Is preparation and inspiration for my feature length horror/thriller which I am still outlining, I re-watched Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island (20110). Scorsese once said
”It’s hilarious, the problems that arise when you’re on the set. It’s really funny because you make a complete fool of yourself. I think I know how to use dissolves, the grammar of cinema. But there’s only one place for the camera. That’s the right place. Where is the right place? I don’t know. You get there somehow”.
If anyone get’s there the right way, it’s you, Mr. Scorsese.
The Hurricane (1999) is unfortunately a biographical film which depicts Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter in his hay day as a boxer and his worst in prison in a non-linear format jumping to flashbacks occasionally.
The story begins when a young man, Lesra Martin (who is being taught by a group of Canadian friends) picks a book in a book sale, the book is ‘The Sixteenth Round’ written by the hurricane himself. After a round of interesting letters and visits to and fro between Lesra and Rubin. Lesra and his incredibly generous teachers move to New Jersey themselves vowing not to leave until they get him released from prison.
The letters that are written in this film is actually a very clever original writing technique which the writers utilise. Through the letters, the narrative jumps back into flashbacks from Rubin’s obstacle jumping childhood which lead him to juvenile prison. The audience are also given the benefit of the doubt as we witness the corruption that proceeds Rubin’s incarceration.
This is where the film slowly moves from a biographical film to an investigation film. With this movement, we move from Rubin’s life to Lesra and his teachers investigation into the nitty gritty of the case to try and unravel new evidence. The thing that keeps this film new and interesting is the depth of Rubin’s character. From seeing what cards his life has dealt him before his incarceration, up to his survival in prison, not allowing himself to need or want, one of which being love.
The Hurricane is one of my personal favourite Biographical films. This hybrid genre film is one which will take the audiences through all the emotions you can expect in a film, as the audience witnesses the courage and determination of a group people which sought out justice for an unfortunate heroic man who as Bob Dylan put it, “coulda’ been, the champion of the world”.
Zodiac (2007) an absolutely fantastic film that spans the decaded from the late 60’s to the early 90’s. Surprisingly this is a fiilm that many have never heard of. Zodiac was directed by the great David Fincher and starred a brilliant cast including Jake Gyllenhall, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Dwoney Jr. The image seen above is a letter word for word which The Zodiac murderer himself once wrote.
An interesting bit of trivia I spotted on the IMDB website was was “Scenes of Dave Toschi and Robert Graysmith watching Dirty Harry were filmed inside the Mann National Theatre in Westwood, CA. The garish color schemes of the movie theater were not added by the art department. The very retro interiors of the theater have remained unchanged since 1969, when the National was first built. Interestingly, “Zodiac” played at the Mann National Theatre in mid March of 2007. Thus, moviegoers watched other moviegoers occupy their seats - on the National’s trademark large screen. The theater has since been torn down.”
The dark and gruesome Se7en directed by none other than David Fincher is a film to be remembered for years. Made in 1995 and written by Andrew Kevin Walker whilst working at Tower Records for 3 years is a script like none other, and never seizes to amaze and shock.
The basic plot summary is Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. Se7en is really a film that you will never forget, and it’s focus on dialogue and characters is a thing to behold. DVD stores everywhere will have copies, Amazon are selling it for only £4.83, what are you waiting for?
I finally got round to watching The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and I’ve got to say I was impressed by David Finchers usual dark approach.
The main plot is Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a young computer hacker.
One of the aspects I most loved about the film was the fact that throughout the film, we slowly find out more and more about the characters which re-inforces it’s mystery and eeriness.
The performances from the characters were superb, in particular oscar nominated Rooney Mara. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is out now on DVD, so get out there and buy this great film!
Arthur Leigh Allen: Can I help you?
Long pause of reckoning
Robert Graysmith: No.
Amongst many of David Fincher’s masterpieces was easily missed 2 and a half hour Zodiac featuring Jake Gyllenhall, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and more. The film’s plot is based on a graphic artist at the San Francisco chronicle who goes on the mission of bringing the Zodiac killer to justice.
Really a great film to watch.