A Spanish horror movie that no only out Spanish horror movies The Orphanage, but will mostly likely remain the scariest movie of 2008. Do not go see if you are of the faint of heart, but do go see before the U.S remake Quarantine comes out this October.
Two: Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Not as funny as The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad or Knocked Up, but still pretty damn funny, with plenty of quotable quotes (“I wonder if the curtains match the pubes…”) and an actual, honest to goodness acting turn from Russell Brand, which is probably most surprising of all.
Three: Son Of Rambow
Obviously looking for something a bit less budget worrisome than his last outing The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, director Garth Jennings does a much better job at this small scale remake of a big scale action movie told from the perspective of an young boy. Funny, inventive and very, very 80’s.
Four: Never Back Down
Not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but still probably more enjoyable than one or two of the films above. The Karate Kid for the YouTube generation, Step Up but with the dance moves making contact, this was basically male models kicking the shit out of each other for 90 minutes against the backdrop of hip hop and Djimon Hounsou’s scary voice. Guilty Pleasure of The Year contender, right here.
Kevin Spacey. That is all.
Pathology, The Eye, One Missed Call, P-2; bad month for horror movies.
Deception: seriously, what were you even thinking with this?
Shine A Light: shudda been great, was kinda boring.
Due to circumstances beyond one’s control, “she” only got to see two films in the cinema during April. Lots of DVD viewing did make up for it and, considering the relative dearth of quality films in April, that probably wasn’t a bad deal. So, allow “her” to present, from the ridiculous to the sublime, “April’s Films”:
10, 000 BC (viewed in early April)
A silly, silly film. It’s not even worth describing the many inaccuracies and factual errors and bizarre leaps of logic and pseudo mythology that the film contains. It reached a level of ridiculousness that this viewer was just laughing out loud, for all the wrong reasons, just waiting for the film to end. For a more bearable, funny-for-the-right-reasons version of the film, click here.
Persepolis (viewed in late April – trauma of the above film creating near-pathological fear of the local multiplex)
Now this is a film. Warm, affecting, funny, intelligent – the animation may be simple and basic, but the story certainly isn’t. Based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, who also co-wrote and co-directed this film adaptation, it’s a coming-of-age tale based on Marjane’s own experience of growing up throughout the Iranian revolution, the overthrow of the Shah and the oppressive Islamic regime that followed. Our heroine has her flaws, but is more real for it.
Enough of April! Roll on May!