Wild Things (1998)
Nicolas Cage wears a leather suit with explosives attached to his testicles. Look, it’s Nicolas Cage, alright? Why even be shocked at this point.
Plot: In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber gets sprung from jail by a wealthy warlord whose adopted ‘granddaughter’ has gone missing. He offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for retrieving the runaway. Strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct in five days, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman, and in turn his own path to redemption.
In recent years Nicolas Cage has really dedicated himself to these midnight madness arthouse flicks such as Mandy and Color Out of Space, and now we have Prisoners of the Ghostland. And to be fair these three films actually make a nice triple bill if you will, as they all share common styles, especially aesthetically with their bright neon colours and eerie heavy metal music soundtracks. With this one Nicolas Cage is teamed with Japanese cult director Sion Sono to deliver us a samurai western with the typical tropes of the genres (you know the drill - lots of gore and over-the-top blood squirts mixed with cartoonish characters and cheesy lines of dialogue) but now with the added slice of Cage doing his thang. And for the most part it works. Look, if you’re into this type of genre and you’re a fan of Nicolas Cage’s ragey shenanigans them this is right up your main street. There’s plenty of samurai action and bonkers post-apocalyptic set pieces and when it comes to Cage, well let’s just say he has one of his best freak out moments in this when one of his testicles is exploded and, well, it’s a lot of fun.
Where the movie falters is in its pacing and lost narrative. We’re given the fun and somewhat original set-up with the villain conveniently named The Governor played by Bill Moseley providing the necessary exposition whilst hamming it up big time and slurring his Southern drawl like it’s no one’s business. And then Cage is set off into the Mad Max-esque wasteland and that’s where the movie begins throwing all these random things at you, from a scavenger clan known as The Rat Family to a bunch of choral dancers to weird creepy mannequin artistry on people to eventually an allegory on Hiroshima. There’s little rhyme nor reason, with all these bizarre ingredients mixed together to create something that I’d doubt would even be considered for second or third place on The Great British Bake-Off however it’s one that still offers enjoyment and good times. But yes, it’s all very very silly and over-the-top, hence why the pacing then comes into question. With all these mad ideas and happenstances the movie moves very slowly, as if it’s trying to ponder some existential life question, except there is no pondering nor any questions. Just the slow pace itself.
Prisoners of the Ghostland is a very acquired taste and definitely has a distinct target audience who love this type of genre and this actor. It will probably be treated as a B-movie throwaway flick, however I’d say it still has it’s moments of shine, especially from a technical standpoint with the visuals and the costumes. It’s a tad shame then that the movie’s narrative substance doesn’t keep up with the technical side but hey, I enjoyed nonetheless.
Overall score: 5/10
The Nail Gun Massacre 1985 movie trailer
Plot: After a young girl is gang raped by a crew of construction workers, someone starts killing off members of the group with a nail gun.
HBD, Olivia Newton-John / “Xanadu”
This Cult Classic Horror Film Is Getting Remembered Just In Time For Halloween
One of the best parts of Halloween is sitting down with friends and loved ones to watch some truly terrifying films! At least, that’s the case for some people. Some people would prefer something a bit more campy than downright terrifying. Fortunately, the internet has dug up and began discussing a cult classic that many have forgotten even exists. Night of the Comet released all the way back in…
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From Dusk Till Dawn | Robert Rodriguez | 1996
Recommendation of the week: Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020)
Dir.: Jasmila Žbanić
Cast.: Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic, Boris Ler, Dino Bajrovic, Boris Isakovic.
Plot: Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.
Filmphilics score: 8/10
Mình là đứa luôn có rất nhiều ngày muốn bỏ hết tất cả, về chốn xa lạ không thân không biết. Sống tạm vài ngày, vài tuần thậm chí vài tháng.
Sáng lên rừng, trưa xuống biển, chiều tản bộ đường núi. Mệt rồi thì ăn, khát rồi phải uống, thèm cốc tai có cốc tai, muốn hớt tóc có hớt tóc, muốn gì thì tự tìm cái đó. Nhìn dòng người qua lại, ngắm hoàng hôn buông xuống mỗi lúc một vẻ khi cam khi hồng khi xám xịt, thấy thương cho lòng mình cũng đã rệu rã héo tàn.
Mà mình cũng còn gì đâu, ngoài thân xác tạm bợ này.
Wild Things (1998)
Edgar Wright’s superb zom-com parody, Shaun Of The Dead – about a couple of unmotivated blokes (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) who become unlikely heroes when their lives are disrupted by the zombie apocalypse – shambled into theatres on September 24, 2004.
#132 Domestic studies: Mermaids (1990)
Rick Baker is amazing, what an utter legend!
Memento Mori / 여고괴담 두번째 이야기, 1999 (dir. by Min Kyu-dong & Kim Tae-yong)
The Girls by Emma Cline | Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)