Franchise Weekend – Nymphomaniac Vol 2 (2013)

Director: Lars von Trier

Writer: Lars von Trier (Screenplay)

Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth

 

Plot: The continuation of Joe’s sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adulthood, obsessions and what led to her being in Seligman’s care.


Tagline – Forget About Love

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Darker, but Not Interesting

 

Story: Nymphomaniac Vol 2 starts where the last film finished as Joe (Gainsbourg telling the story, Martin acting the story) is feeling lifeless when it comes to sex and even after having a child with Jerome (LaBeouf) the two start to become distant in their relationship as Joe still requires her sexual times. Now we are watching the older Joe only as she gets involved with risky sexual experiences.

When her body starts to struggle with the sex in her life, she starts going through treatment for her sex addiction and what she goes through next shows just how addiction can take over the lives of people.

 

Thoughts on Nymphomaniac Vol 2

 

Characters – Joe continues her story in this one we look at her taking on more extreme sexual encounters as she does continue to take on daily encounters to satisfy her lust. We see the affects on her body as she grows to the middle aged woman. The rest of the characters we meet don’t get enough screen time, Jerome is here only to try to take Joe’ child away. Seligman does have a bigger secret about him.

PerformancesCharlotte Gainsbourg does take the centre stage this time around going through the sexual encounters, she does commit to the performance. We have new actors joining this film and they do a good enough job when given the time.

StoryThe next chapter of the stories of Nymphomaniac Joe, this does show her going into extremer formers of sexual pleasure which has cost her child, but found her a career she could never have imagined, one which lets her use her sexual desires. The thing with the story here, is that you do need to have seen the first film to have any idea what is going on, while most two part movies you can miss or get recap this offers us nothing to help.

SettingsThe settings continued to show us just where Joe finds herself through her different encounters, none become the most important to the film.


Scene of the Movie –
The new job for Joe.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It’s just unrealistic conversations.

Final ThoughtsThis is the second half of a film, that if you don’t make it through the first one, you will not enjoy the second, this might be darker, but it just isn’t enjoyable enough to sit through.

 

Overall: Still difficult to watch.

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Franchise Weekend – Nymphomaniac Vol 1 (2013)

Director: Lars von Trier

Writer: Lars von Trier (Screenplay)

Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Stkarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen

 

Plot: A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.


Tagline –  Forget About Love

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Uncomfortable at Times

 

Story: Nymphomaniac Vol 1 starts as a beaten Joe (Gainsbourg) is rescued by Seligman (Skarsgard) taken back to his home to hear her story. Joe gives her story about how she is a nymphomaniac and how she became sexually awoken at a young age, flashback to a younger Joe (Martin) who goes through men for her own pleasure with her best friend B (Clark) in a competition level.

As the sexual stories compare to Seligman’s love of fishing we learn how Joe finds herself in this situation, well for the first chapter of the film.

 

Thoughts on Nymphomaniac Vol 1

 

Characters – Joe is the nymphomaniac, we do meet her at different stages of her life, from her first sexual encounter to her stage where she is left beaten up. We learn how she enjoys sex and has her whole life, she has only followed the idea of sex though, never believed in love, telling her story show where she is now. Seligman is a fisherman that takes Joe in to help her fix up, he listens to her story comparing it to his desire to fish. Jerome is one of the first true lusts that Joe has one that she might have loved, he was her first lover and soon becomes the pretend boss in her life, the one she can’t have. The rest of the characters we meet are those that are involved directly or indirectly with her sexual stories.

PerformancesCharlotte Gainsbourg is good at the telling the story side of the film, she does show the regrets of her characters past, but it is Stacy Martin that does sexual side of the story and as a newcomer does become the star of the show. Skarsgard is always a man you could listen to tell a story, this is all he does though. The performances are fine but no one outside of Martin really stands out.

StoryThe story here follows Joe a nymphomaniac that is telling her story to a man that offered her help in her time off need. Now this is a story about addiction, this time her addiction is sex and how it has affected different moments of her life. The story does give us lots of comparisons between sex and fishing which is weird and does try to make a big statement about people vision of life.

SettingsThe settings show us the different locations that Joe has been having sex and what it means to her life, none of the settings become the most important part of the film though.


Scene of the Movie –
Chapter 4.

That Moment That Annoyed Me LaBeouf doing an accent.

Final ThoughtsThis is part one of a double header, I am not looking forward to part two as this film doesn’t become the most interesting when it comes to everything going on.

 

Overall: Not the most interesting.

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ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – B – Beast of the Bearing Sea (2013)

Director: Don E FauntLeRoy

Writer: Brook Durham (Screenplay)

Starring: Cassandra Scerbo, Jonathan Lipnicki, Kevin Dobson, Jaqueline Fleming, Brandon Beemer

 

Plot: The brother and sister in this movie are twins, they have a special thing going on.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Best Sea Vampire Movie & the Worst

 

Story: Beast of the Bering Sea starts with the Hunter family, father Glenn (Dobson) and children Joe (Lipnicki) and Donna (Scerbo) leading their latest expedition into the Bering Sea in search for treasure only for Jonas (Papajohn) to be attacked underwater.

Looking to continue their treasure hunting Donna, Joe are joined by deck hand Owen Powers (Beemer) and scientist Megan Arthur (Fleming) as they must learn how to fight sea vampires, a local legend that isn’t so much of legend. Now they must fight these creatures before they spread around the world.

 

Thoughts on Beast of the Bering Sea

 

Characters – Donna is the daughter of the family, she is cold hearted and only trusts family when it comes to conducting business. She does try to stay on top the situation while dealing with an aggressive rival. Joe is the reckless brother of Donna that always enjoys the fun side of the diving never the preparations. Megan Arthur is a scientist that sees this new species as something in need of studying to learn their weaknesses before getting ready to see them as a threat.

PerformancesThis is a low budget Sci-Fi movie, we know the performances are not going to be great, Cassandra Scerbo is the highlight of the cast after being the best thing in the Sharknado movies and brings another strong performance.

StoryThe story follows divers that must take on sea vampires after disturbing their nest and giving them a taste for human blood. While we know the story is never going to be the deepest here, we have enough to let us know what we are up against and giving us enough disposable characters to let the creatures get their fill. We do have random jumps in the story which seem to avoid showing us big moments in the story.

Action/Horror/Sci-FiThe action is fighting off the sea vampires which could be classed as the horror creatures the film needs to keep us interested, the sci-fi side of the film comes from the potential fictional creatures.

SettingsThe film takes place of the coast of the Bering Sea, which works for the title of the film, but he reality it this could be any coastal village.

Special EffectsThe effects are the low budget type, which can look bad, but if you watch with the right mind you should get enough out of them.


Scene of the Movie –
First explosion of Sea Vampire.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The forced character developed slows the pace down too often.

Final ThoughtsThis is a low budget sci-fi movie, you know what you will get, it will be fun enough just don’t take it too seriously.

 

Overall: Simple sci-fi film.

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – G – The Grandmaster (2013)

Director: Kar-Wai Wong

Writer: Kar-Wai Wong, Jingzhi Zou, Haofeng Xu (Screenplay) Kar-Wai Wong (Story

Starring: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang

 

Plot: The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.


Tagline –  In Martial Arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing.

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Watch IP Man

 

Story: The Grandmaster starts as we learn how the 40-year-old IP Man (Leung) life of luxury is turned upside due to the war in China, he loses everything including daughters to the effects, he moves onto Hong Kong to try to rebuild his life will being the excellent martial artists, we do follow a large amount of time in his life to get to where we do in the film.

 

Thoughts on The Grandmaster

 

Characters – IP man is the legend, arguable the greatest martial artist of all time, he trained Bruce Lee as his most famous student. This follows his life from riches, to rags and the rise of his dojo of training. We also follow Gong Er who wants to break boundaries in protecting her family’s honour and Ma San the man who uses his martial arts for evil in the world.

PerformancesThe performances here are fine, the fights between the different stars all click well making moments feel like edge of your seat, but after watching the IP Man I found those performances easier to connect too.

StoryThe story follows the life and times of IP Man, a legend in the martial arts field, we follow decades of his life which is fine, but it has been told before in three films, which gave them more time to develop the story. it feels like we gloss over too many moments that are much bigger in this life. The story just isn’t as interesting when it gets trimmed down this much.

Action/Biopic/Romance/WarThe action sequences are great fight sequences which is good to see, and they do feel brutal in effect. The biopic side of the story does seem to gloss over too much for us now we have a longer focus in the IP man films.

SettingsThe settings are fine throughout the film, they do seem darker than they need to be and quite often include rain for some reason.


Scene of the Movie –
Any of the fight scenes.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The fact is that I have seen IP man films and this is the same story trimmed down.

Final ThoughtsThis is a basic biopic on the IP man, you could watch the three and soon to be four films with Donnie Yen to get more in depth stories that this film covers in trimmed down time, the action won’t let you down though.

 

Overall: Solid enough, but not great.

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – # – 009 Re: Cyborg (2012)

Director: Kenji Kamiyama

Writer: Kenji Kamiyama (Screenplay) Shotaro Ishinomori (Manga)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Chiwa Saito, Daisuke Ono, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Mamoru Miyano, Noriaki Sugiyama

 

Plot: Anime adventure from ‘Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex’ (2002) director Kenji Kamiyama. Nine cyborgs created for destructive purposes disappeared for over 27 years after they were forced to turn on their creators in the name of justice. Now, as a number of seemingly unrelated terrorist attacks happen in locations throughout the world, the group reunites to battle against the devastating force and restore order to the globe once more.


Tagline – A classic sci-fi tale, reimagined!

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting, but Slow Story

 

Story: 009 Re: Cyborg starts as the see how the world has come under attack from an unknown threat destroying skyscrapers across the globe, Dr Isaac Gilmore recalls his 9 cyborgs from hiding to help their creator stop this impending apocalypse. The cyborgs from all over the world arrive with Joe battle in China, while Great Britain is investigating the streets in search of the answer.

As the terrorist attacks increase the rest of the cyborgs much come together to learn he truth behind the mysterious attacks which leave the line ‘his voice’ surrounding any attack.

 

Thoughts on 009 Re: Cyborg

 

Characters – The characters we meet are the main 9 cyborgs, each from different countries in the world, each trying to protect it from destruction, our main cyborg is 009 Joe who both gets framed and goes face to face with the attacker. Each one of the cyborgs does offer something different about them which does help the story unfold.

StoryThe story follows a string of mysterious terrorist attacks hitting the population of the world and nine cyborgs must come together to stop the world be destroyed only to learn more of the origin which plays into religious beliefs. This does make things very interesting to see unfolding even if we do spend way too much time getting through the details.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is big and plays into the animation style which is what we know we will be getting with the sci-fi world mixing with the religious beliefs.

SettingsThe film does take us to known location around the world for the destruction sequences throughout the film.

AnimationThe animation throughout the film looks great and helps improve the look of the action.


Scene of the Movie –
Final sequences.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too much explanation about the origin.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good animated movie that tells an interesting story even if it can be slow in places.

 

Overall: Animation well worth watching.

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