Thirteen (2003)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Writer: Catherine Hardwicke, Nikki Reed
Cast: Nikki Reed, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Brady Corbet, Sarah Clarke, Vanessa Hudgens, Jeremy Sisto, Deborah Kara Unger
Seen on: 31.1.2021

Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) just started 7th grade and is desperate to fit in. She sets her sight on Evie (Nikki Reed), widely known as the prettiest girl in school. Evie is a wild child who basks in Tracy’s attention and also takes to Tracy’s mother Mel (Holly Hunter). The two girls become inseparable, Tracy quickly discovering drugs and sex through Evie and both egging each other on, as things spiral out of control.

Thirteen is an excellent debut feature for both Hardwicke and Reed that feels like a debut in every frame – but in the best sense, filled with an energy and wildness that mirrors the central characters.

The film poster showing Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) and Evie (Nikki Reed) sticking out their tongues to show off their tongue piercings.
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Fear X (2003)

Fear X
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Nicolas Winding Refn, Hubert Selby Jr.
Cast: John Turturro, Deborah Kara Unger, James Remar, Jacqueline Ramel

Harry’s (John Turturro) wife Claire (Jacqueline Ramel) was shot and killed. Nobody knows why or by whom. Harry spends all his spare time looking at security footage and trying to piece everything together. He is haunted by visions of Claire which are slowly but surely pointing him in a certain direction. So Harry starts investigating even harder and finds a trace that leads him to Kate (Deborah Kara Unger) and the murderer.

Fear X is an idiosyncratic movie. It’s beautiful to look at, with a mesmerizing performance by John Turturro but it won’t fit any mold easily.


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The Way (2010)

The Way
Director: Emilio Estevez
Writer: Emilio Estevez
Based on: Jack Hitt‘s book Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain
Cast: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick van Wangeningen, James Nesbitt

After Tom (Martin Sheen) gets the news that his son Daniel (Emilio Estevez) died in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. So Tom flies to France to pick up the body. But once he arrives there he finds himself changing his plans and deciding to finish Daniel’s pilgrimage for hime. Along the way, Tom quite involuntarily picks up Jost (Yorick van Wangeningen), Sarah (Debora Kara Unger) and Jack (James Nesbitt) who are all walking the Camino for their own reasons.

I was prepared for not liking the film very much – it is a film about a pilgrimage after all and I’m not good with religion. That being said, the film was surprisingly nice over very long stretches.


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