Welcome to another edition of the Fridae Movie Club! B-movies have
an almost clean sweep in this week's film releases. From werewolves
to vampires, flashy serial killers to bumbling cops, there's something
that's just right for anyone with a guilty pleasure.
First though, our pick of the week comes from the very hip and emo
Being Flynn, where an aspiring writer reconnects with
his estranged conman and failed writer dad, who talks and behaves
like every seminal character Robert De Niro ever played. The bonus:
Will Julianne Moore steal the show in the flashbacks as a single
mom? Yes, it's hip, emo, and very campy in that way.
You may remember 21 Jump Street for launching the Johnny Depp into
the spotlight way before Tim Burton got his hands on the actor. This
time round, the film adaptation is a riotous buddy cop comedy packed
with R-rated jokes from Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, who as a pair
of bumbling, not too bright policemen are tasked to infiltrate a
high school drug ring.
The premise of Fairy Tale Killer is downright kooky for who else
on earth would carry out a series of murders inspired by the Brothers
Grimm but a pair of kooks? And who best to catch a bunch of kooks
but a kook? Danny Pang creates a surreal crime film that just about
makes as much non-sense and feels as exhilarating as any early John
What The Howling: Reborn lacks in budget, it makes up in endearing
camp value and rubber suit monsters. The gimmick is reworking the
werewolf film into the structure of a Twilight film. The joy is watching
a male Bella discovering the love of his life as he gets entangled
with the supernatural world.
Strange things happen whenever Hollywood puts Tim Burton and Johnny
Depp in the same room. This time round, the result is Dark
an off-beat comedy that spoofs good vampire films and 50s and 60s
soap opera. Jokes come very easily on the back of that one premise:
Depp as a reluctant vampire resurrected in the swinging 70s!
Till next week,