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Thelma and Louise gone wrong!
This picture depicts the story of a two young women who meet up after going through some very traumatic episodes (rape, murder, beatings etc).
They then go on a robbery and killing spree and have lots of sex in the meantime. This is Thelma and Louise gone wrong. In the end I found that this was quite a watchable film with snappy fast paced dialogue. The two ladies end up becoming quite psychotic as their morals go down the drain as they become addicted to their downward spiral of depravity.
This film asks some important questions of society and how people end up going "insane" due to nasty things happening to them and it does not make you feel sympathy for the characters.
The plot is nothing new but the realism in the way it's shown might be too disturbing for some viewers.
Overall a decent flick but maybe a more eclectic soundtrack would have been better - lots of french punky music every 5 minutes was a bit much. 6/10
This movie has a decent plot and great score with stunning locations and the some of the best car chases ever commited to celluloid. You can see the adrenalin in those driver's/actors eyes for real. Not the best film in the world but highly recommended. Easliy one of the best from '98.
Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)
please don't watch this version!
This "true story" gets the Hollywood treatment which invents a fairy tale for the uneducated audience. If you want to see a more realistic version of the events in this movie, then please watch "The General" directed by John Boorman. This is a much more accurate picture of what really went down!
Also much better was a TVM, the name of which escapes me (it may also be called "The General"). Both of these film are much better than this cheap Hollywood rehash! Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of the output from Hollywood studios - but it is criminal when they produce fiction like Ordinary Decent Criminal which is based on recent true events!
Urban Ghost Story (1998)
Great movie, shame about the title!
When urban ghost story is mentioned stuff like Candyman etc. spring to mind so I was perplexed when I saw this little gem from Scotland recently.
The content and atmosphere of the film does not adhere to the title whatsoever. You would be expecting Snoop Dog and Dr Dre driving around in cadillacs killing vampires. But no, instead a gritty Ken Loach style drama set in lovely Glasgow! I was very impressed overall by this effort, although the spiritualist and paranormal team from the university seemed a bit over the top with the more realistic view elsewhere. Otherwise it was neatly paced with a few creepy moments and a very moving score. I would recommend this film to any film watcher and not just paranormal junkies!
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Another proper British film.
Brilliant. This is Horror entertainment at it's best and I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish. This film has a great score, brilliant acting, swift pacing and a stunning location (Highlands, Scotland). Recommended viewing to anyone!!
The Seven-Ups (1973)
the thumbs down!
This come out shortly after the French Connection and although the acting is good in parts there is something missing. Anyone who has seen this will know what I mean. For instance there seems to be loads of quiet "spaces" during the dialogue - possibly down to bad editing or direction. This is not a bad movie but sadly it is just not in the same league as the similar but more effective French Connection.
At first glance this looks like a complete rip off of the far superior "Dust Devil" (check out the opening credits). The characters are laughably wafer thin - especially the Hispanic gang banger. But fair play the guy who plays the evil priest hams it up to superb effect (the funniest thing about this movie). I can't believe I actually sat through this and I can honestly say as a long time horror movie fan, there is nothing to report here. Zero suspense and about as scary as a big fluffy bunny!
superior japenese horror
I have not seen the recent Hollywood remake(2002), but there is no need as the original Japanese version is a very good film. What's great about this film is the tense atmosphere created by a very simple story about a mysterious videotape which has a supernatural power to destroy anyone who has viewed it. Nice to see a Japanese flick which shows real landscapes instead of all the computer generated imagery that we are use to seeing. I would recommend this to any self respecting horror fan. Especially the subtitled version because it keeps the original dialogue in place etc. Worth watching! 6/10
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
Bit of mob humor
Someone else mentioned that this movie doesn't know whether to be slapstick or serious. To me it's comedy the whole way through. If the subject matter was taken seriously it would be more like Goodfellas? Anyway this is a lighthearted movie with Grant as an Art dealer who marries into the mob and gets into trouble because of the charms of his wife's(Triplehorn) father : mob leader James Caan who put's on a terrific comic performance. Well made film with a nice score which all moves along at a nice pace and is worth watching if you're up for a bit of mob humor. Particularly the scenes where Grant is trying to put on a Mafia accent to rope him out of a tricky situation. 5/10
My Little Eye (2002)
Entertaining little horror movie
I saw this movie at the cinema recently and found it good enough to keep me watching for the duration of the film without thinking "this is crap!" or "I've seen this before a million times!". The actors and actress' fare quite well and there are a few genuinely chilling moments. The atmosphere is cranked up with the score which is mostly white noise with surreal overtones. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is into horror films as it is well made and moves along at a nice pace bringing the slasher/stalker genre up to date for the 21st century. Good Stuff! 6/10