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The Talented Mr Ripley

…it’s like the sun shines on you, and it’s glorious. And then he forgets you and it’s very very cold.” spoken by Gwyneth Paltrow in the 1999 psychological thriller film The Talented Mr Ripley by Anthony Minghella.

The Talented Mr Ripley is outstanding. It is fascinating to watch the skilled Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) deal with the horrific consequences of his endeavours. The Talented Mr Ripley follows Tom Ripley who is sent to retrieve a filthy rich and spoiled playboy; Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) from 1950s Europe. Unfortunately things do not go smoothly. Tom Ripley sure can forge signatures and impersonate people. Matt Damon plays the obsessed psychopath perfectly and I was continuously amazed by his performance. After establishing a (suspiciously) close friendship with the playboy millionaire, the plot soon twists into dark themes of unrequited love and obsession.

Stalky

Stalky stalky

When you find yourself sympathizing with sly, tricky and clever homicidal psychopaths, you can be sure that the performance is top notch. Gwyneth Paltrow plays the heart breaking role of Dickie Greenleaf’s girlfriend. My heart bled as she gets further entangled in the lies of Tom Ripley. However, it is Jude Law that really impresses. Dickie Greenleaf is amazing. He is gorgeous, charming and charismatic so much that one can understand the root of Tom’s obsession. As the mistreated Gwyneth so eloquently expresses, Dickie’s attention is sought after and when it subsides, it is difficult to handle. Dickie’s attention would drive anyone to homicidal behaviour. Tom Ripley would certainly agree. Losing

Let’s sum up why you should watch The Talented Mr Ripley. Ahem.

Number 1: Tom Ripley sure is a tricky one. Matt Damon delivers a career-best performance and gives new meaning to the word stalker.

Number 2: Gwyneth will have you sympathizing with her before long. No one plays the victim quite like old Gwyneth.

Gwyneth grows suspicious

Number 3: Watching the plot descend into darkness is truly fascinating. Despite how unnerving it becomes, there is a morbid fascination with how Tom Ripley outsmarts everyone.

Number 4: Jude Law is delightful. I want to be in San Remo with Jude Law. Like now. Like right now.

Number 5: The boat scene is truly moving and disturbing all at once. You won’t look at boat oars the same way ever again. The Talented Mr Ripley teaches us that hiring boats with psychotic stalkers is unwise.

Why would anyone hit this with a boat oar? I just don’t understand

Disturbing, ominous and thrilling, The Talented Mr Ripley should not be missed.

For more on obsessed homicidal stalkers, check out the trailer for The Talented Mr Ripley. 

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The Little Mermaid

Life is full of tough choices, innit?!,” spoken by Ursula in the 1989 animated musical fantasy The Little Mermaid by Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Here at Popcornography we love Disney. Old-school Disney was something remarkable back in the day and today there is nothing that quite lives up to the splendour of those Disney gems we grew up with. Disney films were meticulously crafted and complimented by glorious soundtracks of which Alan Menken was mostly responsible. God bless Alan Menken. Anyway the point is, Disney movies were the thing back in the day. Well before they were tainted by atrocious sequels like Timone and Pumba do New York or Aladdin 5. Whatever.

Today’s Quote of the Day is inspired by the films that characterize many childhoods and more specifically to the most villainous animated Diva that ever was. The tentacles, the voice, the attitude, the BOOTAY, the nefarious plotting and mermaid tormenting. It all works and we LOVE it.

Fabulous.

Popcornography just loves it when villains deliver sadistic monologues in song. For  glorious villainy goodness make sure to check out Ursula’s Poor Unfortunate Souls.

American History X

American History X poster

You think you’re the only one doin’ time, Derek? You think you’re here all alone? You think I’m not in here with you?!,” spoken by Beverly D’Angelo in Tony Kaye’s 1998 American drama film American History X.

Popcornography learnt a very important lesson this week. What it is you may wonder? The lesson is; despite how many times you watch American History X, it never becomes less disturbing. Re-watching it this past week, only served to bring back all the immense uneasiness that I worked so hard to diminish over the years. The profound and thought provoking film is today’s inspiration for Quote of the Day.

American History X, obviously hits close to home with regard to its strong theme of hate encouraged by racial prejudice. Very few countries can watch a film such as American History X and identify with as strongly as we South Africans do. American History X follows the lives of two brothers residing in Venice Beach in California. Daddy fights fire and dies due to an unfortunate incident involving black drug dealers. The murder of his father, leads Derek (the eldest brother) to become obsessed with the issue of racial prejudice. After Derek, brutally murders two black gang members he is sentenced to three years imprisonment for voluntary manslaughter. The story focuses around Danny, the youngest and impressionable brother, who begins to follow in Derek’s misguided footsteps. The entire Vineyard family’s descent into darkness occurs as a result of the hatred harboured by Derek and Danny. However, during Derek’s imprisonment he establishes an emotional friendship with a black inmate and ultimately learns to relinquish his inherently harboured hatred. Upon his release, Derek struggles to be reintroduced to his family and friends who are trapped in the now overpowering Neo-Nazi movement of Venice Beach. INTENSE stuff.

Edward is angry a lot of the time

The film is shot in a mixture of black and white as well as colour which serves to reiterate the strong themes the film carries. American History X received overwhelmingly favourable reviews and led to an Academy Award nomination for Edward Norton. In my opinion, this is certainly Edward’s most powerful and moving performance. American History X is moving for a number of reasons. Firstly, the inmate whom Derek befriends is the unsung hero of the story and provides much needed comic relief. Additionally, watching the family’s crisis explode is truly unnerving. In particular, Derek’s mother (Doris) gives a heartbreaking performance as she struggles to cope with the nightmare of murderous and imprisoned sons. Poor Doris. I’m sorry Doris. It wasn’t your fault.

Catching up with mama

Despite its profound message, American History X is never preachy but more visceral. Riddled with controversial themes, brutal violence, nudity and profane language, American History X is an awfully difficult experience to endure. So why in the world would you want to suffer through this? Popcornography implores you. Films as powerful as American History X are rare. These films are directorial visions created to challenge their audiences with powerful albeit unpleasant messages. In short, this film will trap you in a glass case of emotion. It is that intense. But don’t be frightened. American History X is spectacular, transcends entertainment and is totally worth it.

To get you through the daunting task of watching American History X, I have prepared a list. I like lists. I call it Popcornography’s guide to surviving American History X. Ahem…

Number 1: Edward Norton is really a nice guy in real life. Well actually I don’t know. But he sure doesn’t kill anyone in Keeping the Faith.

Number 2: In prison, when other people leave the shower that is your cue to ALSO leave the shower. We know this. Sadly, Edward did not know this.

Number 3: There is no defence against the strife of a battered woman. Doris will cry numerous times. It is okay. It is just a movie.

Number 4: The teeth-on-the-curb scene is coming. There is nothing you can do about it. Just embrace it.

Leave the shower Edward…

American History X shower

Get up, Doris 

For more on American History X, check out the trailer! 

Notting Hill

Happiness isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat,“ spoken by Julia Roberts in Roger Mitchel’s 1999 Brtitish romantic comedy Notting Hill.

Notting Hill is the sole reason why Hugh Grant was just so lovely back in the day. This charming film is perhaps one of my favourite “romcoms” of all time. Their relationship is simple whilst beautiful and it enforces the idea that movie stars may one day love me. Replace Hugh Grant with me and Julia Roberts with Matthew Goode and you would have the picture of my ideal life. Additionally, Hugh Grant goes undercover and impersonates a representative from Horse and Hound magazine in an attempt to see the famous Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) one last time. This scene still makes me giggle. This feel good movie is a must see for Grant and Roberts fans. If you hate this movie, then you hate happiness.

Below is the painting which inspires today’s quote of the day!

Anna was right. Happiness just isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat

For additional happiness check out the Notting Hill trailer. Delightful

Se7en

What’s in the box? What’s in the box?!” spoken by Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s 1995 American thriller Se7en.

Shame poor Brad. Seven follows two detectives (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) on their quest to hunt and capture a serial killer. The homicidal psychopath (Kevin Spacey, OOPS spoiler) punishes his victims for committing one of the seven deadly sins. Kevin Spacey portrays the demented killer perfectly. His calm and controlled demeanor is unbelievably chilling. Brad Pitt strays away from his pretty boy image while portraying the young, hot-headed detective. And old Morgan is always lovely. Lovelier still, is Gwyneth Paltrow who plays Brad’s sweet and innocent wife who unfortunately meets a gruesome end thanks to Spacey’s sinister games. Seven is the classic homicidal psychopath film and is surely what is responsible for the inspiration for series such as Saw. However, Seven is far superior in every way. The murder scenarios are horrific ESPECIALLY the ‘lust’ victim. Clever and disturbing with a shocking ending. After all, it leaves Brad screaming about boxes and serves as inspiration for today’s Quote of the Day.

Brad is distressed but with good reason

The ‘lust’ murder is all kinds of messed up

The scene you will never forget…

Watch Seven. Let’s sum it up. Brad is good. Spacey is AMAZING. The ‘lust’ and ‘box’ scenes will leave you disturbed and nauseated. And it’s hard not to tear up for poor Gwyneth and Brad. The demented killer succeeds in his intricate and devilish plans. And the film will leave you questioning your humanity. It is that intense. You will never forget Kevin Spacey and his box, I can assure you. Oh, and on a side note, look at this cute animation of the infamous scene! Look at it!

Cute!

For more on Se7en, check out trailer!

V for Vendetta

God is in the rain,” spoken by Natalie Portman in the 2006 dystopian thriller film V for Vendetta directed by James McTeigue.

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. So V for Vendetta is about a masked and charismatic freedom fighter wanting to exact revenge of those responsible for disfiguring him. In this case, an oppressive government is to blame. Sweet Natalie Portman gets mixed up in his affairs and struggles to uncover whether the vigilante is a true hero or actually just a madman with strong tendencies to blow stuff up. As with most of my favourite films, V for Vendetta is incredibly dramatic with overly grandiose emotional sequences that send welcome shivers down the spine. Natalie Portman is tortured for the purposes of a “political rebirth” and she delivers a performance so exceptional it gives old Meryl a run for her money. The goddess that is Natalie Portman proves that she was already delivering stunning performances back in 2006 before her noteworthy emo ballet roles. V for Vendetta is truly a great political film that will undoubtedly evoke debate and will stay with you long after the credits role.

Is there anything more glorious than bald Natalie Portman gasping in the rain?? No.

Besides bald and tortured Natalie, there are many other aspects that will attract you to this gem of a film. Sad lesbian stories, ruthless dictators, extinct roses, brilliantly intellectual writing as well as the themes of hope and freedom are amongst these. Oh, and V for Vendetta was also produced by the Wachowski brothers who are responsible for The Matrix trilogy. So expect some matrix-esque action sequences.

The next two points require their own paragraph. Firstly, the soundtrack in this film is so moving that I fight back tears during every screening. Literally, I wish this soundtrack was the soundtrack to my life. Secondly, the masked anti-hero, V, makes use of stupidly long domino lines whilst executing his intricate and devilish plans. Mr McTeigue crafts montage scenes which cleverly utilize the above points concurrently. These montage scenes will have you writhing on the floor in glee. I should know…

Long domino lines excite me

For more wonderfully dramatic and sexy V for Vendetta time, check out the trailer!

The Birds

[To Melanie] ”Why are they doing this? Why are the doing this? They said when you got here, the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from? I think you’re the cause of all of this. I think you’re evil. Evil!” spoken by random woman in Diner in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror The Birds.

Want to watch the quote? Do it! The random woman in the Diner sure is dramatic AND rather rude. Tippi slaps her after she concludes her hate-filled monologue. Scandal.

The random woman in the Diner loses her cool 

So this last week, I have been revisiting old school horror films. As a young child, my father used to force me to watch The Birds with him  and at the time it was hideously terrifying. However, not so much anymore. Hitchcock movies, although iconic pieces of art which pioneered the suspense and psychological thriller film genres, are very difficult to watch today and most definitely won’t affect your sleep patterns in any regard. Despite this, re-watching The Birds was surprisingly entertaining. There was one particular moment after the mother finds the first bird-mutilated body. Her horror-filled silent reaction/fit was priceless. I can’t remember laughing that hard in a long time. Besides having many ridiculous moments, The Birds will resonate with anyone studying at UCT. While watching countless flocks of birds terrorize poor civilians, I couldn’t help but think of the pigeons that dominate UCT’s Food Court. It’s scarily similar. Hitchcock would be stunned into silence much like the mother I mentioned earlier.

The mother’s fit of silent horror makes me giggle 

Additionally, it was most intriguing to watch Tippi Hedren become significantly more disheveled as the horror became increasingly prominent.  Those birds sure don’t like humans. The reason for the many bird attacks is never mentioned and the movie ends abruptly after our leading lady takes a feathery beating. However, film analysts will claim that the film deals with themes of female sexuality and humanities lack of control over nature. Others will say, that the film is merely a tale of survival and a mechanism for suspense without reason. But I must say, it is interesting how Hitchcock is able to turn an every day occurrence, like a bird, into a mechanism to evoke terror. Anyway enough of that. The Birds attack things, cause pandemonium and at times can lead to a number of laughs as opposed to scares. Perhaps give this one a skip unless you are an avid horror fan.

Entering this room was a bad mistake Tippi. I’m sorry

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