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Awful.. Awful movie..
Very Very Bad... Don't waste your time/money watching this. Once again a really good idea has been turned into 1.30 hours of nonsensical boring tripe. I'd rather watch a turd for 2 hours. The basic plot (and its very basic) is that some kids, after an 8 hour transatlantic flight pitch up a tent in Ireland and then take mushrooms and die. How or why they die is anyones guess. After ten minutes you won't care either way.
I thought that magic mushrooms and trips and drugs and stuff would feature heavily in this movie... they Don't. You don't even see all the kids take any, only one bloke who is killed straight away. So the central theme of the film is completely ignored.
You don't even know if anyone has been killed or not because they are all meant to be high or something!! I don't think the makers of this movie have ever been drunk, yet alone stoned or tripping judging by how people act.
The visuals consist of looking at a death scene through a filtered lens which is supposed to represent a hallucination. Wooow I've never seen that before!! The death scenes consist of watching a 'premonition' (there's that filtered lens again) of a death and then the character running away screaming until the cameraman gets bored and films something else.
At no Point what so ever is there any tension or threat or fear or interest in the events happening. This is film making for 8-14 year olds or brain-dead wasters. Is this American or Irish made? Well who-ever they should be stripped of their film council/lottery funding and sent back to drama school or even to a cinema to watch an actual horror film.
Once again a potentially good idea or theme has been gotten hold of by some lottery funded morons and stripped of all excitement, fun and originality and reduced to a dull stab fest.. is that really the best they could come up with? I put this on the same level as Bogeyman (but don't get me started on that)
Koroshi no rakuin (1967)
Sharp suits, beautiful women, cool guns......... plot?!
Wow! what can be said about Sejuin Suzuki. Pop art magician, 60's psychedelic style guru, genius of cinema or a lunatic with a camera. Who knows but this film is fantastic, its so damn cool and stylish you'll think you've stumbled across the ultimate resource for every hep cat and cool daddy'o from New York to Tokyo. Only problem is it don't make the blindest bit of sense to me, at least not on the surface. But who cares because its so much fun. My favourite bit is when the hero is getting-it-on with the hot woman, running his hand up her leg, only to retract it and find a bunch of dead leaves in his hand!? genius. He then screams at her to make him some rice, and go to the damn shops if she ain't got any in the flat. he knows how to treat a lady! The grainy black n' white shots are a joy to watch and every frame is cinematically perfect. Very comic book style, like the recent Sin City. I've seen another of his movies, Tokyo drifter, which, again is a damn fine film. I know nothing about this geezer, but highly recommend you watch these works of insane genius, just don't expect to understand them.
Tai ji: Zhang San Feng (1993)
Excellent kung fu in the 'old school' tradition
This is a classic, modern, kung fu movie which draws inspiration and improves upon all your old favourites from the 70's. Of course the distributors have done a bad job of packaging, so I don't blame people for not liking this because it doesn't meet their expectations. From the front cover it looks like a modern setting film with guns and car chases etc.. But what you do get is a cool story about two young shaolin monks who go their separate ways and discover hugely different styles of fighting. The first scenes; set in the temple, are the best seen in a long time and give a real sense of power for the style. yuen woo ping is up to his usual tricks so there is lots of imaginative fighting throughout, always demonstrating great skill whatever the characters are up to. My only minor grudge is that yeun Chuang Yang (daoist priest) doesn't have a fight scene (see drunken Tai Chi!!). I will definitely recommend, but then, any real kung fu flick fan will already have bought this and watch it 100 times!!.