Gam man da song si [Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight] (2017)

Gam man da song si
Director: Alan Lo
Writer: Nick CheukNero NgChi Hoi Pang
Cast: Michael NingKai-Chung CheungAlex ManCarrie NgCherry NganAngie ShumVenus Wong
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 30.9.2017
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Plot:
Lung (Michael Ning) and Chi-Yeung (Kai-Chung Cheung) are best friends and their lives consist mostly of talking big. But Lung has a few things he has to face: his depressed step-mother Shan (Carrie Ng) has to give up the theater where they have been living. His father (Alex Man) was released from prison and his attempts to reconnect are mostly annoying for Lung. It’s no surprise that Lung prefers to spend his time dreaming about star Yee-Sue (Venus Wong) than face reality, while Chi-Yeung rather chases after the a little more reachable Chan-Yat (Cherry Ngan). But all of their lives is turned upside down when a birdlike monster makes an appearance that turns the people around them into zombies. Lung and Chi-Yeung might have to start facing up to their big talk.

Who takes a look at the zombie genre and thinks, “what this needs is an Angry Bird crossover”? The makers of Zombiology, apparently. It even works surprisingly well for a long time, but not the all the way through.

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Female Trouble (1974)

Female Trouble
Director: John Waters
Writer: John Waters
Cast: DivineMary Vivian PearceDavid LocharyMink StoleEdith MasseyCookie MuellerPaul SwiftSusan WalshMichael PotterEd PeranioGeorge FiggsSusan Lowe
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 30.9.2017

Plot:
Dawn (Divine) wants nothing but cha-cha heels for Christmas. But when she doesn’t get them, she runs away from home. From then on, her life spirals out of control. She gets pregnant while hitch-hiking and turns to a life of crime. When she is approached by Donald (David Lochary) and Donna Dasher (Mary Vivian Pearce) for an art project – they want to photograph her while she’s committing crimes – Dawn’s life takes yet another turn.

Female Trouble was a fascinating film that I found intriguing in quite a few ways, although it was again not the easiest film to watch.

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Pink Flamingos (1972)

Pink Flamingos
Director: John Waters
Writer: John Waters
Cast: DivineMary Vivian PearceDavid LocharyMink StoleDanny MillsEdith MasseyChanning WilroyCookie MuellerPaul Swift
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.9.2017

Plot:
Divine (Divine) has been decreed the filthiest person alive and had to go into hiding with her mother Edie (Edith Massey), her partner Cotten (Mary Vivian Pearce) and her son Crackers (Danny Mills). But Connie (Mink Stole) and Raymond Marble (David Lochary) aren’t happy with Divine having that title. They want it for themselves, so they set out to make sure that Divine – now Babs Johnson – can’t get up to any more filthiness.

Pink Flamingos has an undeniable force, but it was also a little exhausting to watch. Be that as it may, it’s quite a film.

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Boys in the Trees (2016)

Boys in the Trees
Director: Nicholas Verso
Writer: Nicholas Verso
Cast: Toby WallaceGulliver McGrathMitzi RuhlmannJustin Holborow
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.9.2017
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Plot:
Corey (Toby Wallace) spends most of his time with Jango (Justin Holborow) and their group of friends, knowing that things will soon change as they’re about to finish school. But first: Halloween. As they prowl through the neighborhood, they run into Jonah (Gulliver McGrath). Jonah and Corey used to be best friends, but by now, Jonah has turned into Jango’s favorite bullying target. But as the limits of reality shift around Jonah and Corey, they work through their past and present.

Boys in the Trees is a beautiful, atmospheric coming-of-age film that doesn’t focus on the result, but celebrates the transition itself. I really liked it.

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Kodoku: Mîtobôru mashin [Meatball Machine Kodoku] (2017)

Kodoku: Mîtobôru mashin
Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura
Writer: Sakichi Satô, Yoshihiro Nishimura
Sequel to: Meatball Machine
Cast: Yôji TanakaMiyuki ToriiTakumi SaitohTakashi NishinaYôta KawaseSeminosuke MurasugiMasanori Mimoto
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.9.2017
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Plot:
Yuji Noda (Yôji Tanaka) works as a debt collector and he really, really hates his job. He’s also not good at it at all. To make matters worse, he’s just been diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t have much time to live anymore. That’s when parasitic aliens invade earth and turn humans into necroborgs, half machine, half flesh, all ready to fight each other. Yuji remains unaffected and has to take up the struggle against those invaders.

Meatball Machine Kodoku starts off well enough, but once the bloodbath starts, the film loses its drive and energy and peters out.

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Laissez bronzer les cadavres [Let the Corpses Tan] (2017)

Laissez bronzer les cadavres
Director: Hélène CattetBruno Forzani
Writer: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Based on: Jean-Pierre Bastid and Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel
Cast: Elina LöwensohnStéphane FerraraBernie BonvoisinMichelangelo MarcheseMarc BarbéMarine SainsilyHervé SognePierre NisseAline StevensDorylia Calmel
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.9.2017
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Plot:
Rhino (Stéphane Ferrara) has stolen 250kg of gold with his gang and they have scoped out the perfect hiding place: a mostly abandoned village where artiste Luce (Elina Löwensohn) has set up camp. But as things are wont to do, they don’t go according to plan. So what should have been a done deal turns into a tense battle.

Laissez bronzer les cadavres is a beautiful, stunning, gorgeous film that bored me half to death. I really didn’t know what to do with it.

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Fashionista (2016)

Fashionista
Director: Simon Rumley
Writer: Simon Rumley
Cast: Amanda FullerEthan EmbryEric BalfourAlex EssoeAlexandria DeBerryDevin BonnéeJemma Evans
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.9.2017
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Plot:
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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Victor Crowley (2017)

Victor Crowley
Director: Adam Green
Writer: Adam Green
Sequel to: Hatchet, Hatchet II, Hatchet III
Cast: Parry ShenKane HodderLaura OrtizDave SheridanKrystal Joy BrownBrian QuinnFelissa RoseChase WilliamsonKatie BoothTiffany Shepis
Part of: the surprise film at the /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 27.9.2017
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Plot:
Andrew (Parry Shen) is the only survivor of Victor Crowley’s (Kane Hodder) killing sprees. Crowley has been gone for years and Andrew has turned his ordeal into an income source as well as he can. So when he gets offered money to return to the island, he agrees to do it, despite the anxiety this proposal provokes. But he feels safe in the knowledge that Crowley isn’t there anymore. Only that Crowley has actually been resurrected by accident, and the killing starts all over again.

Victor Crowley doesn’t bring anything new to the series, but it’s no better or worse than the previous films.

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Mon Mon Mon Monsters (2017)

Mon Mon Mon Monsters
Director: Giddens Ko
Writer: Giddens Ko
Cast: Eugenie LiuKent TsaiYu-Kai TengJames LaiMeng TaoBonnie LiangCarolyn Chen
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 27.9.2017
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Plot:
Shu-Wei (Yu-Kai Teng) is the outsider of his class, a bullied underdog. One day he gets accused of stealing the class money and gets detention, next to the worst offenders of his class who bully him the most. But this provides Shu-Wei with the opportunity to garner some favor with them. As he joins them in increasingly big offences, they stumble upon a flesh-eating creature that they manage to capture. But what are they supposed to do now?

I really had my problems with Mon Mon Mon Monsters, both regarding the story it tells and the (too long) way it tells it.

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68 Kill (2017)

68 Kill
Director: Trent Haaga
Writer: Trent Haaga, Bryan Smith
Cast: Matthew Gray GublerAnnaLynne McCordAlisha BoeSheila VandSam EidsonEric PodnarLucy FaustHallie Grace Bradley
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 27.9.2017
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Plot:
Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) has been dating Liza (AnnaLynne McCord) for a while, despite her being more than he can handle, really. One night, Liza brings the unsuspecting Chip to a robbery. She had a good plan but things start to get wrong and soon Chip finds himself trapped in the worst night of his life as he tries to find a way to survive the night and not get anybody else killed either.

I really wanted to like 68 Kill and it starts off well enough, but the longer it went on the more I started to hate it and its absolutely toxic take on both women and masculinity.

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