The second major feature by “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry is an unusual glimpse into the mind of the surreal French-born director.
The film follows Stephan (Gael Garcia-Bernal), a blue-collar office drone by day, but creative genius by night. In his dreams he runs a topical talk-show about his own life and subconscious thoughts. He thinks of the right thing to say just when he needs to, he can talk to the girl of his dreams without batting an eyelid and most of all he can say exactly what he wants about the people around him without the inevitable repercussions Continue reading REVIEW: The Science of Sleep (2006)→
Crowned For: Being the current ‘Scariest’ film of all time.
At Generic, we love showing recognition to some of the best movies ever made, so when we find one, we crown it!
The Descent (2005) has received the award after being voted the Top Scariest Film of all Time by our wonderful followers.
This was decided after weeks of suggestions, short-listing and voting.
The Descent is a terrifying, claustrophobic, unnerving film, telling the story of a group of strong-willed and athletic women who head out on a caving exhibition. It’s the one year anniversary of when one of their number – Sarah, lost her husband and daughter in a terrible accident.
To distract their depressed friend they descend into the caves but become trapped 3 kilometres down when a rockfall blocks their exit. Struggling for supplies, air, and impending claustrophobia, their situation becomes even more desperate when they encounter a group of hungry predators intent on making the group their next victims.
Blood-suckers. The pale ones. The Undead. Leeches. Parasites. Bats. Shapeshifters.
Whatever you want to call them, the Vampire remains one of the most used (and mis-used) mythical creatures in existence. Thousands of films, books and comics have adapted them in so many different forms, that the word ‘Vampire’ now means a million different things.
The core definition of ‘Vampire’ still remains however. A creature that survives off another living thing’s essence – usually blood, or occasionally the soul or life force.
Whether such a thing really exists is doubtful – a Vampire is a creature of storybooks and folklore. However, there are people in the world (perhaps mentally disturbed) who consider themselves ‘Vampiric.’ People who dress in black, avoid daylight and drink teaspoons of each other’s blood. (Check this or thisout if you don’t believe me.)
It’s a fanciful idea, and some people believe the existence of a blood-thirsty human based creature has a solid grounding. However, let us not dwell on whether or not we believe in real life Vampires, but forget that there may be a 0.00001% smidgeon of a chance they really exist, and focus on the ideology of the ‘Vampire’ – portrayed in literature and film.
There are very early Vampire films dating right back to 1913, but for the purpose of this article we’ll start at one of the earliest films that helped shaped our modern perception of the blood-suckers (you all know who I’m talking about.)
Here at Generic HQ, we absolutely love independent film production. There’s just something special about waking up early, bleary eyed, fresh and full of ideas, ready for a whole day of exhausting filming.
So because we like doing it so much, we also love supporting others doing it (and doing a better job!)
A few weeks ago, an email arrived in the Generic Movie Blog email, and I found a gem of a short film had been linked to us by none other than Dan Allen – a fantastic 19 year old director.
I’ve stumbled upon Dan before when he asked me to review a short film of his called Husky. Unfortunately I never had the time, so this post can act as a small apology as well as a way of helping Generic readers to see a wider range of independent films.
Here at Generic HQ, we loooove the horror genre. We just love to be scared. Unfortunately horror is notoriously easy to screw up, and even easier to rip apart in reviews.
Very few horror films have really got it right, and usually these are the ones with substance. An impressive and fresh plot, convincing performances, and an eerie and original soundtrack. There’s not many of them around.
Cabin in the Woods was one. The Saw series was another.
But right now, we don’t want to know about your favourite horror movies – the ones you think are a triumph of cinematography and score. We’re interested in what you think is the most terrifyinghorror movie of all time. The one that’s disturbed you the most. The one you always think about when you’re in the house alone at night. Whether it’s actually a good film or not.