Items tagged "british":

  1. A Lonely Place to Die (2011)

    A group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands discover a kidnapped girl and are pursued by her captors.

    Off to the mountains! For some R&R and… death.

    Directed by Julian Gilbey, who surprised me with his rowdy and violent Rise of the Footsoldier (2007).

    Hell yeah! A survival thriller starring Melissa George - who came out in a bunch of horror films (I personally enjoyed): Triangle (2009), Turistas (2006), 30 Days of Night (2007) and The Amityville Horror (2005). Horror-suspense-thriller is her genre, she can sell it.

    A British adventure horror looming in the realm of “it could happen” or “it’s fairly possible”. Adding fright to an already frightful separation from civilization. You’re on your own…

    It’s a nail biting ride that slowly edges through the crime genre. Hikers discover a child in the forest “who’s she?” And in a blink of an eye - they fall one by one. There is little information given about the mountaineers and the criminals that surround them. The suspense bit and sudden shocks are what this film’s all about.

    Yeah, this ain’t an award winner. Some may even call it “stupid” - But if you’re looking for some thrills and death spills, this one’s for you. 

    What gave this film strength was the foley/sound effects used in death/violent scenes, you can hear ‘em bones break. I cringed a few times. Another thing that kept my interest was one of the criminals - The fat bearded one. He was very horror monster-ish.

    The scenery and dialogue was… sorta typical, BUT this film got me. I can’t quite put my finger on where or how.

    Watch it for what it is… a survival/chase thriller.


  2. Submarine (2010)

    15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

    Based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne.

    It would be cliche to call this “a British coming of age comedy”, but it totally is.

    Refreshing! This had heart and a funny bone. Directed by The IT Crowd (2006) fro-hair funnyman Richard Ayoade. Good debut!

    The narration (flow/pacing) was brilliant and gave this film a solemn and distinct aura of realism through the lens. Matched with some sarcasm and wit, with accompaniment of chapter breaks. Life is truly colorful.

    "Smart kid" Craig Roberts was terrific in the leading role. His tandem with Yasmin Paige was cute and vibrant. Fresh talent is always appreciated. The story of their characters took me back to my younger years, goddamn. Young love, sweet love. I believe we will be seeing more of Craig Roberts in the near future.

    The demoralized bum-lookin’ dad Noah Taylor, was darkly hilarious. “I am exciting and delicious” Paddy Considine is the flashy and bizarre motivator, with a questionable motive. All the characters were endearing…

    Impressive and profound, with all too familiar banter. The music added that “And so it is…” vibe. Viewers can expect to take something with them after watching this, some good stuff here. Not an award winning film, but one to pass on and share.

    The “Tragedy and Comedy” of life… a backhand bitchslap of reality that makes you all fuzzy inside.


  3. Attack the Block (2011)

    A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

    Shaun of the Dead (2004) meets Super 8 (2011)! An absolutely FUN sci-fi action comedy.

    Props to writer/director Joe Cornish, for blurring the lines of fantasy and reality. This had great visuals and the characters felt real. Dark and vibrant at the same time. This urban sci-fi has something about it that just captures audiences…

    Potty mouth kids battle “blackest black” creatures from another planet. The effects and creatures were simple and yet decent. What drove this film was the awesome bunch of troublemakers and their leader Moses. Played by 1st timer John Boyega - who did a good job as the rough and tough teen. The banter and wit was amusing to say the least.

    And “woah!” Nick Frost slouched on the couch… once again. This time he’s a pot dealer! It doesn’t get any better than that.

    The music was a bonus. It set the pace and tone, making this a thrill ride with some kick.

    Some have dubbed this as the “British Super 8”- I say it’s something else.

    "Inner City vs. Outer Space" -> this says it all.


  4. Burke And Hare (2010)

    A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

    It’ll cost an arm and a leg! A nice based on a not so true story about the dark side of the medical profession.

    Death is a lucrative business. At the beginning it reminded me of I Sell the Dead (2008), in need of bodies. But this film had loads more to offer. This also had some similarities (atmosphere) with From Hell (2001). A bit of a horror, some great comic bits and a well rounded cast.

    Simon Pegg and Gollum Andy Serkis are the misfit duo who find themselves caught between making a living and the politics behind (developing) medical practice. 

    The townsfolk and doctors comprise of great talent such as Isla Fisher, Christopher Lee, Tim Curry, Bill Bailey and Tom Wilkinson.

    This was a good Brit horror comedy, with some drama about learning from life decisions. Not sure if everyone will like the humor. A bit slow paced towards the end and the humor is an all-out-laugh. Did i mention gore? Yeah, there’s lots of it!