Love & Mercy (2014)

Love & Mercy
Director: Bill Pohlad
Writer: Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald, Dee Wallace, Joanna Going, Brett Davern, Erin Darke, Graham Rogers
Seen on: 21.6.2015

Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) works as car saleswoman and one day, a guy (John Cusack) strolls into her shop, interested to buy. Turns out, he is Brian Wilson, formerly of The Beach Boys. Brian seems a little off and is accompanied by two bodyguards and a doctor – Eugene (Paul Giamatti). Nevertheless he manages to pass on a message, a cry for help, to Melinda. Even when he was young, Brian (Paul Dano) has had mental health issues, but now he seems completely under Eugene’s control – and apparently not doing very well.

Love & Mercy has an interesting structure and a cast that absolutely shines. I was completely immersed in the story. Yet it is also interesting to think about what has been left out of the story.

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The Lords of Salem (2012)

The Lords of Salem
Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie
Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Judy Geeson, Meg Foster, Patricia Quinn, Ken Foree, Dee Wallace
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie) is a radio DJ in Salem – as in the witch trials. One day she receives a mysterious package with an even more mysterious record in it, a song by The Lords, subsequently known as The Lords of Salem. But there’s more to that record than just good marketing and the song starts triggering massive events.

There were quite a few things that I liked about this movie, but I have to say that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have because the soundediting drove me infuckingsane. I spent large portions of the film with my ears covered.


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Exit Humanity (2011)

Exit Humanity
Director: John Geddes
Writer: John Geddes
Cast: Mark Gibson, Brian Cox, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Stephen McHattie, Jordan Hayes, Adam Seybold
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Towards the end of the Civil War, the dead start to rise and throw the US into ruin. Edward Young (Mark Gibson) returns home to find his wife (un)dead and his son missing. He searches for his son, but in the end, can only save him from being a zombie. Otherwise at a complete loss, he decides to take the ashes of his son to the other end of the US, to a place they talked about before. Of course, a cross-country teck through a zombie-infested area is not easily done.

I had high hopes for this film – I just love the concept of historical zombies. Unfortunately, the movie really is boring beyond compare. It is astonishing how boring a movie can be, really.

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