Archive for the ‘8.0’ Category

THE LOVED ONES (2009)

Posted: May 11, 2011 in 2009, 8.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/16/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

A great extreme horror movie from Australia.  I heard quite a bit of hype prior to checking it out, but it lived up to my expectations.  It manages to be both glossy and depraved in a way I can’t recall another movie pulling off.

Rating:  8.0

SUGAR (2008)

Posted: February 21, 2011 in 2000s, 8.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/9/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

A great sports movie that is about much more than baseball.  The performances, which appear to be mostly from nonactors, are about as real as they get, and it manages to be uplifting in a realistic way.

Rating:  8.0

Date viewed:  2/6/11

Venue:  Home (DVD)

As a life-long fan of the Clash (well, since I bought London Calling when I was 16 anyways), I was not expecting to not like JS:TFIU, and I definitely did not not like it.  I was surprised how honestly it portrayed Joe Strummer, by not only praising his genius and political awareness, but also coloring him as a bit of a fame whore who wouldn’t hesitate to sell out his bandmates if it meant a better chance of success.  Still, by the end you can’t help but feel a profound sense of loss that Strummer was only 50 when he died in 2002 (from a congenital heart defect).

Oh, the sound mix on the DVD is wonderful and the songs sound better than ever.

Rating:  8.0

MARATHON MAN (1976)

Posted: February 8, 2011 in 1970s, 8.0, DVD, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/1/11

Venue:  Home (DVD)

Obviously, MARATHON MAN is considered classic thriller, and I sure can’t come up with any evidence to refute this reputation.  There are two standouts scenes that are legendary in their intensity, and they hold up really well even today.  And like most good political thrillers, the story is amazingly convoluted for 3/4ths of the movie before finally coming together for the last act.

Oh, and Roy Scheider is the f’ing man here.

Rating:  8.0

MARTYRS (2008)

Posted: January 28, 2011 in 2000s, 8.0, DVD, Home, New, Tally

Dated viewed:  1/26/11

Venue:  Home (DVD)

MARTYRS blends horror sub-genres and well-worn conventions in ways I haven’t seen before.  And it all builds to a vaguely uplifting(?) ending that I’ve been thinking about for two days.

I stayed away from MARTYRS for two years because I was under the impression it was more-of-the-same torture porn, but I was mistaken — it’s damn near thoughtful, and in parts it’s absolutely terrifying.  This is challenging material, in more ways than one, but it’s entirely worth the effort.

MARTYRS is my favorite of the recent “extreme” French horror films, and it’s one of the best horror movies I’ve seen, period.

Rating:  8.0

THE OFFENCE (1972)

Posted: January 25, 2011 in 1970s, 8.0, Home, New, NWI, Tally

Date viewed:  1/23/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

Sidney Lumet directing the “Sean Connery as an Angry Cop Show” for two hours?  Sign me up.  It’s obvious THE OFFENCE was originally a stage play, but it certainly doesn’t feel stilted or stuffy in any way.  Lumet’s trademarked moral ambiguity is present here, but once again, the resolution is completely satisfying.

Rating:  8.0

FEMME FATALE (2002)

Posted: January 24, 2011 in 2000s, 8.0, Home, NWI, Tally

Dated viewed:  1/19/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

I remember when this was originally released, other than a positive review by Ebert, almost all mentions of FEMME FATALE were negative.  I am dumbfounded by this.  FF has quickly taken its place as one of my favorite De Palma movies, and I can’t wait to see it again.  It actually reminds me of a Haneke film, the way it toys with the audience.  But unlike Haneke, De Palma is clearly in full bore entertainer mode here and every unexpected turn the story takes is completely satisfying.

Rating:  8.0

COOL HAND LUKE (1967)

Posted: January 13, 2011 in 1960s, 8.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  1/10/11 – 1/11/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

I’d heard about COOL HAND LUKE for most of my life without actually knowing anything about the story other than the “failure to communicate” line.  Turns out, it’s about a cocky war veteran loser and how he deals with being imprisoned in a work camp for cutting the heads off of parking meters.  I was surprised by all the recognizable faces, but completely shocked by George Kennedy’s performance.  I grew up knowing him as the pitch guy for Beano and the “other guy” in THE NAKED GUN series; I had no idea he could play such a sensitive badass.  I’ll definitely seek out more 60s/70s George Kennedy performances.

Rating:  8.0

FOUR LIONS (2010)

Posted: January 10, 2011 in 2010, 7.5, 8.0, DVD, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  1/9/11

Venue:  Theater

FOUR LIONS is another movie hyped by the Austin folk — this one deservedly so.  I need to watch it again to pick up on all of the comedy (subtitles will help), but even missing out on some of the jokes it’s easy to tell it’s a remarkable movie.  Remarkable both from the standpoint it got made at all and that it’s so effective.  Funny, sad, and scary.

Rating:  7.5

 

Date viewed:  1/8/11

Venue:   Home (Blu-Ray)

It’s such a damned shame that MANDY LANE never received a release of any type in the U.S. — it’s one of my favorite horror movies of the last decade.  The characters are nothing new, but Levine’s style is top notch, and the script goes places I wasn’t expecting.

Rating:  8.0