Just watched a really good Korean movie from 2005 called Antarctic Journal. It wasn’t a fast-paced action-packed movie, but it kept my interest for two whole hours! It’s about a Korean expedition of 6 men who are trying to reach the Point of Inaccessibility (POI) in Antarctica. It’s a psychological drama, and we see how the men react differently to the stresses of the environment and all of that. Very good scenery.
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I saw the movie Bernie last weekend, starring Jack Black, plus Shirley MacClaine and Matthew McConaughey. Jack Black is so fantastic in this. It’s a dark comedy, but everybody in the theater was laughing out loud. The interviews with town residents are hilarious. Everybody should go see this movie, based on a true story!
This was a quite interesting movie. It’s Japanese, from 2011. The main character is a weak-willed fish-shop owner whose life gets entangled with a serial killer’s life. The man is totally helpless against the killer’s strong, domineering personality, and becomes an unwilling accomplice to several murders.
If you like tropical fish there are some pretty specimens in the movie. Also, because I have a twisted sense of humor, a “blood wrestling” scene near the end of the film that I thought was quite funny, although I don’t know if it was supposed to be.
Don’t remember seeing Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives? That’s because this gem was straight-to-video! Sort of like an homage to sexploitation films of the 70’s, this revenge flick features transexuals/transvestites/drag queens. The acting and dialogue aren’t the best, and there are some holes in the story, but there are some great one-liners and the costumes are nice. If you aren’t easily offended and want to watch something just for fun, you should try this.
I just watched Madhouse (1974) with Vincent Price and I think that of all of his movies I’ve seen to date, this is his best.
Here is the plot, which I’m quoting from wikipedia:
Price plays Paul Toombes, a horror actor whose trademark role is ‘Dr. Death’. Years after a scandal ends his film career (his fiancee is murdered and Toombes ends up in an asylum, suspected but never convicted of the crime), the embittered Toombes revives his character for a television series. Cast and crew begin to die in ways that suggest scenes from Toombes’s films, and they all point to Toombes. Now, Toombes must find and confront the real killer, before he becomes the next victim.
The ending is fantastic. This will be a bit of a spoiler. But there was an actress who was in one of his movies, and he didn’t want her romantically, and while he was in the asylum she was in a fire and burned and sort of went mad, and at the end of the movie Price gets burned and goes even more insane, and so they live insanely ever after.
Pretty good characters with emotional issues, Price is great as you see him crumbling. I recommend it.
While stuck at home today because of the rain I watched a very bad movie on Netflix: The Shrine (2010).
It supposedly takes place in Poland so I thought it was a foreign film but it’s American. Three Americans, a journalist, her boyfriend, and a female intern go to Poland to investigate the disappearance of a college student/backpacker. The two women gaze upon this evil statue that is eternally shrouded in fog. The locals capture them, and kill the intern in a strange ritual. They are about to kill the journalist but her boyfriend rescues her. As they try to escape she turns into a demon because anyone who gazes upon the statue turns into a demon thing. Makeup was similar to the Exorcist but without the pea soup. So the locals, and with the help of the boyfriend, kill her. Then the next day when he is about to leave the town he asked a local, what is that statue? And the local says, it’s a curse from long ago that can’t be lifted. THAT’S IT?? That’s all the explanation I get? I sat through 84 minutes of bad props and makeup and dialog and Polish accents and acting and that’s it? Damnit!