Saturday, July 30, 2011

American Movie (1999)

Director: Chris Smith
Country: USA
Length: 107 minutes
Genre: Documentary

a 90's cult classic documentary, American Movie follows independent movie director Mark Borchardt as he struggles with poor financing, very terrible planning and borderline alcoholism. The movie follows Mark as he films his movie "Coven" in order to raise funds to film his masterpiece, Northwestern. Everything you see is completely real and absolutely hilarious.

The best part of the film are the people in it. Mark, his friends and family are some of the most ridiculously funny people I've ever seen in a movie, that happen to not be actors. While the film is guaranteed to make you laugh, it will also make you appreciate how dedicated and hardworking the people in the independent movie industry really are. There are a number of scenes that show really personal issues which Mark faces that I could relate to, and I'm sure you will to. So mix yourself a peppermint schnapps and sprite, and enjoy this goofy documentary.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gummo (1997)

Director: Harmony Korine
Country: US
Length: 86 minutes
Genres: Drama

One night a few years ago I was channel surfing and paused on IFC (my usual go to entertainment for insomnia). On the screen there were two teenage boys riding bikes down a hill to the song "Dragonaut" by the California stoner metal band, Sleep. I didn't know what the hell I was watching but I was really intrigued by the music and continued to watch.

Harmony Korine (who wrote the script for "Kids") directed this film about Xenia, Ohio a town that after being hit by a tornado in 1974 just never seemed to recover. While there is no linear plot, the film instead consists of random clips of the towns residents, many of whom are homeless or very disturbing.

I watched this movie about five times and still couldn't find the meaning of it until a friend explained that there was none. He just told me that the only way to understand it is "to relate to it".

What do you think? Please leave thoughts and feedback if you've seen this movie or after you see it, I'm really curious to hear what others think about it. I'm going out of town for a couple of weeks, I look forward everyones posts!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The @m3r1c@n @str0n@ut (2001)

Director: Cory Mcabee
Runtime: 94 minutes
Language: English

The problem with most musicals is that whenever the singing comes in it simply does not fit in with the rest of the movie. It comes off as cheesy and forced. There is one musical where I don't believe this is true, and it's this one. In this odd space-western, the singing fits in perfectly and never comes off as forced. A unique movie I recommend to everybody on here.


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Who Killed N@ncy [2009]

Director : Alan G. Parker
Length : 87 Mins
Genres : Music Documentary

On October 12th 1978 New York Police discovered the lifeless body of a 20 year-old woman, slumped under the bathroom sink in a hotel room. She was dressed in her underwear and had bled to death from a stab wound. The woman was Nancy Spungen, an ex-prostitute, sometimes stripper, heroin addict, and girlfriend of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious. In a trial by tabloid newspapers Vicious was pronounced guilty before noon the following day. But the case never had the chance to be brought to trial, and a number of New York cops weren't convinced. Less than six months later in a flat in New York's Greenwich Village, Sid, himself aged only 21, died of a heroin overdose. For the next 28 years the assumption was that Sid did it - case closed. Over time, the death of Sid and Nancy has passed into rock legend and has only added to the controversial and notorious image of the Sex Pistols and punk music. At the request of Sid's mother, who committed suicide in 1996, rock author and punk expert Alan Parker has devoted himself to discovering what really happened in room 100. Parker has re-interviewed 182 people, re-examined NYPD evidence, and gone back to his original interviews with Sid's mother.  

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Welcome T0 D0ngmakg0l (2005)

Director: Kwang-Hyun Park
Country: South Korea
Length: 133 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Hard coded English subtitles

Set during the Korea war, Welcome To Dongmakgol tells the age old story enemies at war coming together in order to survive but in this case it's in order to live alongside the people of a remote village whom have no concept of war, guns or grenades. In fact the villagers think they are potatoes.

What could have been cheese of the highest order becomes a heart warming film with a hefty dose of humanity which isn't forced but one rather can't be helped but swept away with it. There's plenty of black humour and belly laughs in this beauty which was ranked the 2005 No.1 box office film in South Korea.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Arthur's Upload #4 (2010)

Director: Aaron Katz
Country: US
Length: 96 minutes
Genres: Mumblecore, Mystery

I'm lazy so I'll just copy and paste the review for it that I've done earlier. Also, I consider this film to be 2011 since that was the year when it came out in public theatres (only went to festivals in 2010):

FINALLY! A FANTASTIC FILM FROM THIS YEAR! As soon as I saw the trailer for this, I was excited for this film, since it seemed quite intense and had a very nice slow pace to it, and my instincts were right. The directing and pacing here is fantastic. There are many silent shots of people in a car which sets the mood that these characters had, and my favorite scene was when two people were sitting on a picnic table, eating for at least 1 minute, then a seagull landed closely on them and then just stood there.

I'm loving the experiments with mumblecore films. First there was Monsters which is mumblecore with the giant monster genre, and now this which combines mumblecore with a mystery genre. With these instead of having these eccentric yet smart minds, we have these much more natural characters. They are many conversation scenes that don't provide any progress to the plot, but it was still very interesting since the dialogue and acting was very natural, I haven't seen anything this natural for a while.

The pacing for unraveling the mystery in this film was around the pacing of the Wire. Everything unravels very slowly, which is what should be done with mystery films. Because of this it feels more like you're following them instead of just watching what they are doing. Also you will never feel overwhelmed by the amount of new information that is being thrown at you. Because of this, this was one of the most intense and suspenseful films I have seen a long time.

This film is not for everyone due to their slow pacing, but if you won't mind that then I'll recommend this film. This is the best film of the year so far.

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Perform@nce (1970)

Director :Nicolas Roeg
Country: English
Length: 105 Mins
Genre: Crime, Music

Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent.
Chas is an East London thug who works for gangster Harry Flowers and his associates (although they don't use the word gangster to describe themselves). Chas is generally sadistic in his nature and thus revels in his work. But his sadistic nature also pervades his personal life. As such, he will work on his own personal agenda outside of the work for Harry. It is in this vein that an encounter with Joey Maddocks, a man with whom Chas has a history, leads to Chas needing to hide out from Harry and his associates. Ultimately Chas feels he needs to clandestinely leave the country. In the meantime, he, based solely on a private conversation he overhears between strangers, manages to take refuge in the basement of a Notting Hill flat owned by a man named Turner, who lives there with two female companions named Pherber and Lucy. Chas considers their lifestyle bohemian and one of free love, which is outside of his mentality. Turner is an ex-rock musician who has lost his "demon" and thus his desire to be a performer. As Chas makes arrangements for his departure out of England, he gets caught up in Turner's lifestyle, Turner who is working on his own agenda in spending time with Chas.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Suburbia (1983)

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Director: Penelope Spheeris
Country: United States
Length: 94 Minutes
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Following up her critically acclaimed documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, Penelope Spheeris made this gritty drama her first feature-film outing. Bill Coyne stars as Evan Johnson, an angst-ridden kid living in L.A., who bands together with a group of other young societal rejects and immerses himself in the mid-'80s punk rock scene. Most of the cast was comprised of actual teenagers off the streets of Los Angeles. Among them is Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Suburbia is also known as The Wild Side and Rebel Streets, and should not be confused with the 1996 Richard Linklater film of the same name. ~ (Rotten Tomatoes)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Out of the Blue (1980)

Director: Dennis Hopper
Runtime: 94 minutes
Language: English

'Out Of The Blue' is one of the most haunting and disturbing movies ever made. Dennis Hopper has had mixed results as a director, but this is his masterpiece. While nowhere near as well known as the pop culture landmark 'Easy Rider', this is easily a much more important and accomplished work. Filmed in Canada during the period when Hopper was still persona non grata in Hollywood, he may have been out of control in FRONT of the screen (the movie features one of his legendary unhinged performances), but he certainly was fully in control BEHIND the scenes.

Hopper plays Don Barnes, a trucker released from prison who attempts to piece his life and family together while battling the bottle and the repercussions of a tragedy, which still festers like an open wound. His wife Kathy (Sharon Farrell - 'The Stunt Man') is scraping by as a waitress, and is shooting smack and fooling around with his former "best friend" Charlie (Don Gordon - 'The Mack'), a slimy piece of work. The Barnes teenage daughter Cebe (Linda Manz in an unforgettable and star-making role) is running wild, obsessed with Elvis, punk rock and CB radio. The Barnes are doomed. The viewer may not know exactly what is going to happen to this dysfunctional bunch, but it doesn't take Einstein to figure out it ain't gonna be pretty! However the ending is still unexpected and devastating. You'll never forget it.

A nihilistic movie, but a worthwhile one. Simply stunning. -imdb

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