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) ★★★★☆

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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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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

Wish I was here

My Rating: 7 out of 10
imdb Rating: 6.7

A beautiful family drama with just enough fantasy and Zach comedy to make it great

Let me first start by saying It ain’t no garden state, it was never supposed to be but certainly we did want it to be a spaced out fantasy with Zach’s flavour of humor.

And no it is not the film with the crazy surreal setting or the fantasy world scifi adventure as we see in the trailer, do not go in there expecting that waiting for that would just lead it to disappointment.

What it is though is a beautiful comic family drama about responsibility, life and everything in between that sometimes we take for granted other times we’re just lazy to respond. It’s a wake up call in the life of a father who has been lazy and all of the procasination is starting to fall down like domino’s after his father gets cancer.

It is the story of a man picking up the pieces one by one and putting it all together again. The acting is great from the child actors and the guest appearances put a smile on your face.

The soundtrack is indie / post rockish something you’d expect from the genre.

Overall a good treat with something to think about.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Rating: 8 out of 10

The silliness everyone in the family enjoys deserves more than a 5 rating

We’re too harsh on comedy titles, we want them to be perfect and epic. It is okay for comedies to be silly, stupid and out there at times. We never hold the same standard for thrillers we watch the same formula plots over and over again and still be okay with it. But with comedies oh no why did they do that , its stupid. As apposed to the 1 min hacker of pentagon in every film.

It’s a genuinely funny the story of two life long friends and magicians who share a magical act and are threatened by the modern chris angelisc magician played by Jim Carrey. I cannot think of another person playing the role.

A story of a long lost love for magic dusted by fame and money over the years. Steve carrel is his awkward a bit toned down ‘The Office’ self trying to get back on his feet and getting a little help along the way.

A great Sunday watch with the family.