Third in Dario Argento's cult Mother/Witches trilogy. Set in Rome this… MoreThird in Dario Argento's cult Mother/Witches trilogy. Set in Rome this time, violent goings on start happening in the city as well as strange, unexplainable things that seem to be connected to the occult and something that may involve scientist Asia Argento. Mother of Tears is typical Argento really, some good gore, a few shocking moments and good visual elements and a decent score mean although Mother of Tears isn't up there with Suspiria, it's still a good enough horror that fans of the horror master should enjoy.
Amazing Japanese movie based around a teenager called Yu. Coming from… MoreAmazing Japanese movie based around a teenager called Yu. Coming from a devoted Christian family, Yu is always well behaved. But when his mother dies and his father is seduced by another woman who then breaks his heart, Yu's dad becomes detached and torments Yu by getting him to confess his sins everyday. Of course, Yu has nothing to confess so in an effort to appease his father he starts sinning. Small, silly stuff at first but his dad's not impressed so eventually Yu joins a gang of petty criminals and trains to become an up-skirt photographer; sneakily but expertly taking pictures up girls skirts! Obviously, this type of behaviour upsets and angers Yu's father but at least he has his attention.
One day while out with his gang, Yu meets a pretty schoolgirl, Yoko, albeit in the middle of a brawl. This ends in a kiss but unfortunately for Yu he is dressed as a woman after losing a bet which is a shame as Yu has fallen balls over arsehole in love with Yoko but Yoko thinks he's a woman, leading her to question her sexuality. Add to this all involved are being manipulated by a devious cult leader you have an interesting film on your hands!
Needless to say, Love Exposure isn't for everyone; it's over three and a half hours long for a start! But it honestly doesn't feel like it is, The story is so involving, despite being off the wall, the performances are great, it's funny, entertaining, shocking, dramatic, moving, weird, surreal, compelling and powerful.
For you non-readers out there you might want to avoid this but for fans of the weird and wonderful world of Japanese and Asian film, Love Exposure is an absolute must see and a potential life changer.
Boring psychological thriller. When Two female friends go travelling… MoreBoring psychological thriller. When Two female friends go travelling one of them has to leave randomly and leaves her friend, Alicia, with two strange blokes and a woman. Feeling alone, frightened and paranoid, Alicia starts acting strangely to those around her as she starts hearing and seeing things and as time progresses her fears and behaviour get worse.
The problem with Magic Magic is it doesn't really go anywhere or say anything. Why is Alicia acting like that? What's the story with her best mate leaving her?(that's quietly explained but could've been developed further) and what's with Michael Cera's character? There are just to many unanswered questions and it's not weird in a cool way like Donnie Darko or something, it's weird in an annoying way, like you keep hoping and waiting for something big to happen but it never does.
It's saving grace, however, is Juno Temple who plays Alicia. After seeing her in Killer Joe I thought she's do a good job and I was right and this is mainly a chance for her to show off her acting skills and proves she can do "descent into madness" very well! So Juno Temple's performance aside, an annoyingly weird, disappointing film.
Horror thriller that's a bit dodgy but that's why it's enjoyable! A… MoreHorror thriller that's a bit dodgy but that's why it's enjoyable! A couple look like they're going on a normal weekend getaway when they are hauled off the road by a gang of criminals. Later, when they find out the car is carrying a hostage in the boot, a soon to be very wealthy heiress, it could be to late as the man they've captured is a total psychopath who knows what he's doing in the killing stakes and starts taking revenge on those that took him hostage.
As the film goes on we find out more about the heiress and her odd relationship with her former captor but unfortunately not much more about the maniac himself which feels like a missed opportunity but at the same time No One Lives is clearly just a bit throwaway, the kills and gore being the main focus and in that respect it does a good enough job. Sure there are questions about how our psycho managed to get inside the dead body of a big dude he killed without being noticed at all and also how he managed to set up the well placed bow and arrows around the front of the criminals' cabin without being spotted but I guess that's part of it's charm.
So, plenty to criticise but at the same time enough to enjoy, No One Lives is enjoyable, gory, crazy fun.