Dark Waters

Viewed – 18 July 2020 online rental

Following a series of unexplained cattle deaths on a farmer’s land in West Virginia, an attorney becomes involved in a case of chemical pollution and cover up that has him go up against a powerful and respected corporation that threatens his career and his health. Based on a shocking true story of the life-threatening chemical ‘c-8’ found in Teflon amongst other products, this follows the fifteen year battle against a seemingly untouchable industry giant.

sticking it to the man…

Mark Ruffalo, these days best know for playing Bruce Banner / The Hulk in The Avengers, is perfectly cast and delivers one of his best performances. I really got behind his character’s passion and drive and Ruffalo hammered home every emotion. He is aided by the often underrated Anne Hathaway as his wife, who proves very convincing as a woman struggling to cope with her husband’s obsession. Also on hand is Tim Robbins (remember him?) and a bizarre-sounding Bill Pullman. This was fascinating, filled with detail and investigation. As more and more was uncovered, the more powerful and heart-wrenching the movie got and as it drew to it’s conclusion I was rather affected. Yes, it seems some companies really do think they’re above the law and are too big to answer for things that they do.

Director Todd Haynes has delivered a gripping movie with several strong performances that really made this viewer think. Also, despite the magnitude of the case, it was presented in an easy to follow story that rarely got bogged down in the details. Check it out.

Verdict: Recommended

The Killer Inside Me

Viewed – 10 December 2010  Blu-ray

The only thing I had heard about this movie during it’s initial, limited theatrical run was that it was based on a very old pulp novel by Jim Thompson and features scenes of disturbing violence.  As someone who has a liking for controversial movies, this was instantly on my must see list.  Casey Affleck plays small town deputy Sheriff Lou Ford, a quietly spoken, unassuming good-guy hiding a dark secret.  You see he likes to help people out of their problems, such as a local tycoon who wants his son’s prostitute mistress run out of town – yet finds himself resorting to brutal murder, leading to more dead bodies as he attempts to cover his tracks. 

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Lost Highway

Viewed – 05 September 2007  DVD

Special edition

I promise this is the last bit of David Lynch appreciation for a while (after all this site is called The Movie Report not the Lynch Report…), but this is a personal fave of mine, and after the pleasant surprise of Mulholland Drive recently…well I just had to let you peeps know about this one.

Bill Pulman plays a jazz musician married to a sultry Patricia Arquette, who he seems very suspicious of, like he doesn’t trust her.  In classic Lynch style – nothing is clear, and all is eerie and down beat…until the arrival of a mysterious package on the door step of their house.  It transpires that someone has sent them a video tape showing the outside of their house being filmed…yet its not until a second tape shows the couple being filmed whilst they sleep that things take a chilling turn for the worst.  This is easily Lynch’s most unsettling film, and has a very bizarre twist half way through, but even though it does change the tone of the film dramatic, Lynch manages to cast a spell with use of fantastic nightmarish imagery, music and sound to create a cocktail of sensory overload that isn’t easily forgotten.  The star of the show here is definitely Arquette, as the sexy femme fatale who may be two different people (or maybe not) and gives an edgy, eye-opening performance that is very hypnotic (not to mention erotic).  Add to this a brilliantly creepy Robert Blake who may or may not be the devil incarnate, and Balthazar Getti as a mechanic mixed up with volatile gangster Robert Loggia – and really…this just keeps on giving.

This release is nicely packaged and has plenty of interviews, some decent menus and behind the scenes stuff that adds plenty of value for Lynch fans.

Verdict:  4 /5