#994 – Stand By Me

Drama

Stand By Me is a great movie. Admittedly the voiceover does seem to be at a tangent most of the time to what’s actually occurring in the narrative, but it’s easy to forgive this, such is the charm of the tale and its four leads.

Watching it again though it’s extremely apparent how talented Phoenix and Feldman were, it’s a sobering thought given the trajectories of their careers and lives. On the other hand, “Lollipop, lollipop, oohooh, a-lollipop…”

Stand By Me

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#993 – Foxcatcher

Drama

From Carrell’s nose, through Ruffalo’s receding hairline, to Tatum’s underbite Foxcatcher is vile. It’s tone is washed out, it’s dialogue curt and everything is saturated with what was nasty about the 80s.

Add to this uncomfortable, unpleasant and uneasy male grappling (and excessive spandex) across the board, and you have one of the most unsettling films I have seen in a long time. It’s a grim tale, grimly told and it’s a spectacularly accomplished piece of filmmaking.

Foxcatcher

#992 – Mad Max: Fury Road

Action

It’s beat perfect. Mad Max: Fury Road has been made by George Miller in a way that suggests he is unaware of the tired turns the action genre has been taking since he delivered the franchise’s original instalments.

Simplicity rules in plot, beside an assumption that the audience can fill in back story regarding both narratives and characters from the subtle details Miller allows to shine in the midst of the chaos. It is a joy. Every bit as good as you’ve been told it is and all with that strong feminist reading front and centre. Inventive, stylish, engaging and relevant; cinema is rarely this impressive, “Oh what a day, what a lovely day!”

Mad Max Fury Road Tom Hardy

#990 – Indie Game: The Movie

Documentary

The trials and tribulations of independent video games depicted in Indie Game: The Movie make for interesting viewing. Especially if you’ve a passion for twiddling your thumbs in virtual worlds. It’s also interesting if you want to see what happens to those complex heroes of modern living; the outsiders, those that do not fit in… The video game industry is an environment where these individuals can make a mould to suit them, with, as this documentary shows, varying levels of compromise and subsequent degrees of success.

Indie Game The Movie

#989 – The Devil Rides Out

Horror

This is a movie that might be ripe for a remake. The Devil Rides Out is a family friendly version of Ben Wheatley’s Kill List.

Every line Lee delivers is amazing, the car chases are excellent and the creepy level is high. Special effects are terrible though, we’re talking sticky back plastic models and regular sized tarantula used to be a giant spider and paper-mache wings masking taped to a horse to serve as a demonic rider of the night. Entertaining, but the suspension of disbelief is killed stone dead.

Aside from that, it’s awesome. Superb dvd title screen also.

The Devil Rides Out

#988 – The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Horror

It’s a shocker, there is no other way of describing The Dyatlov Pass Incident. And I mean shocker in a bad way. Even more so when you consider it’s a Renny Harlin flick. It is incomprehensible how dull and misguided this movie is. They’ve made a not overly interesting real life story, into a completely uninteresting fictional one. Oh, and it’s ‘found footage’… Yup, it’s that bad; found fucking footage!

#985 – Devil

Horror

Watched this because of the ‘set in a lift’ premise, unfortunately Devil isn’t actually set entirely in a lift, in fact although it focuses on a lift there is a lot going on outside it. It’s not the smart, one set indie flick it seems to have a reputation for being. It’s actually big budget film-making and with a story credit for M. Night… Need I say more?

The thing is, it’s actually good. Yes, it’s nonsense and there are significant issues with the plot, but it plays out in its own bizarre way with the ‘what the fuck’ moments being more fun than one might normally expect. It has quirk and although maybe more humorous than was intended, this isn’t a bad way to fill your movie disc player.

Devil