Directed by Robin Bissell, The Best Of Enemies is the true story of Civil rights activist Ann Atwater. In 1971 in Durham, North Carolina, Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan over the issue of school integration.
Key cast includes Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Wes Bentley, Anne Heche…
I’m ready because I like Rockwell, I like Henson and I love a good cinematic face-off.
Directed by Marc Meyers and based on the novel by Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer is the story of a teenage Jeffrey Dahmer, the American serial killer.
It’s mainly the hope that Ross Lynch would do a mesmerising job of playing Dahmer that’s a key reason for why I saw this movie. Lynch certainly presented well physically which made him stand out as a convincingly odd yet intriguing character. However, I wouldn’t say that ‘mesmerising’ is quite the word. I also wanted to satisfy my curiosity about how similar Dahmer’s childhood was compared to other serial killers I’d heard of. I’d say the answer is ‘not too different’.
What Meyers really shows us in this movie is young Dahmer’s struggle to belong in high school, his less than ideal home life and some of the early signs of who he was likely to become in the not too distant future. The thing we don’t get to learn much about is Dahmer’s psychological state. His journey from ‘not quite carefree teenager’ to full blown serial killer felt incomplete in parts because I wanted to know more about young Dahmer. He seemed distressed but he never cried, nor did he do much talking. This may be the reason I didn’t feel as though I connected to his human side much. At least not as fully as I could have
Overall, My Friend Dahmer is an OK film. Anne Heche, Alex Wolff, Dallas Roberts and the rest of the cast performed well. I guess I just wanted a deeper understanding of Dahmer instead of what felt like a glimpse into part of his teenage years. There’s a part of me that also wanted to feel terrified, I wanted to believe the darkness in Dahmer’s soul more. I wasn’t really scared in this movie until towards the end, in the scene without lights.
What’s suddenly become clear to me is that I should probably watch a documentary about Dahmer, or a movie that starts from his first murder in order to get all the information I want.
Watch it if you’re very curious. Otherwise, maybe find a documentary or wait for Zac Efron’s turn as another infamous American serial killer, Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
Anne Heche’s performance as a bitter struggling artist and Amy Hill’s turn as ‘crazy aunt Charlie’ are the two main highlights of Catfight.
Starring Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone and Amy Hill, Catfight is a dark drama / comedy about the long standing rivalry between two former college friends; a rivalry that turns into brutal, life altering fights.
The source of the humour in Catfight is mostly tragedy. This is probably part of the reason why I didn’t laugh a lot. In some ways I found the main characters to be too ridiculously ‘unthinking’ in some of their key choices. With Catfight, you’re essentially watching grown ups behaving badly towards one another in ways that don’t necessarily feel completely justified. The characters are in the most part, not likeable – even some the ones I found myself feeling sorry for.
The general idea of this movie is a good one, but the execution could have been less awkward in parts. How far could this story have gone with Quentin Tarantino’s writing brain and his budget behind it? I also wonder whether the edit may have helped to kill this film. Right now, theres a chance that I may enjoy Catfight more after a second viewing. I’ll certainly update this post should I go down that seemingly crazy route.
Also, for anyone who’s ever wondered what the voice of a six year old girl sounds like on a grown adult woman, Catfight absolutelyhas the answer.
Starring Sandra Oh, Anne Heche and Alicia Silverstone, Catfight is the story of two bitter rivals who bump into each other at a glamorous event one evening and naturally of course, what follows is fisticuffs and an all-out brawl that lasts some years…
Written and directed by Onur Tukel, I’m ready for the peculiar madness of grown up women behaving very, very badly indeed.