XYZFilms

MOVIEHOOKER’S BEST OF NEW FOREIGN CINEMA PART 1

As these movies are all relatively new and are only recently released or getting released soon, I’m gonna go with my gut instinct with them. The films I’ll be featuring in this 3-part-post have all been researched and are on my watchlist for future viewing. I am very rarely wrong when it’s comes to world cinema titles.. So let’s get this started!!

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1: GRATEFUL DEAD
Without a doubt this film has the most insane trailer that I’ve seen in quite some time. I’m a huge fan of Japanese cinema because they are just bat-shit-crazy, they make movies that are so twisted and deranged that it takes a special kind of viewer to appreciate them….. Someone who is touched with a mild case of insanity… Thankfully, I fit that bill just perfectly, as does most of my readers… So we’re good to go!! I just have to point out that this film is listed for release in 2013 but is only starting make some waves now… It’s my list, it goes on!

Official Plot
A love-hate relationship develops between a deranged young woman and an old man. Nami inherits a large sum of money, freeing up time for her to engage in a series of bizarre hobbies, including spying on lonely people like herself. One day she spies on an old man as he watches porn DVDs in his home. After witnessing this, she begins relentlessly stalking him.

2: WHITE GOD

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I had heard of this film before but had completely forgotten about it, thanks to Fangoria posting the trailer on Facebook recently, I’ve once again got it in my sights.. And this time, it’s not getting away. I am constantly on the hunt for movies, some manage to get away from me, or slip beneath the cracks, but it’s only a matter of time before I get my grip on them and get them up on Moviehooker

The film reminded me a little bit of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, not that it was about loads of god Damn Hairy apes, but about dogs who aren’t full pedigree, and have had enough of being outcasts. They start up a dog army to teach us filthy humans just who’s boss which looks like it’s lead by a young teenage girl (the owner of the “Ceaser” like dog).

The one thing I loved about the trailer was that it wasn’t very CGI-heavy, it looked like real animals, just shot very cleverly. The premise sounds interesting and has already conquered Cannes Film festival…. So that alone gives us the reason to be eagerly awaiting this one.

3: Broken

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We all know how big a fan of Korean cinema I am. Recently, I finally got my girlfriend to watch Castaway On The Moon, and I was blown-away all over again by the lead actors performance. I realised that I hadn’t done any research into any other movies that he’s been in. That’s when I found out about Broken. I purposely didn’t read too much into it in fear of spoiling it. All I know is that it’s a vengeance type of movie, and if anyone can do Vengeance – then it’s the Koreans. So without even knowing what this flick is remotely about, it goes on the list.

I’m really looking forward to this one

4: INUMBER NUMBER

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Another film that has makes its way right to the top of my watch-list – No doubt this will be another solid entry from the guys of XYZFilms.

Official Plot (official site)

When honest undercover cop Chili Ngcobo (winner of the TV Talent show, ‘Class Act’, S’dumo Mtshali), and his by-the-book partner, Sello ‘Shoes’ Moshoeshoe (lead actor of the Oscar Winning film ‘Tsotsi’, Presley Chweneyagae), are cheated out of a large reward by their corrupt superiors, Chili finds another way of getting the money he feels they deserve. Chili penetrates a cash-in-transit heist gang, and instead of busting them, convinces his partner to participate in a once off score.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this post which i’ll have up in a few days. Thanks for reading

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XYZFilms To Co-Produce New Irish Warrior Monk Movie “PILGRIMAGE”

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If you’re looking for a great action movie then you never have to further than XYZFilms. These are the guys who brought us THE RAID, THE RAID 2, THE DEAD LANDS, ON THE JOB, KILLERS and TUSK (not that Tusk is an action movie, but it’s a walrus movie. It deserves a mention) . These guys know what movies to back. If it has the XYZ mark, you’re guaranteed to be hooked up with some fine viewing.

As most of you know I follow this production company very closely and I’m always looking out for new releases to hook people up with and to simply try and spread the word as much as possible. We all know how huge THE RAID movies have become, but not all them have that recognition and therefore I think we need push them as much as we can.

I wasn’t expecting the news that they’re gonna be producing a new action movie set in the year 1209 in Ireland. The film is about catholic monks who are transporting some sort of relic from Ireland to Rome.. The film will be shot over a seven week period on the West Coast of Ireland and then also some shooting in Belgium. The film, which will be called PILGRIMAGE was written by Jamie Hannigan and will be directed by Dermot Muldowney who also helmed SAVAGE and LOVE ETERNAL. The movie will also be produced by Dublin based production company Savage Productions.

I have no doubt in my mind that this film is gonna feature some serious brutality and beautifully choreographed fight sequences.. And let’s face it, when have you ever heard of an action movie with catholic monks as warriors?? If you know me, and you know how passionate I am about film, then you’ll know how excited I am about this film. It’s so good to these guys take a stab at something so unique.

I have been trying to hook people up with new New Zealand Maori warrior movie THE DEAD LANDS. This movie has now been picked for New Zealnds Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. I am hoping that this film will be the same and carry the same authenticity

Still very early days folks, but as always, we’ll be following it every step of the way.

Might even hit the west coast and see if I can find the set!!

TOP PICKS FOR TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PART 2

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Part 2 of my top picks for Toronto International Film Festival . If you missed part 1 then just check previous posts and you’ll be hooked up .

1:?HAEMOO
A film that was adapted from a play of the same name, and a play that was based on a real-life incident about 25 Chinese/Korean stowaways who suffocated onboard a troubled fishing vessel.

There was a scene in another Korean movie calledThe Yellow Sea that has stuck with me to this day. It was a smuggling scene, it was very realistic and harsh. Although the scene was over before you could blink, it showed how desperate these people were. The harshness of the conditions no doubt added to the intensity of the scene. The reason I’m mentioning The Yellow Sea is because, if one scene in one film has stuck in my head for so long, then you can only imagine what I’d be like after watching a movie that’s entirely about smuggling. And judging from the plot, it ain’t gonna end well, so it’s safe to say there is a 99.9% chance ll be like a blubbering idiot by the time the credits roll.

The acting will be superb, this will be drama at it’s very finest. And from the writer of korean classic Memories Of Murder I know this going to be something special.

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2 NIGHTCRAWLER
OFFICIAL PLOT
A pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

MOVIEHOOKER’S THOUGHTS
This one stars Jake Gylenhaal, I think he’s made some fine choices in the past and has come a long way since Donnie Darko . The premise of the movie sounds dark and right up my street. I could be wrong though, but I doubt it. This has all the ingredients of a great, dark noir type thriller.

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3: 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 year

MOVIEHOOKER’S THOUGHTS
No doubt this will be another fantastic entry from XYZFilms. The production company behind The raid, The Raid 2, Tusk, Killere, The Night Comes For Us. These guys know what they’re doing and I have yet to see them take on a bad movie. They just keep going from strength-to-strength. As soon as I heard XYZFilms were behind this film, I’ve been following it as closely as I can. Reviews have started surfacing and they’re all fantastic.

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