  I was going to link to the trailer, but it is unfortunately one of those trailers that shows too much of the film and it's much better going in knowing very little.

One of the ushers before our screening felt the need to stress that the film had 'dark themes, very violent and disturbing' and whilst he wasn't wrong, he also didn't say how hilarious it was.  This may be one of those moments when you realise I need psychiatric help perhaps.

Matthew McConaughey plays Killer Joe and does an incredible job, channelling part Norman Bates, part Bateman from American Psycho.  The whole film is dark humor surreal film that really is there to build towards the final scenes, which in short are just. Plain. Insane. 

Very highly recommended if you don't mind watching something that has hints of incest and paedophilia, plenty violence and trailer trash.





Thanks for posting; I'm kind of intrigued to see KILLER JOE, though it's not likely to hit my town's theater.  Sounds like you're in for an interesting week!
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« Reply #437 on: August 10, 2012, 01:33:05 AM »

Well I'm missing alot of the good screenings due to it being a sell out/during work hours [damn you Ace Attorney and Beasts of the Southern Wild]  But it'll be a fun two weeks.
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« Reply #438 on: August 12, 2012, 01:43:58 AM »

I saw the new "Total Recall"

Pretty horrid IMO.
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« Reply #439 on: August 13, 2012, 09:27:07 AM »

Film number three at MIFF:

Berberian Sound Studio

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1976: Berberian Sound Studio is one of the cheapest, sleaziest post-production studios in Italy. Only the most sordid horror films have their sound pro- cessed and sharpened in this studio. Gilderoy (Toby Jones), a naive and introverted sound engineer from England is hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by horror maestro, Santini (Antonio Mancino). Thrown from the innocent world of local documentaries into a foreign environment fuelled by exploitation, Gilderoy soon finds himself caught up in a forbidding world of bitter actresses, capricious technicians and confounding bureaucracy. The longer Gilderoy spends mixing screams and the bloodcurdling sounds of hacked vegetables, the more homesick he becomes for his garden shed studio in his hometown of Dorking. His motherís letters alternate between banal gos- sip and an ominous hysteria, which gradually mirrors the black magic of Santiniís film. As both time and realities shift, Gilderoy finds himself lost in an otherworldly spiral of sonic and personal mayhem, and has to confront his own demons in order to stay afloat in an environment ruled by exploitation both on and off screen.



Basically this film was a mixed bag: it had tension and silly moments coming out all over the place, and a nice build up only to falter near the end. 

Throughout the film the different aspects of the film, the sound design, the fact you have this awkward British sound engineer in a foreign environment and culture, the screaming, this film builds a great feeling of suspense waiting for you to figure out whether the horror on the screen will translate into real life horrors, but in the end I can't help but feel it was a bit of a cop out.

That being said up until the last fifteen minutes I was pretty engaged, and the sound design on this is appropriately excellent.

Overall a solid 3.5/5 but a more satisfying ending may have bumped it up to 4/5.
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« Reply #440 on: August 16, 2012, 07:42:38 PM »

So I found out that Killer Joe was actually playing at one theater in Toronto so I checked it out this afternoon. WOW, that was crazy as hell! I'm not going to talk about the plot, and as another poster said please don't check out the trailer. Incredibly disturbing, very funny and very surprising I don't know what else you could ask for.

Friedkin teams up with playwright Tracy Letts for a second time, the first being 2006's Bug. Now I thought Bug was intriguing but in my opinion failed to come together in a satisfactory way. This felt much tighter and the dialogue was especially terrific. If it's possible go see this in the theater, but if you cant you have one hell of a surprise for you when this comes out on blu ray/dvd.

9/10 A true return to from from one of my all time favorite directors.
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« Reply #441 on: August 19, 2012, 11:57:09 PM »

The Dark Night Rises-Caught this is IMAX this evening. This film amplifies the best and worst qualities of Christopher Nolan. Visually this is a stunning achievement, the IMAX shot action scenes are among the most terrific I have ever seen. The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer features prominently and is fantastic. Anne Hathaway makes for a terrific cat woman, and Bale is good as usual.

Now for the bad parts, of which there are quite a few. Firstly the screenplay is ridiculous, packed full of cliches and endless speeches. Characters rarely interact instead they mostly just show up places and make ridiculous monologues. Considering they spent 250 million on this you would think they would have done a couple more rewrites as some of the dialogue is frankly embarrassing.

I really disliked Bane and felt his voice while decipherable was annoying and he rarely says anything interesting in his constant monologues. Either making him speak less or giving him a voice that is actually menacing instead of cartoonish would be better decisions IMO. For me he was the worst part of the movie and its a shame considering how talented Tom Hardy is.

Despite these problems and others I would still suggest catching it in IMAX. The sheer scope of this film is startling and it has a surprising amount of emotional resonance despite plot problems throughout. I will say that it gets better as it goes on with the finale being especially powerful.
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« Reply #442 on: August 21, 2012, 05:41:42 PM »

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" w/ Jennifer Garner and CJ Adams.

They come into our life for a brief time, and then they are gone. It was good while it lasted. And there were adult men, in the audience, who were weeping.

Next time: Labor Day is next month, and that is always a good day to see a film at the cinema. I'll have to see what is on.

Saw the new trailer for Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," which will be out in October. And the horror homages keep on coming. Besides the homages to "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein," one of the characters looks and sounds a little bit like Peter Lorre. And now that I think about it, the film also paid homage to "Godzilla."

Saw the trailer of "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Apart," as I have already seen their show in Orlando, twice, and enjoyed it both times, I'll probably see this. Coming December 21.
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« Reply #443 on: August 22, 2012, 10:52:36 AM »

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" w/ Jennifer Garner and CJ Adams.

They come into our life for a brief time, and then they are gone. It was good while it lasted. And there were adult men, in the audience, who were weeping.


Ah... I think you like that better than I did.

I thought it was fertility porn for childless couples disguised as a kid's movie. I can see how grownups might respond but I kept thinking this was the kind of movie I hated to be dragged to as a kid. It does contain the goofiest line that will be spoken onscreen all year: "If this little boy can grow a leaf on his ankle, then we can make pencils out of leaves!"
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« Reply #444 on: August 28, 2012, 08:17:32 AM »

Total Recall (2012)

Colin Farrell looks confused as he runs around doing actioney things.


This wasn't altogether as bad as I thought it would be, though I was prepared for bad.

It was an entertaining mindless action flick and it had all the hallmarks of cool visuals, pretty things to look at and lots of lens flare.  At the very least it was better than any of the Transformers just because the characters were less annoying and the action was exciting enough.  Just as one dimensional mind you, but at least they weren't utter rubbish like some of the robots in Transformers: I don't think I heard Jessica Beil's character name mentioned ONCE, people just kept saying 'her/she/you' etc.

Overall an entertaining way to waste my night!  Disclaimer: I was feeling cooped up at home and probably would have been excited to watch anything just to get out of the house.

3/5
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« Reply #445 on: August 29, 2012, 11:03:10 AM »

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (2012): Timeshare king David Siegel and his ex-beauty queen wife are building America's largest private home, a replica of Versailles; but when the real estate bubble bursts and David has to sell the private jet, can the family cut back their spending and adjust to being just multimillionaires rather than billionaires? Tastefully made so that, despite their cluelessness and self-centeredness, the Siegels come across as complex and often unhappy individuals rather than just caricatures of American greed. If reality television had wit and heart, it might look a lot like THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES. 4/5.
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« Reply #446 on: September 05, 2012, 11:43:04 AM »

PARANORMAN: The weird kid who sees ghosts is a town's only hope to save them from a zombie invasion brought about by an ancient witch's curse. Quality animated entertainment in the CORALINE mold; adult fans of cheesy horror movies should dig it, too---this is the first time I've caught a visible boom mic in an animated movie. 4/5.
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« Reply #447 on: September 08, 2012, 08:54:42 AM »

Expendables 2:

Stallone and pals go on a mission to let loose upon their enemies all of the world's supplies of explosions.  I'm pretty sure it also used up all the fake blood allowed for this year, and had a severe amount of 'look that guy doesn't have a head anymore.'


This was alot of mindless fun.  Still no proper plot points or dialogue but the action felt a lot better in this one, even if some of the 'secondary' Expendables could have easily not been there and nobody would have noticed...

I enjoyed the heck out of it and was a slight bit more cohesive than number 1 overall so a solid 3.5/5: good but a bit schizophrenic at times.
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« Reply #448 on: September 08, 2012, 12:28:44 PM »

Raiders of the Lost Ark

It's back in theaters for it's anniversary.  TeddyR  Thumbup
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« Reply #449 on: September 19, 2012, 10:29:25 AM »

I WISH (2012): When a 12-year old Japanese boy hears that if you make a wish at the exact time two bullet trains pass it comes true, he gathers his friends for a trip to the magical spot so he can wish for his broken family to be reunited. Sweet and minor, made with obvious love and care, but I wish they had dumped two or three meandering subplots and made the film about 30 minutes shorter. 2.5/5.
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