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My first impression of "Mother of Tears" was that Argento was trying to outdo himself and his other works. Only ten minutes into the film we get a murder that is so needlessly excessive that it easily tops any other murder sequence Argento has directed in terms of sheer violence and all around nastiness – A woman has her mouth torn to shreds and teeth shattered through means of a pairing device inserted into her mouth, then she is disembowelled, her organs spilling onto the floor as she tries to walk away. If that weren't enough she is then strangled with her own intestines. It's a sequence that's needlessly excessive, mean-spirited, and nearly devoid of Argento's signature style. Something about it seems hopelessly out of place. In fact, I never got the impression that this was a Dario Argento film at all, until nearly the halfway mark.
While I haven't seen the 'Upright Citizens Brigade', I am certain after seeing "Martin & Orloff", that they belong to the bizarre situational group of comedians. That is to say, the film drifts from sequence to sequence, along the tracks of an incredibly simple plotline. These sequences exist to amuse the viewer through their examples of absurdity. Sometimes they're funny, sometimes not, there's no denying, however, that the world needs more films like "Martin & Orloff". I know I'm certainly tired of seeing films like "Little Black Book" and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days", released every two weeks. While I will be the first to admit that the Romantic Comedy genre certainly has a place in American, and worldwide cinema, and even I enjoy a good romantic comedy from time to time, but we are definitely in need of more variety in our comedy. I applaud films like "Martin & Orloff" for their desire to defy convention, and create something truly original amongst a relatively contrived group of comedies currently being released.
The "Austin Powers" films were, despite their level of comedic immaturity, relatively funny films. They're not classics by any means (in my personal opinion), but they were an entertaining enough distraction throughout their running time. "The Love Guru" is a film that is nearly devoid of any sort of humour. It aspires to do nothing but present a story in a similar vein as the "Austin Powers" films, yet presents nothing new, and completely removes any sort of charm that was present in that series of films.
"The Locals" is a clever little horror movie from New Zealand, which hasn't really produced a lot of spectacular horror films as far as I'm aware, with the exception of Peter Jackson's early output. "The Locals" however, is a particularly enjoyable ghost story. It's clever and well thought out, providing a few twists along the way, which should catch you at least somewhat off-guard.
Less a continuation of the second film, and more of a re-imagining of the original. In place of the original Sawyer clan is a new family, yet one that is far less frightening. In addition to changing out the entire cast of villains, with the exception of Leatherface (referred to this time around as 'Junior'), the setting has been moved to an isolated house in the middle of the woods. Some of the changes work... some don't.
"The Last Kiss" is a film by Tony Goldwyn, and what really strikes me about the film is that it is very much like a script I wrote a few years back, titled ‘Many Splendored Things.' Under the guise of happiness, nearly every character is miserable. Perhaps miserable is too strong a word, maybe discontent is more accurate. I was tired of seeing romantic comedies where love conquers all, and everything ends in such a happy manner. There's a time and a place for that, but occasionally we need to see the truth. The truth is that no one is happy all the time, and sometimes… things just don't work.
"Kwaidan" is an early example of the anthology horror film, yet it's told in a manner that is more beautiful than frightening. From the vivid painted backdrops, to the emotion inherent in each story, "Kwaidan" is truly a beautiful film.
George Clarke's "Battle of the Bone" was a testament to true independent film making. Working completely outside of anything that would even remotely resemble a 'professional' system such as Hollywood, Clarke infused "Battle of the Bone" with an energy that few film makers can accomplish with such a limited budget. The Kung-Fu zombie flick was energetic, action-packed, wholly entertaining, and even contained a commentary that was relevant to the film's country of origin, Ireland. It was a tremendously accomplished film for such an inexperienced director.
I can't think of any films with a more appropriate title than "Killer Klowns from Outer Space". The name (and tagline) not only inform the audience of what the film is about, but also the context, as anyone going into a movie called "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" should know exactly what to expect. But, if for some reason you can't wrap your head around the title, it's an incredibly unique horror film, and one of the few PG-13 horror films that I can highly recommend.
After the leader of a group of activists is imprisoned, their party slowly starts to dissolve under the leadership of his girlfriend, a head-case who cares simply about being in charge, and very little about the operations of the group. She keeps everyone compliant to her wishes and under her charge through sexual manipulation. When the group gets wind of their leader's suicide while in prison, the group turns on one another, inflicting all means of torture and violence on each other.