This Week’s Films (10/02/14)

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Black Moon Rising (1986) Black Moon Rising

Quint, a shrewd, violent thief is working for the government to steal a tape containing incriminating evidence from a company under investigation. Quint drops the tape in super high-tech auto while on the run from a former colleague who caught him in the act, at which point the car is stolen. Now it is up to him to recover the evidence by stealing the car back while running from those who think he still has it.

Verdict: 5/10

PervertPervert! (2005)

Russ Meyer would be proud! Salacious porn princess and ex-gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey heads a cast of scantily-clad, buxom vixens whose tops are popping amidst a devious serial killer wreaking havoc by splattering buckets of gore. Perpetually horny James (Sean Andrews) is spending the summer with his bible-preaching, whore-loving father when gruesome deaths, objectifying sculptures and a sexy lesbian nurse disrupt his visit. This instant cult classic salutes sexploitation comedies with female flesh, a bloody hex, and above all, sex! 

Verdict: 4/10

Trash (1970)Trash

The story of Joe [Dallesandro] and his lover-protector, Holly [Woodlawn], who is something to behold, a comic book Mother Courage who fancies herself as Marlene Dietrich but sounds more like Phil Silvers. Joe and Holly try to make a go of things in their Lower East Side basement, from which Holly goes forth from time to time to cruise the Fillmore East and to scavenge garbage cans, while Joe’s journeys are in search of real junk… Trash is true-blue movie-making, funny and vivid.

Verdict: 6/10

Matando CabosMatando Cabos (2004)

The planned kidnapping of a Mexico City businessman hits a slapstick snag when mistaken identity leads to a pair of botched abductions by two equally inept gangs. Can a retired pro wrestler and his midget sidekick solve the crimes? Find out in this wild caper comedy. 

Verdict: 9/10

Return to Horror High (1987)Return to Horror High

Movie producer Harry Sleerik wants to recreate the notorious Crippen High killings for the big screen using some of the school’s original employees to play themselves. But filming starts to go horribly wrong when, one by one, cast and crew begin to disappear. The local cops are baffled, so two of the movie’s young stars team up and launch an investigation of their own. Slowly but surely gruesome similarities between murderous fact and movie fiction begin to emerge, finally leading the pair down a mysterious tunnel to a macabre room and the horrifying answer to the unsolved slaughter at Crippen High.

Verdict: 3/10

ShameShame (2011)

Thirty-something Brandon Sullivan is a New York yuppie. He is also a sex addict who thinks about sex all the time when he’s not having sex. He surfs for porn on his work computer, masturbates often even in his office’s men’s room, and eyes strange women in whatever situation he’s in in the hopes of having quick anonymous sex with them. He hides his sex addiction from those few people in his life who he lets in in an emotional sense, unlike his married boss, David Fisher, who is open about his marital infidelities to his male work colleagues. And the act of sex holds no emotional connotation whatsoever for Brandon. The arrival back into his life and his apartment of his sister Sissy Sullivan, from who he was estranged due to the emotional baggage associated, changes Brandon’s life, especially in what he can do in what used to be the privacy and sanctity of his apartment. Sissy, unlike Brandon, sees sex and emotional attachment as one in the same. Brandon’s life begins to spiral out of control following Sissy’s arrival. He gains a better understanding, albeit an unpleasant one, of his life following an incident involving Sissy.

Verdict: 7/10

Man with the Screaming Brain (2005)The Man with the Screaming Brain

Man with the Screaming Brain is a story of greed, betrayal and revenge in the big, bad city. William Cole, wealthy industrialist, winds up with part of his brain replaced by that of Yegor, a Bulgarian street hustler. The two couldn’t be more different, but they share one thing – both were killed by the same woman. Brought back to life by a mad scientist, William and Yegor form an unlikely partnership to track down their common nemesis.

Verdict: 4/10

The DivideThe Divide (2011)

When a cataclysmic explosion devastates New York, eight strangers take refuge in the basement of their apartment building, a converted fallout shelter. The shelter suddenly comes under attack by men in hazmat suits forcing the strangers to join forces in a desperate bid to take on the new enemy. 

Amid the chaos there is no real understanding of what these hazmats are looking for and what drives them to be so merciless. Their sanctuary becomes a living hell where the survivors must use their wits to save themselves from becoming victims of the pack in a thrilling, action-packed finale.

Verdict: 6/10

Before the Rain (1994)Before the Rain

The first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia, Milcho Manchevski’s Before the Rain crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk (Grégoire Colin), a British photo agent (Katrin Cartlidge), and a native Macedonian war photographer (Rade Šerbedžija) to paint a portrait of simmering, entrenched ethnic and religious hatred about to reach its boiling point. Made during the strife of the war-torn Balkan states in the nineties, this gripping triptych of love and violence is also a timeless evocation of the loss of pastoral innocence, and remains one of recent cinema’s most poetic evocations of the futility of war.

Verdict: 8/10

Picture PerfectPicture Perfect (1997)

Kate (Jennifer Aniston) is an ambitious career girl who wants to climb the career ladder but her boss really only gives promotions to people who are attached. To achieve this, she pretends that she is due to marry Nick (Jay Mohr), a man she met at a wedding recently and whom she only really knows through a photograph she got from her friend. Kate is meanwhile attracted to her co-worker Sam (Kevin Bacon) who is only interested in women who are attached. Matters are complicated when Kate’s boss expresses an interest in meeting Nick. Oops!

Verdict: 5/10

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I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and have always been a bookworm and enjoyed creative writing at school. In 1999 I created the Elencheran Chronicles and have been writing ever since. My first novel, Fezariu's Epiphany, was published in May 2011. When not writing I'm a lover of films, games, books and blogging. I live in Barnsley, with my wife, Donna, and our six cats - Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
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