Clown (2014)

Director: Jon Watts
Writer: Jon Watts, Christopher D. Ford
Cast: Andy Powers, Peter Stormare, Laura Allen, Elizabeth Whitmere, Christian Distefano, (imdb says that Eli Roth played Frowny, but I don’t think that’s actually the case)
Part of: Secret Society Screening at the /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 27.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Kent (Andy Powers) and his wife Meg (Laura Allen) have organized a clown for their son’s birthday party. But that clown cancels and they are left in quite a bind. Real estate agent Kent finds a clown costume in one of the houses he is supposed to sell and decides to put it on to make his son happy, which works like a charm. But when he tries to take it off again, he is unable to do so. The costumes seems to be doing something to him.

Clowns is built on a nice idea and excellent make-up, but storywise it did start to drag. Maybe if clowns were scarier for me, I would have been more into the film. But as is, I thought it was rather average and it left me quite cold.

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Knock Knock (2015)

Knock Knock 
Director: Eli Roth
Writer: Eli Roth, Nicolás López, Guillermo Amoedo
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand
Part of: Surprise Movie at the /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Evan (Keanu Reeves) has the perfect life. He is successful, rich, has a beautiful wife in Karen (Ignacia Allamand), they are in love and have two cute children and a dog. When Karen and the kids leave for the weekend and Evan has to stay back to work, all hell breaks loose though. It starts with two girls ringing Evan’s door in the pouring rain looking for another house. Evan lets Genesis (Lorenza Izzo) and Bel (Ana de Armas) in and that is all the invitation they need to fuck him over.

Knock Knock is a very stupid film. Entertaining enough while it lasts but it falls apart at any glance that is even slightly more than passing.



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The Green Inferno (2013)

The Green Inferno
Director: Eli Roth
Writer: Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo
Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Nicolás Martínez, Aaron Burns, Richard Burgi
Part of: /slash Filmfestival Christmas special

Justine (Lorenza Izzo) is a young college student who is fascinated by a Alejandro (Ariel Levy) and the group of activists he leads. So when she gets the chance to accompany them to the Amazon to save an indigenous tribe and their homes, she jumps at the chance. But unfortunately that could very well be the worst decision of her life: First their bit of activism goes very wrong and then they find themselves in the clutches of a cannibalistic tribe.

The Green Inferno is a tribute to the 70s/80s Italian cannibal movies and it does a pretty perfect version of one of those films. As they tend to be offensive as hell, that’s not necessarily a good thing. But it is entertaining.


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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope (2011)

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Writer: Joss Whedon, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

In Comic-Con Episode IV, Spurlock follows a few people during their Comic-Con experience: two guys looking to break into the comic industry as artists, a comic vendor trying to break even, a costume designer team, two attendants who fell in love at the last Comic-Con and an action figure collector. And interspersed are interviews with famous (and also not so famous) geeks and attendants like Kevin Smith, Joss Whedon, Seth Rogen, Seth Green, Eli Roth and with a special appearance by Stan Lee.

The movie was fun and very nice, but I did have some issues with it. Though those at least didn’t take away much from my enjoyment, because during the film I was very well entertained.

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Cabin Fever (2002)

Cabin Fever
Director: Eli Roth
Writer: Eli Roth, Randy Pearlstein
Cast: Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent, Joey Kern

Paul (Rider Strong), Karen (Jordan Ladd), Bert (James DeBello), Marcy (Cerina Vincent and Jeff (Joey Kern) are planning a nice weekend in a cabin in the woods. But as these things go, they start to go creepy as soon as they want to stack up their supplies at the local store. But when they reach the cabin and are approached by an obviously very sick man (Arie Verveen), things go from creepy to very bad as they slowly get infected by the mysterious disease.

Many horror movies are funny even though they try to very creepy. With Cabin Fever I felt like it was actually campy on purpose many times, but I was much too creeped out to be able to laugh. Which is very nice for a change.

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Rock of Ages (2012)

Rock of Ages
Director: Adam Shankman
Writer: Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo, Allan Loeb
Cast: Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Eli Roth

Sherrie (Julianne Hough) just arrived in LA, dreaming of being a singer but instead she gets robbed straight away and somebody makes off with her record collection. Drew (Diego Boneta) who witnessed the incident manages to get Sherrie a job as a waitress at the living off its former glory Bourbon club where he works, too. The club is preparing for a huge concert by Stacie Jaxx (Tom Cruise) while Christian protesters lead by Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones) try to shut down rock in general.

As long as the movie was camp, it was brilliantly funny. Unfortunately most of the time we’re stuck with the absolutely colorless and frankly just boring lead characters.

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Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Inglorious Basterds is the newest movie by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Samm Levine, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, August Diehl and Michael Fassbender.

Contrary to what the marketing wants you to believe, Inglorious Basterds is not about the Basterds, a kind of guerilla troup of American soldiers with German or Austrian roots (Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, Samm Levine) headed by a half-Native American (Brad Pitt), but it’s the story of Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent). Shosanna’s family was killed by Col. Landa (Christoph Waltz) and his men, Shosanna herself barely escaped with her life. Now she’s in Paris and owns a cinema. One day, she gets advances by German soldier Fredrick Zoller. Advances, she can’t refuse, even though she tries. Through Fredrick, Shosanna is confronted once again with her past and starts to form a plan for her revenge.

Somehow, before seeing this movie I only saw reviews along the lines of “This time Tarantino goes too far”, “Inglorious Basterds sucks” etc etc. But I seem to be the only person to have seen those and since it is so not true, I’ve decided that I must have imagined it. Inglorious Basterds is interesting, entertaining and pretty much awesome. Tarantino at his best.



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