Doc (Joaquin Phoenix) gets a visit from his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston), who asks him to look for her current partner, a wealthy real estate tycoon. She suspects he was kidnapped by his wife and her lover. As Doc starts to investigate, Shasta disappears as well, which prompts Doc to follow her trail deep into the shady site of 1970 Los Angeles.
The plot gets confusing almost instantly, "Big Sleep"-style, and soon it becomes clear that we are not meant…
After going on a date and sleeping with a guy, Jay (Maika Monroe) finds herself tied to a chair. Her date explains that he just transmitted a curse to her via sexual intercourse, and instructs her on how to survive as long as possible. The premise is simple: It will follow her and try to kill her, and once It succeeds, he will be the next target. In the aftermath, Jay has to come to terms with what happened, convince…
Movie #10 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge
Elite Squad- Brazil
Intense Film about the war in the Brazilian favelas and the people that participate in it. Much like City of God, Elite Squad simply shows you what is happening and forces you to make up your own mind about it. The issues presented are so complicated and the line between good and bad so blurred that it is hard to really root for any character. The direction during…
Movie #1 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge
Wake in Fright- Australia
A man is lost in the desert, faced with the rawest of men, off whom he can only bounce off right into the next one. As he simultaneously tries to stick to his moralities and fit in with the hypermasculine clique that picks him up from the street, his sanity wavers, and the copious amount of drinking only adds to the nightmarish downward spiral.
The film is…