Monthly Archives: July 2013

Pet Sematary 1 and 2 – Odd One Out 036

Pet Sematary

Mark talks about the glorious (but for different reasons) pair of Pet Sematary movies

The World’s End and Top 5 Movie Groupings – 103

The World's End

Mark and Sam talk about their favourite groups of people in movies, and The World’s End

James Bond 4 – Odd One Out 035

The Spy Who Loved Me

The next 3 James Bond movies:

  • The Man With the Golden Gun
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Moonraker

Pacific Rim and Top 5 Robots – 102

Pacific Rim

Sam and Mark talk about Pacific Rim and Top 5 Robots in fictional media (covering books, TV, comic books, movies and games). (But no Dark Souls this time.)

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The Perfect Host – cat-and-mouse thriller 6.5/10 recommended

The Perfect Host

David Hyde Pierce (Niles from Frasier) is a guy who is about to give a dinner party, who gets duped by an armed robber/thief on the run to let him in, get fooled by him whilst he cases the joint, then he takes over before the guests arrive.

However all is not what it seems. It turns out the host is a complete lunatic, and the apparent alpha-male in this setup become the underdog.

This is a terrific little movie. DHP is fantastic as essentially a psychotic Niles, tending to guests that aren’t there but who he can see plainly, whilst the thief (Clayne Crawford, who definitely has a young Ray Liotta vibe) is confused, then scared, then angry.

It’s a black comedy. I laughed out loud several times; when the thief reveals his bleeding foot and DHP says ‘I can clean that up’ and gets a cloth, and when the foot is lifted to him, DHP starts cleaning the floor; when the thief gets shown the host’s insane home movies; when the thief is left heavily drugged, but floating in the pool buoyed up by floats. It’s all so bizarre and nutty.

I also liked how, several times it looked like it was about to go down a very dark road (think ‘Misery’) but in fact it doesn’t do that, and is better for it.

The third act doesn’t quite work for me as you find out the whole movie is based on a somewhat ridiculous circumstance, but overall I enjoyed it a lot. I particularly liked the final scene, which was something of a homage to the end of Silence of the Lambs, I think.

Spiritually, the film it most reminded me of was the 1972 version of Sleuth, with a touch of Misery, Norman Bates, Sunset Boulevard and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane thrown in.

Overall recommended, for adults.

Black Caesar and Hell Up In Harlem – Odd One Out 033

Black Caesar

Covering Black Caesar (aka The Godfather of Harlem) and its action-packed sequel, Hell Up in Harlem

This Is The End and Top 5 Apocalyptic Settings – 101

This Is The End

Mark and Sam talk about This is the End and Top 5 apocalyptic settings in fictional media (covering books, TV, comic books, movies and games). And Dark Souls. Again.

The movies of Ben Wheatley: Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England – Odd One Out 033

A Field in England

Ben Wheatley’s movies:

  • Down Terrace
  • Kill List
  • Sightseers
  • A Field in England

The Longest Yard and Top 5 Movie Remakes – 100

Longest Yard

Mark and Sam talk about The Longest Yard (1974), The Longest Yard (2005), and top 5 movie remakes. And Dark Souls. And Deadpool.

James Bond 3 – Odd One Out 032

Live And Let Die

The next 3 James Bond movies:

  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Diamonds are Forever
  • Live and Let Die