Weekly Film Recap #7

We started this week off with a couple of great Swedish films, before jumping into some classics by Samuel Fuller, David Lynch, and Gus Van Sant!

Force Majeure     (dir. Ruben Östlund)   Many of Ruben Östlund’s films center around people in their desperate attempts to save face in different social situations.  Force Majeure  might actually accomplish that better than  The Square , which he followed this film with… When an avalanche looks as if it’s about to smack into the lodge, Tomas ditches his wife and kids to save his phone and his own life. Östlund spends the film showing how Tomas and his wife and children move forward after seeing how much of a pussy the man in their family really is. (This film is like if you had an auteur direct ‘The Fire’ episode of Seinfeld)   4/5

Force Majeure

(dir. Ruben Östlund)

Many of Ruben Östlund’s films center around people in their desperate attempts to save face in different social situations. Force Majeure might actually accomplish that better than The Square, which he followed this film with… When an avalanche looks as if it’s about to smack into the lodge, Tomas ditches his wife and kids to save his phone and his own life. Östlund spends the film showing how Tomas and his wife and children move forward after seeing how much of a pussy the man in their family really is. (This film is like if you had an auteur direct ‘The Fire’ episode of Seinfeld)

4/5

Let the Right One In     (dir. Tomas Alfredson)   In Sweden, a young boy who gets bullied in school meets a young girl who moves in next door to him. They strike up a new friendship, but something about her seems strange. On top of that, there have been a lot of unsolved murders in the area that might be linked to this blood-thirsty little girl. This film garnered such critical and popular acclaim that it was re-made in 2010 in the US and led to Roger Ebert calling  Let the Right One In  the best modern vampire movie.   4/5

Let the Right One In

(dir. Tomas Alfredson)

In Sweden, a young boy who gets bullied in school meets a young girl who moves in next door to him. They strike up a new friendship, but something about her seems strange. On top of that, there have been a lot of unsolved murders in the area that might be linked to this blood-thirsty little girl. This film garnered such critical and popular acclaim that it was re-made in 2010 in the US and led to Roger Ebert calling Let the Right One In the best modern vampire movie.

4/5

A Simple Plan     (dir. Sam Raimi)   While out in the woods in Minnesota, Hank and his brother and friend find a crashed plane. Inside, not only do they find a dead body, but also $4 million! After the three guys decide to keep and hide the money, greed, deceit, and paranoia slowly tear these three guys apart from the inside out.   4/5

A Simple Plan

(dir. Sam Raimi)

While out in the woods in Minnesota, Hank and his brother and friend find a crashed plane. Inside, not only do they find a dead body, but also $4 million! After the three guys decide to keep and hide the money, greed, deceit, and paranoia slowly tear these three guys apart from the inside out.

4/5

Mulholland Dr     (dir. David Lynch)   Not only is this one of my favorite films of Lynch,  Mulholland Dr  is one of my favorite films ever made. Lynch’s masterpiece follows six different plot threads as it navigates through the Lynchian Dream World that has been a staple in all of his projects. Betty, a bright-eyed Canadian coming to LA for stardom, Rita, a girl who lost her identity in a car crash, Adam, a director whose movie is being taken out of his control, and Joe, a hitman looking for Rita; are just a few of the memorable characters in this surreal masterpiece!   5/5    FILM OF THE WEEK

Mulholland Dr

(dir. David Lynch)

Not only is this one of my favorite films of Lynch, Mulholland Dr is one of my favorite films ever made. Lynch’s masterpiece follows six different plot threads as it navigates through the Lynchian Dream World that has been a staple in all of his projects. Betty, a bright-eyed Canadian coming to LA for stardom, Rita, a girl who lost her identity in a car crash, Adam, a director whose movie is being taken out of his control, and Joe, a hitman looking for Rita; are just a few of the memorable characters in this surreal masterpiece!

5/5

FILM OF THE WEEK

White Dog     (dir. Samuel Fuller)   After nearly 26 years of this film being suppressed and only being played on tv at like 4am, this controversial film by the great Samuel Fuller is one of his most memorable.  White Dog  follows a young Hollywood actress who finds a white German Shepard and takes him home. Only issue is that the previous owner has trained this white dog to make racial attacks against blacks. Fuller’s film was incredibly controversial at the time, however it stands as a powerful analysis in race relations and begs the question “Can racism be cured?”   5/5

White Dog

(dir. Samuel Fuller)

After nearly 26 years of this film being suppressed and only being played on tv at like 4am, this controversial film by the great Samuel Fuller is one of his most memorable. White Dog follows a young Hollywood actress who finds a white German Shepard and takes him home. Only issue is that the previous owner has trained this white dog to make racial attacks against blacks. Fuller’s film was incredibly controversial at the time, however it stands as a powerful analysis in race relations and begs the question “Can racism be cured?”

5/5

Elephant     (dir. Gus Van Sant)   Gus Van Sant’s masterpiece  Elephant  is based on and inspired by the events that took place at Columbine… However, instead of treating the film as an anti-bullying campaign or a character study on school shooters, Van Sant decided to toss the script away and rely solely on improv from the characters in the film. The temporal structure he created for  Elephant  allows the viewer to float around the hallways of the high school from the perspective of different students in the hours leading up to the horrific incident.   4.5/5

Elephant

(dir. Gus Van Sant)

Gus Van Sant’s masterpiece Elephant is based on and inspired by the events that took place at Columbine… However, instead of treating the film as an anti-bullying campaign or a character study on school shooters, Van Sant decided to toss the script away and rely solely on improv from the characters in the film. The temporal structure he created for Elephant allows the viewer to float around the hallways of the high school from the perspective of different students in the hours leading up to the horrific incident.

4.5/5

Underworld USA     (dir. Samuel Fuller)   Underworld USA kicks off with 14-year-old Tolly Devlin who just witnessed his father get beaten to death by four underworld crime bosses. He’s furiosity and dedication to avenging his father leads him to track down all four of them by the time he gets older. He begins his vengeance by joining the underworld, in order to tear them apart from the inside through the use of deception and other mind games.   4.5/5

Underworld USA

(dir. Samuel Fuller)

Underworld USA kicks off with 14-year-old Tolly Devlin who just witnessed his father get beaten to death by four underworld crime bosses. He’s furiosity and dedication to avenging his father leads him to track down all four of them by the time he gets older. He begins his vengeance by joining the underworld, in order to tear them apart from the inside through the use of deception and other mind games.

4.5/5