High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Wake in Fright
Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have some dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here.
Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney, but as one night stretches into several he plunges headlong into his own destruction.
Recommended to me on my Make me watch your favourite list.
Sweltering and oppressive, Wake in Fright is a man's disconcerting descent into his own personal hell.
Kotcheff's film first slowly peels only to end up clawing at its protagonist's humanity, exposing an animalistic nerve that is both confronting and harrowing. Acted superbly across the board and shot with a colour palette that only adds to the scorching desert heat, Wake in Fright captures life in the Australian outback in, what I can only assume, a painfully realistic way.
This film is astonishing. It takes the simplest of premises, a man stuck in a place trying to get away, and turns it into an inevitable, slow, spiralling plunge into the…
All my life I’ve held the misbelief that Canadians were champion drinkers. Not even close. Earlier this year seeing the Russian drama Leviathan shattered my belief, but I comforted myself saying ‘that was vodka’. When it comes to beer, we’re still tops. Apparently not. Those outback Aussies would clean our clocks. ‘Here, drink that up so I can buy you another!’
Wake in Fright is a lucid waking nightmare. It claws at you and pulls you down, deeper and deeper. Resist as you might, its simple nature and utterly base morality and behavior may appear beneath you, causing you to underestimate its charm and power, and this is exactly where the nightmare…
May you dream of the Devil and wake in fright. - AN OLD CURSE
Part 1 of the 30 Countries project.
For the purposes of this project this movie is classed as at least partially being of Australian origin as per its listing on imdb.
“In the remote towns of the west there are few of the amenities of civilization; there is no sewerage, there are no hospitals, rarely a doctor; the food is dreary and flavourless from long carrying, the water is bad; electricity is for the few who can afford their own plant, roads are mostly non-existent; there are no theatres, no picture shows and few dance halls; and the people are saved from stark insanity by the…
The most nihilistic film of all time. Worse than hell; there is nothing. You can drink, you can kill and you can try to escape but you'll still just end up in a void of your own human awfulness.
An Outback exploration of just how far we are and how much it takes to get us over the line between regular dignified folk and the alternative. Ted Kotcheff's gem baths you in the weird, covers you in grime, bastes you in Donald Pleasance man-stink then rains testosterone and kangaroos on you. It also involves a ton of beer. When it's over, you will either be contemplating what circumstances would cause YOU to crossover, or you will just feel dirty and violated. I love that Kotcheff gave this, First Blood AND Weekend at Bernie's to me. He is like my favorite uncle.
XMZZ never comes to Yabba. Yabba circles XMZZ like light circling a black hole, forever approaching, never arriving. Yabba is what happens when a single office XMZZ party begins but is never allowed to finish. Boxing Day is advertised in other places far away as some potentially reachable location past the far shores of XMZZ. I am already having nightmares about an immobile robotically chortling Santa in a sleigh made of crumpled beer cans and rifles being dragged through the dirt by dismembered kangaroo corpses. And I haven't gone to sleep yet. Never before have I wanted a kangaroo to wrest a knife away from a human being more than during the watching of 'Wake In Fright'. And what is…
Australian white trash males in all their glory.
Nothing to see here folks, move along...
An Australian man of my acquaintance -- who looked like you would expect an Australian man to look and seem to act the way you would expect and Australian man to act -- recommended this to me as one of the most important films for really understanding what Australia is like. I'm just passing on that recommendation so you can reflect on it the way I did after seeing this film. The other one he recommended was Cane Toads. I can't tell to what extent that's his sense of humour and to what extent there was a good reason he moved to England.
That is hell alright. No two ways about it. Now back to my beer.
I'm glad that this film was found & restored and is out there for people to see, because it is quite something. It's good that I've seen it now, but I honestly can't ever see myself coming back to it, it is just so relentlessly unpleasant. It's horrific and sad and mesmerising, with a really deep sense of place. It captures that terrifying feeling of being trapped by a series of small decisions and displays the worst aspects of human behaviour and attitudes.
Number one on the list of films that make great use of excessive heat, the dust and flies and beer are characters in themselves. The kangaroo hunt is hard to watch, and the night section in particular is where the film takes on the most obvious horror movie tone - the close up of the paw is going to stay with me for a while...
And now I need a shower!
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What's the matter with you people, huh? Sponge on you, burn your house down, murder your wife, rape your child - that's all right. But you don't have a drink, a flaming, bloody drink with you, and it's a criminal offense, it's the end of the bloody world!
The film opens on a small schoolhouse in the middle of the Australian outback in a town called Tiboonda, during the final sweaty minutes before Christmas holiday. The students sit in silence, brushing away the occasional fly, and stare at the teacher, who is also sitting in silence and staring back. John Grant is the teacher who seems mild-mannered enough. He checks his watch…
Alternate title: Johnny on his way to steal your girl*
the hangover: the devils edition
PETA = triggered
An Australian classic, starring two Englishmen and directed by a Canadian. Given that pedigree one might think it's anti-Australian propaganda.
God, there's ugliness everywhere in the film, but if it isn't the most compelling ugliness, I don't know what is. Take the overly friendly constable Jock who plays Virgil to Gary Bond's Dante. (Full disclosure: during the beer drinking segment I went to the fridge and got one) But then once our school teacher has reached, say, the fourth circle of hell, Jock just fucks off and lets our hero navigate the rest of the world himself. The results are disastrous.
Donald Pleasence plays a wandering nightmare of a man who befriends our hero. I call him a nightmare, but…
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