Martyrs. 2008. Directed & Written by Pascal Laugier. Starring Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne, Juliette Gosselin, Xavier Dolan, Louise Boisvert, and Jean-Marie Moncelet. Canal+. Rated R. 99 minutes. Drama/Horror ★★★★★ Martyrs is most definitely a bloody, gory, savage film from beginning to end. Of course those bits alternate, as well as theContinue reading “The Bleeding Religion of Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs”
SPOORLOOS a.k.a THE VANISHING will remain one of the best mysteries with the most shocking end ever.
A man tracks down the one who brutally hurt his daughter.
L’inconnu du lac (English title: Stranger by the Lake). 2014. Directed & Written by Alain Guiraudie. Starring Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, and Patrick d’Assumçao. Les films du losange. Unrated. 97 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★★1/2 I know a lot men personally who would be uncomfortable watching a movie like Stranger by the Lake. As a straight man myself, IContinue reading “Dangerous Forbidden Love: The Promiscuous Men of STRANGER BY THE LAKE”
Nothing Bad Can Happen. 2014. Directed & Written by Katrin Gebbe. Starring Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, and Annika Kuhl. Celluloid Dreams. Not Rated. 110 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★★1/2 While I usually try not to go too deep into personal theories of a movie, if it appears to me as metaphorical, Nothing Bad Can Happen feels veryContinue reading “NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN’s Religious Parable”
Bela Kiss: Prologue. 2013. Directed & Written by Lucien Förstner. Starring Kristina Klebe, Rudolf Martin, Fabian Stumm, Ben Bela Böhm, Janina Elkin, Angus McGruther, Julia Horvath, and Jörg Koslowsky. 4Digital Media. Rated R. 106 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller 1/2★ There are movies which sometimes fool me, for one reason or another, into thinking they’ll turn out to beContinue reading “Bela Kiss: Prologue – Because Literary Terms Be Damned”
BackWoods. 2006. Dir. Koldo Serra. Screenplay by Serra & Jon Sagalá. Starring Gary Oldman, Virginie Ledoyen, Paddy Considine, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Jon Ariño, Lluís Homar, and Kandido Uranga. Lionsgate. Rated 14A. 97 minutes. Thriller ★★★★ (Film) ★1/2 (DVD release) This is one of those films I may never have heard of, if only maybe for a late night search spreeContinue reading “Gary Oldman Fights for Innocence in BackWoods”
Fritt Vilt III (English title: Cold Prey 3). 2010. Dir. Mikkel Braenne Sandemose. Screenplay by Peder Fuglerud & Lars Gudmestad; story by Martin Sundland. Starring Ida Marie Bakkerud, Kim S. Falck-Jørgensen, Pål Stokka, Arthur Berning, Sturla Rui, Terje Ranes, and Nils Johnson. T2 Entertainment. Not Rated. 95 minutes. Horror ★★★★ I’m in the the tiny little column of peopleContinue reading “Cold Prey III is the Birth of Fear”
This sequel to COLD PREY homages HALLOWEEN 2, though stays fresh in its own right.
Fritt Vilt (English title: Cold Prey). 2006. Dir. Roar Uthaug. Screenplay by Thomas Moldestad, Martin Sundland & Roar Uthaug; story by Jan Eirik Langoen & Magne Lyngner. Starring Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Endre Martin Midtstigen, and Viktoria Winge. Anchor Bay Entertainment. Not Rated. 97 minutes. Drama/Horror/Mystery ★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (DVD release) I don’t thinkContinue reading “Cold Prey is a Vicious Modern Slasher”
A classic zombie flick if there ever were one! All hail Fulci!
The second sequel to Refn’s groundbreaking PUSHER is a bleak look at the end of the road for one Copenhagen druglord, as he juggles recovery, family, and business on a very special day for his daughter.