Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
Red White & Blue
Three lives... bound together in blood
Film follows the cool, emotionless Erica, who dives into bed with any man she meets. When she is offered a job in a DIY store in Austin, she discovers the kindness of strangers, but also the gruesome shadowy side of it.
Why are you being nice to me?
A film that blends genres, not by mashing them together, but by going from one to the other organically. I think that's the reason it makes the final act so powerful as it feels earned instead of just an attempt at finishing big. The three acts also follow three separate characters exclusively while they are unknowingly part of the same story.
Written and directed by Simon Rumley, he shows an incredible knack for storytelling with an unusual structure that not only works, but creates great emotion in it's narrative. You would expect the story to jump around in time with three acts that each focus on a separate…
Now I know what it feels like to be the victim of a hit and run. This film ran me over and left me to die on my sofa....
Bloody hell, this was a hard film to watch. It relentlessly sucks you in, makes you care for its leads and in the end just kicks the ever loving crap out of you.
This of course only works if the acting is spot on and it is, but what is done best here is the pacing. This film is impeccably paced, it always keeps you guessing as to what it is trying to say and when it finally does, it's too late, you're done for.
I cannot recommend this film, that would be cruel, but still.....it is very, very good indeed.
Red, White and Blue is an exploitation revenge movie with an art house sensibility. The film is split into three clear acts (hence the title) with each act focusing on one perspective of a single overarching story. What is unusual with the structure is that you don’t get any narrative overlaps between each perspective, the timeline always moves forward. It is a novel structure that both adds something new to proceedings but also causes issues for the film. Giving time to focus on the three main characters is helpful, and the clear split allows for some successful tonal shifts, but the ending lacks the emotional kick it needs to be more than just the sadistic revenge punchline that it is…
Simon Rumley is a deeply unhappy man and I sincerely hope someone would give him a hug and tell him it's gonna be okay.
Probably one of the best Indie Films I've seen so far. People would call it "dragging" but I call it slow paced for reasons of development.
Very interesting story.
Ending was AWESOME!
20 minutes too long (middle). Pretty harsh. Didn't buy a bunch of character decisions. Noah Taylor power.
It goes completely off the rails about an hour in. Noah Taylor (Flirting, The Life Aquatic) chews the scenery in the broadest Mississippi accent he can muster. Totally overwrought musical score, and super low budget -- one scene in an apartment's kitchenette throbs due to the fluorescent lighting. So bad that it made me laugh at it more than a few times.
That was not fun.
a feel good flick perfect for valentine's day!
NO BUT REALLY. can someone come and pick my jaw off the floor and hand me a bucket because i am too stunned to do these things myself.
Vile, ugly, and stupid would have been a better title for this lackluster and mean spirited revenge film, an independent effort shot in Austin that somehow manages to makes the affectionately nicknamed liberal oasis look just as bad as the rest of the state. And this is very likely writer/director Simon Rumley's point, turning over the city's irreverent hipster image to reveal its soft underbelly, and all the nastiness that crawls beneath it, to remind us just how awful America really is no matter where you go. The title is kind of a hint, you see. Specifics hardly matter - you get them in simplest terms, a collection of cause and effect behaviors that most people not suffering from a…
Red White & Blue is another gem that I found from a list on Letterboxd. Just another in a long string of them that I've found since joining the site. The movie has almost no soundtrack in the first half and it's shot in a very plain, understated manner that gives the movie a "grounded in reality" feeling. This gives the characters an opportunity to grow on you to the point where they each become sympathetic, perfectly setting up the events of the second half. It's really well done, and having gone into the movie blind, I was taken by surprise by a lot of it. I think it's probably a movie you want to go into fresh if possible.
Red, White and Shit.
Aids, cancer, rape, people being dicks to each other, Noah Taylor being awesome, it's got all that but whatever.
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