THE FALL SEASON 2 FINALLY ANNOUNCED

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There is no denying that THE FALL is one of the finest serial-killer tv dramas ever to be written. The team behind the series also helmed classics like CRACKER (one of my top shows of all time. Fitz is my hero) and also PRIME SUSPECT starring the wonderful Helen Miren. Both shows were on-top of their game, the writing was fantastic, they had the right leads for the roles. As a result both CRACKER & PRIME SUSPECT have went down as some of the best crime programmes in television history.

I have often thought about that old saying “they just don’t make them like they used to” when watching new British cop shows. There has been a few good ones throughout the years (mostly mini-series) but nothing you could compare to the brilliance of the two mentioned above.

When I first heard about THE FALL I had no idea what it was about. I even thought that someone like Gillian Anderson was a strange choice for a new serial-killer drama that’s set in Belfast. I watched the first episode and was sucked straight in. I then took to imdb and started to check the writers, and wasn’t surprised in the slightest that this was the same team behind CRACKER & PRIME SUSPECT.

The problem I have is that I binge-watch everything. I had the full season available for streaming on Netflix and watched the entire thing just like it was one giant feature-length film. The writing was fantastic, clever and extremely dark. Gillian Anderson is phenomenal as the lead, and Jamie Dornan, (I’d say the will be huge now as he is playing Dorian Grey in 50 Shats Of Grey)he is perfect in the role of the serial-killer. I’ll not say anything about the plot in the hope that someone reading this hasn’t seen this yet. I haven’t revealed much of the plot as you get to know who the serial-killer is pretty much from the start.

Now after a year of rocking back-and-fourth like a junkie waiting for his next fix, the 1st episode for season 2 has just been announced. I have read two dates online RTE1-9TH NOV & BBC2 -13TH NOV (these channels are based in Ireland and UK only. Pretty sure both stations have an Iplayer available). As for Netflix, I’m still not sure guys but you’ll be the first to know when I get the info. I need this to be on Netflix, I need another binge-watch, I don’t think I can live on just one episode a week.

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MOVIEHOOKER’S NETFLIX PICK OF THE WEEK – THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN

The Taking of Deborah Logan

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If you’re a fan of the Found-Footage genre then you would probably enjoy this movie. The film follows the usual documentary film crew as they start to document a women’s deterioration after she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. What the film crew document will be used as part of a thesis for one of the crews doctorate, the family will get money for their contribution, so everybody wins, right?.

Not long after this backstory is established, things start getting very weird. Even though Deborah is the early stages of the disease, some of her actions become unexplainable (which is cleverly documented with cameras throughout the house). That is all you need to know about the plot. The less you know about the film, the more you’ll get out of it.

What I can say is that there was one scene, Deborah has disappeared and they are looking for her. She is in the attic sitting at the back. When the film crew enter the attic, I got the same feeling I did when i seen the old woman at the end of [REC] for the first time, we all know how good of a scene that was.

I found the movie to extremely frightening, the plot purposely confuses the viewer throughout, but things become apparent from early-on that there is something more sinister at work. I actually didn’t want to watch it at the start because it sounded too real. I wasn’t aware that it was a horror until I put on my broken glasses and read the small print.

The acting was really good. The woman who played Deborah Logan (Jill Larson) is a force to be reckoned with. The supporting cast also done a great job but all the credit goes to Larson. There is scenes of her standing in a dark room with a vacant look in her eyes, no script, or even movement, she just stood there, and it was fucking frightening. Then there is the complete opposite of that. She would be screaming at the top of her lungs, attacking the crew and even ripping her own flesh from her body. And the great thing about it is you don’t know which way she is gonna be from one minute to the next, she could just change in the blink of an eye. There is a constant sense of unpredictability throughout the film which I thought added a nice touch to mockumentary style filming.

So if you’re a fan of the found-footage genre then THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN is well worth finding.

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Thanks for reading ;)

Ben Wheatley Will Tackle The Action Genre With “FREE FIRE” Starring MICHAEL SMILEY & CILLIAN MURPHY

There is no stopping director Ben Wheatley. The man is an animal when it comes to releasing films. He is also one of the very few people who keeps getting stronger with each release. There is no doubt about it, he works hard, and that’s why he is one of the best filmmakers in independent cinema. If you think I’m wrong, then I’m afraid, as much as you love toking on it, it’s time to put down the crack-pipe.

He and his team have just wrapped up post-production on HIGH-RISE. A new thriller based on the novel of the same name by J.G Ballard (Empire of the Sun, Crash). The film stars Tom Hiddleton, Jeremy Irons & Siena Miller and is due for release sometime in 2015.. I’m following the film as much as I can and have tried contacting them to see how far away a trailer is. No word back as of yet ;( but I’m gonna try again real soon.

No surprise here at all but the man has already started working on his next project FREE FIRE. A new action film based in 1970’s Boston. The cast include Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley (no surprise there), Olivia Wilde, Luke Evans, Arnie Hammer.

Official Plot
The story is set in Boston in 1978. Wilde plays Justine, a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Hammer and Evans who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues.

The only problem here is that it’s very early days for this film. It’s gonna be a long time before we see the finished product, but one things for sure, we’re gonna be following it every step-of-the-way.

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THE BABADOOK – A MOVIEHOOKER REVIEW

IMG_6801-0.JPGTHE BABADOOK is a film that I’ve been following very closely for the last few months. It appeared out nowhere and left its mark on anyone who has seen it. Playing at festivals and constantly gaining a huge cult following wherever it played. It left people speechless . I ain’t heard reviews like this for a horror movie in such a long time, so as you can imagine this is one I’ve been really looking forward to.

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I was also under the impression that this was a kids movie, so i’ll start by putting that rumor to bed, I don’t think this is a kids movie (I’m still not sure). If it is, then it’s scariest kids film I’ve seen in my life. If you have a child and you let he/she watch this and they make it through the film, they are pretty fucking hardcore. I knew before going in that it wasn’t going to be that gruesome, but i liked that, i’m not always about the blood & guts. I do like me a damn good creepy ghost story. I was expecting it to be a 12 Rating but was pleasantly surprised that it was a 15 (Irish Film Cert) .

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so the story is quite straight forward and i’ll not go into it that much. A mother and her kid live in quite a large run-down house by themselves. she is a single parent still grieving the tragic loss of her husband, and the kid is trying to cope with the loss of his father. You can see from the start that pressure is mounting, the mother is tired, the kid is hard work, as can be expected. The son then finds a mysterious kids book called Mister Babadook. An unusual dark red, hard-backed book, with no author or description, just black lettering saying “Mister Babadook”. As you’ve probably seen from the trailer, the book is pretty fucking creepy. Full of creepy rhymes ( “if it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook”), full of pop-up drawings of some mysterious dark figure with claws, a cloak and a top-hat that would sort of remind you of a Victorian Jack the Ripper type figure, but only…. He lives in your bedroom. Even writing about this now is making every hair on my body stand-up.

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It’s like writer/director Jennifer Kent took every child’s worst fears (something that we all used to fear – except me cause I’m fucking hardcore) she successfully added that adult element, nailing the fact that, it ain’t only kids who are scared of monsters in the bedroom. The son asks his mother to read him the book (BIG MISTAKE) and a load of creepy supernatural stuff starts to happen. Its hard to explain what happens without giving away too much so I’ll just leave it at that.

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I found the acting to be perfect, both the mother and son were fantastic. The young kid done such a good job, at some points I was thinking, how can someone so young act so well?.

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The movie was also shot on a rather small budget. Just goes to show what can be done if you have the right person for the job. Writer/director Jennifer Kent has achieved something very special here. She wrote a horror story that both kids and adults can relate to. In my opinon, this is horror at it’s finest. She is living proof that horror can still scare the living shit out of you.

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11/10

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