Posted in Japanese Film

CREEPY (2017)

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A film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba

A couple moved into a new home. The husband, who had been injured a year before by a serial murderer, went from being an investigator to a serial killers professor of criminology. While being asked for advice on a new investigation into disappearances, lonely at home, his wife meets her strange neighbors …

The new Kyosho Kurosawa is certainly one of the best film noir he has ever filmed . First because the nonchalant rhythm of the staging and the humorous digressions of the beginning on the investigations done like in the  US, allow a real rise of the suspense. First, because behind this title, which means “zarbi”, many characters are hiding, a fearful neighbor who does not want to talk to anyone, a neighbor with doubtful jokes, but also phobic and spiteful, a young escaping escape. But there is also a sacred scenario with multiple twists and false confusing  tracks. Back with “Creepy” a film noir  that made his initial success, genre film, Kurosawa adapts here a bestseller by Japanese author Yutaka Maekawa. He makes of it a horrific thriller that gradually distils doubt and anguish, exploiting both the neuroses of the husband linked to an unresolved investigation, and the solitude of the woman forced to stay at home. It is, moreover, on it that the essence of intrigue that the audience will concentrate, towards  thus becoming the source of the spectator’s anxiety. It is unsettling at times especially the dark humour that he throws in. The directors supports the tension thanks to multiple twists, succeeding in astonishing the viewer until the last minute. Did I say what a beautiful cast he put together on this one. Not top be missed.

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Posted in U.S. Film

IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017)

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A film by Trey Edward Shults

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo

A man is trying to protect himself and his family by boarding his house and stay inside most of the time, but never go out without a gas mask on because it comes at night…….

Here is the cool thing first an intelligent well film horror movie. I did not even see a trailer for it nor that I wanted to see one. I went in without reading any reviews. No I will do that after. And man it was so good.

The film opens with an older gentleman, who is clearly very ill, says goodbye to his family and then gets shot in the head before his son-in-law and grandson burn his body. Pardon me I think I forgot to mention they are wearing gas mask, now you are going to say well the director has my attention and the tension is mounting from there on. Your brain is going to explode with questions. You know what the characters know no flashback here. You are on a journey with them. technically you are going along with the ride. When An intruder tries to break in the house Paul (Joel Edgerton) makes sure he protects his family when he finds out that the man is fine and has a family he brings him in to his house. Director Shults is careful not to give too much information here just bits and pieces of it. His cinematographer has done an excellent job here even the light is carefully use, like the flashlight and the lantern. Even the sound will get to you it will creep you out. The tension build up slowly but surely to the point it is going to be boil over and explode. The sound design here is perfect. The characters are dealing with a lot, the two families are going to have to trust each other although Paul is careful and is strict with his son. Not only that they do not know who has cause this or what it is. It is a question of survival and they are going to be smart about it. A well writing script here as well as well filmed. Trey Edward Shults is now the one to watch. 

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Posted in U.S. Film

THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (2017)

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A film by André Øvredal

Cast: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond

When the police brings them the immaculate body of a Jane Doe , Tommy Tilden (Brian Cox) and his son, forensics believe that the autopsy will be a mere formality. As the night progresses, they continually discover strange and disturbing things inside the body of the deceased.

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe immediately intrigued with its opening crime scene then deepened your interest when the film moved into a family ran morgue. On their way out the sheriff gets him a body of a Jane Doe that he found in the basement where a crime was committed. But the son instead going on a date with his girl friend he decides to stay with his father to help him with the autopsy, well he is intrigued and wants to discover more about the body. As they cut in the body they very quickly find that it is going to be a strange night. The Autopsy of Jane Doe has a positive yet complicated father / son relationship. They get along fine and both love their jobs. However their relationship is going to be tested as the night goes on. During these moments, science, reason, logic, and investigation combated growing uneasiness things start to happen, things that are unexplainable. A bit predictable but it is going to be a feast for the horror fans out there. Yes the film stand out and was kept under wrap here is France. not the greatest either but entertaining. At least someone has used their imagination for this one.

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Posted in Austria Film, German film

THE DARK VALLEY (2014)

 

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A film by Andreas Prochaska

Cast: Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti, Paula Beer

Through a hidden path a stranger arrives in this little town hidden away by the mountains. The stranger wants to stay until spring but nobody knows where he comes from, they know this much they do not want him here.

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The stranger named Greider is hosted in a hostile and suspicious way, especially by the six Brenner brothers who terrorize the village and whose father owns all the land. He is lodged by a widow who lives with her daughter, Luzi, about to marry the young Lucas. Greider begins by photographing the village, its inhabitants, the valley, he tells Luzi that he lived in Texas, he wears strange serrated spurs and hides a Winchester-type rifle unknown in this  town. Flash back reveals the village’s heavy secret little by little you are beginning to know what the stranger is doing here in this little town, and it is not going to be pretty. Here is a patient, intelligent man waiting for the ideal moment to let his purpose be known. It is nothing that you are already seen in western but this one takes places in Austria’ alps. The film is  incompatible to the traditional American Western.

Also the story takes a spin once you know the secrets of the town and providing the flashback. Andreas Prochaska showers  this film in mystery and you are going to sense the blood bath that is going to follow. The cinematography captures the raw paysage of winter as well as spring. The dark valley here fells like a Clint Eastwood film like the one High Plain Drifter. This film however is an adaptation of the book I think of the same name I am not sure yet.

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Posted in U.S. Film

GET OUT (2017)

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A film by Jordan Peele

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

In Get Out, a smart and scary freakout about a black man in a white nightmare, the laughs come easily and then bang here comes the kill.

The film open with a black man talking on a cellphone on an empty suburban street briskly sets the tone, unsettles the mood, and you go I know what this is going to be about but you don’t. Those arms and smiles all but hug Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a photographer with a sweet pad, adorable dog and equally frisky, adoring girlfriend, Rose ( Allison Williams). The story opens with them preparing for a long weekend with her parents Ho! boy. “Do they know I’m black?” Chris gently asks, like I said Ho! boy!!! Not to worry she said my parents are not racist. Okay then. Chris and Rose pulls up her parents house which is picture perfect and you know something is off when Chris meets her parents.

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A stroke of genius here the film comes across like a zombie/The Stepford Wives film but much better manipulated differently. Get Out’s premise follows the traditional framework of an outsider discovering the horrors of a secluded local, but adds its own unique spin. The film is disturbing and at times satirical with some tension. As Chris discover more about the folks that comes to the party it gets a very strange feeling to the point he wants to get out. The film here has a genuine chills and a surprising dose of biting humour. It is refreshing that someone has used the imagination to get this one right and turn it into an original idea.

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Posted in Japanese Film, U.S. Film

GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)

 

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A film by Rupert Sanders

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche

Here is an adaptation of Shirow Masume’s original manga cult comics. In the near future Major is one of the kind after a crash they were able to save her brain but gave her a synthetic body. her purpose in life is to catch criminals.

Not too bad for a science fiction film here a robot with a human brain. Can they think like a human and if so will she able to do the job that they want her to do. There is a share parallel with Ridley Scott’s  Blade Runner however the visual is stunning and colourful the story is developed like a thriller like a film Neo-noir. The Asian-inspired City is filled, tall and tightly metallic buildings peppered with bright neon holographic signboards. It feels like the 80’s but in the future like A retro 80’s futuristic. As the story moves along Major (Scarlett Johansson) gets some kind of a glitch now and then. As she is after a hacker who tried to kill some officials the glitches gets worse. The skin-tight latex suit that Johansson wear and even the other outfit are outstanding. For me how ever it feels like I already saw that film some where. I was left there could be more like a twist in the story. Maybe it is just me.

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Posted in U.S. Film

BRIMSTONE (2017)

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A film by Martin Koolhoven

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Carice van Houten

In the American West, at the end of the XIX century. Liz, a young woman of about twenty years, leads a peaceful life with her family. But her life will shift one day when a sinister preacher visits them. Liz will have to leave  because this man hunts her without respite since childhood …

It is going to be a narrative in 4 parts pompously titled “Apocalypse”, “Exodus”, “Genesis” and “Retribution”.  The center of the story here is around the character of Dakota Fanning named Liz. She finds the preacher who is like a satanic preacher who is driven by lust, revenge and hatred. Liz here will be followed by her aggressor who without listing go is tuning liz’s life a living hell with a few twist and turn. Each chapter are like flashback.The film stretches nearly two and a half hours, and focus of how vicious and cruel is the west back then ruling by cruel and vicious man where woman will have little right to exist let along have human right before they get beaten. Beautiful performances by the actors here.  Dakota’s character here is a strong will woman who will learn how to survive but will make a lot of sacrifices along the way. As for Guy Pearce here incarnate this preacher who has its own demons who is sadistic in may ways. He lives into his own little world of pain, pervertion and violence. This western is going to feel like diabolical in many ways and yes it stands out with the other great western.

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