Will is back with another round up of films he’s seen including two classic films (well in age sense at least). Thanks to Netflix (not that they pay us or him but thanks for having the cool movies).
Nymphomaniac Volume 1 and 2 (Netflix)
Actors: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell, Shia Lebeouf, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgaard, Uma Thurman.
Two part film directed by the highly controversial (and somewhat self important) Lars Von Trier, his latest opus features Gainsbourg as the titular nympho who recounts her naughty life story to Skargaard’s bookish virgin. On the plus side its well acted – especially by Sharsgaard and Slater (in a career best performance) and at times has some inventive direction from Von Trier. However its hideously boring, deathly slow, over long, utterly pretentious throughout and features a laughable performance from Lebeouf who adopts the kind of crap comedy British accent that would shame even Dick Van Dyke.
One to avoid.
Actors: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube.
So so sequel to the superb 2012 original. Funny in parts, with another hilarious turn from Ice Cube as Tatum and Hill’s bad tempered police captain. However its just a (admittedly deliberate) rehash of the 1st film and despite some laughs just didn’t cut the mustard for me .
Soon to be available on dvd and Blu Ray
New Feature: Grosse Pointe Geek’s Retro Review Corner!
Having invested wisely in Netflix, i now have the opportunity to watch all manner of films released in the 80’s and 90’s that i never got round to seeing in the 1st place or only watched the once. This month – Re-animator and Fright Night.
Directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Jeffrey Combs as mad scientist Dr Herbert West. This is blood soaked Frankenstein inspired mayhem on an epic scale and more than a bit sick in parts as well. The make up effects are also excellent and Combs has never been better. Very funny, they dont make them like this any more!
Fright Night (1985)
William Ragsdale is the goofy high school kid who discovers a vampire (Chris Sarandon) has moved in next door. Obviously no one believes him so he recruits Roddy Mcdowell’s reluctant horror film actor to help him kill said Nosferatu. Back in the day this was a sizable hit and is fondly remembered by all who watched it – with the exception of me -indeed i remember it being crap then and its still as crap now. Sarandon is good as the vampire but the sfx are terrible, the script is appalling and Ragsdale is extremely lame in the lead role.
Interestingly this was remade in 2011 with Anton Yelchin, David Tennant and Colin Farrell, and in my opinion is a hell of a lot better than the original.
Author: Will Strong