Thomas Bardo (Stephen Rea) is a hard up schlub who is having one shitty day: he’s been kicked out of his apartment, the unemployment office told him they lost his application after keeping him waiting for three hours, and a cop booted him off his park bench just as he was settling in for the night. As if his situation couldn’t get any worse, or more degrading, a fucking car plows into him. It’s not bad enough that his leg is broken and he’s been cut to ribbons, he is actually lodged in the front windshield of this vehicle, and he can’t get out.
Now, XX came out in February 2017 and it takes about eighty minutes to tell it’s four stories, which are: The Box, The Birthday Party, Don’t Fall and Her Only Living Son. XX fills in the spots between the stories with this creepy (stop-motion) walking dollhouse that goes around interacting with different things in the room. Instead of using the whole movie to tie everything together, like one big story, the dollhouse ends up being like a fifth story that doesn’t really end up being anything, but a creepy walking dollhouse.
Overall, it’s not my favorite anthology by any means and it’s definitely in my one and done pile, but a couple of the stories are cool. Since I found this one on Netflix (as of 7/14/2017) if you’re having a sleepless night, give it a spin.
An independent thriller about choices that we make and the consequences we face based on the company we keep and how it’s rarely ever as black and white as we would like to pretend.
Frank (Fuller) is by all outward appearances a very unhappy guy, he is stuck in a dead-end job where he really has no authority over anyone. He’s a kind of nutless nobody, that can’t even deal with the guy who is sticking it to his woman right under his nose. But as luck, or twisted fate, would have it, Frank is visited by an old friend who helps him clarify what life is all about.
This is definitely one of those, “I wonder how I would have handled that” films, where you can’t completely take yourself out of the story. Because depending on the company you keep, you just might find yourself a victim of similar dark choices. If there is any message to draw out of Road to the Well, it is that, be wary of those you let into your life.
When you live in a small town in Michigan there isn’t a lot to do. So, Lou keeps herself busy by partying as much as possible. Tonight, like any other night, Lou and her friend Sadie hit a party and have a good time. The next day Lou doesn’t remember much about what happened that night, but Sadie said everything was cool. Then all of a sudden Lou starts feeling sick and that’s when she finds out she’s pregnant.
This movie is American-Canadian body horror and writer/director Danny Perez’s first feature film. Perez said the reason he created the script was to “subvert a lot of female archetypes.”
Back in September 2016, thanks to IFC Midnight getting the rights, the film had a limited theater release and it could be found on VOD. If you are curious about this one, as of March 2017, you can find it on Netflix.
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