The Cinemaniac – August


Film Candy

Candy (2006)
Romance – Drama (Australia)

When a young couple meets, everything seems perfect as their relationship begins to blossom into a beautiful love story. Problems begin to arise when they start using heroin and begin the slow decent into addiction.

The reason you should watch it:

It stars Heath Ledger in his most unappreciated role. The film showcases his true worth as a screen icon, and his range as a performer. This film hits nerves in ways cinematic adventures exploring addiction have never before achieved. Don’t do drugs kids.


Film Kung Fu

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Action – Comedy (Hong Kong)

Incredibly stylish, this film takes place in Shanghai in the 40’s. A good-for-nothing aspiring gangster is trying to prove himself to get into the “Axe Gang” that’s taking over the city. Only, he inadvertently becomes the hero in a twist of fate.

The reason you should watch this:

Sometimes when you’re talking about Cinema, the real true original stories are hardest to explain. That goes double when you’re translating east to west culture. This film brilliant takes a great story from one side of the world and crafts it so accessibly to Western Audiences. That means, it’s bad ass! Full of the slam-bang beat ‘em up/knock ‘em down good stuff us Hollywood cats love, only better choreographed. Oh, and it’s funny, real funny.


Film Proposition

The Proposition (2005)
Western (Australia)

When the notorious outlaw Charlie Murphy (Guy Pearce) and his younger brother are captured in a bloody gunfight by a search posse, the lawman in charge (Ray Winstone), offers Charlie a proposition – kill his older brother or his younger brother will be executed.

The reason you should watch this:

This screenplay was written by Nick Cave, who also offers his talents on theeerie and prolific score. Oh, and one more thing to all the gamers out there, you may notice a major similarity to the story arc of Rockstar Game’s, Red Dead Redemption. It was a good game, but – this film came first and it is better.


Film Confessions

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

From master actor Sam Rockwell, this feature is directed by George Clooney and is a biopic based off the memoirs of NBC producer Chuck Barris, who claimed to have lived a double life as a CIA hitman.

The reason you should watch this:

Sam Rockwell is a good reason to watch anything. The film also boasts a wide ensemble of legends you’ll recognize who appear in a wide range of character roles and cameos, including everyone from Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Cera, and Brad Pitt. But not in that Hollywood shitflick post-2005 way, more like earlier in the millennium, when you still cared about things like that.


By: Damian Piper