Fashionista (2016)

Director: Simon Rumley
Writer: Simon Rumley
Cast: Amanda FullerEthan EmbryEric BalfourAlex EssoeAlexandria DeBerryDevin BonnéeJemma Evans
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.9.2017

April (Amanda Fuller) and Eric (Ethan Embry) run a second hand clothing store together and are also a couple. Things have become tense between the two of them and April suspects that Eric has an affair. That’s when Randall (Eric Balfour) shows up. He’s rich, he is as interested in fashion as April is, and he feels dangerous – but to April, he is an irresistible draw as things with Eric go from bad to worse.

Fashionista was one of the strongest films of the /slash Filmfestival. A tense film with a great cast that had me on the edge of my seat with goosebumps all over pretty much the entire time.

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Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word (2016)

Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word
Director: Simon Rumley
Writer: Ben KetaiMarc HaimesTony Giglio
Based on: The Last Word and the case of Johnny Frank Garrett
Cast: Sean Patrick FlaneryErin CummingsMike DoyleSue RockDodge PrinceMike GassawayCassie Shea WatsonDevin Bonnée
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 2.10.2016

When Johnny Frank Garrett (Devin Bonnée) was 18 years old, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Now, almost two decades later, the sentence is to be finally carried out. But Johnny still insists he’s innocent and with his last breath he swears vengeance. It doesn’t take long after the execution that people connected to his case start dying.

I had never heard of the real story behind this film before seeing Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word. And now I kind of wish I had watched the documentary about the case instead of this film that got more exhausting with every minute that passed.

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The ABCs of Death (2012)

The ABCs of Death
Director: Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Bruno Forzani, Adrián García Bogliano, Xavier Gens, Lee Hardcastle, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Jorge Michel Grau, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Simon Rumley, Marcel Sarmiento, Jon Schnepp, Srdjan Spasojevic, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Nacho Vigalondo, Jake West, Ti West, Ben Wheatley, Adam Wingard, Yudai Yamaguchi
Part of: /slash Filmfestival‘s Slashing Europe
[I’m saving myself from mentioning the cast as well, especially since, apart from Ingrid Bolsø Berdal there wasn’t anybody in it I knew anyway.]

The ABCs of Death is an episode movie in which 26 directors each got a letter in the alphabet to which they chose a word from which they built their story/short film.

The ABCs of Death has its good moments, but far from all episodes were my thing. There is a surprising amount of toilet humor in the movie (which I minded less than I usually do, but still) and I generally had my issues with the structure. 26 short films are a lot to take in and I would have appreciated if the movie was broken up into two parts (A-L and M-Z or something). Also, because of the alphabetic structure, they couldn’t take the mood or the pacing into consideration, so funny is followed by sadness by gore by blood by horror by funny etc. So maybe one should be watching the entire movie in short film increments.


[After the jump, I’ll talk briefly about each of the short films seperately. If you consider knowing the words already as SPOILERS, don’t read any further.]

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Red White & Blue (2010)

Red White & Blue
Director: Simon Rumley
Writer: Simon Rumley
Cast: Amanda Fuller, Noah Taylor, Marc Senter, Jon Michael Davis, Nick Ashy Holden, Patrick Crovo

Erica (Amanda Fuller) sleeps with every man she can, and if its unprotected sex, it’s even better. When she needs a job to be able to keep living at her place, in comes Nate (Noah Taylor) and helps her find one at the hardware store he works at. Erica and Nate tentatively start a friendship, despite the aggression that is just below his surface and her difficulties to let anyone close. But then Erica’s recent past comes to haunt her when Franki (Marc Senter), who slept with her, finds out that he’s HIV positive, setting events into motion that screw all of them.

Red White & Blue is a well-acted film (especially Noah Taylor was outstanding), but it’s not a film that made me care about it. And the soundtrack was horrible.

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