Wednesday, February 17, 2010

DARE (2009)

Cast: Zach Gilford, Emmy Rossum, Ashley Springer, Cady Huffman, Ana Gasteyer, Sandra Bernhard, Alan Cumming, Rooney Mara

Directed By: Adam Salky
Written By: David Brind
Cinematography By: Michael Fimognari
Editor: John F. Lyons

This film starts off as a low budget teen movie but then becomes more of a psychological mind game for it’s characters.


Cast: Charlee Danielson, Anthony Sneed

Directed By: Frank Henenlotter
Written By: R.A. Thorburn & Frank Henenlotter
Cinematography By: Nick Deeg
Editor: Scooter McCRae, Frank Henenlotter, Albert Cadabra

It seems with Frank Henenlotter films that they are going to be worse then they actually are. They seem like it’s going to be wall to wall gore and sex when actually though there is a helping of each it’s not as excessive as you think.

The films have a crazy logic that lends itself more to midnight movies as they are so crazy you can’t take them seriously.

This film seemed like it could have been up to the level of his past films but in the end I was left disappointed it seemed like a lot of the film was there to shock though not too much happens and by the time the end comes around it seems like the previous running time was more devoted to a punchline which means all of what we have just watched was not only a joke but a set-up.

I really wanted to like this film as I have liked BASKET CASE and FRANKENHOOKER offbeat yet fun films. Henenlotter seems to have a fascination with the downtrodden side of life as in his films they are filmed more with seedy types such as crackheads, hookers, criminals. Where death and murder are cheap.

This one is about a woman with Seven clitorises who has babies after each sexual encounter in a matter of minutes and sometimes ends up killing the guys after sex who works as a photographer and lines up one night stands quite often who meets a guy who has a humongous penis that controls him that he tries to control with drugs but at times wins the war. We see what happens when they come together.

As you can see this film has a great set-up but how it ends up I can’t say boring but uninteresting after awhile (the film is less then 90 minutes) is a mystery yet it manages to do so..


44-INCH CHEST (2010)

Cast: Ray Winstone, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dilllane, Joanne Whalley, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Melvil Poupaud

Directed By: Malcom Venville
Written By: Louis Mellis & David Scinto
Cinematography By: Dan Linden
Editor: Rick Russell

This film is a major disappointment considering it is by the writers of the great SEXY BEAST. It is still a dark film set in the world or career criminals but left more ambiguous as to what they actually do. I think added with the fact that it’s directed by a first time director is what makes the equation of the is film disappointing.