THE CAPTAIN (2018)

THE CAPTAIN (Der Hauptmann) 2018

Written & Directed By Robert Schwentke

Starring: Max Hubacher

Showtime On Demand

Great Transfer

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This film was surprisingly awesome.  Its a recent movie shot in stark black and white and all in German. The story takes place two weeks before the end of World War ll in 1945 Germany.

The main character is a German private who has deserted from his troop.  He’s on the run and unsuccessfully tries to loot because he is starving and cold.  While on the run he comes across an abandoned army vehicle with a suitcase of belongings and a Nazi captain’s uniform.  The captain is nowhere to be found.  The private cleans up, and puts on the uniform.  Minutes later another low ranking German soldier appears (its obvious he is a deserter as well).  The new “Captain” takes on the grunt as his driver and later on runs into other German soldiers who are also obvious deserters.  He tricks them all into following him into a “secret mission” for Hitler as their troop commander.  This new “Captain” starts to emulate those he feared and ran from.  He seems to have gone completely crazy.  

Through many bizarre twists & turns the “Captain” and his fellow crew of deserters end up at a prison camp for looters, criminals and other German deserters.  What follows is brutal and unthinkable.

This is beautifully filmed. The camera work is great, the acting is superb, and the story/plot are that of something I never could have imagined happening.  Supposedly this is based on a true story.  War is hell, and his film proves it.  (NW)

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Nate Wilson: NW  Devon Cahill: DC  Matt Average: MA

A FIELD IN ENGLAND (2013)

A FIELD IN ENGLAND (2013)

Director: Ben Wheatley

Cinematography: Laurie Rose

Music: Jim Williams

Starring: Julian Barrat, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope, Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley

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This is a beautifully filmed black and white, British historical psychological horror flick.  I loved this one.  Its from that time period of say Witchfinder General.  The story is that of a bunch of cowardly deserters who flee a battle in the English Civil War.  These fools end up roaming the county side together looking for a buried treasure.  Some of the group are tricked into eating some magic mushrooms and then are manipulated by one of the others in the group .  Much fucked up shit occurs along the way.  Some supernatural alchemicon type shit… and some brutally human mean spiritedness.  This is available on prime and you’ll need to watch it with the subtitles on (some of the English is pretty tough to understand).  The score to the film helps to keep it feeling spooky, authentic and legit.  Lots of war drums in this one.  (NW)

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NW: Nate Wilson    DC: Devon Cahill   MA: Matt Average

SICARO (2018)

SICARO: Day of the Soldado (2018)

Director: Stefano Sollima

Starring: Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro

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As I’ve stated in a previous review I’m mostly on a 70’s kick lately…but I had to watch this follow up to Sicario from a few years back.  I saw the Original in the theatre and then again at home.   If you haven’t seen that film do yourself a favor and get to it, its a top film from 2015.  

This film I’m reviewing really has nothing to do with the first one other than a couple of the same characters.  Both Josh Brolin (of RKL fame) and Benicio Del Toro mark their return in this one.  I love the bruteness of both their characters.  Throw in any plot with terrorism and I’m fucking sold.  This time around the cartels are smuggling terrorist across the border into the United States.  It goes beyond that with the US government intentionally kidnapping a cartel leaders daughter, to trick them into starting a war with another cartel.  I cherish the violence, and the acting.  Additionally the music is dreary & fucking heavy in a very none rock n roll sorta way.  It can make you feel uncomfortable and on edge.  It works well. 

There are some weak links in the film for sure… for one,  by the end of the flick you sort of have forgotten that this fantastic story all occurred because of terrorism.  More than that the main character is an FBI agent,  when he’s actually acting more on the lines of a CIA spook (International shit).  Still this is a very solid flick that I’d watch again.   (NW)

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NW: Nate Wilson    DC: Devon Cahill   MA: Matt Average

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (2017)

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (2017)

Director: Lynn Ramsay

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix

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This movie truly surprised me in the best of ways.  I’ve been on a year long kick of only really just watching 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s film.  So this is one of the few modern films I’ve watched lately.  This one stars Joaquin Phoenix, and is straight up gut wrenching and brutal. Punishing really.   Its done in an almost severely demented Charles Bronson revenge film sort of way.  The story is that of a whacked out vet who is now a “gun for hire”  He deals in rescuing trafficked underage girls.  Joe’s weapon of choice is a ball peen hammer.  Joe is as a anti hero…he really is demented and sick, but this film had me supportive of him and his methods all the way through it.  As a father this film really had a deep impact on me all the way through it.  The score is pretty insane, it really never stops, and just gets in your head to further the sickness of whats happening in the movie.  I loved this one. (NW)

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NW: Nate Wilson    DC: Devon Cahill   MA: Matt Average