Film Friday #110

Crash

Over the space of three days the lives of a group of people living in Los Angeles collide through a series of literal and figurative crashes, exposing the undercurrent of racism and classism inherent in the city. What makes this film very interesting is the way it shows how people who are victims of racism are also perpetrators of racism and that outward behaviour often conceals inward beliefs. Sporting a stellar cast including Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Esposito, it’s easy to see what this was an Oscar winner in 2005. 4/5

Crash

“There, there… I’m sure One Direction isn’t really going to split up.”

Contagion

As a deadly plague sweeps across the earth a team of doctors and experts from the CDC attempt to contain it while putting their own lives at risk. Sounds kind of exciting right? Well… not really. If you’ve watched one of those National Geographic “imagine if” type “documentaries” – you know, imagine if earth’s population doubled overnight or genetically modified spiders escape from a lab or cheese fell from the sky – then you’ve seen this film. It’s been made with the same kind of clumsy assumptions and “relateable” characters that you really can’t relate to at all despite the fact that they are played by people like Matt Damon and Kate Winslet. Recommend just watching Outbreak again instead. 1.5/5

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When in Japan… spit in someone’s hand

The Hole

Four teenagers at a posh British private school decide to skip a school trip and spend three days partying in a secret abandoned bomb shelter. When only Liz (Thora Birch) emerges alive eighteen days later considerably worse for wear, the police attempt to get to the bottom of what happened in the hole. But Liz’s story conflicts significantly from that of the boy she blames for locking them underground and soon it becomes apparent that she might not be the victim she claims to be. This is supposed to be a tale of obsession but Birch struggles to pull off a character as intense as Liz is supposed to be. There are also several odd failings in logic throughout the film, which I found jarring. Overall somewhat enjoyable but probably could have done with some closer editing. 2/5

Keira was adamant she was going to win the "blowjob face" pulling competition

Keira was adamant she was going to win the “blowjob face” pulling competition

Project X

In an attempt to improve their status at school, geeks Costa (Oliver Cooper) and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) convince their best friend, Thomas (Thomas Mann) to throw the mother of all house parties while his parents are out of town. It doesn’t take long before things start to spiral out of control, but will Thomas choose to go with it or try and stop it? While this film is pretty limited in terms of things like storyline and character development it does manage to genuinely capture the energy and chaos of a truly epic house party in a way that I have not seen before. Watch while hung over. 2.5/5

Kids... say no to drugs

Kids… say no to drugs

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