Film Study… week 33

Machete
Source: Tesco DVD rental

A former Mexican federale famous for his machete skills (Danny Trejo), finds himself caught up in a failed plot to kill a Texan senator (Robert De Niro), which finally gives him the opportunity to get revenge on the man who ruined his life. This star-studded Grindhouse spectacle is ridiculous… but also ridiculously good. If you enjoyed Plant Terror or Shatterproof, this is a must see but it will make you wonder if Robert Rodriguez has a hard on for disabled women with machine guns…

Lindsay wasn't responding to "Catholic Rehab" quite like the bishop had hoped

Salt
Source: Tesco DVD rental

Angelina Jolie plays a CIA agent who goes on the run when she is identified as a Russian agent… but is she? And where do her loyalties lie? Apparently this was supposed to star Tom Cruise as the ass-kicking Salt but when he turned it down they re-wrote the part for Angelina, which takes it from what would have probably been quite a boring film to something quite exciting and unique… if you can figure out what’s going on!

Angelina found it best to always travel abroad with a backpack... just in case there was a baby about

Whip It
Source: Sky movies

Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut in this coming-of-age tale about a small-town Texan pageant girl Bliss (Juno’s Ellen Page) who defies her controlling mother by joining a roller-derby team. I have to admit that I loved this. The characters were well-rounded and identifiable and Bliss’ story sweet without being sickly with plenty of humour to boot.

Fart and pout practise was going well

Franklyn
Source: Sky movies

Not sure what to say about this one. I feel like I need to watch it a couple more times to get my head around it. Four stories unfold concurrently. In the fantasy Meanwhile City, a faceless man (Ryan Phillipe) plots the revenge of the Individual who destroyed his life. At the same time in London, tortured artist Emilia (Eva Green) attempts suicide over and over for the camera, a man searches for his missing son and Milo (Sam Reilly) turns to his imaginary friend when his fiancée leaves him. At a first glance this is stylish but it seems to be missing a thread of connective tissue that could have made it actually good.

Eva had to admit that she might have seen Pan's Labyrinth one too many times

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