Thursday, 19 October 2017

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Rocco and His Brothers (Italian: Rocco e i suoi fratelli) is another of those movies I've been meaning to watch forever but I've always put off for two reasons, its length and its director, Luchino Visconti (long story short, he ruined my favourite book, Mann's Death in Venice). But it is such a classic, I finally put my feelings aside and gave it a chance. I'm glad I did so because this film was fantastic.

It's about the Parondis, a poor family from southern Italy formed by a widow (Katina Paxinou) and her five sons who moves to Milan hoping to have a better life. Living there isn't very easy at the beginning, but then everyone finds something to do and they seem happy. But then a prostitute (Annie Girardot) steps in and comes between Simone (Renato Salvatori) and Rocco (Alain Delon), bringing discord in the family.

Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween Edition: Body Horror

Welcome to another Halloween themed Thursday Movie Picks, the weekly series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves. This week we have to picks body horror movies. It was pretty tough for me because I haven't seen many films fitting but I gave it a shot anyway. 

Alien (1979)
Ripley and the crew of the Nostromo are attacked by a mysterious life form that eventually grows into a huge monster. At some point a baby alien bursts from the chest of one of the characters killing him. One of the best sci-fi films ever made and still the best of the franchise. 

The Fly (1986)
A brilliant and eccentric scientist is working on teleportation and right when he thinks he's got all figured out, his experiment goes horribly wrong and he transforms into a man/fly hybrid. I loved this movie when I was a kid (I still can't believe my mother let me watch Cronenberg) and I love it even more now because I can really appreciate the genius behind it.

The Skin I Live In (2011)
A doctor is trying to create a type of synthetic skin that can't be damaged and his guinea pig is a mysterious woman locked in his house. I'm sorry but you have to see this for the body horror. I won't spoil it. Anyway, this is one of the most disturbing, unsettling and yet beautiful films I've seen. 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Dracula Untold (2014)

Ever since I was a kid, Dracula was the definition of vampire. He also meant vampires are evil. That's why I was somehow interested in seeing Dracula Untold because instead of doing yet another Dracula film, Gary Shore was going on a different road, the origin story.

And that's what we got. It's the 13th Century and a young prince, Vlad (Luke Evans), is living peacefully with his family while ruling the Transylvania. One day though, a group of Turkish soldiers comes to his castle to collect the taxes with one awful news, their Sultan (Dominic Cooper) is demanding a thousand boys to create an army. Vlad refuses to do because his son (Art Parkinson) would be one of the boys; he instead goes meet a vampire (Charles Dance) on the mountains to obtain the power to protect his family and kingdom.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Big Sick (2017)

I go into movies completely blind most of the time. Sometimes it's the poster that makes me decide to watch a film. Other times it's because an actor/actress I like is in it. But most of the time I have no idea what the film is about and I like it that way - which is why I found Kumail telling Emily the plot of a film before they watched it quite annoying. My point is, if I knew The Big Sick was a romantic movie, I probably would have never watched it because they are not my thing. But you know what? That thing I mentioned above was the only thing that annoyed me about this incredibly well-crafted, beautiful and sweet film that succeeds in being a comedy, a drama and a romance.