7 Films that made me go the fu** : 2016 Edition

This isn’t my all time what the fuck just happened list. That is for another day.

This isn’t a genre but films that made me go wtf is this year. These films are always on the brink of being brilliant or just nonsense you don’t want to bother your head with. There’s a fine line between the two and I believe the line is of personal taste.

I’m going to try to not give too much away just the outline and if it’s the film for you or not summary.

NOTE: If you watch trailers of any of these films, there isn’t much point watching them.

1. Exam (2009) ★★★★★

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You should watch it if:

You enjoy:  thrillers set in one room, the ocassion mind fuck, pscychology, films that tells you all the shit in the end in a two minute what the shit happened sequence (kiza soze) . Low budget films.
Are tired of: Predictable plots, characters that are only good or evil, thrillers with loads of guns.

Review:

Apart from the one black, one asian, one go getter woman, one ambitious man… and so on cast. There is nothing main stream or predictable about this film.

Job applicant in a room for 90 minutes trying to get the job, solve the mystery and well survive. It’s wonderfully done and thoroughly enjoyable.

2. Delicatessen (1991) ★★★★★

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You should watch it if :

You’re looking for the unexpected, enjoy situational comedies and black comedy or if you’ve anything and everything terry gilliam. And you don’t mind subtitles or the occasional shit I can’t watch that.
You’re tired of the teenage post apocalyptic films, teenage comedies, superheroes.
How to watch it: I’d always watch this in winters and alone. Adds to the mood of the film.

Review:

Lately there have been too many post apocalypse films, sadly they’ve been targeted, tailored & marketed for the teens. The unfortunate thing with teenage films is they end up being a hero centric ordeal laced with romance. Delicatessen is none of that.

Delicatessen is a french surreal (think terry gilliam) black comedy. It’s a story of a man who comes for a job at a french apartment building with a butcher shop up front. It’s hard times and you never know what you’re eating. Each character is beautifully set up and how all of them are connected is a joy to watch.

Clapet: You think this is a safari, bitch?”

3. Coherence (2013) ★★★★☆

coherence-movie-poster-2013-large-fantastic-festYou should watch it if:

You love : Sci-fi films, you’ve thought about alternative timelines, think time travel is super cool.  Mystery films (not shalaman) , low budget films.
You are okay with: A bunch of middle aged people in a house (mostly) for 90min, Drama.
How to watch: With your geek friends. Screen doesn’t matter.

Review:

I think the only film in the list, that I’d be okay watching with other people. A bunch of 30 something having a dinner, talking, laughing, being jealous, cheating the whole lot. While there is a planet passing by. The planet has some mysterious effects on earth which will unravel with time.

The characters are really human and so are their reactions. The chemistry between the group of friends is wonderfully done and I really enjoyed the low budget handycam feel of it. It reminded me of cloverfield which I absolutely love. With the amount of shit that happens in it, it’s still a great film to see with your friends over.

“There is another theory: that two states continue to exist… separate and decoherent from each other, each creating a new branch of reality… based on the two outcomes. Quantum decoherence ensures that the different outcomes… have no interaction with each other.”

4. Sicario (2015) ★★★★☆

sicario-new-poster.jpgYou should watch it if:

You have enjoyed any of Denis Villeneuve’s work ( Prisoners, Incendies, Enemy) because I think he’s a sick bastard who just wants to fuck you, mob films, silence for minutes, great cinematography and mood films.
You’re okay with:  
Violence, Gore, Unsatisfying endingsuneasy story lines.
How to watch: Alone but on the biggest screen you have at home.

Review:

“a beautifully murky, hard-edged thriller. Quite simply, one of the best films of the year.” – Empire

The most uneasy I’ve felt in the last half decade has been because Denis Villeneuve’s films, he lures you in with his cinematography and his perfectly synced radiohead soundtrack. Once he has has you he butchers you over and over again, until you pause and say fuck this. But I need to watch what happens next.

Having said that, sicario is the calmest of his films. It takes a dark but realistic look at how gangs operate (mexico) what they do and how helpless an honest officer is in all of it. Can you trust the justice system if not what are you going to do about it. With emily blunt playing her best it’s a joy to watch. Like most of the films in the list enjoyed best alone.

5. Frank (2014) ★★★★☆

frank2014You should watch it if:

You enjoy:  Ironic Comedies, Experimental Music, Dysfunctional bands, Absurd plots that don’t seem to go anywhere, Character Films, Mocumentaries.
You’re okay with: The main character never showing his face. Screaming and punching because drugs.
How to watch: A good sound system, friends if they share your odd taste.

Review:

Frank is about a (not famous) band who’s finding it hard to write music so they move to a village in the countryside to find ‘their zone’. You’ve got your protagonist (well sort of) who’s the youngest member of the group complete with his twitter ravings, the completely psycho girl (who might or might not be in love) , the europeans (who hardly speak or just randomly throw a line) , the manager who’s trying to keep shit together and Frank.

Frank well hmm he’s frank and the movie is about him. Anything more I say will just ruin who frank is. The situations are really good fun, the crazy antics are even better. If you’re up for a off beat film on a slow evening franks it. Why is it in my WTF list? Well because Frank.

“[singing] Stale beer. Fat fucked, smoked out. Cowpoked. Sequined mountain ladies. I love your wall. Put your arms around me. Fiddly digits, itchy britches. I love you all.”

6. Big Bad Wolves (2013) ★★★★☆

big_bad_wolves_ver9_xlgYou should watch it if:

You love: the mystery of not knowing the truth, human drama, psychology. In tarantino’s words ‘the best film of 2013’
You can stomach: Gore, very very uneasy storyline, brutal torture and murder.
How to watch: Actually this would be fun watching with a friend, not in a group. Not a big screen.

Review:

“Maniacs are afraid of maniacs.”

I love a film, where there isn’t a single good guy or well you cannot decide on one. And I’m not talking about a handsome archetype villain who went on a wrong path. Or that hot model that got jealous and killed the other hot model. I’m talking pure and serious evil through and through. Rage, Revenge and the lot.

It’s an Israeli film in hebrew set in a city where a series of brutual (I mean really brutal) murders have taken place. A series of events leads three men to be in a cellar and everything else is a matter of perspective.

7. Buzzard (2014) ★★★☆☆

Buzzard-still-4You should watch it if:

You love: Human drama, Metal, an unlikable protagonist. 
You’re okay with:
A psychotic breakdown, loud music, a protagonist you might never love.
How to watch: There isn’t much point watching it with someone. It’s slow paced and raw chose your time.

Review:

So what does a low life slacker do when he’s out of money, has no respect for authority or relationships? He goes the Buzzard way.

It’s like a documentary you’re looking into the life of this guy who’s just fucking it up worse, there is no eureka moment or where it goes uphill. It’s just a great depiction of this guy.

Watch it when you don’t want to see your latest blockbuster on a slow night.

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Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation

I don’t go to see mission impossible films to have a moment of contemplation or ‘deep thought’. We don’t go to see most of these action film series like james bond or sherlock to have a spiritual experience. We go to see these films because they are fun and they deliver a certain quality & taste. Something we’ve begun to expect from them.

This film delivers all the mission impossible fun. Has all the bits from the ‘should you choose this mission’, 3D mask to infiltrating the uninfiltratable building (gosh that’s a major tongue twister), a high speed chase, a hot assasin lady to double crossing agents. I quite like that they stuck with an orchestra and did not random pick popular songs as background music. This isn’t a reboot or something different this is same old ethan hawk taking same old ethen hawk gambles.

IMF (impossible mission force) has been decommissioned and ethan has to go alone rogue to take down the syndicate. They are recruiting the best of the best to get a new world order going, starts from veinna, jumps to morocco and finally london. And my gosh morocco looks just like rawalpindi.

I quite enjoyed it a solid 7/10
imdb rating: 8.1

A bitter sweet life – Dalkomhan insaeng

This is how mafia films should be and how I love them. Since its Korean obviously a little raw,sharp Round the edges and leaves you with a sour taste in taste in your mouth. Along with the obligatory shit what did I just watch moment. Haven’t seen such a fine mafia film for a while, while Hollywood tries to turn Mafia films in summer block busters Korea is still doing it right. The difference between a modern Hollywood thriller and Korean cinema is that you question yourself is he going to live, is he? And often you are (un) pleasantly surprised.

The film follows a crime boss and his enforcer, who happens to be a man of honor in his own sense and not a big fan of well words. The film is a single story line but branches off, rivalry between different mafia houses, the chiefs girlfriend, the enforcer, love, revenge, a whole lot of kicking ass and broken bones. But simply put its a story about doing what’s right and love, more importantly this still is a better love story than twilight. Not a lot of films in this genre leave a big smile on your face when they end this with its irony does.

The other major difference would be feeling empathy, while sundance and other festival showcase the hard hitting dramas of Hollywood, pick a Korean action film and it still would make you feel something.

The cinematography is phenomenal it doesn’t go crazy with color tones and doesn’t care much about CGI its all really nicely thought out shots and well done stunts. There are some gorgeous frames that you don’t see everyday and the way they show you something happening without explaining the whole thing or body is just beautiful.

Bonus points for gangster film with no nudity and well there is gore lots of it, you don’t like blood? This one isn’t for you.

The action is paced really nicely there are buildups and then serene moments. If raid is action films headliners done right this is raid without the red bull. Music is a bit of a let down but makes up for it with a great sound mix.

This one definitely goes in my must watch list. Also won’t watch it again list just because of the sheer intensity of the film.

imdb: 7.7/10

my rating: 9/10

Maze Runner – Another distopian teenage thriller

Distopian future, good looking people with a likable persona, a love interest, the world to save, losing newly made friends along the way, twists and turns only to find out the reality isn’t what it seemed.

BOOM! Welcome to the Summer block buster of this season and every season for the last decade served with a side of explosions and a cake with not enough layers on it.

In a society governed by people whose objective seems logical on a broader scale yet not ethical. But often there is something more selfish behind the what appears to be logical solutions where humans are treated as guinea pigs and the hero questions if the one live sacrificed (usually his love interest) is worth all that and usually ends up saving the girl friend and the world welcome to every distopian film focused on an teenage audience who wants more something more than the traditional romance or the action flick. Something and I quote ‘deeper’ , hello call me a sci-fi nerd if you like because I saw all of the 100 million dollar budget sci-fi’s with the pretty girl next door persona girls would you guess where oh yes the iMax.

It reminds me of a scene from Black Books

Bernard: You’re going on holiday. You want trash. But you want different kinds
of trash. (To female customer) You’re a woman, you want social themes,
believable characters. (To male customer) You, you want plots, suspense. This’ll
do you both.
Female customer: Hmm…
Bernard: (holds up another copy of the book) There’s this temp, right? She’s 29,
she can’t get a boyfriend, oh my god.
Female customer: Sounds great!
Male customer: No, no way.
Bernard: And she’s got 12 hours to stop nuclear war with China.
Male customer: Great.

This film is all that is written above and some things more. What I do like about the film is that it has less of a romance that you would expect from others of the same genre which makes it a bit better. Everything else is pretty much the same the chosen one who goes against the rules, breaks them and succeeds. Isn’t popular with the older leaders but everyone loves them, because well he is giving them more than the typical good life that they were used to before. Now its exciting there is hope, drama and dead bodies.

This group of young adults is stuck in a maze. Where they are there is food, shelter and all you need to survive but they are stuck in a maze run by they don’t know who. Are they alien? Are they scientists? Does the world exist as they knew it who knows. Anyways so the maze opens its doors everyday and closes them at night if you don’t make it by the night, you’re dead what kills you is a mystery.

There are different classes, the runners are the Alpha who run the maze memorize it and perhaps find a way out one day. In comes our rebel hero, sacrificing, charming, fast and all. The rest is no mystery.

There are some twists and turns and yes they do leave that chuky is still alive moment at the end. Since its not in cinemas anymore , you can watch it with some folks over if you want to test out the new big speaker that you just acquired.

imdb : 6.9/10

my rating : 6/10

The Debt

A spy film without american spies involved is always a good start but sadly ends up being not as powerful as it could have been.

The story revolves around three Mossad agents two men and a woman and the mission they carried out. It’s set in two time lines the time of east Germany and present day where the daughter of the woman has written a book about the spy life of her mother and the mission that made them infamous.

I’d recommend this if you enjoyed Munich and tinker tailor soldier and spy. While the two mentioned films focus on more spy double crosses and mysteries. This is more of a drama revolving around the event and the layers of lies it involved. The acting by the two set of actors (different actors on the two different time lines) is brilliant and you feel touched. It is possible to feel or at least understand the circumstances, the risk and above the uncertainty involved undertaking these missions.

The drama does not only show spies as spies but people, something the american’s (Show) has able to achieve. It does get slow in parts and predictable in others. If you are looking to see a great spi film, I’d say go for Munich or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy but if you’re looking for a drama where the cast of characters happen to be spies this is a good watch.

My rating : 6/10
imdb : 6.9

The Brothers Bloom

Guy Ritchie meets Wes Anderson to make something neither of them would mind owning.

Brothers bloom has all the right ingredients for a great action / drama on the lines of oceans 11 or the italian job. The oh how did they do that moments soon followed by the chop and cut sequence of oh that’s how they did it.

What really makes it is the beautiful cinematography and the visual direction, it has the panning angles with the raw jerky camera at times and most of all the framing with focus on the front and something comical on the back, it’s really nicely done. The comical bit of the film feels like something from a Ritchie/anderson film if there was one. 

The story follows two brothers turned con men and their adventures rather the classic oh I’m going to quit but wait let’s do one last stint bit. The last stint’s mark is a odd but beautiful woman and the story follows.So yes the plot isn’t particularly original nor are the details. But what is original is the flow of the film and how all the pieces come together to make a good family watch. 

If I were to change anything in the film around the 75% mark in the film, I would end it right there not play the whole thing through it felt like an encore of a comic standup but wait there’s more, the ending is something you could live with though.

There are great bits in between and the humour is done well and Bang Bang what a cool character. A silent asian girl with the bloom brothers whose actions speak louder with her addiction to explosives and guns. 

A good watch

My Rating : 7 out of 10

Imdb : 6.4 out of 10

The Interview – Forget the hype enjoy the comedy

Reviews of films as hyped up and controversial usually go one way down. The familiar why did I see that? There was nothing in it? Why was it banned, such a bore etc etc. The reason being that we’re expecting something to wow us something to send chills down the skin and all. And that’s okay too because that’s what we were made to believe and well they did win we did see the film hated or loved it we bought the ticket. Just like Spiderman’s every new sequel gets more money and everyone hates it more. 

But well this is a good film. I’ve always enjoyed James Franco & Seth Rogen. They always have the perfect amount of cringe and stupidity to go about them unlike curb your enthusiasm which is always please god know to another please god no. 

Franco plays a TV host of a celebrity reveals it all show, the character is like a child or Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) and the metro sexual usual franco persona. Seth plays the sensible director stuck in the directors nightmare which pays good money. 

The film starts off with setting the characters and some really funny guest star appearances and then the main score of the interview his majesty. The rest is the usual Franco, Seth shananigans along with the you turns.

If you’re not convinced to watch this film there is a scene with Kim John and Franco driving a tank to a Katey perry song and blasting off things. That is all. 

imdb rating : 7/10

my rating : 7/10