Final Destination 2
As ridiculous horror movies go, this one actually has quite a good sense of humour and if you like really gross out and clever “kills” you’ll like this. The plot is something about cheating death and it trying to get back all the people who were supposed to have died… I think.
Flags Of Our Fathers
During the Second World War, the American forces were taking serious losses in Iwo Jima. A photo was taken of six men putting up a flag on Mount Suribachi. The photo captured the hearts of the nation and three of the surviving flag raisers were shipped back to the states and peddled around on a PR tour. The film looks at the effect of “hero” status on these soldiers. After some of the amazing European war movies I’ve seen recently, this Hollywood shlock did nothing for me.
Full Metal Jacket
Kubrick’s look at the dehumanisation of war through the eyes of a marine journalist during the Vietnam war is engrossing and thought-provoking. Matthew Modine plays Private Joker who is torn between the marine indoctrination to “kill, kill, kill” and his own desire for peace, while surrounded by men who have no idea why they’re actually there. Brilliant! Also Vincent D’Onofrio is one scary motherfucker.
When a wax fruit factory supervisor (Chevy Chase) obsessed with routine, picks up the wrong briefcase, he discovers that there is $5m in it. He wants to run away to Barcelona with his wife (Penelope Ann Miller) but he becomes more and more entangled in lies as a series of bizarre events gets not only the police but also his friends, the Romanian mafia, his boss, a sex obsessed art gallery owner and a stand-up comic cab driver involved. Don’t waste your time.