MOVIEHOOKER’S NETFLIX PICK OF THE WEEK – METRO MANILA

I have no idea why I haven’t been doing this sort of thing for a long time. Sometimes there is a gap between my posts because I usually write about more than one movie at a time and sometimes one post could take my a couple of days to write, so I’ve decided I’ll write about one movie each week that is available for instant streaming on Netflix.

So for this weeks choice I have chosen a Filipino movie METRO MANILA. I am almost certain that that I’ve written about on here before, but now it’s on Netflix…and you’re gonna watch it tonight, trust me!!!

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So what can I tell yo about the movie without spoiling any of the storyline for you’s?. The film follows a hardworking man called Oscar who is just trying to give his wife and kids a decent life. He has worked some jobs, but they didn’t end well. He has even tried being a rice farmer but he ain’t making enough money to support his family. They have no other choice but to pack up what little belongings they have and head for Manila in search of work.

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Just as he is about to give up hope, he gets a job driving an armoured vehicle. The pay ain’t great for the risk, but he has no choice. He has a family to feed and would do just about anything. The acting is just flawless, I felt every single rejection that Oscar got when looking for work. You really felt so sorry for him, a desperate father with only his family in mind. There is one scene in which his partner buys him a chicken sandwich and he keeps it in his pocket throughout the day so he can feed his family with it when he gets home.

What happens then on in just has to be left to you as the viewer to witness. I don’t want to tell you anymore than I already have. You guys need to watch this one,. You’ll be glad I hooked you up.

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I enjoyed it that much that halfway through the movie I had to stop and find the lead actor. I sent him a message telling him that I was just blown away by his performance and that he did such a good job. By the end of the movie he got back to me saying thank you. Which is one of the most awesome things a film fan could ask for.

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“Sometimes the only thing left to hold onto is the blade of the knife”

I can’t recommend this film enough guys.

UPCOMING KOREAN THRILLERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Its a well known fact that I’m a huge fan of Korean cinema. I am constantly on the hunt for new releases to try and satisfy what seems like an uncontrollable hunger. Although I live in Ireland, I find myself checking what’s on in the cinemas in South Korea more so than Dublin Ireland.

I also try to follow all the film festivals as well, so I really do try to stay on-top of the game when it comes to Korean cinema… or cinema in general..

Sometimes I write about a film though,, then when the time comes and I’d actually get to see it, I’m let down, but thankfully that doesn’t happen too often.

So here is 3 upcoming movies that I’ve started to follow very closely. Obviously there isn’t a lot of information available but I’ll just go with what I got.

When I write about a film anyways, I like to keep the plot details to a minimum. After all this isn’t a review site and I’m not a film critic. I have one purpose, and that is to hook you fine bunch of people up with some quality viewing. So here is 3 films I believe are gonna be well worth checking out.

1: GANGNAM BLUES 1970

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OFFICIAL PLOT(Asianwiki)
Jong-Dae (Lee Min-Ho) and Yong-Ki (Kim Rae-Won) grew up in an orphanage like real brothers. After they leave the orphanage, they make a living by picking up paper and empty bottles. Jong-Dae then becomes involved in a struggle of interests over development in Gangnam, Seoul. In the process, he lives with Gil-Soo (Jung Jin-Young) and Sun-Hye (Seol Hyun) as they accept Jong-Dae like a family member. Jong-Dae also becomes a gang member.

MOVIEHOOKER’S THOUGHTS
This just sounds all sorts of epic. I have found a trailer but there is no english subs. I can tell you one thing, there is gonna be a huge gang-fight which would remind you of the prison riot from THE RAID 2: BERANDAL. It looks pretty hardcore although the premise sounds a little bit familiar. Two friends grow up in an orphanage, they are like real brothers and can’t be separated, they get involved with some sort of criminal underworld and get dragged into a life of crime. One of the brothers will no doubt be able to reason and the other will take no shit from no one and will kill in the blink of an eye.

I’m hoping for a hardcore violent thriller, with lots of action and some beautiful choreography and judging from what little I’ve seen, I think it’s going to deliver.

2: MIZO

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OFFICIAL PLOT (Hancinema.net)
“Stranger, kill me but love me for a few days…”

Mizo is a lost bird born in trash. She’s been sexually abused by her foster parents so she sets out to find her birth parents with the blood-stained uniform she was abandoned with.

Meanwhile, Woo-sang, the man who abandoned his baby girl in the trash, still lives a trashy life. Mizo approaches him to take revenge in the most painful way possible. The revenge steps over the line and they have no idea what gruesome end they are headed for…

MOVIEHOOKER’S THOUGHTS
For some reason, every post I write will feature something really dark and disturbing. I always find myself enjoying the films that push the boundaries of cinema and thankfully with Korean cinema that happens pretty much all of the time. This film MIZO sounds pretty fucking disturbing as you can tell from the plot. And if anybody can make a superior revenge movie, then its the Koreans.

This movie is listed as released in 2013 but is opening in cinemas in Korea soon. Either way I’ve never heard of it and I think it’s a worthy one to put on the site.

3: MANHOLE

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OFFICIAL PLOT(hancinema.net)
In a neighborhood in Seoul, 10 or so people disappeared without a trace in a 6 month span. While the neighbors feel nervous about not being able to find a clue about it, hair and blood is found on the lid of a manhole. What happened down there?

MOVIEHOOKER’S THOUGHTS
Some of the finest serial-killer movies ever to be released have come from Korea. There is so much greatness in this sub-genre, and nearly all them are guaranteed to shock you to the core. You can always be sure that a Korean serial-killer movie will be deliciously datk, a film for the horror fan, a film that’s primarily aimed at a more mature audience, and a film that says “Go Fuck Yourself Censorship”. We need more of these movies.

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BIG BAD WOLVES Team Will Remake Johnnie To’s VENGEANCE

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Nice news to wake up to this morning. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado who also helmed the fantastic BIG BAD WOLVES have been signed on to rewrite and direct Johnnie To’s Hong Kong crime/revenge movie VENGEANCE.

Vengeance told the story of a French chef who travels to Hong Kong to get revenge on the people who killed his daughter’s family.. He hires some help form the mafia to make sure he gets the job done right.

One of the only movies that really could be doing with a decent remake. No doubt at all that the original was a good film but there is room for serious improvement and I think these guys are are the right men for the job.

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Stay tuned for more updates

VENGEANCE and BIG BAD WOLVES is (or was) available on American Netflix

TOP TEN FOREIGN THRILLERS RELEASING SOON PART 3

This is my third and final instalment for my new Top Ten Foreign Thrillers post. For moves 1-6 check previous posts.

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7:PARTNERS IN CRIME
New Taiwanese murder-mystery about 3 school kids who stumble on a dead body. The body they found was a female student who! also attended the same school as they did. The word on the street is that she committed suicide, but the 3 students who found her bloodied corpse think different, and they think she was mrudered.

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The 3 male students then take upon themselves to start their own investigation and try to get to the bottom of all the lies and try to figure just who killed the student.

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This looks like a fantastic murder-mystery. I really don’t want to know anymore about the film because I think it offers a lot more than just this murder plot

I have to admit, I haven’t seen that many Taiwanese movies, that I can remember. One of my favourite and most original horror films is from Taiwan and is called SILK(Gui Si). That film blew me away. Seen it back in 2006 and it still remains one of my favourites (that no one has heard of) to this day. I’m sure I’ve written about it on moviehooker somewhere, if I haven’t… Then shame on me!

8: WHAT WE BECOME
New Danish Thiller/Horror/survival movie from director Bo Mikkelsen.

The story of a viral outbreak in a small Danish town and a family of four who will do anything in order to get out alive..and virus free, of course!

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I’m huge fan of this sort of film. I really don’t know anything more about this movie and I’m gonna leave it that way. I have gut-feeling that this is gonna be way more than your average outbreak-in-a-town movie.

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9: ALLELUIA
New film from acclaimed director Fabrice du Welz. Another man who I’m a huge fan of and is responsible for one of my favourite horror/survival/hillbilly movies CALVAIRE. When I first heard that he was back on the scene with a new movie. I just knew we were in for something special.

This film has cleaned up at any festivals that it has played in. Winning awards all across the board like Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director…. the list goes on.

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Another film that I purposely know nothing about. I can tell you that’s it’s based on a true story of real-life serial-killers who were known as The Honeymoon Killers. Personally, I’ve never even heard of them and although I wanna google the shit out them, I’m gonna resist and leave it up to Fabrice du Weiz to tell me this tale of terror.

Years back when I first seen his film CALVAIRE, I was blown away by how different he made a very similar premise. He took your basic survival horror which at-the-time was overpopulated with a about 50 Wrong Turn movies releasing each year. The film wasn’t insanely gruesome but it most definitely hit a nerve. It also features one of the most fucked up pieces of piano music that I’ve ever heard.

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10: THE TREATMENT
For my last movie in my Top Ten, things are about to get a little sick. The Treatment is a new serial-killer movie about a killer who kidnaps entire families, commits hideous acts on them, forces them to commit hideous actors of themselves and to each other. Then doing what all serial-killers do, he just slaughters them all.

Already, im skeptical about watching this. Not because it seems hardcore but because I’m frightened to death of what these hideous acts are. I’m a fan of the gruesomeness as you all well know but some films purposely push the boundaries and have the sickest ideas imaginable.

So if you’re fan of really extreme films then why not give this one a chance. I’m really looking forward to it but I’m just as hesitant about watching it.

And that’s my new Top Ten Foreign Thrillers post. Thanks for reading folks. You are all awesome.

Also apologies about lack of photos for some films. Some of them them just don’t have anything available as of yet.

TOP TEN FOREIGN THRILLERS RELEASING SOON PART 2

This part 2 of my Top Ten Foreign Thrillers post. Featuring another 3 movies to watch out for. The final post whil be published on Saturday and will feature another 4 great films to watch out for.

Check previous post for films 1-3

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4: THE MULE
New Australian comedy/thriller starring Leigh Whanel, Hugo Weaving and Angus Sampson. The film was written by Angus Sampson, Leigh Whanel and Jamie Browne with Angus Sampson also directing.

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The Mule has been really well received on the festival circuit and has got solid reviews from anyone who had seen it. It’s currently rocking a solid 7.3 on Imdb.

I think the film is based on true story about a first time drug mule who has swallowed a shit-load of cocaine. He is caught by a cop who is played by the brilliant Hugo Weaving.. The only way to get the evidence is by waiting with him until nature takes it’s course and he has no choice but to take that big cocaine crap! the mule is persistent though, if he can wait it out 7 days, then he’ll be released.

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Sounds like a lot of fun. If you’re unfamiliar with who Leigh Whanell is, he was the original man who wrote the first Saw movie along with his good friend James Wan. Leigh also played Adam in the first Saw movie and has also co-written and featured in the Insidious franchise.,

2: THE REDEEMER
The only movie in my Top Ten Foreign Thrillers post that is guaranteed to be more action packed than all three Expendables movies put together. In saying that, that’s all that this movie seems to be and it ain’t afraid to show it.

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The story of an ex-hitman who for some reason decides he has had enough of being a killing machine and wants to mend his evil ways. So in order for for him to pave his path to righteousness, he starts by kicking the absolute shite out of everyone he comes in contact with. Throw In a small village and a drug lord, sure what more could an action fan want??

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Make no mistake this is a film for the action fan. If you’re looking for depth, meaning and character development then I’d give this one a miss. But if you’re looking for bone-crunching martial-arts, with some beautiful choreography and an extremely talented lead character played by Chilean martial-arts action-star Marko Zarornot hen why not give this one a shot.

3:GANGSTER PAYDAY
Seems to be more of a comedy/drama than a thriller but I thought it deserves a mention anyways. The film is a bout an ex-con who decodes to go straight. He buys a tea-shop and starts his own business. When local developers want to knock down his shop to make-way for some new complex, the shop owner resorts backs to his old ways and a turf war begins.

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TOP TEN FOREIGN THRILLERS RELEASING SOON 1-3

Some great foreign thrillers movies releasing soon so I’ve decided to do another Top Ten Foreign Thrillers post. This is part one and will feature 3 movies. Part two will feature another three great films with the final post featuring another 4 gems. Enjoy

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1: GOODNIGHT MOMMY
I was left feeling a little weird after Watching the trailer for this. Looks like more of a psychological thriller/drama than anything else. Seems like a simple premise and judging by the trailer, there seems to be very few cast involved.

The story follows two young twin brothers. They are in a large empty house waiting on their mother to return home. Time passes and the boys start to wonder what has happened to their mother. Just as they’re about to give up hope of her ever returning, a strange woman enters through the front door, her whole face is covered in bandages , she is claiming to be their lost mother, but the kids are unable to tell because of the bandages. She seems different, she doesn’t seem like the person that they once knew. So that premise sort of freaked the fuck out of me a little bit!! This sounds pretty damn creepy.

The trailer had a huge runtime of over three minutes which I thought to be way too long. I think the trailer gave away a little bit too much of the storyline, I’m pretty sure I’ve pieced together the entire film just by watching the trailer, I hope I am wrong though and it offers a lot more than expected.

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One thing is for sure, this looks absolutely terrifying !

2:IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE

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This just looks like a lot of bloody fun. The film follows a man called Nils who has just been awarded citizen of the year. His son is murdered for something that he did not do. Nils then takes it upon himself to go on a act of vengeance to get all responsible and to find out the truth behind his sons murder.

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While we have the premise for quite a brutal and dark thriller, this films is very much a black comedy. I believe that if you can laugh at subtitled trailer then the comedy has to be really well written. When I think about it, I’d probably prefer it no to be a comedy, but this looks and sounds brilliant so I ain’t complaining.

3: THE WORLD OF KANAKO
New film from acclaimed Japanese director Tetsuya Nakashima. If you are unsure about who is he is-, he is the writer and director behind Japanese cult favourite CONFESSIONS. A movie about a teacher who targets the students who are responsible for her daughters death. If you ain’t seen it then that film is well worth checking out.

I’m unsure of any real premise for this film. There is a small description on imdb but I think I’m just gonna give this one a go purely based on the fact that I’ve loved this mans previous work. He always seems to offer something different.

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Why would Ridley Scott think that no one wants to see XENAMORPHS in PROMETHEUS 2???

Back when Scott first announced that he was going to be entering the Alien universe once again, I didn’t know of a single fan who wasn’t overwhelmed by the news. Everyone knew, that if one person could make amends with fans, and make people forget about those horrible and ridiculously cheesy kiddies films AVP, then Sir Ridley Scott was the right man for the job.

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Then Prometheus was released with a star-studded A-list cast. What could’ve possibly went wrong? Well, I just don’t know to tell you the truth. I enjoyed Prometheus but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was thinking I did, I WANTED TO LOVE THIS MOVIE,I NEEDED TO LOVE THIS MOVIE. But it just lost the tension and claustrophobic feel. I thought he was going to be taking it back to the roots. As a huge fan, it’s sad to say but even with all the advancements in filmmaking and Visual FX, I still preferred a freakishly tall dude in a rubber Alien costume.

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Also, as an avid fan of the franchise (well most of it) my wee heart broke In two when I first heard that Prometheus would not be getting an 18Cert ( R ). That’s when my alarm bells started to ring. You mean to tell me, we’ve waited so long for something so good, a horror film adored by millions, and has one of the biggest cult followings in film history… And you can take your kids to the cinema with you for a family day out. Well, that just sounds like he’s going all EXPENDABLES on our asses.

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H.R Giger’s (rip) work was still very much alive in Prometheus but not enough. His worked seemed to have only one purpose, and that was the set itself. When we seen an alien, it reminded me more of Mac & Me than the Alien we have all grown to love and fear.

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Now with the recent passing of Giger I feel it’s even more important to continue the mans legacy. Just bring back the fucking Xenamorphs already. In my opinion, without Giger’s strong influence, this franchise would cease to exsist.

In a recent interview with Yahoo,Scott said spilled some beans on Prometheus 2

“I got lucky meeting [H.R.] Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it, and I said, ‘I want to do it; it’s fantastic’. But after four, I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”

Ok, the engineers were a good idea, but did you ever see that film Powder?, that’s all I kept thinking when I saw them, they looked like giant sinister versions of Powder.

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He says it’s hard re-create Giger’s vision. And basically the Xenamorphs had their chance in the limelight. Yes, it might be hard to completely Re-create Giger’s vision, but let’s be honest, it ain’t that fucking hard to re-create a tall dude in an Alien rubber suit ,now is it?

Rant over

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