Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

2010 SXSW Film Festival – Winner Audience Award
2010 Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival – Winner Best Film
2010 AMPIA Awards – Winner Best Feature Film
2010 Fant-Asia Film Festival – Winner Best First Feature

US release date: September 30

Tucker and Dale. These guys can be the next Harry and Lloyd of hillbilly scary movies. No frontal, or any, nudity. Minimal blood and gore. Perfect 21st century PG-13ish comedy horror material. They should go to Camp Crystal Lake vacation next year and make Jason Voorhees, and his freaky mom, chew their own freaky butts!

My Rating: 7/10

Benda Bilili! (2010)

US release date: September 30

What a record deal (and one documentary movie) can do?
Maybe if these people spend lesser time dancing, singing, playing music, fighting, and making so much children, they won’t have to wait for some saviors to spare them from poverty. Almost all of their fellow countrymen do not and will not have the same privilege, ever. But in the mean time, that’s all they can do. That’s all they can have. And it is surely better than nothing.

My Rating: 6/10

Bunraku (2010)

US release date: September 30

In the wake of Sin City, 300, and Sucker Punch, we should always know that it’s only a matter of time before someone makes another highly stylized comicbook/videogame hybrid action film, and this time around the guy is Guy Moshe. But to be ‘original’, it’s now set in some faux-japanese stage show style; thus the movie title. We must consider ourselves very lucky the characters in this story don’t sing their dialogue lines. And the result? Like a heavily narrated new version of Dick Tracy without Madonna and that big-penised old guy.

My Rating: 2/10

*New Release* Blink-182: ‘Neighborhoods’

Release date: September 27

Tracklist:
01. Ghost On The Dance Floor
02. Natives
03. Up All Night
04. After Midnight
05. Snake Charmer
06. Heart’s All Gone – Interlude
07. Heart’s All Gone
08. Wishing Well
09. Kaleidoscope
10. This is Home
11. MH 4.18.2011
12. Love Is Dangerous
13. Fighting The Gravity
14. Even If She Falls

My favorite tune: After Midnight

Here are the guys who know true gritty realities of this thing we called life and still have the strength to joke around after all these years. Still the one and only pop-punk band in the world with songs that can break your heart into
million tiny pieces. In case you don’t know it yet, yes, the best thing about Blink-182 is their lyrical sense.
A little bit thin on the sound department and sort of runs out of fuel after 6 or 7 songs, but everything else are A-OK.

My Rating: 7/10

2011 Man Booker Prize: Snowdrops

Snowdrops

I’d never found what people like my brother had, what my sister thought she had until she didn’t, what you and me are signing up for now: the contract, the settlement, the same body only and always—and, in return for all that, the backup, the pet names and the head stroking in the night when you feel like crying. I’d always thought I didn’t want it, not ever, to tell you the truth, that I could be one of the people who are happier without. I think maybe my parents had put me off the whole thing—starting out too young, banging out the kids without really thinking about it, forgetting whatever it was they liked about each other in the first place. By then it seemed to me my mum and dad were just sitting it out, two old dogs tied to the same kennel but too tired to fight anymore. At home they watched television all the time so they didn’t have to talk to each other. I’m sure that, on the rare occasions they went out for a meal, they were one of those painful couples you sometimes see, chewing together in silence.

From Russia with love all over again. He’s an alien, a legal alien. He’s an englishman in Moscow.
Is living in former Soviet really that bad? Or should we rephrase: that good for a foreigner? Are Russian girls really that easy? What are they truly looking for? The heart, or the wallet? And what about the British gentleman himself? Just sex, or is it a true love?

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2011 Man Booker Prize Shortlist books:
The Sisters Brothers
Pigeon English
Jamrach’s Menagerie

2012 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions: ‘Attenberg’

2010 Venice Film Festival – Winners Lina Mangiacapre Award, Volpi Cup Best Actress
2010 Thessaloniki Film Festival – Winner Special Jury Award

Musings about life and death between sex talks, french kissing, choreographed walk and prance, eating, weird bone structures, commuting, french love songs, spitting, and unsatisfying sexual experimentations. In Kynodontas it was dogs, now it’s…cats, primates, and birds? Lanthimos and friends just can’t keep their heads out of the animal kingdom and word games, can they?

My Rating: 6/10

>>>Check out my other review on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Happy, Happy – Norway

Also my review on 2011 Oscar Foreign Language Film finalists here.

Red State

Who are you suppose to be afraid of: the sinner or the sinless? The pastor may have some nice (although, well, much too violent and gun-crazy maybe) anti-immorality, anti-gay, more or less religiously correct point of view. But man, his boring preach…. You’ll probably like him more with bullets than with words.

My Rating: 4/10