Wednesday, 19 August 2009
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0974536/
Description: A shy, stuttering professor is reincarnated as Aleister Crowley.
Format: AVI (XviD)
Runtime: 1Hr and 43 minutes
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Review: Sky Movies' Tim Evans - Some movies manage to transcend a barking plot, a cast of talentless no-hopers and dimwitted dialogue to achieve a bizarrely compelling alchemy. Chemical Wedding is such a half-baked achievement. It's a hare-brained marriage of bargain-basement sci-fi, occult tomfoolery and softcore sexual absurdity. With Simon Callow in a velvet suit and matching titfer, natch.
It's contrived New Age bunkum...but delivered with such jawdropping conviction that you find yourself entranced as if watching a train collision in slow motion. This is the sort of camply preposterous nonsense where semen can inexplicably be delivered by fax and a wheelchair-bound codger with an electronic voice box gets the job of delivering the exposition. There's no attempt to rein in Callow - a lumbering hybrid of George Melly and Buddha - and he boisterously runs riot in a performance that has more ham than Porkinsons' factory.
Yet you will never be bored. So utterly doolally is this mincing extravaganza, that resistance is futile. Guilty pleasure of the year.
(Mine too. GW.)
Posted by ryj898 at 10:35
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330099/
Director: Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo... Bud Clay
Chloë Sevigny... Daisy
Cheryl Tiegs... Lilly
Elizabeth Blake... Rose
Anna Vareschi... Violet
Mary Morasky... Mrs. Lemon
Jeffrey Wood... Featured Racer
Eric Wood... Featured Racer
Michael Martire... Featured Racer
Rick Doucette... Featured Racer
Jim Lester... Featured Racer
Michael Niksa... Featured Racer
Description: Vincent Gallo shocked the 2003 Cannes Film Festival with this highly personal film that he wrote, directed, produced, edited, photographed, and stars in. Gallo plays Bud Clay, a motorcycle racer on his way from New Hampshire to California in a van. The cross-country trip includes stops at a gas station, where Clay meets and falls for a gas station attendant named Violet (Anna Vareschi); a roadside food stand, where he meets the sadly beautiful Lilly (Cheryl Tiegs, making her feature-film debut); and the Las Vegas strip, where he picks up local prostitute Rose (Elizabeth Blake). As he comes into contact with these women, he can't let go of his past, which centres around Daisy (Chloe Sevigny), whom he hopes to find when he returns home to Los Angeles.
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Posted by ryj898 at 10:27
Friday, 14 August 2009
Director: Chris Bell
Writers (WGA): Chris Bell (written by) & Alexander Buono (written by)
Tagline: The side effects of being American.
Plot: In America, we define ourselves in the superlative: we are the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world...
Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination
User Rating: 8.0/10 (1,283 votes)
Posted by ryj898 at 06:46
Rating: 6.3/10 1,034 votes
Country: Australia, France
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236019/
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
David Wenham ... Josh
Susie Porter ... Cin
Catherine McClements ... Sam
Kris McQuade ... Taxi Driver
Simon Bossell ... Tim
Imelda Corcoran ... Carole
Dina Gillespie ... Girl B
Emily Saunders ... Girl C
Laura Keneally ... Girl D
Leah Vandenberg ... Girl E
Tammy McIntosh ... Girl F
Mark Priestley ... Guy A
Tamblyn Lord ... Guy B
Jason Clarke ... Guy C
Jason Chong ... Guy D
Description: When Josh and Cin meet at a party and decide to spend the night together, it seems to them like the perfect solution. With Josh leaving in three days to return overseas, what can possibly go wrong? It's one night of sex, and they'll never see each other again. What's there to get complicated? It will be all the fun without all the usual expectations. It's just sex. They both know that. But as their night stretches into another night, what seemed so safe and easy starts to get out of control. They both find themselves faced with the terrifying possibility that what they really want is better than sex. But will either of them be able to admit it?
Rar Password: westinghouse
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File size: 715MB | Resolution: 640 x 480
Video: OpenDivX (DivX 4.0 and later), 25.000 fps, ~1203.2 kbps | Audio: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3), 128.0 kbit/s, 48000 Hz, stereo
Posted by ryj898 at 06:24
Rating: 6.0/10 235 votes
Runtime: 80 min
Language: Portuguese (with subs)
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0982849/
Director: Cláudio Assis
Caio Blat ... Cícero
Matheus Nachtergaele ... Everardo
Fernando Teixeira ... Heitor
Dira Paes ... Bela
Marcelia Cartaxo ... Ceiça
Hermila Guedes ... Dora (as Hermylla Guedes)
Mariah Teixeira ... Auxiliadora
Description: Violence and hatred against women run free in a rural village in Brazil in this intense drama from writer and director Claudio Assis. Auxilidora (Mariah Teixeira) is a teenager who lives with her grandfather Heitor (Fernando Teixeira in a small town dominated by a sugar plantation. Auxilidora is little more than an indentured servant to Heitor, and after working all day in his home he forces her to expose herself to strange men, who have paid for the privilege of watching her as they masturbate. While Auxilidora sees a glimmer of affection and hope in her budding relationship with a friendly ditch-digger, she's also attracted the attention of Everado (Matheus Nachtergaele), a psychotic thug who is seemingly unable to relate to women without the threat of rape or physical assault. Baixio das Bestas (aka Bog of Beasts) won Best Picture honors at the 2006 Brasilia Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
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Posted by ryj898 at 02:56
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Runtime: 101 min
Language: German (English & Spanish softsubs)
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379484/
Director: Dito Tsintsadze
Fabian Hinrichs ... Lukas Eiserbeck
Lavinia Wilson ... Isabella
Johan Leysen ... Romberg, Isabella's stepfather
Ingeborg Westphal ... Sieveking
Rudolf W. Marnitz ... Beckmann
Thorsten Merten ... Krausser
Axel Prahl ... 'Dead Man' in the river
Christoph Waltz ... Johannsen
Lena Stolze ... Isabella's mother
Lasha Bakradze ... The Albanian
Dirk Kurbjuweit ... Man with newspaper
Description: The German title translates to "Fear of Shooting" rather than "Gun Shy".
"Foreign language films face the difficult task of entertaining in a substantial enough way so you forget about the subtitles before you. Gun-shy, an interesting German film does just that. A young man has a note dropped in his lap by an attractive female as he is riding the bus. The note reads 'help me' and with this action our attention is set on finding out what it is all about.
Lukas (Fabian Hinrichs) works for social services playing the role of meals on wheels for those who need assistance. The people he delivers food to seem to be his only contact with others until he meets Isabella (Lavinia Wilson). Isabella is the attractive, mysterious woman who gives him the note asking for help. They de-board the bus and before you know it they are talking about sex and she is staying the night at his place. The time they spend together as the film goes on has Isabella stringing Lukas along on a tight leash as he becomes more taken by her. Learning that she is skilled in the martial arts makes us wonder even more so why she needs help and what from.
Director Dito Tsintsadze does a solid job in directing a taut film with an intriguing script written by Dirk Kurbjuweit [author of the 1998 novel]. Together they have created a movie where the information omitted adds to the mystery of what is unfolding before us. We never really learn why the characters are ultimately the way they are, but some hints are given throughout that help provide a sketch. It is obvious why Lukas would want to help Isabella because not only is she good-looking, but he is also looking to fill a void of loneliness that encircles him.
The film uses humor to lessen some of its weightiness, such as the scenes with Lukas’ weird neighbor who is enamored with North Korea. The one place that the story fails though is in establishing motivation for what takes place in the end scene, unless it is meant to be attributed to emotional instability.
The acting performances by the leads are strong. Hinrichs creates an image of a misguided loner in Lukas. Perhaps Lukas is too easily influenced and that is why he falls into the dangerous trap of wanting Isabella, who herself is unstable. Wilson as Isabella portrays the master manipulator by being withholding and icy, while providing just enough interest in Lukas to do her bidding.
There is an underlying theme of addressing fears that runs throughout the course of the movie, deconstructing or understanding them so we can let go. This ties in well with the foreign film genre too. Don’t fear the subtitles, but embrace the opportunity to see movies told through a different perspective. If you do you might experience something like Gun-shy that is full of intrigue not only in what it presents, but what it leaves out for our imaginations to translate."
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Posted by ryj898 at 10:05
Language: German (English .srt subs)
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419449/
Director: Götz Spielmann
Petra Morzé ... Eva
Andreas Patton ... Tomasz
Hary Prinz ... Alfred
Susanne Wuest ... Sonja
Dennis Cubic ... Marco
Andreas Kiendl ... Alex
Martina Zinner ... Nicole
Xenia Ferchner ... Iris
Angelika Nidetzky ... Eva's Colleague
Johannes Thanheiser ... Old Man in Hospital (as Hannes Thanheiser)
Silvio Szücs ... Taxi Driver
Sasica Jovic ... Cleaning Woman
Melanie Kocsan ... Iris' Friend
Stefan Stojetz ... Bellboy
Jay Lee ... Chambermaid
Description: "Antares gets its name from the ancient Greeks and means Anti-Ares. Ares is, of course, the God of War, also called Mars by the Romans. Antares is linked to the planet Mars because they are both about the same colour and brightness, so it is easy to get them confused. The official site tells us, "The film comprises three interconnected stories that are in a sense three 'Scorpio stories' with intense emotions, both positive and negative: sex, jealousy, violence, crisis and death." If you bear that in mind, it will give you a clue to the substance of this finely observed film, but the movie hooked me before I knew that, making fine comparisons that easily confound moral judgement.
Antares begins with a car crash (one that takes us quite unawares) and continues an intense pace for the first third of the movie, including explicit sex scenes. But the first story is that of Eva, a nurse, wife and mother. She becomes involved in an intensely passionate affair. The second story concerns a check-out girl, obsessively jealous of her partner who pastes billboards for a living, and lying to him to ensure his 'love'. The final story concerns a divorced couple where the man will not let go and the wife has started seeing someone else. The three stories fully intertwine only at the end.
Each story involves a couple and a third party, none are 'whiter than white'. But there are important differences, not least in how we view and judge them. Using 'truth' as a yardstick gets us nowhere as none of them are particularly honest – although the most violent person (the abusive husband of the last story) is probably the least dishonest. In the first couple (a white collar family, listening to Schubert, raising a teenage daughter with love and care), we somehow feel that the infidelity is less 'wrong' than in the later example. It might even be the safety valve, without which the couple (who communicate politely but not very effectively) would have reached breaking point, hurting everyone but especially the child. In the second example, both partners are trying to control the other and we instinctively feel they are more selfish and less sympathetic. A yardstick becomes, who is hurt? What was the intention to hurt or nurture? Their motives to each other seem shallower, their methods more devious, they are less likable. They are also less interesting – given that this film will appeal to a highbrow audience, do we judge them worse because they are poor and less intelligent? But then we see the third scenario – a brutal, dangerous husband. Can the wife be blamed that she has 'moved on'? the husband is externally convincing, but we learn he has raped and beaten her and she is in fear of him. His 'reality' is a different one to hers. Compared to the billboard-poster, who seemed such a reprobate a minute ago, he is a monster.
Notice how our perceptions and judgements of the characters are altered as well by the use of nudity in different ways, by the use of humour (a person seems less 'bad' when they are funny, irrespective of the facts), and by our comparisons with 'better' and 'worse' individuals. Trying to make moral judgements becomes a very confusing affair, but most people will be able to distinguish between the non-violent and almost loving deception of the first couple compared to the violent triangle of the last story. The effective attempt to 'do the right thing' in spite of overriding passions manifests itself differently.
If you found movies like Closer intriguing as a moral primer, take Antares on for a more difficult conundrum. It takes someone of considerable skill to weave such a tapestry effectively, and Götz Spielmann distinguishes himself in Antares as a director of profound insight, considerable talent and great artistic integrity."
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Posted by ryj898 at 09:58