Se7en – a dark noir-ish film about a retiring Detective (Morgan Freeman) and his replacement (Brad Pitt) as they try to apprehend a serial killer who’s murdering people according to their seven deadly sins. Greed, Sloth, Gluttony, Pride, Wrath, Lust, Envy. My favourite movie.
La Planete Sauvage (1973) or Fantastic Planet – The film depicts a future in which human beings, known as “Oms” (a word play on the French-language word hommes, meaning men), are creatures on the Draags’ home planet, where they are seen as pests and sometimes kept as pets (with collars). The Draags are an alien race which is humanoid in shape but a hundred times larger than humans, with blue skin, fan-like earlobes and huge, protruding red eyes. The Draags also live much longer than human beings – one Draag week equals a human year. Some Oms are domesticated as pets, but others run wild, and are periodically exterminated. The Draags’ treatment of the Oms is ironically contrasted with their high level of technological and spiritual development. I highly recommend this film for it’s amazing visuals, unique alien landscape design, intricate and original storyline, and of course the phenomenal Psychedelic Funk soundtrack composed by Alain Goraguer! A must see in my opinion!
Labyrinth – Jim Henson, David Bowie, and Jennifer Connelly… need I say more?
The Game – A rich curmudgeon (Michael Douglas) gets a present from his younger, flighty brother (Sean Penn). It’s a gift certificate to Consumer Recreation Services. And what does the certificate entitle him to? A game… what’s the game about? Finding that out is the point of the game… Complete with televisions that carry on conversations with you, being buried alive and left for dead in Mexico, and a panty-less waitress, this movie is a must see for anyone who likes movies that mess with your head.
Fallen – Denzel Washington is Det. John Hobbes who apprehends a serial killer named Reese. Reese is executed by a stay in the gas chamber, but copycat murders begin popping up and Hobbes receives middle-of-the-night phone calls in the same way that Reese had called… As John Hobbes begins piecing things together he learns about Azazel, a mysterious demon who can travel through bodies via touch!…. MOST EPIC ENDING EVER. All must see this film!
Planet of the Apes (original) – Watched it again (for probably the 30th time) and reaffirmed my love for the film. Unfortunately the cover art for the VHS gave away the ending of the movie!…jeez, fire the graphic designer… I wish I could’ve seen this film in the theatres back when it was released in the 6os! That would’ve blown my mind even more than it already does. Exhibit A: Landon gets lobotomized…Exhibit B: Dodge gets killed in the “hunt” and is stuffed and placed in a museum…Exhibit C: Nova, ‘nuf said 😉 A must see for any film buff, and even if you’re not watch the original! It’s amazing. also: Charlton Heston, the man who speaks without moving his jaw. His teeth are gritted together the whole movie, hilarious!
Troll 2 – (which is actually about goblins) “Nilbog is Goblin spelled backwards!!” Only one of my many amazing quotes from this phenomenally terrible film. Another is “Joshua … start singing!” 😉 So this family decides to go to this quaint country town called Nilbog … and it only gets worse from there. A small boy, Joshua, whose dead Grandpa reads him bedtime stories about goblins and keeps randomly showing up to help(?) them. Punctuated by one of the best over-the-top performance I’ve ever witnessed in Deborah Reed’s Creedence Leonore Gielgud (Deborah, I love you!) If you love terrible movies (and I know I do) then you’ll love this movie.
Battle Royale – A 2000 Japanese film based off of Koushun Takami’s excellent book of the same name; starring Death Note’s Tatsuya Fijiwara. The basic plot is that in the near future the government, fearing the youth will revolt unless “pressured” not to, are terrorized by random “games” of Battle Royale. Where an entire class of High School students are abducted and placed on an island with no way of escaping aside from agreeing to play the game. What’s the game? To kill all of your fellow student and be the only surviving member of your class. Then you can go home. And if by the end of 2 days there’s not set winner, everyone dies. Very contravertial, but probably not as much as when it was originally released ten years ago. Gruesome and over the top, I quite enjoy this movie.
Rubber – A crazy movie about a serial killer who also happens to be a rubber tire! Expertly filmed and crafted this unorthodox horror film is one of the most original and thought provoking films I’ve seen in a very long time. Check out this amazing opening monologue from the film!!
Let Me In (2010) – A fabulous remake of a Swedish film that will make you forget how lame Twilight has made Vampires as of late. This film is dark and gritty and at has some of the most amazing plot twists I’ve seen in a movie. Anything I tell you about this movie will spoil it for you, so just take my word for it! If you love Vampires, (and read folklore/mythology-based Vampires not the Emo, Twilight Vampires) you have to see Let Me In.
Agora – A heart-breaking and maddening story about a philosopher/astronomer/mathemetician in 5th Century AD Egypt, Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) who is ultimately executed by Christians as a witch. She discovers that rather than being a series of “circles within circles” as Ptolemy predicted, the motion of the objects in the Solar System can be explained by using an ellipse instead. Unfortuantely, this revelation is at odds with the Bible and after burning the library at Alexandria the Christians turn their wrath towards Hypatia’s “goddless” and “evil” ideas and they stone her to death. Based on real events! Hypatia was a real person and was murdered by a mob of Christians in 415AD for being a witch.
Killing Emmett Young (Emmett’s Mark) – An independent film starring Gabriel Byrne, Tim Roth, and Party of Five’s Scott Wolf. Scott plays Emmett, a city Detective who learns he has a degenerative illness that will eventually kill him; and he’s degenerating quickly. Rather than dying painfully and spending his last weeks in a miserable state of feeble weakness he decides to hire an ex-cop to assassinate him. He wont know when or where, or who the ex-cop has employed to actually kill him and then Scott learns . . . dun dun dun, no he’s not dying. His charts were mixed up with someone else and he just has a mild illness that will eventually go away and another patient was diagnosed with his illness instead. So he has no way of contacting the man to call off the hit and the rest of the movie is spent looking over his shoulder. Excellent performances by Tim Roth and Scott Wolf and especially Gabriel Byrne.
The Wicker Man (Nicholas Cage version) – Absolutely terrible film. Very little about this film is good, which makes it an amazing movie. The acting is atrocious; the plot is marred with inconsistencies and a weird prologue that never really gets resolved, (or they forgot about it). Nicholas Cage goes around beating up women on this island and all the while “acting” like he’s acting. I remember when Nicholas Cage used to be bad-ass. (Maybe he never was and I just thought he was cause I was in High School)… But in any case, you should really watch this movie since it’s absolutely hilarious! One of my favourite lines: “Oh no! Not the Bees!! NO! They’re in my eyes! NO!” 😉 lol
The Land Before Time – A beautifully dark, film from 1988 by Don Bluth. Dealing with topics of mass starvation and extinction, the loss of a mother, and racism, this film is a prime example of childrens films not being what they used to. I don’t think you could have a Land Before Time nowadays without giving it a PG rating or having hardcore fundies up in arms about the subject matter being dealt with in the movie. Watching this movie again as an adult there are so many things that I picked up on that I didn’t really notice as a child. I didn’t associate the segregation of the different herds with racism, but then again I was 4! “Three-horns never play with Long Necks” (PS. Sarah’s a bitch).
The Evil Dead – This is one of director Sam Raimi’s first films and actor Bruce Campbell (one of my favourites) first starring role. Ash (Bruce Campbell) and some of his friends go up to a cabin for a weekend getaway in the middle of a creepy forest. They discover a tape recorder in the basement along with a old book, the Necronomicon. They play back the tape and learn that an archeologist was in that very cabin doing research on the Necronomicon and inadvertently released a host of evil spirits. When they try to leave the trees attack (and molest) one of the characters. Slowly, one by one they are possessed by the evil spirits and it all leads up to a spectacular stop-motion finale! The first of a trilogy, (but I like this one the best).