Movies

DIFF: Quick reviews

By P Blood

Halley

Halley is a redefinition of a zombie film, possibly even the horror genre altogether. The makers of this film will be seen as genius or completely mad. There is no screaming or running or shit jumping out of the dark. The fear stems from a very completely different place. The pace of the film, the isolation, except perhaps for fleeting moments when the lead character meets equally isolated characters (but isolated for completely different circumstances) and the crushing silence is daunting in Halley. Perhaps all of these are relatable to the audience, maybe not. Viewers will either sit mouths agape at what unfolds in front of them. Every frame of Halley is masterfully shot, beautifully melancholic and eerie. If they were stills you would display them on walls! A must see, but don’t go in expecting the expected.

 

Evil Dead

This remake of the cult classic B-grade Sam Ramie/Bruce Campbell horror is barely a remake. In fact, it only pays homage it’s 80’s namesake. Still has five friends in a cabin, still has an evil book of incantations, and all bloody gory hell breaks loose! And the chainsaw comes into play, don’t worry… This film proves that horror, even horror that we think we’ve become so accustomed and blasé towards, still has a great many frights left in it. Perfect film to see with friends, that will have you talking, laughing and hyped up on adrenalin hours after the film is finished. You’ll feel like you’re a little kid again, when you saw your first horror film… Like you had just seen something evil, and you really, really liked it!

Pro Tip: If you think that’s the end of the movie, it’s not. And it gets a lot worse before it gets even a little better.

 

Mobile Home

Mobile Home is a glimpse into the lives of two friends, reconnected after close to a decade, who are both at an impasse in their lives. Dissatisfied with how their lives have turned out, for entirely different reasons, they decide to fulfill a dream they once shared of becoming modern day, globe trekking nomads living a life free of responsibility. The film explores the subject of friendship, family, and romantic relationships. With a pretty common belief in society that you need to explore the world to know who you are. The film goes to prove that it is possible to undergo a journey of self-discovery need not necessarily include going anywhere.

 

Frankenstein’s Army

This is a steam-punk inspired ode to b-grade zombie horror and Nazi exploitation films from the ‘70s.Although the story line and events are somewhat predictable and the acting and accents are laughable at points, Frankenstein’s Army still remains entertaining and gripping. Shot mostly from a first-person perspective the film feels like a modern first-person shooters and just as violent! Where it may let you down in storyline or originality it is absorbing in its visual impact and aesthetic appeal.

 

The Future (Il Futuro)

The Future, follows 19 year old Bianca as she tries to deal with the aftermath of an accident and pick up the pieces of her life. She is persuaded to begin a sexual relationship with a former action hero, who retired and became a recluse after a similar accident left him impaired. Very quickly Bianca finds her feelings deepening for the aging star as they begin to help each other heal. Despite the beginning of the relationship and its initial nature the audience can’t but help to begin to hope that somehow these two lonely and tragic characters who offer each other the companionship and tenderness that they have been looking for will stay together and make it. Given his distrust of people, and her betrayal, the audience is torn between rooting for them and hoping they part ways peaceably. Watch the trailer.

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