The Hunt is certainly a conversation stopper, tell anyone you’ve purchased The Hunt on DVD and they’re likely to ask what it’s about. The only true answer is that it’s about a man who gets accused of of molesting a little girl. Conversation. Stopped. After the brief pause and the struggle for a reply, the person who just asked what the film was about will give you a look. It’s in this look that you know the person has missed the key word ‘accused’ and is now judging you for wanting to watch a film about pedophilia. Which is brilliant, because it sums up the very attitudes that Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt seeks to expose. And it’s also not what the film is about.
The Hunt focusses on Lucus (Mads Mikkelsen) a recently divorced teacher who has had to take a job at the local kindy after the school he was teaching at closed down. Lucas is a popular and well liked member of the small community and regularly socialises with the guys around town. He loves his job, loves the kids and is basically the nicest guy you could ever meet.
However, Lucas’ best friend’s neglected daughter Klara, who attends the kindy, gets a bit of a crush an Lucas, and when she innocently kisses Lucas on the lips, Lucas has to gently let her know that the behaviour is unacceptable. Klara unfortunately takes this as rejection and without realising the seriousness of what’s she’s doing, accuses Lucas of sexual abuse, using descriptions picked up from seeing porn on her brothers iPad.
Kindergarten head Grethe obviously believes Klara and sets into motion a series of events that not only distorts what Klara said, but plants seeds of suggestion in Klara’s head, as well as just about everyone else in the community.
Lucas is kept out in the cold, never being told what he has done, but soon discovering the true horror of what he has been accused of as the pack mentality sets in and the community closes it’s self off from him. Read more ›
An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.
I don’t normally preface my reviews with a warning, but I’ll make an exception with Sharknado. Don’t watch this film alone. I’m not saying this because the film is so scary you’ll need someone to hold on to. No at all. This is one of those films that falls into the ‘so bad it’s good category.’ Though with Sharknado it’s more like ‘such a terrible piece of crap you can’t help but wet your self laughing.’ The reason you don’t want to watch it alone is that the best part of the film is the fabulous commentary your family and friends are going to be making whilst watching the film.
So basically Sharknado is about a massive storm that is so powerful it literally rains sharks on Los Angeles. The film follows a group of friends and family who try to make it to safety without being eaten by sharks.
The CGI is bad, the acting is bad, and the continuity is just awful. In one scene the main characters will be driving through a deep flooded street, only to stop to help someone and get out of their car onto a dry road. Priceless. Read more ›
The Call is a taught if somewhat lean thriller starring Halle Berry as Jordan, and emergency line operator in Los Angeles. The film kicks off with Jordan taking a panicked call from a teenage girl who claims there is an intruder in her house one night. After getting the teen to a safe place, Jordan makes a rookie mistake that gets the teen killed. Roll forward six months and Jordan is now in a role that trains new operators, but in the process of demonstrating what to do, takes a call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted and is in the trunk of a car.
Jordan freaks out a bit but then take command of the situation, but soon she discovers that it’s the same guy who murdered the first teen six months prior. Knowing what the guy is capable of, ramps up the intensity for both Jordan and us!
For a film where a lot of the action is based around talking on the phone, director Brad Anderson does a great job of keeping the film pumping along, never letting the film slow down once it hits high gear early on.
The story-line, whilst ultimately predictable, has it’s fair share of twists and turns, and both Halle Berry and Abigall Breslin (who plays the second abducted girl) put in some great performances. Read more ›
Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
2 GUNS is based on the graphic novel series of the same name published by Boom! Studios. Starring the odd pairing of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, this buddy film with a difference starts with Trench (Washington) and Stig (Wahlberg) staking out a small town bank in preparation for knocking it off.
Then we jump back in time and cross the boarder where Trench and Stig are trying to offload forged passports to a Mexican drug lord. Crossing back into the US of A the boys get stopped and searched by US Border Control. It’s here that we find out that Trench is actually DEA. A little later we discover that Stig is Naval Intelligence. Things are going to get very interesting as they boys complete the bank job, both thinking they are setting the other guy up, but in reality they are both being set up. Read more ›
In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic – a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit.
The Storage Wars Collection Five DVD covers the last 17 episodes of season 3, and they appear to be in chronological order this time around. The interesting thing about this DVD, for fans of the series is that there is no Dave Hester pictured on the front cover, but we’ll get to that later. Some might consider this spoiler territory.
For those who have yet to experience the guilt pleasure that is Storage Wars, here’s a brief run down of what to expect. The show follows a group of second hand dealers who go to storage auctions – where storage lockers of various sizes are auctioned off to help recover non-payment of the lease – to try and hit the jackpot, or at least fill there stores with quality merchandise to sell to their own customers. And by jackpot, I mean anything from a rare Star Wars jacket to bundles of cold hard cash. jewelry or antiques.
The four main players tend to try and out bid each other, though bad boy of the series Dave Hester started up bidding auctions just to piss the other players off.
The rules are simple, the locker door gets opened, and everyone has five minutes to look inside and try and figure out what might be lurking in there. No one can go in, touch or open and boxes. It’s 50/50 knowing what to look for and guesswork.
Once the auctions have been completed, the winning bidders then go through and value what they’ve bought, taking any items that they don’t know about to local specialists to get a bit of a history and a fair market price. Then everyone’s implied profits are tallied up and a weekly ‘winner’ announced.
It’s basic reality TV, but is entertaining on a couple of levels. First there is some obvious scripting going on with the friendly banter between the main ‘contestants’ and it won’t be long before you’ve picked your favourite dealer and are cheering for them. Likewise, it probably won’t take you long to find the one that you hate. Secondly there is the sheer head-shaking insanity of what people decide is worth paying to store, and last but not least is the hitting the jackpot moments along with the taking items to specialists to hear about the history and get price. Read more ›