Week 5 and we’re finally moving onto B…
Army Of Darkness
Apparently this is the third in the Evil Dead Trilogy. I haven’t seen any Evil Dead films and I’m not sure what to say about this one. When Ash and his girlfriend go to a cabin on holiday they find a strange book that sucks Ash into a war in 1300 where the locals are not only waging war against each other but also an army of zombies. It’s an absolute cheese festival that in no way takes itself seriously and Bruce Campbell is hilarious as Ash. I do have some questions though, where does Ash suddenly produce a gun from, having been tied up for hours and how is he such an expert in combat when he works in a supermarket?
Art School Confidential
This film explores the pretentious randomness of the art world through the eyes of student Jerome (Max Minghella). Jerome becomes more and more depressed as his attempts to become a great artist are torn apart in favour of the childlike creations of fellow-student Jonah (Max Keeslar). It doesn’t help that Jonah is also his love-rival for beautiful nude model, Audrey (Sophia Myles). At the same time a serial strangler is stalking the campus, knocking off a series of victims. The problem with this film is that it doesn’t know what it wants to be, campus comedy, satire or psychological thriller and so it ends up being none of them.
When rape-victim, Manu (Raffaëla Anderson) and prostitute, Nadine (Karen Bach) meet by chance, they take off on a drunken sex and murder-spree, while travelling across France. This is what would happen if Thelma And Louise were French crackwhores. Way too violent and sexually explicit for me (all the sex… and there was a lot of sex… was real). I was a bit grossed out.
Starring Anne Hathaway as a young, unknown Jane Austen, this film follows her romance with roguish Irish barrister, Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy). Uncharacteristically unspoken for her time Jane dreams of marrying for love but her family are desperate for her to marry a man of wealth and social-standing, which Lefroy is definitely not. Will Jane jeopardise everything for love? As charming as the film is, who the fuck cares… let’s face it… I’d watch James McAvoy peel potatoes for two hours and be satisfied.
I’m probably not the right person for this film. I don’t generally like Disneyfied animated films. This one, where a Bee (voiced by Jerry Seinfeld) sues the honey industry with disastrous natural consquences, was particularly awful. It raised enough logistical issues to have me saying, “but… but… but…” every five seconds. I was particularly perturbed by the Bee (Barry’s) supposed romance with a human woman voiced by Renee Zellweger… seriously? WTF?!?