Author: Sean W. Fallon

Before There Was Red on Their Shirts: Spaced

Overview: Before Shaun fought the Dead, the Fuzz was Hot, and the End of the World, there was Spaced. Spaced, written by and starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, feels like a prototype to the Cornetto Trilogy (an easy sensation to explain when you take into account Edgar Wright directed every episode). There are similarities throughout and some parts, e.g. the zombie dream sequence in Episode 3: Art, could be viewed as a practice run for the feature films. Stories about Mates: The Cornetto Trilogy, by my reading of it, shares two major themes: friendship and growing up. Shaun needs...

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Tracks

Overview: The true story of Robyn Davidson’s quest to cross Australia on foot. 2014; Transmission films;Rated Pg-13; 112 Minutes. Getting Away From it All: These days we are more connected than ever and sometimes it can be maddening trying to find a little peace and quiet and time to ourselves. Of course there’s a big difference between disconnecting your Facebook for a few weeks and deciding that you want to travel 2,700KM across barren Australia with four camels and a dog. This is what Robyn Davidson (played by Mia Wasikowska) decides to do when she wants to be alone....

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The Guest

Look like th’ innocent flower, But be the serpent under ’t.                         Lady Macbeth Overview:  A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family as a friend of their deceased son, but being welcomed into their home, a series of questionable deaths unfold. 2014; Icon Films; Rated R; 99 Minutes. You Need to Lock That Tone Down: The Guest has no idea what it wants to be. Tonally, it’s all over the place. Plotwise, it can be a bit schizophrenic. It veers between being a horror film, a romantic comedy, a feel good drama, a slasher movie, a Jason Bourne knock-off, a...

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20,000 Days on Earth

Overview: Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth. 2014; Drafthouse Films; Rated R; 98 Minutes Into the Archive: I love Nick Cave (The Australian David Bowie? Discuss) and I was lucky enough to see this movie a few months ago at an Istanbul film festival in a screening full of Cave fans. 20,000 Days on Earth is a documentary with fictional elements, or a fiction movie with documentary elements, that tells the story of Nick Cave’s 20,000th Day of Earth.  Cave spends a part of the movie in his own archive looking at baby...

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Overview: Archaeologist Indiana Jones races Nazis to discover the Ark of the Covenant. 1981; Lucasfilm/Paramount; Rated PG/PG-13; 115 Minutes Is There Such a Thing as A Perfect Movie? The short answer is no. The slightly less short answer is yes, and that movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark. Raiders has been a staple in the Fallon household for as long as I can remember. In terms of building cinematic obsession, for me, it’s up there with the Star Wars Trilogy (the first movie I saw on the cinema was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which my parents...

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Five Films to Start Your Korean Movie Obsession

I recently lived in South Korea for two and a half years. When I left I had developed a love for two things: K-Pop and Korean cinema. The love of K-Pop waned somewhat (not entirely, Big Bang are still my jam) but the love of the cinema remained. My enjoyment of Korean cinema is based upon the fact that the Korean movies I have watched and enjoyed have shared two main characteristics, confidence and unpredictability. I feel like Korean directors are more willing to test their audience and zig when we expect a zag, making for a movie experience...

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The Exorcist

The following review of The Exorcist, written by Sean Fallon, first appeared on the wonderful film site Writer Loves Movies… An Homage To Our Love For Cinema, where film critic Natalie Stendall is hosting guest contributors in a search to determine why we love the movies we love.   — I love procedural movies. Anything that takes you through the nitty-gritty of a murder investigation or a well-planned heist is like catnip to me. A big reason why I love The Exorcist is because it isn’t the film that we think it is. People who have never watched it assume it’s a gory, jumpy, fast-paced horror film about a possessed girl doing crazy things for two hours. All of the marketing and all of the iconic images of the film focus upon Regan’s transformation from sweet little girl into foul-mouthed monster. If someone quotes a line from The Exorcist to you it will probably come from Regan (or it will simply be “The power of Christ compels you!”). In reality the movie is actually very slow and almost boring at times as it painstakingly shows, on one side, the agony of a mother helplessly watching her daughter succumb to some kind of illness/madness and on the other, the torments of a priest experiencing a crisis of faith following the death of his mother. The Exorcist was directed by William...

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