Ben (Mark Duplass) is happily married with Anna (Alycia Delmore) but their harmonious existence is shaken up by the surprising arrival of Ben’s old friend Andrew (Joshua Leonard). Andrew is an artist and what you’d call a free spirit. And then in drunken night, Ben and Andrew hatch the plan to do an art project together for Humpfest – a porn film festival. But doing porn isn’t easy.
Humpday has got to be one of the most charming films I’ve ever seen. It left me with a huge grin on my face and a spring in my step for the entire day.
Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt) is a massage therapist who suddenly can’t touch people anymore at all. This severely hampers her relationship wih her boyfriend Jesse (Scoot McNairy) with whom she was about to move in. In the meantime her brother Paul (Josh Pais), a dentist in a floundering clinic, seems to discover that he has a healing touch which he wants to explore with Abby’s friend and reiki practitioner Bronwyn (Allsion Janney). Paul’s daughter Jenny (Ellen Page) who works as his assistant, is slowly suffocating because of both the routine in her life and her love for and need to touch Jesse.
Touchy Feely is a sweet, calm film with a great cast and a good script. It’s enjoyable and smart, even if I’m not all over it.
After what happened in the first film, Rama (Iko Uwais) finds himself with a small Internal Affairs task force that operates with rather extreme measures. They want him to infiltrate a crime syndicate and expose the police corruption within. After Rama finds out that his brother Andi (Donny Alamsyah) was executed, he accepts the proposal and takes up the fight, quite literally.
The Raid 2 has the distinct disadvantage over the first film that I had expectations this time. But it did manage to fulfill them for the most part and I really enjoyed it.
Jakob (Michel Diercks) is a police man in a small town. He lives with his grandmother (Ulrike Hanke-Haensch) and tries very hard to have everything just right. At the moment he is fascinated by a wolf that roams through the local woods and that he tries to catch and not just kill. But then he stumbles on a man (Pit Bukowski) in a wedding dress who just got a samurai sword delivered to him via Jakob. Katana in hand, that man starts to wreak havoc on the town and Jakob’s life.
I knew nothing about the film going in. It was another case of “it’s in the /slash program, so I’m going to see it, whatever it is”. And it left me absolutely breathless. A weird, fascinating, bold film that is completely fucked up, melancholy and fun at the same time.
Wilson Taylor wrote a famous series of books about child wizard Tommy Taylor – modelled after his own son. Before he could complete the series with the fourteenth book, though, Wilson vanished without a trace. Now Tom is living off his father’s estate, going from convention to convention and is generally pretty frustrated with his life and his father. At one of the usual conventions, a woman confronts him and raises the question whether Tom isn’t actually Tommy Taylor, having crossed over from the fictional world. This spawns a series of investigations and nutjobs and completely disrupts Tom’s life until he starts questioning his own identity.
Ugh, I’ve been meaning to continue reading this series for so long, I had to restart it from the beginning because I could barely remember the first one. But fortunately, re-reading this is not exactly a chore since it’s an amazing comic.
José (Hugo Silva) was recently divorced and is in the middle of a custody battle with his wife. It really doesn’t help that he takes his son (Gabriel Ángel Delgado) with him on a robbery that he planned together with some guys, among them Antonio (Mario Casas). But things go wrong and the guys find themselves on the run. Their flight leads them directly into a coven of not particularly well-meaning witches.
Witching & Bitching starts out funny but the longer it went on, the more difficulty I had with its blatant misogyny. In the end I was too horrified to really enjoy it.
After a tragic accident Maddie (Caitlin Stasey) signs up for the cheerleading team, despite that really not being her clique. But she leaves her old life and friend Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) behind and throws herself into the squad and her friendship with squad leader Tracy (Brooke Butler). But Maddie has an ulterior motive. One that is quickly overshadowed by supernatural events.
I was completely taken by surprise by All Cheerleaders Die and I loved every second of it. The story twists several ways, none of which I suspected at first. It plays with stereotypes, has a good sense of humor and was above all a film that was fun.
Jonathan Harker (Unax Ugalde) just arrived in a small town in the middle of nowhere where his old friend Lucy Kisslinger (Asia Argento) managed to get him a job as a librarian with the local Count Dracula (Thomas Kretschmann). As Jonathan nervously starts his job while waiting for his wife Mina (Marta Gastini) to arrive as well, it becomes quickly clear that not all is right with the Count and the village.
Ever since the film was shown in Cannes a couple of years back, the /slash Filmfestival has been trying to get this film to Vienna. And finally they succeeded, and even managed to bring Dario Argento as well which is pretty damn awesome. Unfortunately I missed about half the program with him and only saw the rest of his audience talk and this film.
And while I understand Argento’s status as a living legend, Dracula really didn’t prove that it’s justified. In fact, the film was rather horrible.
King Lear (Simon Russell Beale) is growing old and maybe even feels dementia approaching, so he decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters and their husbands. But he expects a certain amount of flattery for it, which his youngest (and up to this point favorite) daughter Cordelia (Olivia Vinall) is unwilling to give him. Lear takes this as a sign that she doesn’t love him and banishes her. But a feeble king is the opportunity for all kinds of power struggles and soon there is trouble stirring all over.
This production of King Lear practically lives off the monumental performance by Simon Russell Beale. Though the rest isn’t bad either, he just takes center stage and completely dominates it. And maybe he should do that more often because the result is awesome.
Detective Eddie Argo (Stellan Skarsgård) is investigating a series of murders with his new partner Helen Westcott (Melissa George). The bodies all have parts of an equation carved into their skin. They all seem to lead back to a horrific crime that happened a few years ago and that Eddie was deeply involved with. But what do the killings have to do with the equation?
w Delta z is a rather idiosyncratic film. It feels like a philosophical thought experiment in movie form. For long stretches that is interesting, but sometimes the film part suffers for it. But it’s always thought-provoking.