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MOVIEHOOKER’S BEST OF NEW FOREIGN CINEMA PART 3

1: TO KILL A MAN

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Although I didn’t quite get what I was expecting, there is no denying that this was one of the best indie world cinema releases of last year. The pace was rather slow and the film is very character driven and mainly focuses on one character.

That character is Jorge – a father of two that is becoming increasingly worried about the gangs who are starting to hang around near his family home. After Jorge gets mugged – his son then tries to get back what was stolen from him, but ends up getting shot in the process…. Which isn’t very nice, is it?

Disgusted by the the lack of help from the local authorities and the lenient sentences handed down by the courts – Jorge makes the decision that if his family is going to be safe then he will have to take matters into his own hands.

The description of the film (on Netflix) fooled me into thinking this was some sort of Chilean version of Dead Man Shoes – so I couldn’t resist. The acting was powerful throughout, although the pace was slow, I was dying to find out what Jorge would become when he snaps.

I do wish that the film was a little longer because I thought there was a lot more they could’ve done with the storyline, but they kept things simple, yet effective.

I was a little underwhelmed when the credits started to roll because I thought it ended very sudden. It was after I had watched it, I couldn’t get it out of my head. It was in there bouncing back and fourth and just wouldn’t leave. So I watched it a second time and enjoyed it even more. This is A slow-burning character driven story that gets inside right your head and under your skin.

The soundtrack for the movie was also an interesting choice and added to the feel of the movie. There would be scenes of Jorge sitting there in his pants playing some nice sounds on the harmonica.,. This is mainly the music for the entire film and I personally enjoyed that, it was definitely a different approach.

2: BIG GAME

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This is the new film from Rare Exports writer/director and it looks a lot bigger and badder, and dare I say, weirder than Rare Exports – plus we have Samuel L jackson as the The President Of The United States (come on, that’s a wee bit epic, right?)

So what I gathered from the trailer is that a young kid somehow manages to rescue the president after airforce one gets shot down. I’m pretty sure the Big Game is The President of the USA and he is being hunted, with the kid as his guide and protector.

The trailer I thought was just ok – but I’m such a huge fan of Rare Exports that I’ve been waiting to see what these guys will release next. To be honest, I really couldn’t give a shit, whatever it is, it has my full attention.

3: 6 HOURS

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A new disaster movie from Chile, and also the feature-length directorial debut from Chilean filmmaker Diego Ayala.

When a nuclear company announce that one of their reactors has suffered a critical and irreversible breach, the residents of a neighbouring town have just 6 Hours before the reactor goes into full meltdown and all hell breaks loose.

The premise sounds intriguing, very believable, and if done right then we could have a truly terrifying experience coming our way – seriously if that news was announced, what in the name of fuck would you do??

Most of the disaster movies we get are from America. They are predictable, full of mind-blowing and impressive special fx. They have some Hollywood A-lister like John Cusack, Dennis Quaid or Bruce Willis trying to save mankind.

These films cost so much money to make and spend the majority of the cash on special fx which results in poor and predictable scriptwriting, pointless character development, and characters that you wouldn’t mind seeing get swallowed up by Mother Nature.

These films are just eye candy, don’t get me wrong, they do deliver one hell of a cinematic experience, but the scripts are that poor that you could sit there with headphones on listening to Pink Floyd not paying any attention to the dialogue.

Now knowing that this Chilean filmmaker won’t have the budget to contend with Americas disaster movies, I believe that he will replace the special fx with gut wrenching intensity, with believable characters that we will care about.

Really looking forward to this one !!

Thanks for reading, there is so much great stuff coming our way this year and I’ll try my hardest not to miss a thing and keep you all constantly hooked.

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5 FOREIGN MOVIES TO WATCH OUT FOR

1: THE SAMURAI
I’m pretty sure this one has already been released and not, then you can expect it very soon. I have just seen the trailer for this and was automatically drawn to it. Did I understand what the fuck was going on in the trailer?, no, I didn’t !. Did I even remotely know what it was about, again, no, I didn’t. All I seen was a cop who was on the pursuit of a wolf that has been terrorising a village. When his search brings him to a nearby by wooded area, he meets a strange man in a long red dress and is carrying a samurai sword,. The samurai tells the cop that he is on a crusade, he then asks the cop to accompany him and the cop accepts.

I have no idea where this film is gonna go, it could turn out to be a love story but I highly doubt it. All I know is that is sounds original and judging from the trailer it looks pretty awesome as well.

SAMURAI TRAILER

2:PARASYTE
Based on a hugely popular manga series by Hitoshi Iwaaki that was published from 1990-1995. PARASYTE tells the story of 17 yr old Shinichi Izumi, a kid who is unaware that while he is laying sleeping, a worm-like alien is trying to take over his body, but because he is wearing headphones, the alien is unable to get into his ears and infect his brain, so it burrows a hole in his arm. When he wakes the next day he finds that most of the human-race has been taken over by aliens, and that his arm can mutate into just about anything (think Prototype only more insane).

I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the manga series but I must admit it looks and sounds absolutely awesome and completely original.

it was recently announced that there was a live-action adaptation coming our way which will be split into  a two part series . The first instalment will be here as early as November, with the second following sometime next year.

I also read an article that Gareth Evans (writer of The Raid and The raid 2) had joined the cast. I have no idea if this is true. If he is involved then I’d say he’d be behind the camera rather than in front of it.

an Anime version is also on the way

PARASYTE PT1 TRAILER

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3:THE DEAD LANDS
No doubt this is gonna be another beauty from production company XYZ FILMS. XYZ FIKMS keep releasing fantastic movies, and there is no sign of them ever stopping. These guys know what they’re doing. They have given us classics like THE RAID, THE RAID 2, TUSK (not yet released), BIG BAD WOLVES, ON THE JOB, THE NIGHT COMES FOR US (not yet released). Now we have THE DEAD LANDS to add to the list.

THE DEAD LANDS
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi – a Maori chieftain’s teenage son – must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Vastly outnumbered by the band of villains, Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious ‘Warrior’ a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years. — IMDb Plot: The Dead Lands (2014)

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4COLT 45
Not only do the the French make quality horror films, they’re also pretty damn good at making thrillers. It’s been a while though since I have seen any French film (of any genre) that’s left it’s mark with me. The trailer for this looks really good, but there was a horrible stench of an inevitable American remake, such a rancid stench, you can almost see it coming through your screen.

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COLT 45 TRAILER

5: AS GOD SAYS
Another manga adaptation from japan, this time, veteran director Takeshi Miike is the man in the directors chair. Miike has been out of action for quite some time but recently he’s been attached to direct three movie AS GOD SAYS, OVER YOU DEAD BODY, also a world war 2 drama/thriller that will star Tom Hardy (not sure of the title, sorry).

Miike is no stranger in bringing us ultra-violence adapted from a manga series. ICHI THE KILLER was, and still is one of the most shocking and daring films of recent years. A film that is guaranteed to make you go ” wtf did I just watch?”.

What I admire about Miike is that he has always been a daring filmmaker, films like AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER,HAPPINESS OF THE KATIKURI’SVISITOR Qhave proved that the man is one the best in the business. He really doesn’t give a shit about censorship.. His films are as raw and brutal as they come and more than often, very graphic and extremely disturbing. So, Mr Miike, I salute you sir!
AS GOD SAYS TRAILER

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“BLUE RUIN” DIRECTOR GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR NEXT MOVIE “GREEN ROOM”

BLUE RUIN was a brilliantly written revenge thriller with a memorable lead performance from lead character Dwight-played by Macon Blair. His character was just 100%. He was nervous, terrified, uncertain, and very unpredictable.  This just added to the realism of the storyline, and with a solid script, good direction, and some nice stunning cinematography. The film has all the right ingredients to become a cult classic.

BLUE RUIN writer/director Jerry Saulnier has now been given the go-ahead for his next feature film which will be called THE GREEN ROOM.

This film will focus on a punk band who finds themselves trapped in a venue fending off a pack of blood thirsty neo-nazi skinheads (bet ya thought I was gonna say werewolves).

Already I am loving the storyline, so keep your eyes peeled for more info on THE GREEN ROOM

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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 .
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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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RED, WHITE AND 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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BEDEVILLED

A story of a woman who seeks revenge on the residents on a small island . This woman has been treated like dirt by every single person in her village , and is practically their slave. Her husband is violent and abusive and the rest of the villagers thinks the sun shines out of his arse.
When a tragedy occurs in the village , she reaches breaking point, and proceeds to grab a giant blade and goes to town on all the villagers.
I tried watching this film some time ago, but turned it off, as it does start off quite slow and didn’t have enough blood flowing or carnage from get go to keep me interested. However, I am really glad I gave this film a second shot and followed it through to the end because its a brilliant revenge movie, and although it does start off quite slow, once the blood starts flowing, the mayhem/madness doesn’t stop till the very last scene, and by that time you have completely forgotten that the film started off slow, and that the world of pain she is inflicting on everyone around her is 100% justifiable . Another great film from “Korea”.

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