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Old 08-01-2018, 05:45 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Hereditary


This recently entered my local $2.25 shit theater some few miles from my home. Before I dive into it, I must admit, at least where I live, these dollar theaters are almost too lit. These Mexicans that bring their 6 kids to a film don't give a fuck. For better and for worse. I saw the last Strangers film at this theater and people were cheering on the killers and applauding and laughing and having a jolly time. Hugely fun 2 hours, turned an otherwise shitty movie into what I think all movie going experiences should aspire to. Sometimes the kids cry or someone speaks overly loud and you wanna tell them to get the fuck out. I guess since the price of admission is so cheap that people think it's an excuse to be obnoxious? I have no idea. No real complaints though, big fan. Go support them.

It's impossible to discuss this film without spoiling it. I'll give it my best go. Hereditary is a story about a suburban family who anyone that might see them around wouldn't probably think anything of. Deep within this ancestry lies evil though. The likes of which I'm not sure anyone was ready for. It begins with a funeral. The main character, Annie, never truly knew her mother. Secretive as her mom was, she was also racked with mental disorders. Her dad as well. Those same genes trickled down to Annie and retroactively have now spilled over into the kids. I've only just scratched the surface of any intricate detail this film requires you to look for.

This movie pulls no punches. It will mash your face in, and spit on your grave. What it lacks in any real jump scares, it makes up for it with calculated, unnerving atmospheric tension. This film is soaked in dread, from the blueish dark lighting, to Millie Shapiro's incredible creepiness, to Toni Colette's unforgettable role as a woman who visibly gets shredded throughout the film. She shows such an incredible range of emotions. Early Oscar buzz is well deserved. I'd never been a huge Colette fan but I've done a 180 on that opinion. I highly doubt she'll win, but I'll be damn surprised if she doesn't get nominated. Not to mention Alex Wolff who is a pretty young up and comer, but Christ get this man some more roles. He was great as well.

All in All, Hereditary juggles many things. It maintains being a family drama while at the same time it's a horror film in the vein of The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby. I'm aware some people have trouble processing the last 15 or so minutes of the end and to a minor extent, I can agree a little, but it no way deters me from the experience leading up to it. It's a fine ending and the entire film is in the pantheon now of one of the great horror films of our time. A
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Killer Joe

William Friedkin's wild. The Exorcist always rubbed me as an authentic, classy, horror foray into unspeakable demonic powers. It's a proper well made film that used minor tricks to enhance the viewing. It was raw filmmaking in it's purest form. What transpired afterwards is still to this day the scariest film of all time. I'm sure I'm boring you at this point. Everyone calls The Exorcist the benchmark. No shock at all. What I'm getting at is that 39 years later, Friedkin would almost get as close to fucked up as he did that long ago with 2012's Killer Joe. This really flew under the radar. I was well in my teenage years in 2012, in other words I was watching every film under the sun. Yet I never heard of anyone named Killer Joe up until about last year. If you've yet to see this film, I won't spoil it. But Goddamn if I defy my rule.

Killer Joe tells the story of a beer-swishing wicked white trash family that meets a man named Killer Joe to request a service. As much as I contemplated even mentioning that, that's all the plot I'll give away. It really is the type of film that you need to go in completely washed of any ideas or rumors you might've heard. This might be Matthew Mcconaughey's best performance. He's deserving of his little statue man for Dallas Buyer's Club but if this weren't such a divisive trashy film, he could've been easily nominated for this. He's aggressive, sexy, deadly, menacing, and without a doubt a terrible person, all brought incredibly wrapped up by his performance. Friedkin hasn't felt so essential in a very long while.

This received the much controversial rating of NC-17. Before I watched the film I said "what could be so terribly explicit about this film it needs an NC-17?".

Then I watched it.

The first 5 minutes, a women's hairy downstairs enters the frame right in front of Emile Hersch's face. It's absolutely repulsive. Not to mention a scene that simulates oral sex. I swear if someone stumbled onto this film at that very moment, they might think they're watching a XXX porno. It's absolutely brutal and not entirely in a satisfying way, just an ugly scene that's hard not to watch. Everyone fills these roles beautifully. The violence is nasty, the dialogue is ripe with southern Dallas accents, and Friedkin's direction is fierce.

Highly recommended if you can stomach. Nothing compares to The Exorcist but goddamnit ya'll I don't think anything compares to Killer Joe either yeeeee-haaaaaw.

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Nah. Not really into Manga at all. My roommates and practically everyone else has tried to convert me but it never works.
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Dude. Watch Ninja Scroll right now. It's a top ten action movie, animated or otherwise. Pretty sure it was also a big influence on MSG 3: Snake Eater, with Kojima borrowing the whole band of freaks hunting down a lone badass. Two of the guys from Snake Eater, The Fear and The Pain, were pretty much just straight up lifted from Ninja Scroll.
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Yeah I can see how it was adapted from a play because the movie never quite figured out if its tone was gritty and nihilistic or over-the-top and borderline ridiculous and I think the ending showed this perfectly by seeming as if it would have actually made tonal sense if I were watching it performed live.
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Hmm. I'll take it into consideration. Might not write a full review though hope that's okay.

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Thinking of it performed live makes me imagine two sweet old ladies getting tickets to a show they've never seen before and that show happens to be Killer Joe and both of them die of a heart attack right around the third act.
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