This month I have a quite a backlog of DVD and Theatrical reviews, so let's start with the most recent. Mirror Mirror is one of two major movie adaptations of the classic Snow White tale, released this year.
While Mirror Mirror doesn’t boast a star-studded cast, there are a couple of familiar faces that pop up, including Sean Bean as Snow’s father and Mare Winningham (Miracle Mile, Turner & Hooch) as Baker Margaret. The rest of the cast are mostly unknown, but all put in great performances – you can’t help but love the seven dwarves, who stalk the woods as giants, with springy accordian-like stilts (complete with accordian sound effects). This is just one of the many imaginative spins on the story – but who’d want to spoil any more of it for you? Watch it and see for yourself.
Click here to read my review and catch the trailer below.
Next up, is the first ever Taiwanese Zombie movie - Zombie 108.
The zombie makeup and special makeup effects overall are pretty good, it’s just a shame that the shaky plot and direction are so distracting and let the side down. If you have an odd sense of humour and a high tolerance for the oversaturated zombie genre, then by all means give Zombie 108 a whirl – just don’t come crying to me when you end up with a headache. You have been warned.
Click here to read the rest of my review.
On to one of the best British genre films of the year, Noel Clarke and Johannes Roberts' Storage 24.
The microcosmic script works so well – with almost all of the action taking place inside the storage depot you don’t even think about how it will effect the outside world and that’s the beauty of it. It is a story that is containable, a necessity when working to a tight budget.
Click here to read the full review and see the trailer below.
On to some foreign cinema and two very different French Thrillers. First up is The Prey, starring Albert Dupontel.
Directed by Eric Valette, who also made the J-horror American remake One Missed Call (which may be enough to put some off watching this altogether), does a pretty good job of keeping a rather derivative plot interesting to watch. I’ve not seen any of his other films (including Malefique) but The Prey has some unusual directorial choices to offer that pay off – a chase scene on foot for example, featuring our main protagonist Franck, is filmed head-on, showing the chase from a new perspective that the audience isn’t used to seeing.
Click here for the full review.
The second of the French films I recently reviewed was Requiem For A Killer, starring Melanie Laurent, of Inglorious Basterds fame.
What starts off as a simple contract killing job becomes rather more complicated as more people get involved. For most films of this genre, that means an opportunity to involve more thrilling and cerebral plot developments, double-crossing characters, red herrings and the like.
See the rest of my review here.
Finally, its on to Woody Harrelson taking a break from comedy to play a corrupt and troubled cop in Rampart.
A very strange film with almost no relatable characters is a brave move for any director or writer, but somehow this works. It is very oddly shot for the most part; with actors or props obstructing the view of other actors and some shots horribly out of focus (on purpose it seems), yet while jarring and almost annoying on one level, it adds to the feeling of despair.
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Also, keep an eye out for my next DVD review coming shortly, which also happens to be one of my top films of the year - the touching, mid-life, coming of age drama, This Must Be The Place.