Month: April 2014

TOP FOREIGN THRILLERS

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1: RAPT
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A rich industrialist is brutally kidnapped. While he physically and mentally degenerates in imprisonment, the kidnappers, police and the board of the company of which he is director negotiate about the ransom of 50 million euro.

MY THOUGHTS
When I read the reviews about this, I was expecting it to be more brutal than it was. The film is more of a drama than anything else that focuses on the life of a rich man who is kidnapped. Although not very brutal or graphic, the film is still extremely intense and you know from the get-go that the people who are doing the kidnapping, ain’t fucking about and if the ransom ain’t getting paid, then you’re under no illusion that the hostage will be going back in pieces.

The acting was fantastic and it’s as realistic as you’d want a film to be. This comes highly recommended.

If you’ve made up your mind and you’ll be watching “Rapt” then don’t watch the trailer below. It seems to give a big part of the story away. I watched it knowing it was about a kidnapping and nothing else.

2:  ON THE JOB

OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)

Filipino crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high-ranking military officials.

MY THOUGHTS
I can almost smell the American remake. This film was brilliant. The acting was fantastic. The characters were great, and the thing was based on a true story??

Prisoners are selected to ,carry out assassinations for political officials and then sneaked back into the prison the next day to avoid any sort of suspicion. If that ain’t enough to grab your attention, then I don’t know what is.

I really liked the characters as well. You have like a father/son relationship between the two assassins/inmates, one is young and stereotypically clumsy and the other, a wiser and older man (sort of like the Filipino Leon) who is training as he goes and covering up any mistakes that is left by his young predecessor.

Another fine instalment from the mighty XYZ FILMS

3:BREATHLESS

OFFICIAL PLOT (asian wiki)

Sang-Hoon (Yang Ik-June) works as a low-level gangster collecting money for his longtime loan shark friend. Sang-Hoon seethes with rage due to his troubled childhood and abusive father. At any moment, Sang-Hoon can lash out at relatives, friends & strangers with the only way he knows how to solve problems – savage violence.

MY THOUGHTS

I sat down with my girlfriend to watch this. The opening scene is a man beating a woman around in the middle of a street (my girlfriend immediately gave me the evil eye) then out of nowhere the main character shows up and starts beating the shit out of the dude who was beating the woman (girlfriend continues to stare at me, knowing this film is gonna be hardcore and she ain’t gonna like it). Then when you think the main character is going to help the lady who getting smacked about, he kneels down beside and start slapping her across the face, saying stuff like “why do you just sit there and take it you fucking cunt!” (At this point me and the girlfriend reached a mutual agreement, that she would go on the iPad and I would continue watching).

If you’re no stranger to Korean cinema and you’ve watched some of the classics like “mother”, “bad guy”, then I’m pretty sure you’d enjoy this one. It’s a pretty uneasy watch and when I say there is a lot of domestic violence in it, then I ain’t kidding. That concept alone makes it very hard to watch. The acting has to be mentioned purely for the leading actor. The man deserved an oscar for the performance he gave.

The story goes in an obvious direction, but how it gets there is uncertain, and that’s what makes this film a masterpiece.

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NEW FOREIGN HORRORS PART 1

image image1 AMONG THE LIVING (Aux Yeux des Vivant)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)

Three kids who decide to skip school in order to explore an abandoned amusement park catch site of a woman being dragged through a field by a masked man.

MY THOUGHTS

I had almost lost my faith in the horror genre until I stumbled on French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo & ulien Maury. I wasn’t impressed with the direction modern day horror was taking. It was hard to find something with an 18cert, hard to find any film that would push the boundaries of cinema , disturb you, and give you sleepless nights. These guys and a handful of other filmmakers seemed to be our last hope.

In 2007 a film was released called “inside” (À l’intérieur). The film was one the most disturbing films in recent years, full of blood, mayhem, tension & violence. It had a storyline that sounded horrible (especially if you’re female) when I seen the movie, I was left with my mouth hanging open, gagging for more. I knew right there and then that whoever made this movie needed to be watched, & watched very closely, whoever made this film actually made a horror film for the horror fans.

The second movie they released (livide) took a completely different direction. Livide had an old-school vibe to it. This time focusing on more of a dark & disturbing fantasy film than a horror film but still managed to get under your skin.

“Among the living” will mark their third feature. I have watched as much as I can without trying to spoil anything. It has been described as a horror movie with a “stand by me” feel to it.

The trailer is fantastic and I am very intrigued to see what they’ve done with the movie. Knowing that they’ve released some of the most disturbing  and best horror in recent years, I can’t wait to see a extreme horror based on this story that they’ve got.

2: CANNIBAL (a love story)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, but he’s also a murderer in the shadows. He feels no remorse, no guilt, until Nina appears in his life and love awakens.

MY THOUGHTS
I have just watched the trailer for this and that is all. I have read some positive reviews about it but also some negative ones. I didn’t have any subs on the trailer I watched so I don’t even know what they were saying but it still managed to grab my attention.

It’s seems like a very slow driven character orientated film. I wouldn’t think that there is that much violence in the movie but I’m pretty sure that when there is some, then it’s gonna shock us to the core.

Seems brilliantly acted, beautifully shot and I’m looking forward to its release on blu-ray or limited theatrical….if we ever get it here.

3: ASMODEXIA
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Five days in the lives of an exorcist (Eloy Palma) and his granddaughter (Alba), working in the Barcelona area.

MY THOUGHTS
I have been waiting for a long time for something to come out of Spain that follows in the footsteps of “[rec]”. I was immediately hooked when i watched the trailer. When I posted the trailer on my Facebook page a while back, some people liked it, and some people just thought it looked ok.

I thought it looked dark and and vicious and if the trailer is anything to go by then we should have one hell of a horror film.

I know the storyline doesn’t sound that original and some people mightn’t even watch it because they’ve seen too much of that sort of thing but I thinks it looks fantastic and I want to see more!!!

I’m a fan of the horror genre as a whole. I don’t mind found footage horror or any other horror for that matter, just as long as it’s done right. Horror should disturb and shock you. And this looks like it will do the job.