Attack The Block is the urban Shaun Of The Dead. From the same makers it's a comedy about a localised alien invasion of a council estate. A street gang are at the centre of the attack using their gangsta knowledge to defend themselves. Its a hilarious movie with an equal dose of scares to keep the audience on it's toes. It's packed with the same brand of wit that we've become familiar with through Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. Relatively unknown (in Australia at least) this is destined to become a cult hit and I can imagine it having the same longevity that the aforementioned movies have received. Definitely worth checking out, damn it was fun!
The school holidays inspired tonights movie selection. Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer is a fun kidz flick about a 3rd grade girl who's grand plans for the summer break are ruined when her best friends leave town for the holidays. With all fun seemingly dashed, fun arrives when her Aunt Opal visits and helps Judy and her brother, Stink, find adventure. It's a fun movie that kids will lap up... think Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Max Keeble's Big Move, Snow Day etc... I call them "show bag movies" because they're full of cheap gags, toilet humour and uber fun. The girl who plays Judy is actually an Aussie which was a real surprise. Her accent is great. And Heather Graham is quirky as Aunt Opal and there is a really odd 10 second cameo from Eric Stoltz. For kids there is lots to love about this one... most adults will likely be more inclined to pull teeth. Thankfully I am a child and this type of movie ticks all the right boxes for me. Be warned, you will want to comb this girls bloody hair... it is highly irritating!!!
The trailer for 'And Soon The Darkness' is great... the movie itself is shit. Amber Heard and Karl Urban are two actors who have come a long way over the past 5 years and the quality of work to their names is looking impressive (imo). Unfortunately this movie is a broken rung on their ladder. It's riddled with cliched characters and a horribly paced set-up. 2 girls cycling through Argentina find themselves seperated and one ends up missing. With the help of an American man in the country looking for his own missing girlfriend they work together to find the friend. It could have been made so much better and in fact this is a remake of a 1970 film of the same name. I haven't seen the original and it is no doubt a good one. Maybe one day I will bother to see it.
Whoa. What the hell have I just seen? Tyrannosaur has left me completely spent. It's got to be one of the most depressing and unrelenting British film's I have seen in ages. Its heavy stuff. The film is about two wounded souls who come into each other's lives and end up a support for each other. The man is an angry, violent and loathsome man who hates the things he's done but cannot help but do them. The film opens with him kicking his beloved dog to death in a fit of rage. The woman is a beautiful, kind hearted and compassionate spirit who is beaten, pissed-on and raped by her husband. The performances in Tyrannosaur are nothing short of incredible and it's the kind of film that will stick with you for life. Watching it brought back memories of Nil By Mouth, The War Zone and Once Were Warriors. There are no redeeming qualities to the movie and the audiences' only reward is a couple of stellar performances in a dark, bleak and distressing story. There are a few revelations along the way which weigh the characters down even further into despair and I personally feel grateful that a film has come along that offers something so real without needing to soften the blow. The film's title is ambiguous and is left to interpretation... needless to say that you will not find any dinosaurs between the credits. lol