PezzFest 2018: Night Ten

PezzFest 2018 Double Double Film Series

Last night’s battle is won, but there’s still some places left to fight for good movie-watching. The only trouble is, who can we trust?

Cheers to good movie watching – silence your cell phones, zip your lips, and let the good times roll.

NIGHT TEN: Stop What No One Else Can See

When the end of the world crashes down on us, you either fight back or you ignore what’s happening until it’s all gone. And sometimes, it just seems like the world is ending when, in fact, you’re just having a rough night.

Your block is full of crime, suspicion, and neighbors don’t trust each other. The only way to climb to the top of the building, and the top of the social heap, is to work on your skills at being a criminal. And then the aliens come, bruv, and you’ve got to fight back. No one else is going to see them. Trust. But eventually you’ll have an ally, or two or three, and even the bloody bastards who’ve been looking for you all night, they’ll see the aliens too, believe it, fam. And then you can take charge like you haven’t done before, right?

Or maybe the ice and the snow is your fortress, where you’re living, spending all of your days. Life is repetitive. Lonely. Barren. You start to question every day like it’s the last. And then something happens, something arrives, and you don’t know who to trust any more. Instead of pulling together a group to climb your way out of the danger you keep everyone else at arm’s length.

Nobody really knows anyone else at all.

And we’re all very tired.

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Poster by Matt Taylor

Attack the Block

Moses (John Boyega) is leader of a gang in South London, and they take it upon themselves to protect their beloved block when aliens quietly, violently invade. Along with new resident Sam (Jodie Whittaker) and a pair of drug kingpins, the gang looks to save the night and remain mini-kings of the block.

Directed with a vibrant eye by Joe Cornish, and produced by the ever-present Edgar Wright, Attack the Block is a comedy / monster movie that holds its own place in the genre of alien invasion tales. The world of the story is peppered with colorful characters, personalities are strikingly original, the soundtrack kicks ass, and the plot unfolds at such a quick pace you’d think it was overly complicated, yet the end result is surprisingly simple to tell.

The gang is quick-witted, words flow so fast you can only catch ever other syllable at times, but the rhythm keeps it all in check. Timing has been perfected. Jodie Whittaker is our outsider, a strong young woman who has been waiting for a chance to prove she is tough enough to live on this block, and help save the planet. Boyega burst onto the film world in The Force Awakens, but this was before that, and it’s his true breakout role.

Trust.

Don’t miss it.

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Poster by David Moscati

The Thing

John Carpenter’s entire catalogue of films would satisfy any film-lover to no end. But when it comes to the unknown monsters that haunt us, The Thing is king. Kurt Russell is the tired window into this world as MacReady, helicopter pilot at an Antarctic research station in the middle of the snow desert. He and the American crew are serving their term, doing research on the ice, when a mysterious dog from a nearby Norwegian station runs in, the catalyst for events to unfold in horrific and deadly ways. Monsters overtake the station, monsters from outer-space, who can look like anything . . .  and any one.

This is how the world begins to end: slowly, cautiously, and with a wedge between people driven slight, but deep, and spreading mistrust and discord. It is still a shame that this movie did not find its place in the filmgoing world back in release in the early ’80s. But we have it now, so put this on your list as a must-see, with a re-watchability nearly unmatched.

MacReady or Childs?

 

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