8:00 PM, 26th October, 2007
In the last months of the Second World War, the Netherlands is still occupied by Nazi forces. Rachel Stein (van Houten) is a Jewish singer who has spent years in hiding with her family. After her family are brutally slain, Rachel joins up with the resistance in the hope of escaping to safer pastures. She reluctantly accepts an assignment to seduce an SS Official named Ludwig Muntze (Koch), but becomes heavily involved in a relationship with him and finds herself caught between love and country as violence escalates between the resistance and the occupying forces.
Black Book is a heady mix of the sleaze and violence that Paul Verhoeven perfected with his Hollywood classics (Robocop, Basic Instinct, Total Recall), and the intellectual side of his earlier Dutch films. Unlike earlier Verhoeven movies, Black Book is not gruesome with its violence. It tells an engrossing story of moral relativism. It occasionally borders on the soapy end of melodrama, but this works as a wicked tool to suck you further into this tale of moral and physical conflict. This is a very different war movie, a very different romance movie, a very different action movie and an outright entertaining tale.
10:24 PM, 26th October, 2007
Three beautiful college students are tricked into entering a hostel where the hosts' like to torture, rape and murder. Following a geographical tour of Slovakia, three women are lured into a hostel by a handsome young man who sells them to the twisted masters, who tie them up and bring upon an unthinkable world of pain.This film had yet to be released in Australia at the time of writing this review, but it sounds gross, doesn't it? That's because if it is anything like the first one, it is gory to the MAX. I have never seen a gorier, violent, in-your-face, gruesome, disturbing-on-several-levels film ever. Having said that, I really enjoyed it! If you are into horrors and want something moving - something which will literally make you squirm in your seat - this is probably the film for you!!7.30pm, Saturday, 27 OctoberTrivia Night'