My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016)

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
Director: Dash Shaw
Writer: Dash Shaw
Cast: Jason SchwartzmanLena DunhamReggie WattsMaya RudolphSusan SarandonThomas Jay RyanAlex KarpovskyLouisa KrauseJohn Cameron MitchellMatthew MaherEmily DavisKeith Poulson
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2017
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Plot:
Dash (Jason Schwartzman) is annoyed that his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) has started to date Verti (Maya Rudolph). This would be the biggest catastrophe of his life if it wasn’t for the earthquake that made the cliff his high school is built on crumble and float out into the sea where it’s slowly sinking. Now Dash, Assaf and Verti are joined by popular girl Mary (Lena Dunham) and Lunch Lady Lorraine (Susan Sarandon) as they try to reach the roof.

I liked the animation style of My Entire High School Is Sinking Into the Sea, but storywise I think it would have been better as a short film.

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Seconds (1966)

Seconds
Director: John Frankenheimer
Writer: Lewis John CarlinoDavid Ely
Cast: Rock HudsonJohn RandolphFrances ReidBarbara WerleMurray HamiltonJeff CoreyRichard AndersonSalome Jens
Part of: /slash Filmfestival (Trouble Feature Surprise Film)
Seen on: 22.9.2017
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Plot:
Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) has a very average life. His marriage to Emily (Frances Reid) is stable and unexciting, he barely sees his daughter, his job isn’t really fulfilling, but it gets the bills paid. That’s when he gets a call from an old friend (Murray Hamilton) he thought had died. That call leads him to an organization that promises him a fresh start: After faking his death and changing his face, Arthur wakes up as Antiochus Wilson (Rock Hudson). But starting over comes with its own challenges.

Seconds is a little slow-going and some things remained unclear for me, but it’s not uninteresting and Rock Hudson is always worth watching.

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Mayhem (2017)

Mayhem
Director: Joe Lynch
Writer: Matias Caruso
Cast: Steven YeunSamara WeavingSteven BrandCaroline ChikezieKerry FoxDallas Roberts
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2017
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Plot:
Derek (Steven Yeun) is an attorney for a big law firm. Or rather, he was. He was just fired for a mistake he was framed for. As he still grapples with that fact, the office building is put under quarantine: a virus has spread in the building – a virus that makes everybody lose their impulse control. This provides Derek with the perfect opportunity to face the executives and give them a piece of his mind. And he doesn’t even have to do it alone: as luck will have it, disgruntled client Melanie (Samara Weaving) has her own plans with the executives.

Mayhem is incredibly entertaining and fun. It breezes along from one bloody, gorey scene to the next, leaving no space for a second of boredom.

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Mugen no jûnin [Blade of the Immortal] (2017)

Mugen no jûnin
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Tetsuya Oishi
Based on: Hiroaki Samura‘s manga series
Cast: Takuya KimuraHana SugisakiSôta FukushiHayato IchiharaErika TodaKazuki KitamuraChiaki KuriyamaShinnosuke MitsushimaKen KanekoYôko YamamotoEbizô IchikawaMin TanakaTsutomu Yamazaki
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2017
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Plot:
Manji (Takuya Kimura) is a great samurai, but when he is unable to protect his sister, he is cursed with immortality. Hoping to regain his soul and mortality by fighting evil, he travels the lands until he encounters Rin (Hana Sugisaki) who looks a lot like his sister and needs help to avenge her parents. Manji promises to help and gets drawn deeply into the fight against Anotsu (Sôta Fukushi) and his master swordsmen.

It feels like Blade of the Immortal is one and the same scene repeated over and over again. It’s a good scene, but not that good that I wanted to see it that often and for that long.

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Curse of Chucky (2013)

Curse of Chucky
Director: Don Mancini
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky
Cast: Fiona DourifDanielle BisuttiBrad DourifJennifer TillyA MartinezChantal QuesnelleMaitland McConnellBrennan ElliottSummer H. Howell
Seen on: 22.9.2017
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Plot:
After the death of her mother Sarah (Chantal Quesnelle), Nica (Fiona Dourif) moves in with her sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) and her family. Also moving is a doll that was sent to Sarah just before her death. Things quickly start to become very strange, and Nica begins suspecting there is more to that doll than she thought at first.

Curse of Chucky didn’t really blow me away but it was one of the better films of the series. Still there was potential for a better film in there.

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It (2017)

It
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writer: Chase PalmerCary Joji FukunagaGary Dauberman
Based on: Stephen King‘s novel
Cast: Jaeden LieberherJeremy Ray TaylorSophia LillisFinn WolfhardChosen JacobsJack Dylan GrazerWyatt OleffBill Skarsgård
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 21.9.2017
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Plot:
Bill’s (Jaden Lieberher) little brother Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) went missing, and he’s not the first in town to disappear. On their bike rides across town, Bill and his friends Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff) start to encounter strange phenomena. They are not the only ones and as their group – called The Losers Club – is joined by Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly (Sophia Lillis and Mike (Chosen Jacobs), they realize that it’s actually one creature that terrorizes town – and that it might be up to them to stop It.

It is a strong, effective but not perfect film that I enjoyed watching a lot, despite some things that could have been better.

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Die Dritte Option (2017)

Die Dritte Option
Director: Thomas Fürhapter
Writer: Thomas Fürhapter
Seen on: 21.9.2017
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“Plot”:
With the technological advances making more and more in utero testing possible comes a new decision parents have to make: if a disability is discovered in those tests, should they have the baby anyway or should they abort?
In his documentary, Fürhapter examines that intersection of disability rights and bodily autonomy and the difficult ethics that people have to navigate because of those advances in technology.

Die Dritte Option tackles a difficult topic in an interesting way and makes some excellent points but falls incredibly short because it doesn’t consider the perspective of disabled people even once.

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Seed of Chucky (2004)

Seed of Chucky
Director: Don Mancini
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky
Cast: Brad DourifJennifer TillyBilly BoydRedmanHannah SpearrittJohn Waters
Seen on: 21.9.2017
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Plot:
Before Chucky (Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) were vanquished, they had a son, Glen (Billy Boyd). Glen is everything his parents aren’t: gentle, kind and completely murder-free. He’s curious to meet his parents, and so he resurrects them, hoping for a family reunion. The reunion does happen, but takes on a very different form of what Glen expected, as they first hit Hollywood where Chucky and Tiffany’s story is currently turned into a film starring Jennifer Tilly (Jennifer Tilly).

Seed of Chucky suddenly turns very meta and that’s a thing I always enjoy. Especially since it really proves that Jennifer Tilly is the best thing that has happened to the series. Despite some of the same issues as with the other films of the series, this is definitely my favorite part so far (together with the first).

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Based on: Mark Millar’s and Dave Gibbons’ comic
Sequel to: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Cast: Taron EgertonMark StrongHanna AlströmJulianne MooreColin FirthMichael GambonChanning TatumHalle BerryElton JohnJeff BridgesPedro PascalBruce Greenwood 
Seen on: 20.9.2017
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Plot:
Eggsy (Taron Egerton) has very much settled into being a Kingsman agent, and into dating Swedish Princess Tilde (Hanna Alström). But just when everything seems to calm down, a devastating attack that strikes at the very heart of the Kingsman HQ leaves Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) the only survivors of the agency. When they follow emergency procedure, they discover that there is another agency in the USA: Statesman. They fly there to look for help in tracking down their attacker.

I very much enjoyed the first Kingsman film and was very much looking forward to this sequel, but unfortunately I was disappointed with it, despite some pretty good ideas.

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Bride of Chucky (1998)

Bride of Chucky
Director: Ronny Yu
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3
Cast: Jennifer TillyBrad DourifKatherine HeiglNick StabileAlexis ArquetteGordon Michael WoolvettJohn RitterLawrence Dane
Seen on: 19.9.2017
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Plot:
Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) has a plan: she will get her hands on the remains of the Good Guy doll that hosted Chucky’s (Brad Dourif) sould and she will get him back. He was her boyfriend before he became that doll after all. She actually succeeds, but their reunion isn’t quite as romantic as Tiffany wanted it to be. What’s more, Chucky changes her plans substantially when he decides that Tiffany should become a doll herself and makes it happen. Nevertheless, the two of them decide to go on a bloody holiday together.

I can understand if you think that the series lost it entirely with this installment, but for me, it was a step upwards again from the last films, although there was still more than enough that wasn’t really great about Bride of Chucky.

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