Spree (2020)

Spree
Director: Eugene Kotlyarenko
Writer: Eugene Kotlyarenko, Gene McHugh
Cast: Joe Keery, Sasheer Zamata, David Arquette, Kyle Mooney, Mischa Barton, Frankie Grande, Lala Kent
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2020
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Plot:
Kurt (Joe Keery) has been recording himself since he was just a kid, and broadcasting his life to the world. The only thing is – he barely managed to build a following and is far from achieving his dream of becoming internet famous. He earns his living as a rideshare driver and has come up with a new plan to go viral and finally attract the attention he so depserately craves. And if people have to die for his fame, so be it.

At the risk of being the kind of thrill-seeking audience that the social media/viral culture produces – the very culture that Spree would like to criticize – I have to say that the film unfortunately left me pretty bored.

The film poster showing Kurt in the driver seat of his car, looking towards the backseat. A bloody handprint can be seen on the back of the seat.
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12 Hour Shift (2020)

12 Hour Shift
Director: Brea Grant
Writer: Brea Grant
Cast: Angela Bettis, Chloe Farnworth, Mick Foley, Kit Williamson, Nikea Gamby-Turner, Tara Perry, Brooke Seguin, David Arquette
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 19.9.2020
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Plot:
Mandy (Angela Bettis) is on night shift at the hospital. As a nurse, her work is taxing and doesn’t pay very well, so she found herself a side hustle, together with her colleague Karen (Nikea Gamby-Turner). They make sure that organs find their way to the black market via Mandy’s cousin Regina (Chloe Farnworth) who is responsible for the delivery. But when one of their packages goes missing, Regina and Mandy both have to scramble to find a replacement – as if the normal night shift at the hospital wasn’t enough work already.

12 Hour Shift was announced as a very political film and while there is a certain criticism of the pressures nurses are under, it was less political than I expected from the announcements. But it was definitely more fun.

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Ravenous (1999)

Ravenous
Director: Antonia Bird
Writer: Ted Griffin
Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones, John Spencer, Stephen Spinella, Neal McDonough, Joseph Runningfox, Bill Brochtrup, Sheila Tousey
Seen on: 17.8.2018

Plot:
After a promotion that his superior feels was actually unearned, Captain John Boyd (Guy Pearce) is reassigned to Fort Spencer, middle of nowhere. The fort is small and there are only a handful of soldiers posted there. Soon after his arrival, a man (Robert Carlyle) shows up at the fort. He is in bad condition and once he finds a little strength, he starts telling them of his party who turned to cannibalism to survive. The soldiers in the fort know they have to do something about them.

Ravenous had been on my watchlist for a very long time and while I didn’t love it, it was really good. I’m glad I finally got around to it.

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Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Bone Tomahawk
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Writer: S. Craig Zahler
Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, Evan Jonigkeit, David Arquette, Fred Melamed, Sid Haig
Part of: /slash Christmas special
Seen on: 17.12.2015

Plot:
When a stranger, Purvis (David Arquette), stumbles into town, Sheriff Hunt (Kurt Russell) is suspicious of him, especially after a report from his backup deputy Chicory (Richard Jenkins) informs him that he saw the stranger behave weirdly just outside the city limits. When Purvis’ answers don’t satisfy Hunt, he shoots him in the leg and has Samantha (Lili Simmons), the closest thing the town has to a doctor, take care of him. The next morning, Purvis, Samantha and Depty Nick (Evan Jonigkeit) have been taken and there was a murder in town. Hunt, Chicory, educated gunslinger Brooder (Matthew Fox) and Samantha’s husband Arthur (Patrick Wilson) take up the trail to get them back.

Bone Tomahawk was openly, outrageously, unflinchingly, unwaveringly and unquestionably racist. So much so, in fact, that I’m honestly surprised that this film got made in this day and age.

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Riding the Bullet (2004)

Riding the Bullet
Director: Mick Garris
Writer: Mick Garris
Based on: Stephen King‘s novella
Cast: Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Barbara Hershey, Matt Frewer, Erika Christensen

Plot:
After his girlfriend Jessica (Erika Christensen) pretends to break up with him to surprise him with his birthday party, art student Alan (Jonathan Jackson) tries to commit suicide and is only stopped by the arrival of said surprise guests. When he leaves the hospital, things don’t get much better: instead of going to the John Lennon concert Jessica got him tickets for, Alan is informed that his mother (Barbara Hershey) had a stroke and is in the hospital. Alan decides to hike back home to visit her, but the night he spends on the road is more than a little off.

I rather liked Riding the Bullet. It’s certainly not the best at anything, but it does  have some nice visuals and a very decent cast.

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