BOOKS & FILMS

Diary of a Movie Junkie

September 28, 2016

Jean and I watch a lot of movies – in fact it is one of our favourite pastimes. Perhaps this is because I spent a good portion of my childhood between the two video rental shops my dad owned when I was in primary school. Afternoons for me consisted of hanging out with his 20-something employees after school, watching Chocolat, Almost Famous and Silence of the Lambs (they really had no idea what would be appropriate for a 10 year old). It is no surprise then that my brother is currently studying to be a film-maker, or that the words “Be Kind Rewind” send a shiver of nostalgia down my spine every time.

Turns out a childhood spent watching movies leads to adulthood spent watching movies. Who knew? So, I thought I would start a little series in which I talk about the movies, good and bad, Jean and I watch every week – and get something besides square eyes out of it. PS. I’ve linked the trailer for each movie in their respective titles. Happy watching!

Swiss Army Man

Damn, all I can say about this movie is that I LOVED it. It is so strange and heart-warming – I definitely recommend it to indie movie fans (it premiered at Sundance, so what do you expect?). It follows Paul Dano’s character Hank, who, stranded on an island, resolves to kill himself only to suddenly discover a washed up body (Radcliffe) on the beach. Pretty soon Hank discovers the body has a few spectacular abilities – many of which involve farting – and bonds with the body as they together explore the notion of living and being alive. I’m not sure I quite understood the “meaning” of the movie (if there even is one) but it was beautiful and endearing and odd. What more could you ask for?

swiss-army-man-headerTake Me Home Tonight

Watching this movie was a result of an hour-long “what do you want to watch” “No what do you want to watch” back and forth with Jean. After realising we’ve seen pretty much everything else on Netflix, we decided on Take Me Home Tonight. As the IMDB score might have suggested, this movie is absolutely shit. Everything, from the clichéd plotline to the acting and the dialogue, is painfully awkward. The only redeeming quality was the Soundtrack – and even that wasn’t spectacular.

take-me-home-tonightHoly Hell

This documentary put me in a glass case of emotion. 20-years in the making, Holy Hell follows the story of The Buddha Field – a Los Angeles spiritual group/ cult. Made by Will Allen who joined the group after graduating film school, the documentary is basically an archive of video footage following the group’s activities and their leader – a mysterious and charismatic individual they call The Teacher. Holy Hell is a disturbing account of what happens when an individual is followed and revered without question, and the power group-dynamics have in influencing intelligent people to sacrifice their better judgement and wellbeing. I would definitely recommend this film!

holy-hell-1688-16610_holyhell_still0-1The Witches of Eastwick 

Based on the novel by John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick is a comedy-fantasy about three women who, unaware that they are withes, unwittingly form a coven where they have weekly gatherings. One evening, imagining their ideal man, they summon a strange and mysterious man to their small town (SPOILER: It’s the devil).

The movie could have been so much better, particularly in terms of plot development and the friendship between the 3 women, but honestly it’s still pretty enjoyable regardless of its flaws. I would watch it again, just for the cast – Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Jack Nicholson (AKA the dinner party of my dreams). If you’re into witchy things, or you share my deep deep love of Jack Nicholson, definitely check it out.

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Matilda

This is one of my top 5 favourite movies of ALL TIME. I recently rewatched it, just to see if I still love it as much – and I really really do. If you haven’t seen it, you absolutely should! If only to dance around to Send Me On My Way with tears in your eyes and happiness in your heart.

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