Month: May 2013

THE FALL

It’s really good to see something as dark, powerful and well written to come out of Northern Ireland. I was absolutely glued to the screen. I watched the complete first season which was 5 hours in total without as much as moving, and with the same genius writer who also gave us “cracker” and also “prime suspect”, you would expect nothing less.
The story of a serial killer prowling the streets of Belfast, killing young woman, and the cop who is brought over to catch him (Gillian Anderson). I couldn’t recommend this enough. The writing and directing are top notch, the acting is really good and the serial killer is brilliant.
It plays out different than most other serial killer shows, you know exactly who the killer is, and what his next moves will be, and the killer has just as much time onscreen than the star of the show “Gillian Anderson”.
Being from Northern Ireland myself, it’s refreshing to see something that isn’t about the troubles, although it does have a few scenes and some references, but that only adds to the realism of the programme. They do a great job at keeping the sectarianism to a minimum.
A really well acted, original, and brilliantly written piece of tv.

I want more !!!

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TOP 5 AMERICAN HORROR REMAKES

1: LET ME IN
The remake of the Swedish vampire calssic “let the right one in”. I had really low expectations for this movie, but was pleasantly surprised when I actually got the chance to see it. Actually, and I don’t say this lightly, but I actually think I enjoyed it more than the original.
They kept the storyline the exact same, and in a lot of ways it was just a carbon copy of the original, but I thought the vampires and effects was awesome, they kept that eerie feeling that was in the original, and i love the blood on snow effect.
So, for the first time in a long time, vampires are starting to make their much earned comeback, after a decade of being styled and sexualised for mouth watering teenagers masses. I was happy to see such a creepy vampire film (even if it was remake).

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2: DAWN OF THE DEAD
I am a huge Romero fan and have been all my life, so when I heard that they was remaking the classic “dawn of the dead” back in 2003, I was a little skeptical, and when I found out who would be playing the lead role “Sarah Polley” I thought to myself ” fuck, it’s destroyed!!”.
Although we were not convinced by the choice of cast for the film, me and my buddy Cormac was still first in line to see it at the cinema (we were the only people in the line).
I have to admit we were both blown away by it. I’m not one of those people who say “I hate fast zombies”, boo fucking hoo!! As long as they look awesome and as long as they can tear you apart then ill be just fine. This was a damn good zombie movie.

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3: MANIAC
Although this was originally an American horror. “Maniac” was one of the best horror films that I’ve seen in recent years, it’s stayed with me for so me time after viewing it.
It was lead by a dark and dirty 80’s synthesiser soundtrack shock added to the feel of the film.
I had my doubts about Elijah wood when I heard that he was gonna be playing the serial killer.
I was wrong!, he was brilliant and played one of the best serial killers that I have ever seen on screen.
This film is violent and extremely graphic. I wouldn’t think everyone would enjoy this type of film.
This is a film for hardcore horror fans who like their shit a little crazy.
I loved it.

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4: THE EVIL DEAD
it wasn’t the most terrifying movie I have ever seen, which they stupidly had as the tagline, but it was a really good remake. Obviously the original is a cult classic but I admired the fact that they went for such a violent movie, it’s had tons of gore and I left the cinema with a smile.
It had a stupid backstory that you couldn’t give a fiddlers fuck about, but that was soon forgotten and it was pretty much a gorefest right to the end.

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5: HALLOWEEN
I really enjoyed the first instalment of “rob zombies” “Halloween”. The man knows how to make a horror movie. He also knows how to shock the audience with some of the most graphic and violent content to be ever seen on screen.he takes the story of “John carpenters” original classic and just elaborates on the character of Michael Myers. He shows us a young, sad and troubled Michael who gets bullied at school and has serious family issues. All this leads up to him going on a killing spree. “rob zombie” done a brilliant job on showing us exactly how a legend like “Michael Myers” was born.
I also remember him saying that he wouldn’t ever do a sequel… About a year later there was a sequel! I remember Halloween 2 to have more screaming than script. It just lost that spark that the first one had.
There isn’t many people out there today making films like “rob zombie” He ain’t scared to make extreme and violent movies, that have no hope in hell of passing as a 15 certificate or PG/13.
So give the man some respect and be thankful we don’t have Halloween 11.

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COLD PREY

After growing tiresome of the repetitive slasher movies over the years, I had almost gave up hope in that particular end of the horror genre (with exception of a few) . I had read some good reviews about “cold prey” so I decided to give it a shot, and wasn’t expecting much. The storyline sounded just like the rest of the same old bullshit . A group of people are on vacation, one of them gets hurt, they can’t find any help and have to take refuge in abandoned hotel which hasn’t been occupied since the 70’s due to the disappearance of the owners. Obviously, they’re not alone and so begins a night of terror as they begin to be picked off one by one.
A damn good Norwegian slasher movie, that way more intelligent than your average American slasher flick.
It also spawned a couple of sequels which are all worth a watch.

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MY TOP 5 AMERICAN INDIE COMEDIES

1: THANK YOU FOR SMOKING
This film is up there with my all time favourite comedies. This is a very clever comedy full of top performances from a really great cast featuring, Aaron eckhart, rob Lowe, Sam Elliot, Robert Duvall, Maria bello, William H Macy
The film follows “Nick Naylar” a spokesman for a large tobacco company, as he travels around promoting tobacco by telling lies and twisting arguments, and at the same time he still has to try and remain a role model for his 12 year old son. This film just shows us how easily we are led from truth and the lies we will believe if we they are spun right.
Extremely funny and really intelligently written “thankyou for smoking” has become a classic since its release in 2005.

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2: LOVE LIZA
This film is just remarkable . Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the legendary Kathy bates star in what can only be described as a comedy about suicide. Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a young web designer who’s wife suddenly commits suicide . He finds a suicide note under his pillow and can’t bring himself to read it . Although it doesn’t sound that funny and maybe I’m describing it wrong but what happens in this film is so believable and the events that happen are often hilarious . This film is a classic in my book and was the first leading role for Phillip Seymour Hoffman , who I believe to be the finest actor alive today.

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the trailer

3: LARS & THE REAL GIRL
Ryan gosling stars in this strange and unusual American comedy about “LARS” a pleasant but strange office worker who lives in a modified garage that’s next to his brothers house in a small quiet American town. when surfing the web one night he stumbles across a sex doll and has it delivered to his house. When the dolls arrives “Lars” immediately starts up a relationship with the doll, and what happens is a very unusual but pleasant chain of events.
A really good, heartfelt comedy suitable for all ages (I think) the acting is fantastic and the story has a really good meaning behind it. Will have you feeling sad about a sex doll in the same way we all nearly cried when “Tom hanks” lost “Wilson” his only friend in “cast away” willllllllllllllsssssssssssssooooooon.

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4: SIDEWAYS
A ordinary comedy about ordinary guys who go on a wine tasting trip across California. This film is genius and laugh out loud funny and very believable, which makes it all the more enjoyable. Fantastic performances from “Paul Giamatti” and “Thomas Hayden Church” sideways is one of the finest comedies to be realeased in the last 20 years.

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5: JACK GOES BOATING
Anybody who knows me personally, knows that I am a huge “Phillip Seymour Hoffman” fan. I think of him to be the finest actor alive today, he always delivers us some very unusual but absolutely stunning cinema, and in my opinion he was the only fucking good thing about the entire “mission impossible” franchise. Ever since I watched “love Liza” I have been so intrigued by his sorrowful, yet loveable and colourful characters he plays onscreen.
So, “jack goes boating” puts “Phillip Seymour Hoffman” in the directors chair for the very first time, and it seems very clear from the start that the man has learnt some amazing techniques over the years.
It’s the very simple story of “jack” a limo driver in NYC who agrees to go on a date with a woman he has never met called “Connie”. They immediately hit it off and “jack” agrees at the end of the night to take her boating when summer arrives. “Jack” can’t swim and Is terrified of water so he turns to his best friend to teach him how to swim and overcome his fear. That’s all you really need to know about the story. Anybody who is a fan of any of “hoffman’s” previous work will be nothing less than blown away by another unique performance, only this time we get to see the film as he imagines it and the result is near perfection.
A very simple story acted out by the finest actors, and an astonishing soundtrack that features some of the greatest artists around today.

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IN HER SKIN (I AM YOU)

A harrowing, sad and very disturbing true account of the murder of teenager “Rachel Barber” in Australia back in march of 1999, who was killed by her neighbour and babysitter “Caroline Reed”
This film is based on a best selling novel called “the perfect victim” which was writer buy “Rachel’s” mother. The film is the complete story, from the disappearance till the discovery of her body .
I have seen a lot of fucked up films, but I have to say the actual murder scene in this film is very graphic and will leave you a feeling uneasy, and mainly because this is a true story and not the product of someone’s twisted imagination, and the scene it’s self is really frightening and acted brilliantly.
Although it did have quite big names in it like, “Guy Pearce” and “Sam Neil”, the one who stole the show was “Ruth Bradley” a Dublin born actress (with a great accent), in her early 20”s when she did the role. She reminded on a young Kathy bates from “misery”. I really don’t think I have ever seen a female in a lead role since “misery” that I could say ” wow, she was creepy”, up until now.
Featuring a great soundtrack form “John butler trio” and a cameo from the JB himself.
A brilliantly written and extremely well acted Australian real life drama/thriller.
Also known as “I AM YOU”.

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TOP TEN REVENGE MOVIES

1: THE HORSEMAN
After receiving a porn movie in the post that stars his recently deceased daughter. The tape shows her heavily intoxicated or medicated and obviously not taking part in this film of her own free will.
The father sets out to track down and kill those responsible for the tape and to find out the truth about his daughters death.
A fantastic low budget revenge movie from Australia, with a phenomenal and very believable performance from “Peter Marshall”.
Check this out if ya haven’t already done so.

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2: MARTYRS
Years after escaping from her kidnappers. a young girl along with her friend (who she grew up with in a orphanage and also suffered abuse) set out to kill her captors that once subdued her to unbelievable and unimaginable torture.
This film is not just a brilliant revenge movie but an astounding horror that takes you into a world never before seen on screen. This is my favourite film of all time. Being the sad fucker that I am, I have probably watched this film around 40 times and I still continue to do so with every new visitor that visits my apartment, and every single one of them has left my apartment feeling very uneasy and they would be talking about for weeks later.
So what I am saying is that this film does its job as a horror film, it’s got very mature and graphic content and is primarily for an audience who like their films extreme.
An American remake is in the works at the minute which will be directed by ” Daniel Stamm” who helmed “the last exorcism”, and will be written by “Mark L Smith” who wrote “the hole”, “vacancy”, and also “vacancy 2, the final cut”. The film is is also reportedly gonna star Kirsten Stewart” and it will be produced by the same producers from the “twilight” franchise.
Director “Stamm” said that he wants to take a more American approach to the film and wants to have a glimmer of hope at the end.
FUCK OFF LEAVE IT ALONE !
If the cover says from the producers of “twilight” I will have lost my entire faith in humanity.

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3: I SAW THE DEVIL
After his wife is brutally killed by a deranged serial killer. A special agent sets out to find and catch the killer.
One of the best films you could ever hope to see. This film does not stop, from the very first scene right to when the credits roll. A superior violent and action packed revenge/serial killer film from South Korea.

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4: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (original)
One of the very first extreme movies that follows a woman who takes revenge on the group of hillbillies that gang raped her.This film is very graphic, and has some really shocking scenes. A really disturbing but completely justifiable act of vengeance
I personally found this film even more disturbing as is was my mother who recommended it to me. So that alone will always stay with me. A really good but very hard to watch ( for both sexes) film that has become a cult classic.

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5: OLDBOY
Another classic to come out of Korea. The story of a man who was held captive for 15 years without and reason, is set free and given a certain amount of time to figure out who and why he was imprisoned and to seek revenge on those responsible.
This film has went down in film history not only as a great revenge film but it has earned it’s place as one of the finest films ever made.
American remake already made. I can’t find any footage on it anywhere but I know that it’s directed by “spike lee” and stars “Josh Brolin”, “Samuel L Jackson ” and also “Elizabeth Olsen” .
A very brave move for “spike lee” to try and remake one of the finest films of our time. A film witch had an ending that I couldn’t imagine a mainstream american audience enjoying, but in saying that, we have been promised new characters and much more darker ending ( his grandmother maybe?)
Here’s a quote I found online from the producer of the remake

“It’s very similar [to Chan-wook Park’s film], but we’ve added new elements. Or, Mark Protosevich has come up with new elements to it that will throw off the audience who have seen the original movie because there are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that changes the story but eventually go in the same direction.”

I think it sounds promising.. Good or not ill still be first in line to see it .

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6: 7 DAYS
This is a French/Canadian torture flick with a strong believable plot and great actors. The story of a doctor who’s kid is sexually assaulted and murdered . The killer is caught straight away and not happy with the sentence he was given the doctor hires people to break him out of custody and takes him to a remote location and chains him up and goes to town on him for 7 DAYS.
Although there is serious violence inflicted on this guy , you are constantly thinking THIS MOTHERFUCKER deserves every bit he gets .
There was a weak American remake made of this called “the tortured” starring the dude from desperate housewives and the almighty BILL MOSELEY . If I never had seen 7 days then i probably would of liked it , not that it was bad Film but it just didnt have the intensity of the original .
http://youtu.be/4FMJ8ZWyl88

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8: RED, WHITE & BLUE
A real slow burning and extremely tense psychological thriller. The film follows 3 characters, “Erica” who’s is a young nymphomaniac that will fuck just about everything with a heartbeat. Then we have young “frank” a washed up rock musician still trying to make it big with his band in his garage, and then we have “Nate”, the strange war veteran neighbour who lives in the same building as “Erica”. He sees Erica as a troubled soul and just wants to help.
This film has a lot of nudity and sex, and it ain’t any classy sex you would see in a big Hollywood movie. The sex is dirty and sleazy and very hard to watch on screen ( unless you are a dirty sleaze then you will be fine) but thankfully it’s only at the start of the movie and its just to establish how fucked up “Erica” is, and it sets the mood for the film pretty quick. Once the film gets going and if this is all you know about the storyline then I urge you to hunt it out and check out what happens next as it has to be seen to be believed. Please try and stay away from reviews of this film as a lot of them would give away certain parts of the story that I found absolutely necessary to be viewed by complete surprise.
The acting is fantastic throughout especially from “Nate” who was played by English actor “Noah Taylor” and the film is superbly made and shot on a tiny budget by English director “Simon Rumley”
A film that would be suited for fans who like their stuff very dark and very disturbing.
Accompanied by a disturbing score that just sounds like some dude hitting random notes on a piano this alone will fuck with your head just as much as the story does.

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9: IRREVERSIBLE
one of the most graphic and violent films to ever be released. A film that is so disturbing in every way that you will probably need to go out for some air after watching it.
The film follows the boyfriend of a beautiful woman who was violently raped in the Paris suburbs. His hunt for the rapist leads him and his friend into a dark and sleazy underground. This film like most of the others in my top ten list has some of the most disturbing scenes in it that you could ever imagine. not for the faint hearted, a breakthrough and fantastic, original piece of cinema,.with a
Powerhouse performance from “Vincent Cassel”.

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10: MAN FROM NOWHERE
This film is very straight forward. A guy who owns a local pawnshop befriends his next door neighbour who happens to be a 8yr old girl. He goes through each day not saying a word and ignoring every attempt that the little girl makes to try and get him to talk..
When the little girl is kidnapped by a group of men who wanna harvest her organs, he takes on the whole crime syndicate by himself, leaving countless amounts of corpses along the way.
I thought this film was unreal. I am not a huge fan of action movies, but this movie reminded me of “Leon” with a little bit of “man on fire”, and to top it all off that, its fucking Korean, and it kicks serious ass.

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COOK COUNTY

Anybody who enjoyed “requiem for a dream”, “basketball diaries” or any other morbid and fucked up drug movie would enjoy this one. It’s stars the dude from AMC’S western tv Show “hell on wheels” “Anson Mount” and his character is nothing less than fucking mental and so unpredictable, it’s almost unbearable to watch. The acting and characters are fantastic and the drug scenes are done brilliantly. The film is drenched in poverty and realism and this film should be watched by everyone, for educational purposes if anything. You will think twice about hitting that crack pipe once you’ve seen this. A powerful and unpredictable performance from “Anson mount” as he plays a father of a family in the depths of meth addiction.

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