Lovelace (2013)

Lovelace
Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Writer: Andy Bellin
Based on: Linda Lovelace‘s autobiographies
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Juno Temple, Chris Noth, Bobby Cannavale, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Eric Roberts,
Seen on: 20.4.2020

Content Note: abuse, domestic violence, rape

Plot:
Linda (Amanda Seyfried) lives with her parents (Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick) who are very strict. But that doesn’t mean that she can’t go partying with her friend Patsy (Juno Temple). At one of those parties, Linda meets the charming Chuck (Peter Sarsgaard). When her parents try to curb the relationship, Linda just moves in with Chuck. They get married, they appear happy, but Chuck is abusive. As he struggles with money, he pushes Linda to make porn. Her film, Deep Throat, is a huge success and bit by bit, Linda manages to get away from Chuck.

Lovelace tells a heavy story, and they manage not to fall (too much) into anti-porn rhetoric, despite the topic, but at its core it’s a film that never manages to see Linda as anything else but a victim.

The film poster showing Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) apparently naked, looking at the camera, her armes folded in front of her chest.
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Tone-Deaf (2019)

Tone-Deaf
Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Writer: Richard Bates Jr.
Cast: Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick, Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton, Nancy Linehan Charles, AnnaLynne McCord, Ray Wise, Kim Delaney
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2019
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Plot:
Olive (Amanda Crew) is having a pretty shitty time. She just ended a difficult relationship, her sexist boss fired her and she keeps seeing her dead father (Ray Wise). Her mother Crystal (Kim Delaney) isn’t much help, so Olive decides to get away. She splurges and rents an entire house in the countryside for the weekend from Harvey (Robert Patrick). Little does she know that Harvey is only renting the house out because he would like to know how it is to kill somebody, and Olive is it.

Tone-Deaf has a good sense of humor and made me laugh, but I can’t help shake the feeling that it could have been a bit more. Still, I really enjoyed it.

The film poster showing Olive (Amanda Crew) sitting at a table with Harvey (Robert Patrick) standing behind her, an axe in one hand a hammer in the other.
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Hellions (2015)

Hellions
Director: Bruce McDonald
Writer: Pascal Trottier
Cast: Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha, Luke Bilyk
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Dora (Chloe Rose) is supposed to have a nice Halloween but when her doctor Henry (Rossif Sutherland) tells her that she is four weeks pregnant, Dora is unsurprisingly thrown. In a daze she prepares for a Halloween party with her boyfriend Jace (Luke Bilyk). But her night turns out even worse than expected when a group of strange trick-or-treating kids start terrorizing her in a very bloody way.

Hellions is a weird film, which is entertaining for a while but as it goes on, the lack of a coherent plot makes itself very much felt.

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Die Hard 2 (1990)

Die Hard 2
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson
Based on: Walter Wager‘s novel 58 Minutes
Sequel to: Die Hard
Cast: Bruce Willis, William Sadler, John Amos, Dennis Franz, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnsonWilliam Atherton, Robert Patrick, Franco Nero

Plot:
John McClane (Bruce Willis) travelled to DC with his kids to visit his in-laws for Christmas. His wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) is on the plane and on her way to join them, so John is waiting at the airport to pick her up. Also en route to the airport in DC is General Esperanza (Franco Nero), a drug lord being extradited to the US. As Holly’s plane is delayed, John stumbles upon a plan by Colonel Stuart (William Sadler) to free Esperanza and tries to stop them.

Die Hard 2 is not a bad sequel, but I didn’t think it was as good as the first one. And as the first one already left me pretty cold, this one didn’t do much for me either.

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Gangster Squad (2013)

Gangster Squad
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writer: Will Beall
Based on: Paul Lieberman’s book Tales from the Gangster Squad
Cast: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Nick Nolte

Plot:
1949 in Los Angeles: former boxer Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is taking over the city with his criminal empire. The police is mostly bought by him and those who aren’t are too few to do anything about it. That is when Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) asks Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) to form an unofficial squad of police men to destroy Cohen’s operation – with any means necessary. So O’Mara gathers some men around him and gets to work.

Gangster Squad is astonishingly bad. You’ve got this excellent cast and a potentially stylish setting, and it’s all ruined by a script that is so stupid it’s practically negligent and a particularly inept direction.

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Re-Watch: The Faculty (1998)

The Faculty
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Cast: Elijah Wood, Clea DuVall, Josh Hartnett, Laura Harris, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Robert Patrick, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Jon Stewart, Piper Laurie, Christopher McDonald, Bebe Neuwirth, Usher Raymond, Daniel von Bargen

Plot:
Something weird is going on in Herrington High School, Ohio. Even weirder than the usual high school occurrences, that is: aliens are slowly taking over the teachers, starting with the football coach (Robert Patrick). But a group of teenagers notice that something weird is going on: nerdy Casey (Elijah Wood), gothy Stokely (Clea DuVall), jock Stan (Shawn Hatosy), cheerleader Delilah (Jordana Brewster), bad boy Zeke (Josh Hartnett) and country girl Marybeth (Laura Harris) get thrown together by circumstances and decide to fight.

I think I saw The Faculty the first time when I was 14, maybe 15. Until then I hadn’t had much contact with horror in general (though I probably had read a Stephen King novel or two), but I knew high school movies. And in its combination of High School and Horror, The Faculty proved to be my gateway drug into the entire horror genre (arguably also because I was madly in love with Josh Hartnett’s Zeke afterwards). I love it for that. But also as a movie in its own right, it’s pretty damn awesome.

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