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Shades:
Now you see me - This one I really liked. Robin Hood style robbery using magic tricks and a lot of misdirection that make for fine plot twists. And it comes with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

40hz:
Friday night is re-watch night for me. Digging through the pile I ran across an oddball film I hadn't watched in years...

Definitely not for family viewing: Demonlover.

I suppose the cast alone should be a giveaway for that. Any movie with Connie Nielsen, Gina Gershon, or Chloƫ Sevigny in it has a high probability of general weirdness. Put all three of these ladies in a film together and 'disturbing weirdness' becomes a certainty.

This cyber-cult film deals with the sleazier underside of Asian manga and the web. You have two firms battling for control of an emerging 3D anime porn market. During one of the negotiation sessions, Elaine Si Gibril (played by Gina Gershon) brings up the illegal and completely underground website Hellfire Club, which she describes as: "An interactive torture site. Very difficult to access. Very successful."



What follows is a disturbing journey into one the darkest worlds the Internet can bring to your computer. An interesting if unpleasant movie made back in 2002 that accurately predicted some of what has since come to pass with the technology that was supposed to "liberate humanity." And while the web has liberated us in many ways, it also has unchained a few demons in the process. As hate sites, the criminal darknet, and now the recently exposed and out of control government monitoring programs have demonstrated.



This is one of those films where the real horror of it doesn't hit you right away. It's only after the movie is over - and the story has had a chance to crawl around in your subconscious for an hour or so - that the utterly vicious creepiness (dare I say evil?) really sinks in.


Viewer discretion and 'appropriate age audience' strongly advised for this one. :tellme:

nosh:
An interactive torture site. Very difficult to access. Very successful.
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Sounds fascinating. I recall a movie with a similar theme with Diane Lane in it (IMDB to the rescue: Untraceable (2008)) - found it fairly average, IIRC - it didn't creep me out, but then I'm _extremely_ jaded.

Two movies that did creep me out:
Spoiler8mm (1999) - which was about snuff films. Don't let the fact that it has Nic Cage in it discourage you. And Joaquin Phoenix was brilliant in it.

and Mulholland Dr. (2001) - This is one of a handful of movies I'll take to my grave. It had a huge impact on me, I'm certain I've mentioned it here before. I've lost quite a bit of sleep to it and I don't think it technically even falls under the horror genre.

Lynch has a way of getting into your sub-conscious and showing you the horrible things you didn't even know existed. If for some odd reason, you've never seen a David Lynch movie, Mulholland Dr. would be a great place to start.


I've seen three mostly average movies during these last few days.

Deadfall (2012) - Olivia Wilde, Eric Bana and a run-of-the-mill plot. Casino robbers on the lam end up at a family thanksgiving in the dead of winter. Yawwwn.

Ironman 3 (2013) - Ten million things being juggled all at once, trying to compensate for the lack of a solid, gripping storyline. There's only so much spectacular CGI can do to hold my interest. This movie's so long I swear I could hear the ironman suit creak during the last few scenes. :P

The Great Gatsby (2013) - I'd rate it higher than the other two. The visuals are typically 'Luhrmann' - the kind of visual assault I imagine a Mantis Shrimp Spoiler
encounters on a day to day basis. Gatsby gets a  :up: from me.

40hz:
An interactive torture site. Very difficult to access. Very successful.
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Sounds fascinating. I recall a movie with a similar theme with Diane Lane in it (IMDB to the rescue: Untraceable (2008)) - found it fairly average, IIRC - it didn't creep me out, but then I'm _extremely_ jaded.

-nosh (August 24, 2013, 02:31 PM)
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I'm pretty jaded too. That comes with age I suppose. But the part that made Demonlover so creepy (for me) is that you aren't dealing with a serial killer or other freelance psycho in that movie. I'm of a similar mind to Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman when she said something to the effect of not minding the psychos because you always knew where you stood with one of those.

Demonlover's premise was a lot more (to my mind) disturbing once it completely sunk in what was going down.

Don't want to do spoilers so I'll let it go at that.

Definitely a weird flick. :o

nosh:
On my watchlist!  :up:

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