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MG_tri_poster What’s it all about?

According to IMDb:

The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.

Why did I want to watch it?

I saw the trailer for Triangle in the cinema when the film first came out in 2009, plus this was the sort of thing quoted on the DVD cover:

It will twist you and terrify you over and over. Five stars.

Says Alan Jones, Frightfest, and he usually knows whereof he speaks. So, irresistible really.

And of course not to be confused with the late lamented British TV series of the same name set on a North Sea ferry and starring the much-missed Kate O’Mara. Not like that at all. Except for the boat. And the sea. Obvs. But no stalking  and bumping off of the passengers, no indeed not.

What did I think of it?

Being serious this was a very interesting twisty-turny not-quite-horror, not-quite-thriller but something a bit more unusual instead.

Our protagonists are on a yachting trip when they get caught in an epic storm and take shelter on a  passing cruise liner which turns out to be deserted except for the person or thing wandering around picking them off one by one, and does our heroine Jess know more about this than it seems, given her creepy sense of foreboding and attacks of deja vu? And how does it relate back to the disjointed beginning of the movie where she’s dealing with her autistic son before setting off for her day out?

The cast was largely unknown to me apart from the lovely Melissa George (who  I remember from her days in Aussie soaps and of course being horrible to Jennifer Garner in Alias) and the Lesser Hemsworth. And that worked for me, because the effectiveness of the film is enhanced by the lack of distracting famous faces, and Melissa’s performance of course which is really excellent given the stuff which her character has to go through.

Not going to say much more about the plot which I’m still wrestling with a little bit if I’m honest. If you want to know more there’s a lot of very detailed stuff on message boards which someone has gone to a lot of trouble to pull together (if a bit obsessively – I had a minor attack of “it’s only a movie”- itis while reading it). There appear to be three main theories about what’s going on in this film, and you can take your pick as to which one, or combination or hey, why not all three, is the director’s intention.

But it was definitely worth watching and the psychological stuff was more interesting to me than the occasional (but very well done) jumpy scary stuff.

I watched this as part of the RIP IX challenge – Peril on the Screen


IMG_0158What’s it all about?

A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.

Why did I want to watch it?

This is actually a revisit to a movie I saw when it was in cinemas in 2007 and I loved so much that I bought the DVD as soon as it was released. Then nothing happened until I saw a bit of it while flicking through the TV channels a week or so ago and just had to watch it again.

I had forgotten just how unsettlingly good it was.

What did I think of it?

Well, I’m very pleased to say that Sunshine more than stood up to a second watching and I think will definitely have a place on my films-I-watch-every-so-often list (that’s not a very long list and now that I come to think of it is currently only in my head, I really should do something about that….). As I said above, I had forgotten exactly what it was like in terms of atmosphere; I had a memory that it started off like a conventional sci-fi saving-the-world movie and then spiralled into horror but actually it is really creepy right from the very beginning.

I had also forgotten what a brilliant cast it had; I am becoming quite fond of Cillian Murphy and although he is in his more heroic mode here (and as I said here, I think I prefer him when he’s being nasty) he is by no means pleasant and makes a couple of pretty key decisions which contribute to the situation they all find themselves in. I think it was also the first time that I saw Chris Evans play dark – previous exposure had largely been to his appearance in the Fantastic Four movie, and he is excellent here. And I’d completely forgotten about Rose Byrne being in this at all.

Stand-out for me is obviously Mark Strong; I love him so, and although he isn’t on screen that much he is hugely effective when he does appear, and of course, that voice.

It is a film that owes a lot to movies that went before it, especially Event Horizon which I also loved and haven’t seen for years, but Boyle doesn’t hide (and indeed I think revels in) connections with what’s gone before, and that has resulted in a stylish and compelling and very creepy film. If you haven’t watched it do give it a try, it’s great!

Big-fish-movie-posterWhat does IMDb say about this film?

A son tries to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths he told about his life.

Why Silvery Dude thought I should watch this?

Parents…love ’em, find them infuriating, no matter, this captures it.

What did I think of it? Big Fish was a film I had always intended to watch. I missed it in the cinema for reasons I can’t quite remember but whatever happened I didn’t try hard enough to see it, which is surprising because it has a lot of features which are way up on my list of Things That Normally Attract Me To A Film, namely

  • Tim Burton directed
  • Danny Elfman did the music
  • Helena Bonham-Carter is in it *fangirl squee*

Plus of course added Obi-Wan I mean Ewan McGregor. And I bought the DVD as soon as it came out (I actually think it may have been a Christmas gift way back in, wow, was it really that long ago?) And then it sat on the shelf until now, because I think I got a bit nervous about watching it in case I was disappointed. Which, of course, I wasn’t. At all. So Ed Bloom is a man who has told stories about his past as far back as his son Will can remember, and it has caused real estrangement between them as all the important events in Will’s life seem to have been overshadowed by everyone hanging on his father’s every word. But Ed is dying and Will has come home to support his mother of course, but also to try to get the truth from his father. Which of course he fails to do, or at least not directly, but as we see the stories come (very entertainingly) to life Will dissevers that they aren’t the total pack of lies that he had thought. I am so glad that I finally watched this, it’s a lovely film, really heartwarming but with a nicely odd and whimsical and slightly Gothic sensibility, showing what Burton can do when he uses the grotesque to illuminate the details of the story rather than overwhelm it (I may love Burton but I’m not blind to his faults; I’ve never been able to watch his Planet of the Apes film for a start). It’s beautifully cast and well-acted and gets to the truth of how maddening our parents can be but how little we really know about them and how much we will miss them when they’re gone. I spent the last 20 minutes in tears, but that’s a good thing, honestly. And it’s visually stunning. Loved it and glad that another film is not only knocked off the list but I can look the Silvery One in the eye and rate this as a success.

This is my seventh film in my Films to Watch because personal challenge. FTWBI51