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50 DMC Day 50 – Favorite black-and-white film

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Repulsion is one of the finest horror films ever made. The sense of dread and decay (both physical and mental) is highly potent and never fails to give me the chills. The lack of color only emphasises the tension. It’s a very beautifully shot film, with the always stunning Catherine Deneuve in an awesome and eerie lead performance. Roman Polanski has rarely been better. You can read more thoughts of mine on this great film in this post I wrote about women-going-mad movies.

 

And thus, we’ve reached the end of The 50 Day Movie Challenge. I’ve had a lot of fun doing this thing, especially hunting around for clips to use and being reminded of why I love certain films so much. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well. As for what’s next on this blog, I don’t know. I have nothing in particular planned, so we’ll see what happens. I wouldn’t expect any daily updates or anything, but hopefully I’ll come up with something to write about every now and then.

 
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Posted by on 16 July, 2011 in 50 Day Movie Challenge

 

50 DMC Day 49 – A movie that will always make you think of a special moment

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I’m actually drawing a bit of a blank here, so I’m bending the rules a bit. I don’t know if this pick of mine actually fulfills the “always” part of today’s prompt. I’ve only seen it once, and it was only about a month ago. The film I’m talking about is Lemmy, a documentary on Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. I really wasn’t very impressed with the movie, as it’s little more than two hours of people talking about how awesome Lemmy is. While this is of course a profound and undeniably true insight, there’s no need to spend that much time hammering it down.

It did take me back in time to 2000 when I went to my first real concert, though. Me and my circle of friends were all into hard rock and metal, and Motörhead was one of our big bands at the time. So when we found out that they were coming to the nearby city, we got tickets. Motörhead was the big draw for us, but it wasn’t just them. It was a big show which also featured Dio and Manowar.

Being my first concert, I of course had a great time. There is an undeniable energy present when experiencing music live. Granted, we were actually a bit disappointed with Motörhead. Compared to Dio and Manowar (neither which we were very familiar with at the time), they seemed a bit tired and uninspired. The other two bands more than made up for it, fortunately enough. And then there’s all the other fun stuff we saw at the show, such as the guy who had cigarette butts in his ears since he had forgotten to bring earplugs. Little things like that serve to anchor episodes to our memory bank, and there was plenty of it at that concert. Good times, great memories.

 
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Posted by on 15 July, 2011 in 50 Day Movie Challenge

 

50DMC Day 48 – Movie scene that most makes you wince

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The sheer brutality on display by Edward Norton in American History X‘s well-known curb stomp scene never fails to make me gasp. It’s sudden, it’s vicious, and such a cruel act of violence that you wonder who would think to do such a thing. It’s fuelled by hatred, not mere revenge for the attempted theft. It’s made all the more impactful by Norton’s unapologetic face as he’s arrested after the fact.

 
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Posted by on 14 July, 2011 in 50 Day Movie Challenge

 

50DMC Day 47 – An unfilmed book or idea that should be a film

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Bret Easton Ellis’ books have had mixed results when transferred to the world of cinema. The Informers, for example was a very forgettable film. And while I haven’t seen Lunar Park yet, according to most accounts it’s quite terrible. But you also have American Psycho, by far the most well-known of the lot. It’s a fine film with a star-making turn by Christian Bale in the lead, even if it pales in comparison to the brilliant novel. The real gem of Ellis adaptations is 2002’s The Rules of Attraction, however. Directed by Roger Avary, it takes great liberties with the novel’s tone and turns it into something superficially (that’s the keyword right there) resembling a normal college comedy, only much darker and scathing. It’s a highly enjoyable film, and one I’d urge anyone to check out. Underseen and underrated.

It’s also Ellis’ own favorite among the adaptations of his books, which is the reason why Roger Avary was originally set to direct the movie version of another Ellis novel called Glamorama. Sadly, this never materialized. It’s a shame, because it’s right up there with American Psycho as my favorite Ellis novel. A nasty but funny satire of the celebrity-obsession that was culture in the 1990s (and onwards), it follows male model Victor as he tries to get by in his career and personal life. The story eventually turns into something different and quite surreal, the details of which I shouldn’t spoil here. Glamorama is among the sharpest writing Ellis has produced, and I’d bet anything that Avary would have been able to turn it into something special as a movie. Ellis himself seems pessimistic about it ever being made. I hope he’s wrong.

Obviously there’s no videos to post of an unmade movie, so have a Rules of Attraction clip instead. At least it’ll let me include the lovely Shannyn Sossamon somehow in this 50 Day Movie Challenge.

 
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Posted by on 13 July, 2011 in 50 Day Movie Challenge

 

50DMC Day 46 – A movie you would like to remake

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Well, I don’t want to remake anything. I have little aspirations of a career in the movie-making business. Couldn’t this be “a movie you would like to see remade” instead? But fine. I’ll play by the rules. Remakes, of course, are often unnecessary and pointless cash-grabs, so there’s not a whole lot of films that I’d want remakes of anyway.

There is one thing I’ve always wanted to see though, so I’d remake Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Yes, Kubrick’s film is brilliant. Yes, I know Stephen King already supervised a readaptation of the book. That is irrelevant. I’d do a completely pointless shot-by-shot remake, casting whoever as Wendy and Danny. All I want is to see the role of Jack Torrance being tackled by Nicolas Cage. Sure, Jack Nicholson was great for the part, but nobody does crazy quite like Mr. Cage does. Seeing him lose his mind and go after his wife and son with an axe would be a delight.

 

BONUS VIDEO! Nicolas Cage losing his shit!

 
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Posted by on 12 July, 2011 in 50 Day Movie Challenge

 

50DMC Day 45 – A movie that turned you on

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Might as well go with an obvious pick here. Basic Instinct really shouldn’t be much more than a glorified and well-produced Skinemax thriller, but it actually is a quite solid film. And certainly quite sexy. Ignore the explicit scenes of love-making and uncrossings of legs. It’s all about the potent air of eroticism that surrounds Sharon Stone at every turn and the chemistry between her and Michael Douglas. That’s what makes this movie work its magic.

 
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Posted by on 11 July, 2011 in 50 Day Movie Challenge

 

50DMC Day 44 – Your favorite comfort film

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I’m not entirely sure I know what constitutes a comfort flick, but the way I interpret it, it’s a film you can always rewatch at any time, always finding enjoyment in it despite knowing the entire script by heart. This definition presents a problem though, since I’ve already used most of my main ones for earlier parts in the 50DMC (Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, Terminator 2 and American Beauty to name a few).

But now I have the opportunity select a movie that I regretfully had to snub when I picked my favorite animated film some time ago: The Lion King. Pure nostalgia is what this movie represents for me. My favorite Disney film and one I watched a ton back in the day, to the point where the VHS tape was probably getting a little worn out. It’s a perfect mix of comedy, visuals, music and the occasional strokes of darkness.

It has to be the Swedish dub, though. I’m normally very much a proponent of watching films in their original language, but The Lion King is the exception to the rule for me. I need the Swedish voices here for the movie to feel ar home. Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson and the rest of the original voice actors are great, I’m sure, but they have no place in these memories of mine.

 
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Posted by on 10 July, 2011 in 50 Day Movie Challenge