gone girl blu

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Wetlands Helen (Carla Juri) has, among other things, a bug of rebellion up her ass, and she’s determined to explore it even if it kills here. A too-close shave eventually lands her in the hospital where doctors set about fixing her behind. While there she meets and falls for a male nurse who seems to understand and respect her peculiar interests, even after hearing her graphic re-tellings of past adventures. This German film is funny, sexy, gross and fascinating, sometimes all at the same time, and it’s probably the edgiest coming-of-age tale to hit screens since But I’m a Cheerleader back in ’99. Juri is mesmerizing as a ball of teenage hormones and creativity willing to try anything when it comes to exploring her own body. Toilet seat experiments, vegetable insertions and more are the name of the game, and director David Wnendt is more than happy to share it with us in all manner of graphic glory. It’s unavoidably crass at times, but it rarely feels sophomoric thanks in part to the film’s and Juri’s dedication to Helen’s sincerity and pain. The film is honestly unlike anything else you’ve seen, and I’m not just referring to the avocado plant growing out of Helen’s vagina. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Alternate artwork]



Warning: Spoilers for Gone Girl (book and film) Boy kisses girl. Fade out. Throughout the canon of classic Hollywood to today’s rom-coms, the beginning of coupledom – and even marriage itself – has been presented as the end of the narrative’s dramatic journey. The long-held institution of “happily ever after” assumes marriage and committed coupledom to be a reliably constant plane of uneventful happiness compared to the roller coaster of getting the couple together in the first place. Movies about long-term couplehood – or, more accurately, movies about breakups and divorce – have, by contrast, been the forte of independent and art house filmmaking, institutions markedly less invested in happy endings. But for a social convention that so many people experience, for a form of human connection that takes up and develops throughout years of peoples’ lives, marriage and other forms of committed coupledom have provided significantly fewer narratives than stories of people getting together or people breaking up. Yet there is as much (if not more) drama, character development and awkward comedy in long-term commitment as there is in getting together. David Fincher and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl offers a notable shift in this direction: an interrogation on the institution of shared living in the guise of a missing person thriller. But this film follows a couple of other, less blockbuster-y titles that share similarly incisive and unique takes on the subject of committed coupledom.


Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie in Honeymoon

Newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway of Penny Dreadful) and Bea (Rose Leslie of Game of Thrones) have had it up to here with your conventional wedding behavior and are taking a honeymoon off the beaten path. Keep your lush white sand beaches and ice cold tropical drinks with their tiny whimsical umbrellas that magically get refilled by a kindly bartender, okay? They’re not interested. They’re heading off to a decrepit cabin in the spooky, spooky woods for some quality one on one time in order to relax and not get turned into zombies, thank you very much. Honeymoon, directed by Leigh Janiak and written by Janiak and Phil Graziadei, seems to follow a familiar path for young lovers on vacation in a secluded location. They’re about to face certain and treacherous peril, and there’s not a lot that they can do about it — if the first trailer for the film is any indication. As any good horror movie lets you know, if you’re attractive, horny and out in the woods, the forces of evil are going to be knocking on that cabin door in about five minutes looking to harsh your mellow. Hope you can get your security deposit back on the rental cottage, kids. Or at least see the silver lining in all this and tell the folks back home about the bitchin’ summer you had with your sweetheart amongst the trees? 


Rose Leslie in HONEYMOON

Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) are young lovers, newly married, and heading to her family’s cabin for a secluded honeymoon. She gives him the grand tour, they get to canoodling, and then the pair bed down for their first night as husband and wife. It’s not long though before Paul starts noticing things are a bit off with Bea on this trip. She forgets how to make breakfast and coffee, he discovers some weird marks on her legs, and he catches her reciting facts about herself as if to memorize them. The more he struggles to discover what’s going on the deeper she falls into this behavioral madness. It seems one of them may be reaching the end of their vows a lot sooner than expected. Honeymoon is somewhat of an economically-crafted thriller with its two leads, constrained setting, and bare minimum supporting cast, and all of that helps increase tension in moments of real intensity. Inexplicably though, the film suffers a major blow early on thanks to a premature plot encapsulation around the seven minute mark. Seven minutes in, and anyone with even a basic knowledge of genre movies knows exactly what’s behind the behavior and where all of this is heading.

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published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
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