Review: The Cold Light of Day (1996)

A while ago, when I still regularly posted movie reviews, I shared my thoughts on Sean Penn’s The Pledge, starring Jack Nicholson as the obsessed cop who is on the trail of a child killer, whom everyone presumes dead. The Pledge is not a very good movie, mainly because it is made ponderous by some of its metaphysical posturing. In my view, The Pledge rarely strikes a balance between a portrait of a good man disintegrating because of an inhuman world and a survey of the evil entropy of that world—at least until the very last scene, which I won’t reveal here. Recently, I was able to watch The Cold Light of Day, the 1996 original by Rudolf van den Berg and starring Richard Grant.

The story is essentially the same. Victor Marek, the detective played by Grant, is called to investigate the slaying of a child. It’s a horrible scene and the child’s mother makes Marek promise to do justice by her little girl.

Incompetent colleagues railroad a suspect out of convenience and political aspirations and Marek quits in disgust. Of course, he’s still investigating the crime, but in his own crazy way. Marek deduces that the killer is using the highway. Thus, he sets up shop at a gas station so that he can monitor the travelers.

Seems to be a bit of a longshot. Fortunately, for Marek, he encounters Milena (Lynsey Baxter) and Anna Tatour (Perdita Weeks), a mother-daughter pair, whom he first invites to help him tend his home and then later develops feelings for.

Boyfriend-girlfriend for Milena; father-daughter toward Anna.

Don’t play. Y’all sick.

Anyway, Marek’s real motive is to use Anna as bait for the killer and then catch him in the act. Understandably, this does not go over well with Milena when she finds out.

Great news though: the killer has taken the bait and is about to run a scalpel across Anna’s throat in the woods.

Obviously, it is Marek’s poisonous obsession to catch the killer that is the dramatic engine of The Cold Light of Day, and Grant does an admirable job of playing Marek as someone just as creepily unhinged as the real killer. This is not to say that Nicholson didn’t do a good job. Rather, Grant embodies that dissolution of spirit that inflects obsession. In The Cold Light of Day, we are witness to the tall, skinny, sallow Grant as he slides through thins cracks in reason into something else.

My main issue with The Cold Light of Day is the ending. For all the talk of a saccharine American remakes, Penn’s version is much darker and more disturbing. The showdown between Marek and the Killer makes you feel dirty, but if you’ve seen The Pledge, you might understand why I felt a little let down by this confrontation.

Calling it:

The award for lamest gif marketing goes to Jobs.

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In the DVD commentary, Mary Harron says that during the first shower scene with Patrick Bateman, all of the women on set gathered around to watch Christian Bale shower.

In the DVD commentary, Mary Harron says that during the first shower scene with Patrick Bateman, all of the women on set gathered around to watch Christian Bale shower.

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Books: The Film Snob*s Dictionary (2006)

ilovehotdogs:

Despite an off-putting title, The Film Snob*s Dictionary is an informative and hilarious read. A CliffsNotes of film for those looking to deepen their movie related conversations or get a quick refresher course. Chock full of directors and actors from Kenneth Anger to Steve Zahn, behind the scenes factoids, terms, and etiquette every “snob” should know. Did you know that Martin Scorcese has used a female editor, Thelma Schoonmaker for every film since Raging Bull in 1980? They met as film students at NYU. Or that true film geeks consider the third row to be the perfect viewing experience? Filmmaker Peter Kubelka took this ideal to a ridiculous level when he created The Invisble Cinema within New York’s Anthology Film Archives during the 70s. A place where the viewer could sit in a little pod, and have no interaction with other viewers around them (see: here). I’m just happy to get a seat in the back and some nachos.

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I have this book.  I recommend it. 

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My lovely friend Ina invited me to see a work in progress by a master filmmaker at the NYFF. No one knew which film it would be although much speculation circulated. 
As you guys might have guessed from the photo above, it was Martin Scorsese’s Hugo that we got to see. IN 3D. Not a big fan of 3D, but Martin Scorsese was less than three feet away from me, guys. I almost died. Details about the film as well as thoughts on the festival are forthcoming!
Next up is seeing Wes Anderson at the 10th Anniversary showing of The Royal Tenenbaums on Thursday.  

laviecine:

My lovely friend Ina invited me to see a work in progress by a master filmmaker at the NYFF. No one knew which film it would be although much speculation circulated. 

As you guys might have guessed from the photo above, it was Martin Scorsese’s Hugo that we got to see. IN 3D. Not a big fan of 3D, but Martin Scorsese was less than three feet away from me, guys. I almost died. Details about the film as well as thoughts on the festival are forthcoming!

Next up is seeing Wes Anderson at the 10th Anniversary showing of The Royal Tenenbaums on Thursday.  

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totalfilm:

Director Pete Travis forced off Dredd
Director Pete Travis has been forced off Dredd - the latest film adaptation about the 2000AD lawman Judge Dredd - according to reports in the US press.  The Los Angeles Times claims that scriptwriter and producer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) has taken over the post-production process and may seek a co-director credit.[FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK ON DREDD OR FOLLOW THIS LINK]

Translation: Dredd is going to suck again.

totalfilm:

Director Pete Travis forced off Dredd

Director Pete Travis has been forced off Dredd - the latest film adaptation about the 2000AD lawman Judge Dredd - according to reports in the US press.
 
The Los Angeles Times claims that scriptwriter and producer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) has taken over the post-production process and may seek a co-director credit.

[FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK ON DREDD OR FOLLOW THIS LINK]

Translation: Dredd is going to suck again.

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totalfilm:

Beautiful Girl With The Dragon Tattoo images online
A bunch of arty Girl With The Dragon Tattoo images have been released and we absolutely love them. Despite the fact they don’t really look like stills from the movie - especially the above image, unless Fincher’s boldly experimenting with Hipstamatic video cameras -  they still increase our anticipation levels by highlighting just how much Rooney Mara’s getting into character. Check ‘em out below and tell us what you think. [FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK ON LISBETH OR FOLLOW THIS LINK]

totalfilm:

Beautiful Girl With The Dragon Tattoo images online

A bunch of arty Girl With The Dragon Tattoo images have been released and we absolutely love them.
 
Despite the fact they don’t really look like stills from the movie - especially the above image, unless Fincher’s boldly experimenting with Hipstamatic video cameras -  they still increase our anticipation levels by highlighting just how much Rooney Mara’s getting into character.
 
Check ‘em out below and tell us what you think.

[FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK ON LISBETH OR FOLLOW THIS LINK]

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When this movie came out, I never thought it would have a shelf life—even though it is good.
Then Tumblr.
Now Ghost World is immortal.

When this movie came out, I never thought it would have a shelf life—even though it is good.

Then Tumblr.

Now Ghost World is immortal.

cinenthusiast:

Films Seen in 2011:291. The Howling (1981, Dante)

If they only made werewolf films like this still.  Hell, if Joe Dante only made films like this still …
Great B grade horror: cheesy gore, bad acting, gratuitous sex.

cinenthusiast:

Films Seen in 2011:
291. The Howling (1981, Dante)

If they only made werewolf films like this still.  Hell, if Joe Dante only made films like this still …

Great B grade horror: cheesy gore, bad acting, gratuitous sex.

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totalfilm:

Matthew Vaughn adapting Mark Millar’s Superior comic
Director Matthew Vaughn has bought the rights to Mark Millar’s comic book Superior, about the first superhero ever to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.“Basically, my Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has bought the movie rights to Superior from me and Leinil Yu. And Leinil and I am also teaming up with the MS Society, who want to use the character as it’s the first superhero with multiple sclerosis,” Millar told Comic Book Movie News. “Vaughn and I have hinted at this for about 18 months but this is the first time we’ve ever confirmed he’s bought the rights.”[FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK ON THE IMAGE OR FOLLOW THIS LINK]

I don’t keep up much on comics these days, but this is a joke, right?  Why does every creation by Millar come off as derivative (nearly plagiarisitc) or movie of the week cliched or both?
It’s like Millar decided to redo Captain Marvel and then gave him a condition he drew out of a fishbowl.

totalfilm:

Matthew Vaughn adapting Mark Millar’s Superior comic

Director Matthew Vaughn has bought the rights to Mark Millar’s comic book Superior, about the first superhero ever to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“Basically, my Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has bought the movie rights to Superior from me and Leinil Yu. And Leinil and I am also teaming up with the MS Society, who want to use the character as it’s the first superhero with multiple sclerosis,” Millar told Comic Book Movie News.

“Vaughn and I have hinted at this for about 18 months but this is the first time we’ve ever confirmed he’s bought the rights.”

[FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK ON THE IMAGE OR FOLLOW THIS LINK]

I don’t keep up much on comics these days, but this is a joke, right?  Why does every creation by Millar come off as derivative (nearly plagiarisitc) or movie of the week cliched or both?

It’s like Millar decided to redo Captain Marvel and then gave him a condition he drew out of a fishbowl.

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