Five film recommendations from FilmFella Henry

Film fan: “Seen any good movies recently?”

This has to be one of the most popular   questions asked of film fans. Although I   endeavour to write down the many suggestions people offer (usually on scraps of paper, pages of books, even my own body) they inevitably become lost in the detritus of my cluttered life.

So, I figured I’d start a monthly blog entry detailing a few gems that may have passed you by. If you get a chance to check these out, then hopefully it will be time well spent.

And if you have any film titles you’d like to  share, please leave a comment – I’m always on the hunt for new stuff to watch!

The Man From Earth (2007)

Director: Richard Schenkman

Staring: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley

Why you should check this out: The leaving party for Professor John Oldman turns into a bizarre Q&A when he reveals he is immortal and has lived for the last 14,000 years. A great low budget, single location film that delivers a high concept idea with finesse and sincerity.

Triangle (2009)

Director: Christopher Smith

Staring: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor

Why you should check this out: It’s a sacrilege that this British gem was completely overlooked in 2009. Jess becomes trapped on an abandoned cruise liner after her sailing trip hits disaster. Experimenting with chronology, causality and good old fashioned suspense, The Triangle blends Donnie Darko with The Shining, resulting in one of the freshest horror-thrillers of the last decade.

Eden Log (2007)

Director: Franck Vestiel

Staring: Clovis Cornillac, Vimala Pons, Zohar Wexler

Why you should check this out: Tolbiac awakens in a dark cavern, with no memories of who he is or how he got there. Pursued by an unknown creature, Tolbiac comes across the mysterious Eden complex, initiating a journey of memory and survival. Surreal, visually striking and complexly told, Eden Log is an intriguing French movie that exudes originality.

Pontypool (2008)

Director: Bruce McDonald

Staring: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly

Why you should check this out: When backwater radio DJ Grant Mazzy begins receiving reports of mass rioting and a spreading madness in the locality, his night shift just got worse. Another great single location film that proves budget constraints needn’t hinder superb atmosphere and horror creativity.

The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008)

Director: Ji-woon Kim

Staring: Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung

Why you should check this out: A treasure map in 1940’s Manchuria ties three Korean gunslingers to a frantic search for the supposed riches. Existing as a Korean Indiana Jones-esque Western, The Good, The Bad, The Weird is exciting, funny and epic by turns, putting Hollywood’s recent attempts at adventure to shame. Highly recommended.

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About filmfellahenry
Film reviewer, script writer and occasional painter. Fan of Lumet, Aronofsky and Kubrick, with a good measure of early John Carpenter thrown in. Particularly like post-apocalyptic sci-fi, horror and fantasy film genres.

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