Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Many years ago, I was zapping when I stumbled upon The Men Who Stare at Goats. I switched channel as soon as I realised George Clooney was in it (I couldn't stand him at the time). The weird title though got stuck in my head and, given that there's Kevin Spacey in it, I decided to watch it. Well, while I would have loved more Spacey, I found the film quite funny. Not smart funny though, but stupid funny. And now you'll understand why.

After the failure of his marriage, reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) goes on the job to Iraq to prove his ex-wife he is a real man and while trying to figure out how to get there, he meets by chance Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), a retired US Army operator who was part of a special unit, the Jedi Warriors, trained men able to walk through walls, read the enemy's mind, and stop the heart of goats only staring at them. Wilton decides to join Cassady hoping for a greater story and finds himself in tons of difficult situations but he also learns a lot about Cassady's past (it's told through flashbacks and it's easily the funniest and more interesting part of the story), and he finally has the chance to act like a man.

Friday, 20 October 2017

It (2017)

I'd be lying if I said It was one of my most anticipated films of the year. It just wasn't. I guess it's because I never saw the 1990s mini-series and I find clowns pretty stupid. Also, I didn't read Stephen King's novel up until recently. Reading that great book, however, made me interested in seeing it, especially when all the people I (virtually) know were saying what a great movie it was. That of course created some expectations Andy Muschietti's film wasn't able to meet, and instead of being happy and frightened, I left the movie theatre pretty unhappy and bored.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Rocco and His Brothers (Italian: Rocco e i suoi fratelli) is another of those movies I've been meaning to watch forever but I've always put off for two reasons, its length and its director, Luchino Visconti (long story short, he ruined my favourite book, Mann's Death in Venice). But it is such a classic, I finally put my feelings aside and gave it a chance. I'm glad I did so because this film was fantastic.

It's about the Parondis, a poor family from southern Italy formed by a widow (Katina Paxinou) and her five sons who moves to Milan hoping to have a better life. Living there isn't very easy at the beginning, but then everyone finds something to do and they seem happy. But then a prostitute (Annie Girardot) steps in and comes between Simone (Renato Salvatori) and Rocco (Alain Delon), bringing discord in the family.

Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween Edition: Body Horror

Welcome to another Halloween themed Thursday Movie Picks, the weekly series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves. This week we have to picks body horror movies. It was pretty tough for me because I haven't seen many films fitting but I gave it a shot anyway. 

Alien (1979)
Ripley and the crew of the Nostromo are attacked by a mysterious life form that eventually grows into a huge monster. At some point a baby alien bursts from the chest of one of the characters killing him. One of the best sci-fi films ever made and still the best of the franchise. 

The Fly (1986)
A brilliant and eccentric scientist is working on teleportation and right when he thinks he's got all figured out, his experiment goes horribly wrong and he transforms into a man/fly hybrid. I loved this movie when I was a kid (I still can't believe my mother let me watch Cronenberg) and I love it even more now because I can really appreciate the genius behind it.

The Skin I Live In (2011)
A doctor is trying to create a type of synthetic skin that can't be damaged and his guinea pig is a mysterious woman locked in his house. I'm sorry but you have to see this for the body horror. I won't spoil it. Anyway, this is one of the most disturbing, unsettling and yet beautiful films I've seen.