Movie Reviews

Big Bad Wolves


Written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado.

The scene: two men, Dror and Micki, imprisoned in a basement. Micki’s a cop, Dror an accused pedophile. Their captor, Gidi, is a father. His daughter’s corpse was found in the woods, missing a head. Gidi wants to know where Dror has buried the head. His plan: torture Dror by breaking his fingers and pulling out his toenails. Eventually, once he’s learned what he wants to know, Gidi plans to cut Dror’s head off with a rusty saw. Micki, the cop, is a tough guy with a conscience, and his conscience got in the way, so he’s handcuffed to a pipe, helpless to watch as all manner of torture is wrought upon the shackled Dror. At one point, Gidi bakes a cake laced with sedatives and plans to feed Dror a slice, if only because this is one of the methods Dror has allegedly employed on his victims: he drugs them with sweets, violates them, tortures them, and decapitates them. “I put one candle,” Gidi says, presenting the slice of cake to Dror, who is strapped to a chair, his fingers already broken by a hammer. “At our age, many candles would be impolite.”

Did I mention this is a comedy?

Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Gremlins


Written by Chris Columbus.
Directed by Joe Dante.

“Phone home, caca!” hisses a gremlin as it cuts the phone lines to the Peltzer house. In addition to his executive producer, Joe Dante quotes everyone, from Frank Capra to Don Siegel to George Pal to Red Skelton to Walt Disney to Sylvester Stallone. And on and on and on goes the trivia, my favorite being a cameo by Chuck Jones. Gremlins is a clever, funny movie about man’s dogged, noble pursuit of convenience, which ultimately makes monsters of the machines he creates. Who better for a cameo, then, than the man who gave us Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius. Our hearts are in the right places, but our heads — more often than not thanks to our own Acme rockets — are up our asses. “Fantastic inventions for a fantastic world,” goes Rand Peltzer’s wonderful inventor’s motto. “I make the illogical logical.” What better setting for such a conceit than a movie-set town like Kingston Falls, drawn from the subconscious of old Hollywood — and at Christmas.

“Goddamn foreign cars.” — Murray Futterman