This Month’s Films (December 2014)

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Re-Animator (1985)Re-Animator

A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student (Jeffrey Combs) arrives on campus.

Verdict: 6/10

Would You RatherWould You Rather (2012)

What would you do if a millionaire offered you a chance to solve all your life s problems? After the tragic death of her parents, Iris (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect) is desperate to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother. When seemingly philanthropic aristocrat Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs, Re-Animator) expresses an interest in helping them by inviting her to an exclusive dinner party that offers the chance at untold riches, Iris finds herself in a group of similarly desperate individuals all looking to make some easy money. But the guests soon find themselves trapped in Lambrick’s mansion and forced to play a sadistic game of Would You Rather, where only the winner will get out alive. As the game progresses, Iris must decide how far she will go to save her brother… and herself. Featuring a terrific ensemble cast that includes Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Army Wives), Eddie Steeples (My Name Is Earl) and Charlie Hofheimer (Mad Men), WOULD YOU RATHER is an edge of your seat horror thriller that invites you over for a quiet evening of murder.

Verdict: 5/10

Mulan (1998)Mulan

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines in the process.

Verdict: 7/10

Last Year at MarienbadLast Year at Marienbad (1961)

Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.

Verdict: 8/10

Breathless (1960)Breathless

There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard (Band of Outsiders) burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo (Pierrot le fou) and Jean Seberg (Bonjour tristesse), Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.

Verdict: 8/10

Cop LandCop Land (1997)

Sylvester Stallone stars as Freddy Heflin, the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land,” a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big-city police officers he’s long admired. Yet when Freddy uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy among these local residents, he is forced to take action and make a dangerous choice between protecting his idols and upholding the law. Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta head an incredible cast in the Director’s Cut of this intense action thriller, which explodes with nonstop excitement!

Verdict: 7/10

Alpha Dog (2006)Alpha Dog

They grew up together in the suburbs of LA, living their own version of the American dream, with every day a blur of partying and looking for the next thrill. Johnny (Emile Hirsch, Lords of Dogtown) is the leader in their sordid world of drugs, greed, power and privilege. But when he is double-crossed by another dealer, things quickly begin to spiral out of control, and an impulsive kidnapping leads to a shocking conclusion. Justin Timberlake (Edison), Sharon Stone (Bobby) and Bruce Willis (Lucky Number Slevin) co-star in this powerful and controversial film.

Verdict: 6/10

The Magic of Belle IsleThe Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose passion for writing hits an impasse. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, befriending the family next door an attractive single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters who help him find inspiration again.

Verdict: 6/10

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)Y Tu Mama Tambien

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Verdict: 8/10

AlphavilleAlphaville (1965)

A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Verdict: 6/10

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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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