Hard Candy (2005) – Dir: David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night)

Ellen Page injects her whole self into this role, a prepubescent siren in Hayley Stark. Patrick Wilson plays Jeff, the clueless predator wannabe with unfortunate tendencies – a predication for the prepubescent. She drives the hunt, despite the fact that she very convincingly plays the victim. The sexual implications hover beneath the flimsy surface, whichContinue reading “Hard Candy (2005) – Dir: David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night)”

Super High Me (2007) – Dir: Michael Blieden (Melvin Goes to Dinner, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)

Starring Doug Benson as himself. Benson is a funny guy and a legitimate pothead. His quest to do thirty days of dope smoking is a fun concept. Especially when to be truly scientific, he has to abstain for thirty days prior to the experiment. And attempt to function in the world and in his ratherContinue reading “Super High Me (2007) – Dir: Michael Blieden (Melvin Goes to Dinner, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)”

Oldboy (2013: USA, remake) – Dir: Spike Lee (Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing)

It’s pretty much a case of either/or, having watched this version – I see it now. And if you can’t handle subtitles then you might watch this version. I think Spike Lee has respected the source material. I agree with every one of his translation choices except for the ending. I’ll try not to spoilContinue reading “Oldboy (2013: USA, remake) – Dir: Spike Lee (Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing)”

Oldboy (2003: South Korea) – Dir: Chan-wook Park (Thirst, Stoker)

Oldboy is one of my favourite films of all time. This is a beautiful film, not simply violent, although it is. This is the far superior film to Spike Lee’s remake – however, if you can’t handle subtitles, the remake is quite watchable. The original seems to have everything. It is intellectually interesting. Poetic cinematography,Continue reading “Oldboy (2003: South Korea) – Dir: Chan-wook Park (Thirst, Stoker)”

Crumb (1994) – Dir: Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, Art School Confidential)

Robert Crumb is a fascinating genius. A weird, dorky and lanky man. This story develops gradually with tension and atmosphere – the topic of comic books, cartoons. Crumb is funny and engaging, his work is amazing. If this film is your introduction to Robert Crumb, you could do worse. Crumb is a hero to sexualContinue reading “Crumb (1994) – Dir: Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, Art School Confidential)”

Shrooms (2007) – Dir: Paddy Breathnach (Freakdog aka Red Mist)

A group of American friends holiday in Ireland to trip on (magic) mushrooms, in this interesting Euro-style horror film. The girl, Tara (Lindsey Haun), cute but frail, looks a little like Kristen Bell. Tara leads the charge, she’s keen to hook up with Irish tripper guru, Jake (Jack Huston). The sturdy band of travellers findContinue reading “Shrooms (2007) – Dir: Paddy Breathnach (Freakdog aka Red Mist)”

The Hills Have Eyes (remake: 2006) – Dir: Alexandre Aja (Mirrors, High Tension)

I mainly love this film because I find it fricking scary. The creepy hillbilly mutants that hide in the caves, give me the chills. Alexandre Aja is stylish and effective with this gory and shocking remake of a Wes Craven horror film. Appreciate this, gentle reader. I scared myself shitless by rewatching this movie, andContinue reading “The Hills Have Eyes (remake: 2006) – Dir: Alexandre Aja (Mirrors, High Tension)”

And Everything is Going Fine (2010) – Dir: Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Sex Lies and Videotape)

And Everything is Going Fine is told in excerpts from interviews of, and live monologues by Spalding Gray; telling the story of his life. This is a tribute to his life, after his death in 2004. Gray became famous for his unique artform, he sits at a table before a live audience and tells a storyContinue reading “And Everything is Going Fine (2010) – Dir: Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Sex Lies and Videotape)”

Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) – Dir: Shane Meadows (This is England, Twenty-Four Seven)

Shane Meadows is an interesting voice for British film, and this is one of his best works. Richard (Paddy Considine) returns home from the war to find that his little brother has killed himself. But there is more to the story, and Richard knows the truth. Led by Sonny (Gary Stretch) a low level hoodContinue reading “Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) – Dir: Shane Meadows (This is England, Twenty-Four Seven)”

Bottom Live: The Big Number 2 Tour (1995) – Dir: Dominic Brigstocke (Smith and Jones, Ricky Gervais)

Rik Mayall as Richard Richard and Adrian Edmondson as Eddie present to the audience in this live format pure toilet humour and slapstick at its very best. The story is about two friends who share an apartment in England and have no money. Unemployed, pathetic, disgusting, and horny, but loyal friends – they have aContinue reading “Bottom Live: The Big Number 2 Tour (1995) – Dir: Dominic Brigstocke (Smith and Jones, Ricky Gervais)”

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