Welcome to Movie Club! For those uninitiated, Movie Club is a weekly gathering of friends and film buffs (collectively, the "Clubbers"), where we grill out, eat, imbibe and gather to watch a movie that nobody in the group can have seen before. A different person picks the movie each week, after sending around a list of options that others can "axe" if they've already seen it. I'm going to try and quickly recap the designated Movie Club selection of the week, starting with this week's pick:
BE MY CAT: A FILM FOR ANNE
Genre: Found Footage Horror
Director: Adrian Tofei
Running Time: 87 mins.
Release Year: 2015
Clubber's Choice: Gus Spelman
IMDB Plot Summary: An aspiring Romanian filmmaker is obsessed with convincing Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway to star in his film and goes to shocking extremes to reach his goal.
Fun Facts: This is director Adrian Tofei's first film, and Romania's first found footage horror movie. Shot in chronological order over 20 days. Anne Hathaway has yet to publicly comment on her reaction to the film.
The Good: The whole premise is intentionally icky and delivers on that front. Tofei also stars and gives a committed, effective performance as the disturbed main character. Light on gore, and filmed by Tofei himself, it takes a good 20 minutes for the viewer to suss out what's real and what's not. There's a very convincing scene of an actress being chloroformed.
The Bad: The handheld footage is too shaky and disorienting. Most of the movie is improvised, which leads to lengthy, repetitive scenes of dialogue that fail to advance the plot. Has its foot planted in both comedy and horror, and fails to succeed as either. The ending underwhelms, which doesn't even matter because the movie has worn out its welcome by that point.
Recommended Viewing?: No. Interesting as a novelty item for about 20 minutes, but quickly loses steam after that.
Better Than: Pottersville, Three Monkeys
Worse Than: The Devils, El Topo
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