A weird movie I love to watch again and again. Martin Scorcese did an amazing piece of art here. It’s a film that creates a creepy atmosphere and delivers some great performances along the way. Listen to me talk about it here in this 5 minute review. NOTE: This is from last year when I was doing much shorter shows.
After Hours (1985)
R | 1h 37min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 11 October 1985 (USA)
An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Joseph Minion
Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom
Weird movies are a lot of fun, if you’re into them. Of course, I am quite so. This is a movie that takes a look at the idea of a guy going out with a dangerous woman instead of the traditional other way around.
This is directed by Martin Scorcese, a verified master of the film-making craft. Most recently I loved his Hugo and he’s done so many other films down through the years. In this film he really shines in his ability to revisit a place and force the audience to see it differently. It’s sort of like a recipe for an open mind. The sets and backgrounds take you into the film. When he shows you the clock, you feel like it’s way past bedtime and YOU ought to be getting home.
There is a cast of thousands here but the lead is played by Griffin Dunne. Dunne has been in many films but you remember him as the English teacher in My Girl. He’s a great actor and it’s always impressed me how much he looks like Dudley Moore.
This is a goofy film and suspense abounds. This guy is having the worst night of his life and we experience it with him. I highly recommend this quirky film, it’s an intriguing work of art that stands up now over 3 decades later.
Hi listeners! My guest today is The Vern @cinema_recall & @videovangaurd
It always works wuite well when he guests.
I have 8 other guests lined up for the rest of the Summer so I hope you sub.
NO write up for this one, but I did publish the outline for the show (belo) By the way Lars von Trier has a new movie coming out: “The House that Jack Built.” I didn’t get around to posting the audio of the trailer in the podcast episode but here is the youtube, audio trailer if you’re interested.
I also know you will enjoy my guest in this episode, he is the hardest working man in amateur podcasting! If anybody hits it big of all our friends, it will be him! Enjoy the show and …
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Show Notes: Ep 108 Director Focus Lars von Trier
1. I introduce guest.
My guest today is The Vern from Cinema Recall
I appreciate his interest in movies and the energy he puts into his podcasts. I subscribe and listen to his podcasts.
Vern, can you tell us a little bit about your podcasting life and career? How did you get started etc?
We each discuss our individual experiences with Lars von Trier films. ie; Film that had the most impact … Least. What makes him unique. Finally, a preview for “The House that Jack Built.” Some anticipation buzz/reaction about the film.
2. Films: We go down the list discussing if we have something to say(feel free to add movies not on the list)
Breaking The Waves
Dancer in the Dark
Nymphomaniac Vol 1 and 2
3. Whatchya been watching segment. Open movie banter.
I loved this horror movie. A brief intro – Here we have a lesbian couple getting away into the woods to celebrate their one year anniversary. They have access to a large cabin home that has been in Jackie’s family. In fact, it appears she grew up at least part of her youth in the house and woods. When a seeming stranger shows up knocking at the door, we find out Jackie has an old childhood friend still living across the woods. There is some discomfort as Jackie’s new wife starts to get suspicious. Is it warranted? That’s what the film sets out to discover.
I joke with some and call this film my namesake. After all, it is right? Rewatching this classic horror film was amazing. I saw so many subtle influences on later films through the decades. Chill w me as I dissect the film. Oh and you get a bonus: the audio from the original trailer. Thanks for listening.
The Omen (1976) R | 1h 51min | Horror | 25 June 1976 (USA) Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil’s own son? Director: Richard Donner Writer: David Seltzer Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens
Episode one of twenty in my “Horror Rewatch!” series. Gore and blood are the hallmark of horror films. In this case, they are definitely present. In fact, this film fits nicely into the category of films that has been emerging in past decades called “body horror.” In truth, it’s one of the best. A movie that visits pain or disfigurement on its characters and makes you think, “I hope that never happens to me,” qualifies as body horror. You can feel, in a sense, what is happening to the protagonist as if it were happening to you.
Yes, we definitely can categorize this as body horror. Through a good part of the beginning in fact, I began to think it was just that but I was so mistaken. There are “people vs. the establishment” themes going on here. There is an empathetic look at suffering, especially of women. There is a supernatural aspect that for me was never really “fleshed out” but certainly got me thinking. I have a word to the wise if you haven’t yet seen this film and plan to: Go in knowing there is a story but let all your expectations fall away. This film attacks victimization and vengeance in an all new way I can guarantee exists nowhere else in horror.
Something should be said about this original film: it’s following remake is nothing like it and should only be seen after the original. Read only non spoiler reviews and the IMDb summary before seeing it. Body horror fans and standard horror fans must see this film, it is glorious.
Finally laid the horror genre down in favor of a drama. That’s my direction here on the podcast for a while. But here we are in the grocery store where time stops and a young man undresses women. Sound like your cup of tea? Good stuff! It’s a but more than that and I think this film is great. Have a listen as I talk about the artistically done “Cashback.” 1/2 no spoilers then spoilers after a warning is given.
Tideland was an amazing film that may not appeal to every horror fan. It’s more like a Wizard of Oz than a Damien: Omen II. I hope you enjoy my reflections on these 4 films I watched last week. Stay tuned for more to come, Lord willing. If you enjoy these shows, could you do me a big favor? Head over to Apple Podcasts and leave me a positive review from your phone or PC. Thanks in advance.
Creepy wood carvings open the mood during the credits. Creepy victorian house 1945. Nicole Kidman is screaming in bed. Nightmare perhaps? The servants come to the door. Hey are old and one is young but mute. She is very demanding as their boss. She seems to be a mean parent as well. She urges them to not let the children thump away on the piano as it sets off her “migraine.” Each door in the house is part of an elaborate system of locks and keys. She might have Munchausen’s disease. She keeps the kids hidden and believes they have a deadly sensitivity to light.
The servant that stopped by were actually previous servants in the house. They were hoping to be taken in as servants. Gothic houses in fog with a chimney sweep. The kids are talking about denying Christ if they were ever in danger of death as a result of believing. Kidman’s character hears a young child crying. The daughter tells her a crying boy named Victor was there.
When more odd events occur at the house, Grace begins to fear there are unknown “others” present. Anne claims to have seen a group of people in the house several times: a man, woman, an old woman and a child called Victor, who have claimed that “the house is theirs”. After Grace hears footsteps and unknown voices, she orders the house to be searched. Grace finds a 19th-century so-called “book of the dead”, which is a photo album of mourning portraitphotos of deceased family members, with some missing pages. Grace asks Mills about when she last worked in the house. Mills says that many were evacuated due to an outbreak of tuberculosis.
The jump scares are subtle yet effective. Old houses remind us of our mortality. So do ghosts. So far, cgi is not needed. Less is more.
At night, Grace witnesses a piano playing itself and becomes convinced that the house may be haunted. Convinced that something unholy is in the house, Grace runs outside in search of the local priest to bless the house. Before leaving, Grace instructs Tuttle to check a small nearby cemetery to see if there was a family buried there who had a little boy named Victor. Tuttle covers the gravestones with fallen autumn leaves, under the orders of Mills, who comments that Grace thinks the house is haunted. Outside, Grace discovers her husband Charles, who she thought had been killed in the war. Charles greets his children after a long absence, but is distant during the short time he spends at the house. Later, Grace has a vision of an elderly woman and attacks her. Grace discovers that she has actually attacked Anne, who retreats to her father. Anne tells Nicholas that Grace went mad in the same way that she did “that day”. Nicholas denies recollection of such, and says he must leave for the front, even though Grace claims that the war is over. The two embrace and lie motionless together in bed.
The next morning, Charles is gone and the children are screaming as all the curtains have disappeared. Grace accuses the servants of removing the curtains and banishes them. That night, the children sneak outside and discover the servants’ graves from years past. Simultaneously, Grace finds a photograph of the corpses of her servants, who have been dead for 50 years. The servants appear and try to speak to the children, who retreat. They hide upstairs in the bedroom, where they are discovered by the elderly woman. Mills tells Grace to go upstairs and talk to the intruders. Grace discovers that the old woman is in fact a medium in a séance with Victor’s parents, who discovers via automatic writing that Grace smothered the children to death with a pillow in a fit of rage before committing suicide.
Grace realizes that the “others” are the family that has just moved in, and that she, her children and servants are the spirits. Following the display of spiritualistic activity, Victor’s family is convinced to vacate the house and leave it in the occupancy of the six ghosts.
Robert DeNiro comes on screen very quickly. His fingernails are sharpened like demonic claws. There is another religious theme that shows itself right away, the “name it and claim it” prosperity gospel. This draws us in to this mysterious horror film. As of 4/26/2019 Angel Heart was streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The rest of this review contains spoilers.
Mickey Rourke’s character is a private investigator. He’s been retained by DeNiro’s character, “Mr. Cypher” to find Johnny Favorite. He has to determine whether he is alive or dead. Sounds easy enough? I think it’s clear at the get go Cypher is not of this world. I originally suspected he was the devil. It was pretty neat to see Kathleen Wilholte as the records clerk. I recalled seeing her as Luke’s sister on Gilmore Girls.
Rourke’s character “Harry Angel” interrogates a poor of addicted doctor in his own home. You can see right away Rourke is used to dealing in unorthodox methods. After getting some info on Johnny Liebling (Favorite) , he locks the old man in his room. He is a quite brutal interrogator. Upon returning, he sees the old man has committed suicide. He was an addict but it seems somehow implausible that he would do it. Angel tries to get out of the job and Cypher lures him in with $5000. He was previously making $120 a day. Although he is spooked and possibly a murder suspect, Angel reaffirms himself to the case.
He discovers Johnny Favorite is some kind of deceiver. He’s had facial reconstructive surgery and paid off a doctor to claim he is still in the hospital when he is out and doing things. Just what he is doing we don’t know at this point. Continuing the journey, Angel meets up with his informant girlfriend. She strips naked while talking to him and they make love. This is all despite his almost hallucinatory visions he starts having about wheels and fans and shady places. Rourke looks so cool in this film. It’s a gumshoe film noir.
He proceeds down to Coney Island and has a conversation with a woman who once knew Johnny Favorite. He finds out there was some witchcraft associated with the guy. A lady from the carnival was introducing him to it. His character just gets more and more mysterious from that point.
Angel tracks down a fortune telling woman played by Charlotte Rampling and rings her doorbell. The New York buildings and antique interiors are beautiful. They serve to entrance you. There is a supernatural vibe throughout. All the familiar faces here are very young. After all, it is from 1987. She tells Angel Johnny is dead and seems offended. She kicks him out. He wants his palm read but she says, “I don’t think you’d like what I see.”
He goes into a Cajun Voodoo shop and asks about a woman named Evangeline Proudfoot. He rents a car to venture out to see her. She is dead but her daughter is played by Lisa Bonet, most will remember her as one of the daughters on the Cosby Show. She looks great soaking wet, t-shirt and all. Soon she’s in a scene writing to a drumbeat naked pouring chicken blood on her chest. Times have changed I guess, especially if you think about how Cosby is in jail for feeding ruffees to women and raping them.
To make a long plot shorter, we end up finding out that Angel was being paid by the devil himself (DeNiro) to investigate and reveal his own misdeeds. The end of the film is a revelation to Angel that he is indeed Johnny and he’s been living in someone else’s memories. I don’t really get the very end of the film. It’s spooky and creepy but doesn’t make a lot of sense. That babies yellow eyes? WTF. This is an incredible film from 1987. Over and out.