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Movies That Make You Cringe: a dispatch from our friend Justin

By / Monday, May 9, 2011 / Category: Review / 1 comment

Posted for Justin by Sarah G.

DELIVERANCE (1972/DVD)

“Squeal like a pig”

If you know this quote, then you know the movie Deliverance.  This is a fantastic story of four men from the suburbs of Atlanta, who decide to embark on a journey down the Cahulawassee River in remote Georgia.  The river is set to be destroyed because of a dam being built nearby.  These men, who are out of their element, decide to take on the river before its destruction.  They also decide to take on the people in the tiny rural towns along the river.  This is a story of man against nature, nature against man, and man against man.  It is one of the most telling stories of how advanced civilization takes us further away from the basic fundamentals of survival.

Based on the novel by James Dickey (who also wrote the screenplay), the story takes us into the minds of Lewis (Burt Reynolds), Ed (John Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox).  These four men are thrown into the thick of moral thought and basic survival.  Whether to kill and tell or run and hide is the basic premise of the movie.  Without giving too much away, these men make decisions that only men in dire straits could make.

So, enough with the synopsis.  Here is why this movie makes you cringe.  For starters, you get to see a portly Bobby (Ned Beatty) get sodomized.  I don’t know what is worse.  Is it the raping of Bobby or is it seeing Bobby in his tiny underpants after a long day of paddling down a river?   There is also the scene where Ed (John Voight) is being held at knife point, getting ready to be forced to perform obscene acts upon a toothless man.  The cringe factor is diminished, however, because Lewis (Burt Reynolds) saves the day by shooting an arrow through the heart of the man who raped Bobby.  There is also the scene where the men find Drew (Ronny Cox) dead, in the river, with a dislocated arm, floating amongst a broken tree.  Most cringe inducing, though, is the scene where Lewis (Burt Reynolds) breaks his leg in a canoe.  The femur coming out of Lewis’s wet suit and the horrible face he makes when he sees his bone and muscle protruding out of his pants are equally horrifying. Read more »

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Movies That Make You Cringe: a special dispatch from our friend Justin

By / Thursday, February 9, 2012 / Category: Review / 1 comment

Posted for Justin by Sarah G.

THE GREY (2012/In Theaters)

Do you like wolves? Plane crashes? Watching Liam Neeson struggle to survive? If so, then you will love The Grey. This is a fantastic movie about a group of men trapped in the Alaska wilderness who have to combat the cold, the snow, and intruding wolf packs. Directed by Joe Carnahan, this movie depicts a survival situation that no one would want to find themselves in. This movie is intense and emotional, especially the effective lead performance by Neeson (along with many others). It is loaded with great cinematography, great effects, and no CGI. The cast and crew worked outside in the freezing cold while making the movie and surrounded themselves with actual wolf packs. In fact, Neeson is under fire from PETA for eating wolf meat during the shooting. (Being a movie star, I don’t understand why he just didn’t go for filet mignon.) I am a huge fan of survival movies and this one is one of the best I’ve seen in a while. I compare it to Deliverance, Into the Wild, and Alive. Anyone will enjoy this film, and a lot already have, seeing that it won the box office on its opening weekend. See it and be prepared to be scared the next time you see a big dog on the street.

GRADE: A-

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