Our Weekly Recommendations (May 2nd 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:

Thor

As far as Superhero film’s go, Thor can gladly claim its spot as one of the best ones to come out within the last few years. I was full of anticipation for this film, I haven’t been overly interested in Thor however everything that came out about the film looked extremely promising. I was not let down, as Thor manages to blend action, adventure, drama and comedy for an epic good time. There is deep down as well a very Shakespearian tragedy swirling throughout the film, something to be expected from director Kenneth Branagh. With this film we get an origin story of sorts, where as most of the focus is on this particular story and some Avengers set up added into the mix. The film down to basics sets up the realm of Asgard where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) lives and is a God, his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) banishes him to Earth whilst his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) causes all sorts of trouble. Whilst on Earth, Thor finds himself in a foreign land and ultimately discovering who he was meant to be. The film showcases some great performances from all involved, with Hemsworth and Hiddleston being the stand outs. The characters are actually fleshed out and aren’t just one dimensional. Loki especially was really well done and I think the best developed character type I have seen in a comic book film for some time. It looks stunning with Asgard looking just beautiful, and it was a joy to spend time there. This is easily one of the best films I have seen this year, and the other comic book films have some serious competition with this one. See it on the big screen and try and avoid the 3D if you can. While the conversion has improved, it does not add anything to the film what so ever and I really didn’t need the migraine afterward. This film is worth the migraine, I have seen it twice now, yes it is that good. You can read my full review over at KillerFilm.com
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Bede Jermyn Recommend’s:

White Dog

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Question: can it be possible for a film to be so controversial, that it can actually be shelved for over 25 years before it even got a DVD release? Well, it certainly did happen to my recommendation for this week, which is the 1982 Samuel Fuller film WHITE DOG. What happened to this film and the reason why it was barely released for many years is just as interesting as the film itself (you can read more about it here at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Dog), the fact that it made Samuel Fuller never want to make another film in the U.S. again gives you an idea how bad it got. So what is it about this film that is so controversial anyway? Read on and you’ll find out. Loosely based on the novel of the same name by Romain Gary (which was, believe it or not, based on something that actually happened to him in real life), the film tells the story of a young actress named Julie Sawyer (Kristy McNichol), who one night while driving home she accidentally runs over a white German shepherd. After the dog is treated of his wounds by a vet, Julie decides to adopt the dog until she can find its owners. However a few days later while shooting a film, her dog brutally attacks a young black actress. Julie discovers that her dog is no ordinary dog. He is in fact a “white dog”, a dog that has been trained to attack black people. He decides to take her dog to see renowned animal trainer Carruthers (Burl Ives), who she hopes will be able to help her with her dog. Carruthers tells her that he can’t and he advises that the dog should be put down. Not too long after that she meets Keys (Paul Winfield), a black animal trainer who works for Carruthers. Keys decides to help Julie, and he makes it his personal mission to re-program her dog so that he will no longer attack black people. While reading this synopsis, you can definitely see why this film has caused a lot of controversy. Personally I think in the wrong hands this film probably wouldn’t have worked but luckily co-writer/director Samuel Fuller was able to craft an absolutely effective, intense and thought-provoking anti-racism film that touches on some very interesting and challenging themes (the major one being whether racism is a problem that can be treated or a disease that once it infects the mind, it can never be undone).
The performances from the cast were really good (Winfield was definitely the stand out with his terrific turn but unfortunately the same can’t be said for McNichol, who was a bit on-and-off at times), Fuller’s direction is extremely well done and the script is fantastically well written (Fuller co-wrote it with future Oscar winning L.A. CONFIDENTIAL co-writer/director Curtis Hanson). Plus Ennio Morricone’s score was first rate and the dog attack scenes were absolutely bloody intense and terrifying. While the film does have the occasional flaw here and there but I highly recommend everyone to check out this out as it deserves to be seen. It’s definitely one of the most fascinating and unique films to deal with racism that I’ve seen in a long time. The fact that it was picked up and released by the Criterion Collection, will tell you what type of quality film you’ll expect to see.
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Logan J. Fowler Recommend’s:

The 40 Year Old Virgin

He may have been the laughable and cringe worthy Michael Scott for 7 seasons, but Carrel won my heart over with his portrayal of Andy Stitzer first. A loveable doof who has a geeky collection of stuff (so relatable to yours truly), he drops the bombshell indirectly during a poker game that he has not deactivated his “V card.” A group of young fellow employees rally behind him, trying to set him up with speed dating and local women, but Andy keeps failing. However, a chance encounter with Trish (Catherine Keener) changes all that, and Andy struggles under the pressure of being able to perform while acting cool around his new girlfriend.
The movie is a laugh riot, and it is a personal favorite. Paul Rudd is gold here, even before he went on to bigger comedic parts in Role Models and I Love You, Man. In addition, we also get Seth Rogen in his early stage before he wore out his “slacker/stoner” vibe (though, to be honest, his voiceover in Paul was perfectly cast. There may be hope yet).
The movie is sweet yet raunchy and it has some gut busting moments, plus the infamous “You know how I know you’re gay?” scene. There’s a ton of great quotes as well, and I don’t think I can say it enough; I love this film.
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Pat Torfe Recommend’s:

Killer Klowns From Outer Space

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Not everybody loves clowns (myself included), but I love Klowns. Killer Klowns From Outer Space, to be exact. The brainchild of the Chiodo brothers, this B-movie delight is clever, cheesy (the right kind), funny and frightening, especially if you’re scared of clowns. The basic plot screams B-movie: a UFO (a giant circus tent) lands outside the town of Crescent Cove, where aliens who look like typical earth clowns descend upon the town to get a ‘bite to eat’. The ‘eat’ part involves zapping humans and turning them into cotten candy coccoons, where the klowns then suck them up. It’s up to young lovers Mike Tobacco and Debbie Stone, along with a couple of other inhabitants of Crescent Cove, to stop the klowns. Did I mention that ‘young’ involves 30-something actors portraying teenagers? Yep, that’s the plot. I know it’s cheesy, but dammit if this film isn’t fun! Where else can you get typical clown-isms like balloon animals turned into tracker dogs, pies that melt people, shadow puppets that eat people and more? The fact that it’s all portrayed straight-faced and at first in an innocent manner helps make the sinister turn that much more fun. The acting is surprisingly fun and engaging, the highlight of which being the late John Vernon as the town’s police chief, who thinks that the whole invasion is just an elaborate gag by the townspeople. He lived through the Korean War, you know. Grant Cramer plays Mike as straight-up as you can get, which helps again to sell the film as being ‘serious’. I know that some people have a hard time determining what’s considered ‘good cheese’ and ‘bad cheese’, but believe me, this is the good stuff. It’s a shame that the film hasn’t gotten the sequel that the Chiodos talked about on the excellent DVD that was put out for this film, but at least we got the DVD! Check it out for yourself, and revel in the cheese that is Killer Klowns.
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