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How's that for a single, containable goal? The film itself is fast, funny and different too. It thus absolutely bombed at the box office. Set in civil war-era Spain, The Devil's Backbone is seen through the eyes of a young boy Fernando Tielve who shows up at a remote orphanage - a lonely place with a dark secret and an unexploded bomb jutting out of the front yard. Beautifully made and perfectly paced, del Toro's film is full of flesh-crawling moments, and its drama is all the more effective because its central character is so vulnerable.
By turns terrifying, poetic and profoundly moving, The Devil's Backbone was a real triumph for del Toro after his difficult experience in making the entertaining, deceptively clever creature feature, Mimic. Pan's Labyrinth may be the better-known of the director's Spanish language films from the s, but The Devil's Backbone is arguably its equal in many ways.
After writing and directing a string of films that were either cult favourites or box-office successes and sometimes both , The Man Who Wasn't There could be regarded as the Coen brothers' first truly underrated film. Maybe audiences weren't ready for such a sombre and austere drama after relatively successful, quirkily funny films like The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Then he discovers that his alcoholic wife Frances McDormand was having an affair with him. And then his wife is arrested for Big Dave's murder.
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From there, things just keep getting worse for Ed. The Coen brothers are particularly good at directing these prowling, noir-ish dramas, like their debut, Blood Simple , or 's No Country For Old Men, where foolish decisions have far-reaching and deadly consequences. Roger Deakins, who later shot No Country For Old Men, captures the 40s setting perfectly and, in tandem with Thornton's performance, creates an atmosphere of palpable sadness and regret.
This bleak tone makes The Man Who Wasn't There one of the Coens' less accessible films, but it's arguably one of their most mature and powerful. A German thriller based on the Stanford Prison Experiment, Das Experiment sees a prison being constructed in the middle of a research laboratory. Said prison is a convincing one, right down to bars on the windows and cameras watching every move. And then 20 people are recruited to play the prisoners and guards. The setup sees the guards being told to keep everyone in line without resorting to violence, while the prisoners are given a set of rules they need to follow.
If you quit, you don't get paid, but all the participants can leave whenever they want to. We wouldn't ordinarily look to tell you so much about the setup in one of these descriptions, but it feels important here. Because it was that setup that convinced us to rent the DVD many moons ago, and Olivier Hirschbiegel's film very much makes the most of it. The tragic death of Paul Walker has led some to seek out some of his earlier work they may have missed.
We've been talking about the work of director John Dahl a lot during this series of lookbacks, and Joy Ride released under the title Roadkill in the UK is perhaps the last of his run of excellent, underappreciated thrillers if you're looking for our now-almost-weekly Red Rock West plug, consider that box ticked.
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With a nod to Duel in much the same way that Jeepers Creepers nodded to it as well , Joy Ride sees a trio on a road trip, talking to a truck driver on their CB radio. Turns out he's the wrong truck driver to talk to, and when he gets on the wrong side of them, an at-times brilliant chase is set up. Walker is one of the leads of the young cast here, along with Steve Zahn, and John Dahl proves adept at tightening the screw, bringing a level of tension to what could have been just another pedestrian, throwaway thriller. The first half is a lot better than the second, but the overall movie is still far better than the tame box cover and anonymous title would leave you to believe.
It's a gem in Paul Walker's back catalogue. The horrific events that took place in America two days later nixed any chance of it ever getting a wide release. Even when it got a limited rollout in America in early , it generated some hostility. Gregor Jordan's film was always something of a risky project. A very funny satire centered on American military personnel in West Germany during the s, the regiment in question are the focus of a lot of comedy, some of it quite dark. Even now, we're choosing our words carefully: so worried was Miramax about the film's US release, that the roll-out date was put back five times before it finally got a run.
But the film is both important and very, very good. It's a very black comedy at times, and is about as far removed from an army recruitment film as you can find. It's far more interesting for that though, and deserves to be seen. In its native Australia, Lantana was richly rewarded. It won a host of AFI awards, and did good box office as well.
It earned a small release in the US, but most of us elsewhere on the planet were left to import the DVD from our Australian retailer of choice. It was worth it, though. You'll find Geoffrey Rush and Kerry Armstrong in the film, yet director Ray Lawrence is careful to give each of his characters enough screentime to get across their part of the proverbial jigsaw.
It's absorbing cinema, tightened to just under a two hour running time. And by the time it's done, it's explored a multitude of themes, fleshed out a lot of interesting characters, and if you're anything like us, left you hoping that Ray Lawrence would make more films. Fed up of anodyne musicals, and wish someone would fire a rocket into the midst of them all?
Long before The Book Of Mormon found its way to the stage, Hedwig And The Angry Inch landed in a few cinemas, and it's been building a small but entirely correct following of fans ever since. It's based on a stage musical, adapted and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, who also takes the lead role. That lead role sees him as a transgendered East German rock singer, whose sex change operation goes wrong, leaving Hedwig with the 'angry inch' of the title.
The film has a very human heart to it, but also a collection of off-the-wall songs and narrative turns that mark it out as a feature with no shortage of identity. It's also, arguably, the kind of film you watch once, and immediately want to watch a dozen times again afterwards. Not to all tastes? Most certainly.
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But the most interesting, subversive, and moving screen musical of the decade? It's certainly worthy of a shout. We're always in two minds whether to include films that won an Oscar in these lists, and No Man's Land did just that. It took home the prize for Best Foreign Language film, and with good reason. But not for the first time, we're left wondering: who still talks about it? We concluded that the answer to that was not enough people, hence it makes its way here. No Man's Land is a Bosnian war drama, that spends its time with a trio of wounded soldiers in the trenches during the Bosnian war.
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