(au) wrote: If your into buff bodies, you'll enjoy "Generation Iron." If body building isn't your thing, don't waste your time or money. Body builders I know out at Venice Beach tell me it's a great documentary. Arnold Schwarzenegger approves, but he'd better, it's his money that made this movie happen.
(ru) wrote: So it turns out that the best movie of the horror fest, so far, isn't really even what one might call a conventional horror movie. There's definitely some hints of horror particularly considering the fact that, as I always say, the movie focuses on something far more real than just, say, a slasher or a ghost movie. I'm not saying that everything that happens in this movie is completely realistic, but, maybe not everyone, a lot of people know someone like Cesar is in this movie. A misanthrope who desires to make everyone around him as miserable as he is. That's a very believable concept. But I believe Cesar's attitude goes deeper than just someone who wants to make people miserable. He is a person who enjoys creating chaos in peoples' lives. He wants to see their lives crumble and he loves knowing that it was as a result of his actions. The people in question don't even have to know it was him, it just gives him satisfaction knowing that he ruined someone's lives. Cesar, the concierge at this apartment building, takes aim at the cheeriest tenant as he uses most extreme attempts to make her life absolutely miserable. By any means necessary. He sleeps in her bed, after using chloroform on her, and he does things that, he believes, would wipe the smile off her face. He injects something into her products that makes her get a rash, he fills her apartment full of bugs, among many other things. Yet, no matter what he does, Clara, the tenant Cesar is obsessed with, never loses her smile or her positive attitude. Things start to get even more complicated once Clara's boyfriend comes into question and this is when Cesar's misdeeds start catching up with him as he leaves a trail of evidence that points straight to him. Eventually, however, Cesar does accomplish his goal of making Clara absolutely miserable, it's pretty obvious if you've been keeping track, but I won't spoil it anyway. You know, this isn't the type of movie that you should watch if you're wanting something hopeful or if you want a satisfying revenge flick, this is not that, like in the slightest. But it is a really interesting, and sometimes even disturbing, character study into this man's life and how he finds very little that makes him happy so, therefore, he must make everyone as unhappy as he is to level the playing field. It's a man who has, really, no purpose to live, yet he finds it once he succeeds in destroying Clara's life. It's a really well-written movie and smart too. But, really, the film wouldn't be what it is without Luis Tosar, who plays Cesar, and his absolutely tremendous performance. He is just perfect in this movie, like he couldn't be more perfectly cast, because he does manage to walk a fine line between likable concierge and seriously fucked up individual. At first, if you hadn't even known that Cesar was the creep, you wouldn't have known it by how he acted. There's nothing about him that gives him away. It might not be much, but there's a certain subtlety that is required when pulling off 'dual' aspects of this character's personality. His performance is not over-the-top, it really is quite chilling, like the extents he would go to to cause others to be miserable. There's one particular heartbreaking scene where he just calmly berates the sweetest old lady you've ever met. He insults her, calls her old, tells her that no one will ever want to be with her at this age, among many other things. And this guy, and the actress in question, both do such a great job that, honestly, it's really one of the top 3 most memorable scenes in the entire movie. So, yea, I thought that this was a hell of a movie. I don't know if I would call it great, but it's really not that far off from it. It's a little more character-driven than your normal thriller, in that it explores the psyche of a miserable human being in his quest to destroy everyone around him emotionally. And it's really fucking good and I would highly recommend this film. The sooner you see it, the better.