Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Loved Ones (2012)

In order to avoid a ghostly figure in the road, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother's emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks, a dream date for the high school prom. But his plans are thwarted by a disturbing series of events that take place under a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer. Brent has become the prom king at a macabre, sadistic event where he is the entertainment.

Director: Sean Byrne
Writer: Sean Byrne
Stars: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy and Victoria Thaine
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Seven Days (2010)

A surgeon seeks revenge on the man who raped and murdered his eight year old daughter by kidnapping her accused killer and torturing him for seven days. His life and marriage destroyed by the heinous crime, grieving father Bruno Hamel sinks in to a deep depression, and begins formulating a diabolical plan for revenge. Intercepting the police escort as they transport the alleged perpetrator to the courthouse, Bruno abducts the man and whisks him away into the countryside. Bruno's plan: slowly torture his daughter's killer for seven days, and then execute him at the absolute height of pain. Keeping police abreast of his sinister project throughout the week, Bruno announces that he will turn himself in once justice has been served. 

Director: Daniel Grou
Writers: Patrick Senécal
Stars: Claude Legault, Rémy Girard and Martin Dubreuil
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hick (2012)

Small town teenager Luli escapes to Las Vegas, leaving behind her alcoholic and abusive parents. Armed with her smarts, a pistol and pocket money, she hitchhikes her way west. Along the way, Luli crosses paths with Eddie, an unstable rebel with questionable motives and Glenda, a cocaine-snorting drifter on the run.

Director: Derick Martini
Writers: Andrea Portes
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Secretary (2002)

Lee Holloway is a shy young woman, who, after a brief spell in a mental institution, is released in the care of her overprotective mother and hard-drinking father. Hoping to make good on her own, Lee begins looking for a job, and in her free time indulges in her odd habit of inflicting pain upon herself in various ways. Lee is hired as a secretary by E. Edward Grey, a grim and ruthlessly efficient attorney who warns her that her work will be both dull and demanding. Lee takes to the job with genuine enthusiasm, and while she's recently acquired a new boyfriend, Peter, she's far more intrigued by Grey's coldly patrician demeanor. While Grey often criticizes Lee, she seems to thrive on his abuse, but one day he crosses a line when he insists upon spanking her after some minor mistake. Lee quite enjoys the treatment, and wants it to continue, but Grey can no longer take pleasure humiliating Lee when he knows that she likes it; he fires her, despite her pleas to be allowed to stay. Finally discovering the key to her sexual and emotional needs, Lee tries to persuade Peter to be rough with her, but he simply doesn't have the taste or talent for it, and Lee soon maps out a last-ditch effort to win back her position with Grey, whatever the cost.

Director: Steven Shainberg
Writers: Erin Cressida Wilson (screenplay) and Mary Gaitskill (short story)
Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader and Jeremy Davies
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