Sightseers – Review

Sightseers is a 2012 movie from director Ben Wheatley and was co-written by and starred Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.

Trying to define the genre of Sightseers for someone who has never seen the movie is one that raises problems right from the word go; because it is a strange blend. Without wanting to give too much of the plot away, the film manages to mix romance, adventure, truly dark comedy and murder/crime thriller into one marvellously constructed 88 minute slice of enjoyment.

Some people may be put off by the idea of watching a Ben Wheatley film merely from knowing about the rest of his body of work; such as the confusing yet hugely enjoyable hit man film and cult favourite of 2011, Kill List or his interpretation on deserters from the English Civil war in 2013’s, A Field in England. They shouldn’t worry with Sightseers though. Even though you can clearly see it is a Wheatley film, and features all of his usual stylistic influences, it is his most reined in. He allows the characters on the screen to progress the narrative and lets events unfold, in a rather shocking manner sometimes, at a brisk pace.

As I mentioned earlier, the film is horrendously dark with its comedy, and it is not to everyone’s taste. Serial killing caravaner’s certainly aren’t usually that high on someone’s list when they are thinking about what would make a great movie; but it you think you are in the mood for some dark British comedy then it is certainly one to watch.

The crux of the film rests entirely on Alice Lowe and Steve Oram who carry the characters of Tina and Chris brilliantly. Due to the fact that they both wrote and starred as the main characters they were able to pull off the performances so well. By creating them they knew exactly how they were supposed to act throughout the film; I doubt it would have worked so well with a different pair of actors.

I cannot recommend this film highly enough and it’ll certainly make you think twice about dropping litter at a national heritage site again!

New Trailer For Spike Jonze’s “Her”

Spike Jonze has never been one to shy away from unusual material when it comes to his movies, and it looks like he isn’t set to disappoint with his latest movie, Her.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a man who seems to have entered into a rather different form of relationship after the breakdown of his marriage; one that involves his computers operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

Whilst this kind of love story could of been presented in a very creepy and unnatural light, Jonze seems to have managed to create a story which shows how our way of interacting with technology is rapidly changing as time progresses and questions what does it mean for us to actually fall in love and where those boundaries lie.

As a fan of Jonze’s previous work, I for one am rather looking forward to seeing this movie.

Chuck Palahniuk Gives More Information On Fight Club 2

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In recent interview with Hustler magazine, Chuck Palahniuk finally gave readers some more information about the sequel that they have been dying to know about, Fight Club 2.

In regards to the first book, Palahniuk had this to say, and shows how the sequel and his own personal life tie in together;

“So much of ‘Fight Club’ was a rant against fathers. At the time every man I knew was complaining about how little he’d learned from his father. Even my own father felt bitter and let down by his father. Rather than continue in that vein, I wanted to revisit the protagonist once he himself had become a father. Not coincidentally, my parents are both dead now, and I think that will force my story and I accept more responsibility.”

He finally gives us some more information on the actual plot of the novel;

“The sequel will be told from the– at first– submerged perspective of Tyler Durden as he observes the day-to-day tedium of the narrator’s life.  Because 20th Century-Fox created the convention of calling the protagonist Jack, I’m calling him Cornelius.  He’s living a compromised life with a failing marriage, unsure about his passion for his wife.  The typical midlife bullshit.  Likewise, Marla is unsatisfied and dreams of accessing the wild man she’d once fallen in love with.  She tampers with the small pharmacy of drugs that her husband needs to suppress Tyler, and– go figure– Tyler reemerges to terrorize their lives.”

Fans of the original novel will be in for a shock though, as this time around the sequel will be in graphic novel form.

“My only worry is about presenting it in the form a graphic novel. The medium shapes the messages, and I’ll be relearning how to tell stories.”

Fight Club 2 is set to be released to 2015

A Serbian Film – DVD Review

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Out now from Safecracker Pictures comes one of the, if not the most, controversial films of this generation, A Serbian Film.

Directed by Srdjan Spasojevic and co-written by him and Aleksandar Radivojevic, the premise of the film, from the outside is a simple one. Milos (played by Srdjan Todorovic) is a semi-retired porn star who is drawn back into the business by the mysterious Vukmir, on the bases that he signs a contract and does whatever is asked of him for the movie. In return for his participation, he and his family will never have to worry about money again and he can spend the rest of retirement in peace without his financial worries hanging over. Seems like a reasonable enough offer and the amount that Milos is offered is one that certainly intrigues him into signing the contract, although he does have some reservations when the filming finally starts.

Now to some people this may seem like your run of the mill horror and you know what to expect when you finally watch the film. You will be sorely mistaken. A Serbian Film is not a film you enter into lightly. It is one that will test your morals from the word go. It tested the BBFC to the point where it almost wasn’t released in the UK. It has been, or else this DVD would not be able to reviewed, but only after several parts had been severely cut to appease the censors. It takes you to the deepest parts of your soul and makes you question what you are actually willing to watch in the name of cinema. I know many people are a fan of the genre of “Shocking Cinema”, with films such as Martyrs and Irreversible having a huge fan base; this film however is a completely different entity.

This DVD has the option to view the movie with an introduction by the director and I highly recommend watching it before you view the movie. In it he puts forward the reasoning behind the movie and why they felt they had to present it in the way that they did. I am not trying to justify the actions of the producers of this film, but it is always interesting to see why film makers made the choices that they did and how it affected the finished product. He reasons that the film is a political comment on how the people of Serbia are treated by their government and how everyone nowadays is a prostitute in one way or another. Whether you agree with this is up to you, but it certainly makes you view the film in a different light other than just a horrifically shocking piece of cinema.

Another extra on this release is the inclusion of behind the scenes footage of the infamous baby scene. Now the actual scene isn’t included in the movie, because it was deemed to shocking to be included and cut from this version, but there is a slightly longer piece of footage running up to it compared to an earlier version that was released. The bonus feature of the making of this scene shows the creation of the baby and the application of the make up to make the scene work. Whilst to some this footage may seem pointless, I for one feel it was included to show people the banality of it all; and at the end of the day, it isn’t real. Once again, I am not jumping to the defence of the movie, I don’t actually think I could stomach watching watch happens, even though I know it isn’t real. But Spasojevic and co want people to know that they should not be so uptight about something that didn’t actually happen. By showing people what is behind the curtain of film making, maybe people will become more accepting of it.

I am in two minds about A Serbian Film. On the one hand it is one of the most harrowing and disturbing movies I have ever watched, but on the other it is a truly brave film that takes it a political idea to its most extreme point. It is a film that will be spoken about in hushed tones for a very long time and one that will never be truly accepted by the masses. For some it will be rite of passage, to say that they have watched it; whilst others will wash their hands of it before they have even watched it because of what they have heard about it. As with many films, it is completely down to personal preference; and mine for the film varies on a daily basis.

For more information about the film check out the Safecracker Pictures site or if you are feeling brave, pick up a copy at Amazon

New Comic From Mark Millar – Starlight

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In an exclusive from the Hollywood ReporterMark Millar, creator of such titles as Kick Ass, The Ultimates and Superman: Red Son has announced his latest comic project with Punisher artist, Goran Parlov.

Starlight has been described by Millar as “Flash Gordon-meets-The Dark Knight Returns” and centres on a hero who saved the universe 35 years ago, but as the years have passed, no one believes his story. He does what any normal person would do in that situation and length of time; he settles down, has a family, gets a few kids. Things are never that simple though, as Millar states “…then that old, sparky, Buster Crabbe-era rocket ship comes back and needs him for one last adventure”

Not content with alluding the comic to another great work (The Dark Knight Returns), he also had this to say about it; “It’s Buzz Lightyear meets Unforgiven. I guess and I’ve been motoring through it for months, really having a good time with it.”

 Below is some of the artwork for the upcoming comic

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RocketMan 2

RocketMan 3

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Starlight is set to be released in March 2014 and will run for 6 issues

From Dusk Till Dawn Television Show First Image

Once again, through the power of Twitter, the world has been given another exclusive image. This time it is from the upcoming From Dusk Till Dawn television show.

Robert Rodriguez, creator of the original film series, is involved in the show and tweeted this picture through his own personal account.

The show is being distributed through his own television network, El Rey Network, showing once again that if Rodriguez wants to get something done, he will just do it himself!

 

Chucky Set To Play Again In Child’s Play 7

Fans of the Child’s Play franchise can rest easy after the cliff hanger ending of the latest movie. It looks like everyone’s favourite serial killer possessed doll is set to back in yet another movie.

Whilst the film series started off in the horror genre, towards the latter end of the movies they shifted tone rather dramatically and moved more into the comedy-horror world. With the latest entry, Curse of ChuckyDon Mancini and the gang went back to their roots and made a film that showed what Chucky used to be like. The resulting movie, even though it went straight to DVD has been well received by fans.

For those still after answers though about how the story is set to continue, Mancini tweeted yesterday about the future of Chucky

No more news on how this will progress, but it is nice to see a continuation of a story that has so many fans within the horror genre, instead of just being another remake or reboot which has become the norm with so many films recently.