I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

I Am Not a Serial Killer
Director: Billy O’Brien
Writer: Billy O’Brien,Christopher Hyde
Based on: Dan Wellsnovel
Cast: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Christina Baldwin, Karl Geary
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 27.9.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
John (Max Records) isn’t your typical teenager. Not only does his family – that is his mother April (Laura Fraser) and his aunt Margaret (Christina Baldwin) – run the local funeral home and John loves to help out there with the dead bodies, he was also diagnosed with sociopathy, so he’s constantly worrying that he might end up being the serial killer sociopaths in movies always turn out to be. But then John comes to believe that an actual serial killer has come to John’s hometown and since nobody believes him, he will have to actually hunt him down.

I Am Not a Serial Killer was one of my favorites of the /slash this year. It’s a film filled with surprising perspectives on old tropes and really great characters, played by a wonderful cast.

[Slight Spoilers]

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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Where the Wild Things Are is the newest movie by Spike Jonze based on the book by Maurice Sendak. The movie was written by Jonze and Dave Eggers and stars Max Records, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Paul Dano, Catherine O’Hara, Forest Whitaker, Chris Cooper, Lauren Ambrose and Mark Ruffalo.

Plot:
Max (Max Records) is a lonely child full with fantastic [in the original sense] ideas. One day, after getting into a fight with his mother (Catherine Keener), Max runs from the house in a frenzy. He stumbles upon a boat which takes him to a land inhabitated by huge monsters. After they threaten to eat him, Max becomes their king and befriends them, especially Carol (James Gandolfini). But all is not well there, either.

Where the Wild Things Are is perfect. The look, the feel, the script, the actors, the music… it’s absolutley wonderful. The only caveat: They shifted the target demographic from preschooler to anyone older than ten.
[If that wasn’t warning enough, there’s going to be some serious gushage in this post.]

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