Friday Picks – A Single Man & The Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (Emma Haskell)

4 04 2011

I want to thank Emma for picking the movies and making this quick post, please be sure to check her blog The Alter Ego on WordPress. Here are her picks:

A Single Man
Director: Tom Ford
Writers: Tom Ford, David Scearce, Christopher Isherwood (novel)
Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode
Music: Abel Korzeniowski
Production: USA, 2009 
Runtime: 99 Minutes
IMDB Link: A Single Man

Synopsis:  A Single Man follows a day in the life of British college professor, George Falconer (Colin Firth), as he struggles with the loss of his long- term partner Jim (Matthew Goode).

 

Review: With Colin Firth at the peek of his career, now seems the perfect time to be reminded of another transcendent performance by the British Oscar winner. Last year’s Firth contender for both a BAFTA and an Oscar (the former of which he won best actor for) is A Single Man, directed by Tom Ford and based on the short novel by Christopher Isherwood.

The film sees Firth stepping into the shoes of Professor George Falconer, a man who is struggling to face the world alone after the loss of his beloved Jim (Matthew Goode). As you follow him through a single day in which he is intending to take his life, you start to notice, along with George, that it’s the little things that matter the most. Firth’s portrayal of a broken man is heartbreaking, as he cleverly conveys many emotions through just his eyes.

The connections he has around him are highlighted brilliantly by the supporting cast: Long-term friend Charley’s long unsatisfied love is portrayed intensely by Julianne Moore in little more than one scene, and over-friendly student, Kenny Potter (Nicholas Hoult) conveys his intentions clearly lie outside of school without many words spoken.

You should not be dissuaded by the nature of this film, for despite its seemingly depressing story line, it reflects the beauty of proper filmmaking, and the emotional intensity of stand out performances. A Single Man will remind you of the importance of appreciating the little things in life.

The Evil Dead 2 : Dead by Down
Director: Sami Raimi
Writers: Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva
Music: Joseph LoDuca
Production: USA, 1987
Runtime: 84 Minutes
IMDB Link: The Evil Dead 2

Synopsis: After unleashing evil from The Book of The Dead and surviving the events of The Evil Dead, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) is forced to spend another day trying to outrun the evil forces surrounding the woodland cabin, which cut him off from society, and killed his friends.

 

Review: Director Sam Rami’s follow up to The Evil Dead, is unadventurously named The Evil Dead 2, however you can remain satisfied that that is the least unadventurous thing about it. Rami splashes his second film in the trilogy with just the right mix of comedy and horror. Ash Williams (Bruce Cambpell) is back as the heartthrob hero, who displays just the right amount of charm and strength, as he has to defend the girls and battle his evil enemies.

Gore and humour clash violently well in one scene in particular, in which Ash’s right hand becomes demonically possessed and he must stop it from acting against his will by reaching for that handy chainsaw…

Ash is accompanied by the expected support cast, who are there in order to provide theatrical deaths. Meet Anne Knowby (Sarah Berry), the daughter of the professor who originally translated the Book of The Dead before his death, and her stooges, research partner Ed Getley (Richard Domeier) and helpers Jake (Dan Hicks) and Bobbie Joe (Kassie Wesley DePaiva).

If you managed to catch Rami’s Drag Me To Hell in 2009, you won’t be disappointed with his predecessor in black comedy, The Evil Dead 2, is the film that no doubt cemented Rami as a horror god, so get your classic on and catch up with good ole’ fashioned horror.

By Emma Haskell

* Poster images were taken from MoviePosterDB.

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