MY TOP PICKS FOR THIS YEARS TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PART 1

IMG_5805.JPGEvery year there is countless film festivals happening all across the globe. It’s an exciting time of year for both the filmmaker and the fan. The filmmaker gets his/her chance to show off their work to an audience of film lovers and production companies. Then, hopefully if all goes well, they can sell the rights to the movie for further world-wide distribution.

The film fan is spoiled for choice. There is so much films to choose from, so many genres, so many styles, so many different cultures. As an avid movie lover that just sounds like heaven to me. And then if you are lucky you could get a Q+A with the directors and actors. There is more than enough quality viewing at this festival to suit any movie-fans needs.

I am well aware that there will be many more great films coming out of this festival, so I’ve picked ones which I’m familiar and I’ll break it up into 3 posts,.This means your guaranteed some fantastic viewing..

1: SPRING
Since the release of 2012’s mind-fuck RESOLUTION I have been keeping a close eye on directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. They anonounced some time ago that there next film would be another horror film, it will be called SPRING and it will be set in Italy. But as far as any sort of plot or details about the film, nothing was heard for a long time.

I love what these guys are doing, they know how to roll. and they’re giving us something different in a genre that’s overpopulated with so much repetitive shit, and as a lover of all things horror and weird, I welcome them with open arms. I wish these guys the best of luck and have no doubt that these guys will continue to give us memorable movies throughout the years.

Justin Benson & Aaron moorhead have also bagged a segment in the latest VHS movie VHS VIRAL. And I look forward to seeing what these guys will bring to the table.

I’ve asked Justin Benson would it be cool if I was to throw some questions at him, and he very kindly agreed. He said that he would throw Aaron ion the chain also. I have just finished writing the interview and I think I’ve got some pretty cool questions for them. So if you’re a fan of Benson and Moorhead (and you should be) then stay tuned for the interview.

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2: TUSK
Episode #259 of Kevin Smith’s podcast was called The Walrus And The Carpenter. Someone placed a hoax add on Gumtree. The add was that a landlord required a tenant to occupy a spare room. The tenant would live there rent free, but in return all he/she would have to do is dress up in a walrus costume for few hrs everyday, and go full-walrus. He or she would not be allowed to speak unless they made walrus sounds, they would have to eat mackerel and clap their little walrus hands.

Ok, so anyways, Kevin smith and his buddy Scott Mosier heard about the add. They had a bag of weed, and hit the record button, within the hour they had the premise for a excellent horror movie and TUSK was born right there on-the-spot.

This film is guarenteed to be the only film you’ll see this year about a man getting surgically transformed into a walrus. So if you’re a fan of movies like The Human Centipede but feel you’ve had your fix of people getting their mouths sewn to assholes, then I’d highly recommend TUSK

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3: REC 4
I had almost lost all faith in ever getting to see [REC]4. When the third instalment was released, it didn’t stay true to the previous two. When it was announced that Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró would go their separate ways for the final two instalments, no one had any idea that Plaza would attempt something completely different. It was the same infection alright, but he introduced new characters and surroundings with no familiarity to its predecessor, and also (and I don’t know why) he introduced a little bit of comedy. If [REC]3 was just a spin-off of the franchise, then I would’ve probably enjoyed it a lot more. But unfortunately I’m a sick son-of-a-bitch, I feel I’ve been dragged too far down this infectious rabbit-hole to sit down and watch a [REC] movie and laugh along the way. I enjoy the intensity, the blood, the infection, the ancient virus, the demonic twist, the claustrophobic feel, and the sense of “everyone is fucked.”

Now with [REC] 4 Jaume Balagueró takes a much needed trip back to 2009 to everyone’s favourite apartment building in Barcelona. The fourth and supposed final instalment of the franchise will take place immediately after the events of the 2nd film. Angela is now infected (unknown to everyone else) and is taken to a huge ship and is quarantined. Obviously the infection gets out again and all hell will break loose.

One thing I’ve noticed about the trailer is that Jaume Balagueró seems to have left the found-footage approach at the door. He approaches the final instalment just like Paco Plaza done with the third. To a lot of people that sounds like a great idea, as it’s only a minority that like the shaky hand-cam approach (I’m one of them). The infected (or possessed) also look quite different, this time they look like they’ve mutated further, giving some (in my opinion) similarities to Lamberto Bava’s 1985 cult classic Demons..

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http://youtu.be/XdjrvwYO9nc

PART 2 coming soon
Thanks for reading ;)

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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20 GREAT FOREIGN MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES ON IRISH/UK NETFLIX

1: THE HUNT (2012)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
This is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Lucas is a highly-regarded school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. The lie is spreading and Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

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2: WHITE MATERIAL (2009)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Denis revisits Africa, this time exploring a place rife with civil and racial conflict. A white French family outlawed in its home and attempting to save its coffee plantation connects with a black hero also embroiled in the tumult. All try to survive as their world rapidly crumbles around them

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3: DOWNFALL (2004)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator’s final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

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4:REVANCHE (2008)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable.

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5: POLISSE (2011)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.

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6: A HIJACKING (2012)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.

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7: CITY OF GOD (2002)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

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8: KATYN (2007)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.

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9: HOUSE OF FOOLS (2002)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
In the midst of the Chechen War, a remote psychiatric institution is left without staff leaving the patients to fend for themselves. Based on a true story.

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10: 5 BROKEN CAMERAS (2011)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

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11: FUNNY GAMES (1997)
OFFICIAL PKOT (imdb)
Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic “games” with one another for their own amusement.

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12: IN THE HOUSE (2012)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A high school French teacher gets increasingly drawn into a precocious student’s increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend’s family.

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13: DISTRICT 13 (2004)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.

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14: CAMP 14
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Shin Dong-Huyk was born on November 19, 1983 as a political prisoner in a North Korean re-education camp. He was a child of two prisoners who had been married by order of the wardens. He spent his entire childhood and youth in Camp 14, in fact a death camp. He was forced to labor since he was six years old and suffered from hunger, beatings and torture, always at the mercy of the wardens. He knew nothing about the world outside the barbed-wire fences. At the age of 23, with the help of an older prisoner, he managed to escape. For months he traveled through North Korea and China and finally to South Korea, where he encountered a world completely strange to him.

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15: IL DIVO (2008)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946.

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16; AMOUR (2012)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

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17: HIDDEN (2005)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

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18: THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (2009)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of which still haunt him decades later.

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19: FALSE TRAIL (2001)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
The sequel to Jagarna (1996), the film concerns Erik who is asked to return to his hometown in Sweden to solve a brutal murder. Although hesitant to go back due to unfavourable memories of the town, Erik accepts, but finding an answer to the murder proves a complex task.

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20: THE PUSHER (1996)
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

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HIOPE THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ;)

GREAT FOREIGN HORROR FILMS RELEASING SOON

1: NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN
OFFICIAL PLOT
Tore (Julius Feldmeier) is a young man who has fallen in with so-called Jesus Freaks, a punk Christian sect basing themselves out of a house in Hamburg. Though an awkwardly unassuming sort, Tore one day makes acquaintance with an affable family man, Benno (Sascha Gersak), and decides to move into his home, where he meets and forges a connection with Benno’s young daughter Sanny (Swantje Kohlhof). However, this bond is tested once Tore discovers the sinister nature of this family unit; Benno’s dislike for Tore’s fastidious religious beliefs notwithstanding, the patriarch is an abusive sexual deviant with a short, violent temper.

MOVIEHOOKER’S THOUGHTS
I was mesmerised by the trailer for this. I am constantly on the hunt for films like this. One critic has even found some comparisons to MARTYRS, and I’m sure you all know, is my favourite horror movie of all time.

There is no doubt about it, this film is going to be dark, disturbing. When we see the violence arrive on-screen, we’re gonna be left feeling very uneasy, dirty and left with the thought “wtf have I just watched??.” There is just something about a horror movie about “Jesus freaks” that’s so unsettling.

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2: OVER YOUR DEAD BODY
OFFICIAL PLOT (wiki)
Kousuke Hasegawa (Ebizo Ichikawa) is cast for the stage play “Makoto Yotsuya Kaidan” which is based on the traditional ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. The ghost story revolves around betrayal, murder, and the revenge of Tamiya Iemon and Oiwa. Kousuke Hasegawa plays main male character Tamiya Iemon and his girlfriend Miyuki Goto (Kou Shibasaki) plays main female character Oiwa.
Kousuke Hasegawa landed the role due to Miyuki Goto’s recommendation, but Kousuke Hasegawa continues cheating on her by having intimate relationships with other actresses involved in the same stage play.
Meanwhile, Miyuki Goto has trouble separating her real self from the character of Oiwa.

MOVIEHOOKER’S THOUGHTS
it’s great to see legendary veteran director Miike Takeshi back on-the-scene. He was one of the main reasons I feel in love with Asian Cinema. The man just doesn’t give a shit, he is one of the most provocative and challenging filmmakers alive today, and proudly holds two fingers up to censorship.

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3: MEXICO BOMABARO
OFFICIAL PLOT
México Bárbaro shows the world stories that form a part of our culture, and even some that have haunted us and made us have nightmares since childhood, those ones which took away our innocence. The boogeyman, trolls, ghosts, creatures, Aztec sacrifices, and of course our most beloved tradition, Day of the Dead, immerse in urban and rural stories are some of the issues that make up this anthology.

MOVIEHOOKER’S THOUGHTS
Mexico has given us some fine horror movies over the last fews years. So, anything that comes out of Mexico automatically has my attention.

I’ve been following this as much as I can but unfortunately the only information that I really have on the movie, is that it’s actually getting made. One thing I can tell you though, Mexicans can make a great horror movie. We should watch and buy this movie, promote it all we can, so these fine filmmakers get a chance to do it all over again.

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4: THE SHREW’S NEST
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Spain, 1950s. Monte’s agoraphobia keeps her locked in a sinister apartment in Madrid and her only link to reality is the little sister she lost her youth raising. But one day, a reckless young neighbor, Carlos, falls down the stairwell and drags himself to their door. Someone has entered the shrew’s nest… perhaps he’ll never leave.

MOVIEHOOKER’S THOUGHTS
I posted the poster and plot on my MovieHooker FB page a couple of months ago (https://www.facebook.com/MovieHooker). The trailer recently arrived online and just strengthened my belief that this is gonna be an original and seriously messed up film. I’m looking forward to it.

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TOP TEN MOST SHOCKING FILMS ON NETFLIX

1: PIETA

OFFICIAL PLOT (wiki)
A vicious man (Lee Jung-Jin) works for a loan shark as an enforcer. When customers are unable to pay for their outrageous interest payments the man forces these borrowers to gimp their own bodies to collect insurance money. A woman (Jo Min-Su) then appears in front of the man and gets down on her knees. She tells the man that she is her mother and begs for forgiveness. The vicious man was given up for adoption as soon as he was born. The man quickly dismisses the woman as crazy, but her persistence soon cracks through the man’s hardened outer shell. Can the mother and son find happiness at last?

MY THOUGHTS
Not very often that I’d watch a movie and have to look away from the screen (you’ll know the scene). A very vicious but brilliantly written & acted drama.

Do approach with caution as some of the scenes are very graphic and disturbing.

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2: KIDNAPPED
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards.

MY THOUGHTS
If you’re into Home Invasion movies then chances are, you like you’re movies quite disturbing and unsettling,

KIDNAPPED was a great Home Invasion movie with a simple plot. Guys break into house and take a family hostage, and so begins a horrible night of torture for the family involved.

The film was clever, well written, very realistic and equally sadistic. It didn’t quite follow the usual path and had a very unexpected ending, which in my opinion separated this film from the rest of the home invasion movies and it sits comfortably in the top of my pile of faves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHw9R9bhC-8

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3: I SAW THE DEVIL
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
When his pregnant fiancée becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.

MY THOUGHTS
I’m sure everyone has seen this by now as it’s got a huge following with a American remake set for 2014/15 (surprise surprise).

Starring choi min-sik from OLDBOY and NEW WORLD as the perfectly casted serial killer. The man is just fantastic in everything I’ve seen him in, and for someone who is actually a Buddhist, he sure does pick the dark and delicious roles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwWgp1bqVwE

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4: RED WHITE & BLUE

OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)

A HIV positive woman’s quest to infect as many men as possible has gruesome consequences after she attracts the attention of a psychotic former Army interrogator and an emotionally fragile young man caring for his ailing mother.

MY THOUGHTS

A truly unsettling film, but in my eyes it was quite a masterpiece. I was a fan of the director and writer of this movie, as one of his previous films THE LIVING AND THE DEAD shocked me to core. I had no doubt in my mind that this one would’ve done the same…..and it did.

The guy who plays the army vet deserves a special mention. The man was just fantastic. He gave a riveting yet very unsettling performance.

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5: BIG BAD WOLVES
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

MY THOUGHTS
One of my favourite films of last year. It’s great to see Israel start to make their mark in the horror genre. The film itself isn’t the biggest budgeted movie of all time, but there is a solid and very believable storyline, with a great script, great direction, and top performances from all members of the cast.

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BIG BAD WOLVES TRAILER

6: MANIAC
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop’s deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.

MY THOUGHTS
I really don’t think the above synopsis is accurate.

Guy walks around LA meeting beautiful ladies, violently removes their scalps and uses scalps as realistic hair on mannequin dolls he’s got

Top performance from Elijah Wood. He plays the creepy serial killer extremely well. The style of filming was very unusual and unique. The camera was almost attached to Elijah wood in almost every scene of the film, which resulted in a brand new way to get under your skin…… You became the serial killer for the movie.

You throw in some dirty 80’s themed synthesisers for the soundtrack, and you’ve got one hell of a disturbing and frightening watch.

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7: BREATHLESS
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A bitter and abusive debt collector finds some relief when he meets a high school girl.

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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8: COLDFISH
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
When Syamoto’s teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto’s troublesome daughter work at their fish store. Syamoto soon discovers the horrific truth of the seemingly perfect couple.

MY THOUGHTS
This film is just crazy, full of energy, violence with a nice blend of humour.
Don’t really want to say much more about it without giving away too much of the storyline. Just check it out ;)

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9: ICHI THE KILLER
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

MY THOUGHTS
The very first film that made my girlfriend stop eating her dinner ;) she has watched many of my movies over the years but this was the one that was too much for her.

The film takes violence to a whole new level. To this day the film is still one of the most shocking and disturbing flicks I’ve ever seen. And although I haven’t watched this flick in a long time, some of the scenes are still as fresh in my mind as the first day I saw them.

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ICHI the killer trailer

10: AUDITION
OFFICIAL PLOT (imdb)
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

MY THOUGHTS
Another great and very unsettling film from the guy who pretty much dominates Japan with the most fucked up movies around. (ICHI the killer, visitor q, gozu). Quite an old film but again this film will stick with you for years after watching. Another one for people who like their stuff dark, filthy and extremely gruesome.

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RAID REDEMPTION REMAKE PUT ON HOLD UNTIL 2015

THE RAID: REDEMPTION remake has been put on hold until 2015.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the news when I first heard it, but a remake is no doubt inevitable and it comes after such a short time after the release of the original Indonesian classic, WTF? It just keeps proving my point that Hollywood doesn’t have an ounce of originality left.

Some rumours have surfaced about the casting and the short-list apparently is Ethan Hawke, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo and Luke Evans.

Fuck that !!! What in gods name is Ethan Hawke gonna do in THE RAID remake? I can’t imagine Ethan Hawke administering the round house kicks to the same level as the talented Iko Uwais.

They could change the story which I’m pretty sure they will. Take out the martial arts and replace it with guns and muscle.

Not impressed though… Not impressed at all.

I doubt many people would be…..SIGH!

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WORLD WAR Z SEQUEL GETS MUCH NEEDED BITE

Even after all the bad reviews that the first instalment got, I still went to the cinema with the wee bro to see it. The film had potential but I’d been following it all through production and I knew the film was pretty much cursed from the get-go. I didn’t hate the film, I just thought it was a little bit bland, and I had more than one problem with it. The zombies were just fucking horrible looking (I’m only out of bed 2 mins and I bet ya I look a better zombie) they looked like they had a dose of flu. The special effects were impressive at some points. I found the horde scenes to be very cool but very confusing as everything was a long distance shot, here was too much running about and the scenes were over before they started.

As for the gore side of things. Well fuck me pink on a bike!!!! This was my main reason for it being shit. Even back in 1968 with a tiny small budget, George A Romero and his band of merry men were able to give us more gore. For a multi-million dollar project, was a few severed heads, some bites on the face, some limbs getting torn off., to much to ask?. This is the usual stuff you can expect from a zombie film of any budget. There was a scene were Brad PItts character chopped of a soldiers arm to stop the spread of infection. I was was thinking “here we go, this is gonna be cool looking”, then camera goes to a different shot…….FUCK!!!. It’s actually like they said “shite, we spent all of our money on zombies trying to climb a wall”

Ok enough of tearing the old one apart and let’s have a look at the sequel.

Steven Knight has been the scribe hired to write. I’m sure you all know who he is, but for any of you that don’t, he’s has written some fantastic films over the years like EASTERN PROMISES, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, and he’s also the man behind the new tv show PEAKY BLINDERS.

It will be directed by J.A Bayona, the director of “The Impossible” and also Spanish horror “The Orphanage”

Brad Pitt will reprise his role as Gerry Lane which in fairness to the man can’t be a bad gig at all as he gets to travel everywhere in the world.

As for Steven knight being involved. I very much believe that a lot of the obstacles they faced while making the first one won’t happen again.

I’m pretty sure this is heading in the right direction.

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