Movie: Outrage Beyond
Synopsis: As Japanese police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as internal strife in director Takeshi Kitano’s OUTRAGE, has now become a nationwide war in his latest film OUTRAGE BEYOND.
Friggin Opinion: The thrill of seeing the workings of Japan's infamous Yakuza is truly a treat. American organized crime families will not chop a finger off after being disrespectful (they might get wacked though), but a Yakuza will bite off his own friggin finger! Oh, and then nonchalantly spit it out on the floor. The twists and turns of peace-pacts being deceived was excellent.
Was It Fantastic? Yes, the answer is yes.
D is for Dogfighting
Movie: The ABC's Of Death
Synopsis: Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. Co-produced by Drafthouse Films, and finally ready to be unleashed—see what happens when you give more than two dozen of the most brilliant filmmakers from around the world free reign to indulge their creative impulses and black humor. From A to Z, it’s got something for every genre fan and is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Friggin Opinion: What a cool & unique idea. Give 26 different directors a letter. Next they each come up with a 3-5 minute video. Then bash all the videos together in an explosion of blood and guts. At a little over 2 hours, I advise going to the bathroom before sitting down (I didn't use the bathroom before entering the theater). This movie produced a lot of demented laughs and applause. I would like to see a film project in the near future with multiple directors. I mean just thinking about 26 directors coming together is such a cool idea!
Was It Fantastic? Why have scientist not started cloning Tim League already? I mean he has a kick ass film fest (Fantastic Fest), a kick ass chain of theaters, and now is distributing and producing films. Give that guy the Nobel Peace Prize already.
Movie: Paris By Night
Synopsis: Phillipe Lefebvre's PARIS BY NIGHT is a sleek French cop thriller that follows a pair of vice cops as they patrol the Parisian club scene over the course of a single evening.
Friggin Opinion: Just a tad bit hard to keep up with all the different club owners at first, but once you see them for the second and third time-you got there faces memorized. Simon is the king of (night) clubs. That dude has the authority to shut down nightclubs at a snap. He might wreck one bar up, but he also has some good in him (like when he saves a poodle, yeah I said poodle). It is a tough decision between which cop movie I enjoyed more: Paris By Night or No Rest for the Wicked. I'm just gonna call it a tie, and recommend both of them.
Was It Fantastic? Damn skippy.
I'll have whatever he's having
Movie: Wake In Fright
Synopsis: A Palme D’Or nominee based on the 1961 book of the same name by Kenneth Cook and directed by FIRST BLOOD’s Ted Kotcheff, a relatively new director at the time, WAKE IN FRIGHT is an uncompromisingly brutal look at what happens when men are left alone together in the country with guns and a lot of beer. This is going to be a mind-blower on the big screen. Get ready.
Friggin Opinion: This Ozploitation flick is complete with enough binge drinking to make viewer’s livers start to hurt. Dreadful life in the Australian outback is full frontal. The people that populate the region are as redneck as can get.
Was It Fantastic? Not to sound like a P.E.T.A. puss or anything, but I did not “hop with joy” during the whole kangaroo-massacre-genocide scene. I am ordering myself to watch the movie a second time to see if it grows on me.
Movie: Exorcist in the 21st Century
Synopsis: Norwegian documentarian Fredrik Horn Akselsen examines the work of Father Jose Antonio Fortea – an actual, Vatican-approved exorcist – in this balanced look at a largely hidden world within the Catholic church.
Friggin Opinion: The idea of someone having a demon, or Satan himself, controlling their words (a.k.a speaking in tongues) and actions seems cool; it is just hard to believe that is it real. Priests, that perform these rituals, celebrating the popular 1973 movie The Exorcist is a cool fact to know when you go to your next keg party. One scene that covers a mass prayer in what appears to be a gymnasium shows possessed individuals flopping around on the floor like fish out of water. They were flopping around because the demons inside them hate the words of God. I mean if these Exorcist are so modern, how come they don't do exorcism's over Skype? Huh? Answer me that Father!
Was It Fantastic? If I say no, will they perform a forced exorcism on me?
Synopsis: CRAVE follows a mentally unstable crime scene photographer on his descent into violence and madness. CRAVE won the New Flesh Award for Best First Feature at the 2012 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival.
Friggin Opinion: Nice idea, neat story development, and cool inner-dialogue/narration. The ending credits being animated was a superb touch to a mundane technicality. Angry white males will be able to identify with this flick (I am an angry white male). I especially like this one scene where Aiden tells a gaudy theater troupe off (an then has a daydream where everyone starts applauding him).
Was It Fantastic? It was rather fantastic, and I hope it gets awesome results from other viewers
Movie: No Rest for the Wicked
Synopsis: A dirty cop who tries to cover up a crime stumbles upon a massive criminal conspiracy. NO REST FOR THE WICKED swept the Spanish Goya awards this year with an electrifying performance by lead actor José Coronado.
Friggin Opinion: When he is not pounding down rum & cokes like they are going out of style, Santos is a great cop. He worked alone the whole movie, when he wasn't being questioned by other pesky cops that is. Reckless & wild from the start, he got himself involved in the investigation.
Was It Fantastic? I was really digging this picture. Santos is a bad ass.