Our Weekly Recommendations (Feb 22nd 2011)

Every week the people of Super Website (Super Blog) will give you a recommendation of a Film, DVD, Bluray, Book, Soundtrack or any other item for you the readers to check out.
Super Marcey Recommend’s:

No Retreat, No Surrender

This might seem like an odd choice, but with in all seriousness this film is my pick me up. If I am in a bad mood or in need of a cheer up, nothing works as well as No Retreat No Surrender. This is a fun film, in the spirit of something like The Karate Kid only the cheaper version, it is an under dog story. But damn, is this film all kinds of amazing terribleness. Yes the acting is awful, the script is awful and one of the characters is an imaginary Bruce Lee. But all of these things make this film so fantastic, it isn’t like any other bad film. This defines the term ‘So bad it’s good’ and I honestly can’t understand anyone hating this. Don’t expect a masterpiece, just expect fun and a good time. This film contains one of Van Damme’s earliest acting roles, he doesn’t say much but it is cool to see him. There is an amazing Bromance at the heart of this film, as well as one of the most memorable film characters R.J. Madison. This really is the Troll 2 of martial arts films, do yourself a favour and track this one down.
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Nick Bosworth Recommend’s:

Inside Job

You might have heard about this little gem of a film either from a close friend, a work buddy, accidentally on the internet or perhaps even a gentle whisper in the breeze. If you haven’t heard of INSIDE JOB however, you seriously don’t know what you’re missing. If you’re one of the tens of millions of people out there in the world who has always wondered why in the hell the banking corporations of the most powerful nations on Earth almost brought about the end of civilized life as we know it during that fateful month of September 2008, this is the film for you. You know what, I take back that last sentence because EVERYONE should see this film to truly understand that there are some people in this world who are far more frightening than any monster living in your closet. Directed by Charles Ferguson who also recently brought us another powerful documentary recently called “No End in Sight – The American Occupation of Iraq”, INSIDE JOB uses a very unique blend of interviews, graph data and the clear precise voice of Matt Damon to inform the audience as to why the government and financial prosperity of the United States and and the world in-fact is controlled not at the White House but on Wall Street instead. The film is primarily comprised of interviews with some of the leading minds in financial decision-making/research in the world including many of whom who have taken advantage of the system to make big money in the past even if they won’t admit any wrong doing. Unlike documentary films by Michael Moore (hypocritical and makes big money from his exploitations), Ferguson keeps his agenda very clear and focused and only searches for the truth as to how the 2008 financial crisis occurred, where it all began, who benefited the most and where are we at this point. Confrontations, startling facts and clear understandings of how we got to this point are abundant throughout the film and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that when the film is officially released, give it a rent and see what all the fuss is about.
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Pat Torfe Recommend’s:

Dog Soldiers

This week I had the unfortunate task of reviewing Half Moon. As a result, I needed a good werewolf film to remedy that disaster. Thank goodness for Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers! If you haven’t heard of this awesome film, you have no idea what you’re missing. The basic story is this: a group of British soldiers out on a training exercise in Scotland get ambushed by a pack of werewolves. The remaining members of the group are rescued away by a passer-by who takes them to her cabin. There, the group learns of the truth behind what attacked them and make their final stand. Great acting coupled with a great screenplay had me hooked right from the start. It also helps that the gore in this puppy was red and free-flowing. Where else can you find a guy supergluing his stomach back together after being slashed open by a werewolf? The tension that was presented was another great thing about this film. You didn’t know how may of those furry bastards were out there (and neither did the squad), while you knew that they outnumbered the folks in the cabin. It was also nice to see the werewolves presented in such a unique sort of way that was different from what you’d think of when you think of werewolves. The only real downer to this film is that the ending sets up a sequel that will probably never see the light of day, given that Dog Soldiers: Fresh Meat hasn’t had much (if any activity) about it in over 5 years. A shame, since Neil Marshall’s other big film, The Descent, got a sequel almost immediately. Do yourself a favour and grab the DVD. It’ll be a guilty pleasure and then some!
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Bede Jermyn Recommend’s:

Red Hill

I love a good Australian film. As anyone who knows me knows I’m big supporter of the Australian films and I will check any Aussie film that comes my way. Especially, of course, if it is a genre effort. This brings me to this little gem of a film that really entertained the hell out of me. The story is about a young police officer named Shane Cooper (Ryan Kwanten from the T.V. show “True Blood”) who, after an incident in the city, relocates with his pregnant wife (Claire van der Boom) to the small town of Red Hill to work with the local law enforcement there, under the guidance of the town’s intimidating Inspector William ‘Old Bill’ Jones (Steve Bisley of “Mad Max” fame). Unfortunately, his first day on the job turns into a terrifying ordeal when a man named Jimmy Conway (Tom E. Lewis) escapes from prison and makes his way back home to Red Hill to take revenge of the local police who put him away. Writer/director Patrick Hughes debut film is a dark, violent and intense modern day western/thriller that feels at times like it was influenced by the works of John Carpenter. Seriously, the first thought that came to my head after I watched it was, “this is the best John Carpenter that John Carpenter himself never made”. And believe when I say that because writer/director Patrick Hughes does a great job channeling Carpenter’s style while bringing his own directorial touches to the table. While it does have its flaws here and here, it’s still quite a strong and confidently made debut for him. Also the cast are all gave really good performances (the stand-outs being Kwanten, who gives quite a strong and believable turn and Lewis, who bring such quiet intensity to his role, the cinematography is beautiful and the action scenes are extremely well staged. If you are in the mood for a dark, action-packed modern day take on the western, then I definitely recommend everyone to check this one out for sure.
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2 thoughts on “Our Weekly Recommendations (Feb 22nd 2011)

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  2. I queued up Red Hill on Netflix based on your recommendation and I wasn’t disappointed. Very cool film with some good performances and one of the more visually menacing “grey hat” villains in recent memory. It was beautifully shot and while it definitely had some flaws in logic and continuity, I’ll be looking forward to more of Hughes’ work.

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