Swiss Army Man


There’s no better way to survive the wilderness on your own than enlisting the help of a corpse and turning him into your very own survival kit.

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No, this is not a joke; someone really did make this into a film.

Just when you thought this film couldn’t get any weirder, along comes a plot twist that propels all sanity out of the window as we discover that not only has a lost and bewildered islander befriended a corpse, but the corpse himself has superpowers. And it’s not the superhero kind, but rather the fire fart starting and dead body water retention kind.

What makes the film even more hilariously ridiculous is the fact that they cast Daniel Radcliffe as the dead guy; safe to assume his career has gone nothing but downhill following his childhood stardom as the lead in the Harry Potter franchise.

Apart from the utterly insane storyline that somehow made its way to the big screen, this film actually delights in production and originality; the sets alone are enough to deal with living with a corpse.

Though to most this film will seem almost taboo, for others who can appreciate it, the film is in its own way endearing with its airy fairy way in which it describes the big bad world that we live in. Because beneath all of the corpse puns and inappropriate jokes lies one of life’s most important questions – what is our purpose?

Free State of Jones


There’s nothing that appeals more to an audience than an opening scene panning a battle field full of blood drenched dying soldiers. Wait, is that just me?

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Easing the audience into this film gently was clearly never on the cards for the writers and producers. From the offset you are made fully aware that you have entered into the most historic civil war America has ever bared witness to, and at times it feels as though no details were spared. Especially when it comes to the endless and apparently infinite opportunities for blood splattering bullet penetration. 

 

Though perhaps unpleasantly vulgar at times, you cannot help but think the actions taken throughout this films duration only tells a small proportion of what these characters realistically endured, especially when taking into consideration that the story that leads this film was birthed from real life events. 

 

With a story as horrific as this film is attempting to portray, it can often prove challenging to keep an audience engaged, but the way in which this film has been produced makes the transition from reality to onscreen showmanship almost seem easy. With the camera angles keeping the viewers curious, the music rewarding the emotions and the actors glowing with envious talent it can only be deemed a cinematic pleasure to see such a powerful and influential piece of American history come to life on the big screen.

 

The only slight hiccup in the editing process of this film is the amount of screen time that managed to make it to the cinema; all 140 minutes of it to be exact. At times the film feels as though it is some sort of punishment that will never cease, which quite frankly makes you want to hurt or seriously maim Matthew McConaughey’s character just so that you can put an end to it all.