Our Weekly Recommendations (April 6th 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:

Best Worst Movie

Here is an excerpt from my original review, which you can read in it’s entirety here.
“Best Worst Movie is a documentary about the film Troll 2, which has been known as the worst movie ever made. Troll 2 is a film about vegan goblins, they turn humans into plantation in order to eat them. There aren’t any trolls in the film, and distributors only named it Troll 2 for marketing purposes. Best Worst Movie follows the cult phenomenon of Troll 2, and catches up with the cast and some of the crew. The film was made by Michael Stephenson who played the main character of Joshua in Troll 2 (he pissed on hospitality). For the most part we tag along with Dr. George Hardy (he played the Dad in Troll 2), since the film he has become a dentist. We see how people react to Troll 2, and how successful screenings of the film are.
This just reminded me of amazing Troll 2 really is, and why it is now one of my all time favourite films. It was just so amazing to see what had happened to most of the cast, and how they really felt about being in the film. The reactions they had made me laugh and cry, I was so moved. Especially when we are shown how they interact with the fans, and just how awesome Troll 2 fans are. George Hardy was just such a pleasure to watch, does this man ever not have a smile on his face? I think I wanted to hug him the entire time. Oh Claudio Fragasso, what an amazing man. He legitimately thinks he made a great film, and has no idea why anyone would think it is bad. I can certainly see that, it was just so awesome to see him directing the actors again. They visited the filming locations and reenacted their scenes. I was in stitched as George and Michael did the ‘don’t piss on hospitality’ scene. It just made me want to tighten my belt, to avoid those hunger pains.”
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Nick Bosworth Recommend’s:

Source Code

Am I safe to say that SOURCE CODE is one of the best films of 2011 and is now one of my all-time favourite sci-fi action thrillers (with a small dash of romance and comedy)? The answer is a loud “HELL YEAH!”. Director Duncan Jones has officially proven himself as a director with a fantastic career ahead of him after only two films (one small, one big) and I’m officially aching to see what he brings us next (much like David Fincher).
SOURCE CODE first off has a very fresh story and solid writing from screenwriter Ben Ripley which I loved the most as the film didn’t carry a single cliche of any kind which proves that creativity is still possible if you have the ambition and drive to attain and use it. I would go into more detail on the story here but I’d have to go into spoiler territory and that isn’t fair for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. Jake Gyllenhaal gave what I think is the best performance of his career in this movie as a man trying desperately to seek out those involved in the story’s train disaster while at the same time trying to unravel his own predicaments of how he ended up in this situation in the first place. The supporting cast also blew me away such as Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright and the absolutely stunning and talented Michelle Monaghan (I honestly blush when I look at Michelle…she’s so beautiful). The pacing of the film was also fantastic, it never gets boring and it leaves you on the edge wondering what will happen next. The action is great, the performances are terrific, the direction is top notch and the level of creativity and freshness of the story really sold me the most. A lot of people might say that the CGI is a bit cheesy for the beginning explosion of the film but it really didn’t bother me that much as the rest of it is flat-out jaw-dropping, especially the ones seen in slow-motion. It’s without question a fantastic flick and I highly recommend it to everyone.
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Bede Jermyn Recommend’s:

Hereafter

Since making his amazing film “Mystic River” back in 2003, actor/director/living legend Clint Eastwood has been has been delivering a good track record of consistently great films as a director, ranging from the really good/great (“Flags Of Our Fathers”, “Changeling”, “Gran Torino” and “Invictus”) to the truly excellent (“Million Dollar Baby” and “Letters From Iwo Jima”, the former of which made my top 10 best films of the 00’s list). After watching all these films (as well as finally getting around to checking out his past filmography) I’ve become a big fan of his work and I look forward to any film that he releases. This brings me to his most recent film, which in my opinion might be up there as one of his interesting films of his career. Why is that you ask? Because the film takes on a subject that Eastwood has never tackled before: the supernatural. But most importantly one of life’s big questions: what happens to us after we die? This is the main theme that runs though “Hereafter” as we follow the lives of three very different people whose lives are touched by this very question. The 1st story is about Marie (played by Cecile De France), a French T.V. journalist who after almost getting killed in a tsunami, has a near death experience where she has a vision of the afterlife. After returning to Paris, she tries to get on with her life but she continues to be haunted by her vision. She decides set on a personal mission to find out if what she experienced was real or not. The 2nd story follows a young British boy named Marcus (played by real-life twin brothers Frankie McLaren & George McLaren) who unable to cope with the death of his twin brother Jason (played also by both Frankie McLaren & George McLaren), sets out to meet as many psychics and mediums as he possibly can, hoping that one of them will be able to contact his brother on the other side. Finally the 3rd story follows George (Matt Damon), a lonely man who years earlier decided to give up his work as a medium so that he could concentrate on having a normal life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come as easy as he thought it would. One of the things that interested me about this film was reading the mixed reaction it received after it was released ((especially the negative reviews), which I have to admit quite of puzzled me a bit. I can understand why some people wouldn’t have liked it (personally I think that a lot of people were expecting the film to be a supernatural thriller in the vein of “The Sixth Sense”, which it wasn’t at all) but to be honest I found this to be a really moving, captivating and truthfully quite an underrated film. The performances from the three leads (Damon, De France and the McLaren twins) were really terrific, as well as the supporting cast who were also good (the stand-out for me was Bryce Dallas Howard who gave quite a wonderful performance). Eastwood’s direction is as laidback but beautifully elegant as always and the script by Peter Morgan (who also wrote “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon”) is very well written. Also Eastwood’s own score was great (simple and moving without ever being intrusive), the cinematography was fantastic and there are some very powerful and emotional scenes (the tsunami sequence was absolutely intense and terrifying). While it does have its flaws (I felt that that they could have done more with the second half of Marie’s story and the last 10 minutes felt like it was trying to wrap itself up very quickly) and it was a bit slow-paced at times, it is still very much a film that highly recommend everyone to see. Don’t go into the film expecting it to be like “The Sixth Sense” (or any other supernatural film for that matter), you will probably end up being very disappointed. However if are looking for a simple but extremely well crafted character driven drama that deals with one of life’s big questions in a moving and compelling way, then this film is for you. It might not be for everyone, but hopefully you’ll dig it as much as I did.
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Pat Torfe Recommend’s:

Dark City

Last week I chose Alex Proyas’ The Crow as a recommendation. Coincidentally enough, I was down at Blockbuster and picked up Dark City, which was also directed by Proyas. Criminally underrated and overlooked, this was one of my favorite films of ’98, and to this stay still looks as slick and as fun as when I first saw it. A quasi retelling of the Allegory of the Cave used by Greek philosopher Plato, Dark City starred Rufus Sewell as John Murdoch, a man who wakes up in a hotel bathtub and unable to remember who he is. In his room he finds his clothes and a dead hooker. John then receives a call from Dr. Daniel Schreber (played by Kiefer Sutherland, even though he looks and reminds me of Phillip Seymour Hoffman), urging him to leave, as a group of men are after him. It soon becomes apparent that there is more to John than we know, along with Schreber, the group of men, and the city that they all dwell in. Delightfully dark and gothic (almost Kafkaesque), the film unfortunately was dumbed down at the request of the studio for fear that folks wouldn’t understand what was going on (which defeats the purpose of the beginning of the film). The film still didn’t receive much notice at the box office (thank you, Titanic, you overrated epic of annoying proportions), but won praise from critics and maintained a cult following. The recently-released Blu-Ray disc is one to get, as not only does it have the wonderful commentary by Roger Ebert (who called the film “a great visionary achievement”), but also contains some great making-of materials and both the theatrical and director’s cuts of the film. Yes, some of the CG effects are dated, but the main focus here is the story and the wonderful environments by Patrick Tatopoulos, which as you can guess, are fantastic to look at.
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