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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

Jack and Rose live on an island commune…cut off from the ouside world…totally isolated, until developers start building a housing estate…which pretty much angers Jack…who is fiercely trying to protect the land. But Jack is also sick and worries for the well being of his daughter who is extremely devoted to him. Believing that they require the presence of a woman in the house and that she would be able to help Rose in the future…Jack invites his girlfriend and her teenage sons to live with them. But what ensue is chaos as Rose begin to rebel.

I don’t think this film was released in the local theaters…but I’m definitely glad it was released on dvd here and I finally was able to rent it out as I found the plot to be rather interesting. It certainly looked as if it could be quite a good drama.

And guess what…I rather liked it. The story is sad and at times rather disturbing. As you see…Jack’s absolute intent to live in a commune and live the way he wants to live has disastrous effects on his daughter. As a result, Rose is socially inapt and has only known to depend and love only him…and of course when he invites his girlfriend over…you can only imagine how Rose would react…she was absolutely furious and spirals out of control. Trying several times to get rid of Jack’s girlfriend and lose her virginity with one of her sons…yes crazy comes to mind here. But her actions and her mistakes…aren’t they first and foremost Jack’s mistakes for raising her the way that he did. Even the father and daughter’s devotion towards each other is questionable. Well I shouldn’t give too much of the story away… right? A pretty good drama overall…definitely worth the watch. Good performance all round too especially Daniel Day Lewis as Jack the aging hippie and Camille Belle as Rose the daughter gone wild.

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When a Stranger Calls

I remember reading a review on this, where the reviewer had said that it should instead be titled When a Stranger Calls and Calls and Calls…and I couldn’t agree more. We don’t really get to see any actual action until the last 20 minutes of the movie…and even then, its not really much and we are only given glimpses of the crazed stranger…most of the time its just his dark silhouette that makes an appearance. For horror/thriller genre, with a crazed killer on the loose…this movie isn’t scarry.

But I tell you what’s scary though…it’s the house. A house that is soo huge and isolated, far from any type of help, should any unfortunate thing happen…now that’s scarry. We don’t even need psycho on the loose. Can you imagine if the inhabitants died…no one would have a clue. And the whole automatic light thing…that was scarry too. I think it would be freaky seeing a light switch on across the room by itself…and to think that it was only the cat that walked in…


After watching this movie…I wonder how the orignal 1979 version is like? Issit better than this? Anyway if you’re looking for a horror/thriller to watch…I say pick another title. Maybe Scream or Final Destination.

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