Posts uit februari, 2015 weergeven

Sky Riders (1976)

Dir: Douglas Hickox - Cast: James Coburn, Susannah York, Robert Culp, Charles Aznavour, Harry Andrews, John Beck, Zouzou, Werner Pochath, Antonys Antipas
Sky Riders is a straightforward action movie, good guys versus bad guys (with a few daredevils thrown in) with a good a cast and excellent stunt work. Moreover it was shot on truly magnificent locations. So what could have possibly gone wrong? Not too much actually, it’s quite entertaining, but it’s also one of those straightforward action movies which make you wonder who are more stupid: the villains or the heroes.

While staying in Greece, the wife and children of an American industrialist are kidnapped and taken to an abandoned monastery, situated on a high rock. The police have located them and surrounded the rock, but the stronghold is impregnable. Is it? Well, not to the woman’s ex-husband (and the father of one of her two children) who has a brainstorm when watching a flock of birds hovering over the impressive landsc…

Audition (1999)

Dir: Takeshi Miiki - Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Jun Kunimura, Miyuki Matsuda, Toshie Negishi,  Tetsu Sawaki, Shigeru Saiki, Ken Mitsuishi, Ren Ohsugi, Renji Ishibashi
 “Kiri kiri kiri”

Miiki’s international breakthrough movie is a truly disturbing piece of film making, a romantic drama that turns into a visceral horror movie. Audition tells the story of a shy, emotionally inhibited widower, Shigeharu, a middle-aged man who lives alone with his teenage son. He would like to start dating again but doesn’t know how to approach women. His friend, a not so successful film maker, offers him to arrange a fake audition for a film that will never be made. Shigeharu immediately feels attracted to one of the candidates, the fragile Asami. His friend signals to him that there must be something wrong with the girl, because her autobiographical stories don’t seem to match with reality, but Shigeharu refuses to give her up, walking like a lamb to the slaughter ...

The first ninety minutes o…