Film Study… Week 27

Old Boy

Source: Paul’s DVD Collection
Oh Dae-Su (Min-sik Choi) is kidnapped and imprisoned, seemingly for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released after fifteen years he is released and given fifteen days to work out who was behind his incarceration only to discover that it was only the beginning of his torture. Korean cinema tends to be brutal and impressively fucked up even by my standards and this does not disappoint. This is a masterpiece!

Oh Dae-Su apprached DIY with a level of focus rarely seen by the staff in Halfords

Harry Brown
Source: Paul’s DVD Collection

Michael Caine plays Harry Brown, a pensioner and former serviceman turned vigilante who decides to take back the council estate he lives on from the feral local youths who have murdered his best friend. If this were an American film Harry would have been an action hero despite his advancing years but this film manages to work within his limitations, giving him both a heart and a dark side. The local gang is potentially a little overblown but still a good watch.

So what you're trying to say is that that is just a gun in your pocket and you're not actually happy to see me at all?

Source: Tesco DVD Rental

In a break from the traditional movie vampire scenario, in this film most of the world has been vampified and humans who have been refused to submit are considered enemies of the state and hunted to be farmed for their blood. With the extinction of the human race a real possibility and blood supplies running low, a leading vampire haematologist (Ethan Hawke) is kidnapped by Willem Defoe’s band of resisters who claim they have a cure. This could have been so good and it started well but it left me wishing I’d just watched Blade again instead.

Martha had forgotten to take her evening primrose oil that morning and PMS was not looking pretty

Source: Paul’s DVD Collection

I’m not sure what the best part of this 80’s army number is? Whether it’s the blistering dialogue, the breathtaking kidnap-love story, the weird relationship between Arnie and his screen daughter (a very young Alyssa Milano), the cracking plot or even the fact that the character’s name is Johnny Matrix? I wish I could cross over to so bad it’s good territory but all I kept thinking is, one day this man is probably going to be the president of the USA and then I felt scared…

Despite Arnie's failure to master the challenging technique of eating soft serve ice-cream successfully, he still went on to be the bestest Governator ever!

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