Also, here is some random text so that auto-moderator won't auto-delete this post. Or if you can deal with older movies, Escape from Alcatraz. Visit our. Learn how your comment data is processed. When first released, Scum was met with such controversy that infamous British campaigner Mary Whitehouse tried to have it banned, and when released on VHS in the 1980s it became known as a video nasty – the film’s tagline, “the film they tried to ban,” was an example of distributors using the controversy to gain notoriety. Early reviews for this week’s Starred Up’s have been positive, with the film offering a potentially unique perspective on the prison genre. Best prison book: on the yard, The Escapist is really gritty and really creative. The title, which like much of the film's prison-system argot, is left for us to figure out rather than nicely explained, is a reference to a juvenile offender graduating into the adult prison system, and the young man who gets starred up as the film begins is Eric Love (Jack O'Connell), 19 years old and already a clear veteran of the system. Val Kilmer was great in the movie. Off the top of my head that hasn't been mentioned already. We want to celebrate our different opinions, and celebrate yours as well. Your email address will not be published. If you are looking for movies like Starred Up these could be interesting candidates. A weird, but involving prison movie with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. unique perspective on the prison genre. The first act takes place in prison but the rest of the film is great as well. Cookies help us deliver our Services. These movies were absolutely awesome with great suspense and performances. Lake County Film Festival Film Spotlight: Love is Not Love, directed by Stephen Keep Mills. This is a place for people who can't get to the theater until the third week a film is out; a place for people who just want to find something great to stream online after the kids have gone to sleep, a place for people whose favorite pastime is to grab a bunch of classic films on DVD from the library and watch them all weekend. 2006's The Contract is a thriller that Freeman co-starred in with John Cusack, who has done a lot of great things but also has also starred in almost a half-dozen 0% rotten movies-- so his choosiness in the last decade or so is definitely up for debate. With a majority-black cast, Black Panther gave movie audiences something totally fresh: The prior 17 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starred white superheroes, which made Black … We’re two dudes, and a lady, of which our tastes are quite varied. Felon. 20 days late but yeah Dog Pound was the first prison movie that had me fully shook by the end, that movie was nothing but sadness. Animal Factory, Blue Ruin maybe, and obviously, The Story of Riki-Oh!!! Carrie, our casual movie-goer, reminds us all that cinema is in fact supposed to be fun and entertaining and that sometimes, just sometimes, happy endings are good. Huge influence on Starred Up. Midnight express. Alternate Ending was formed when three friends realized they all shared a passion for movies. . Our goal is to save you time and money by sharing our thoughts and recommendations on which movies to race to theaters for, which to watch at home and those to actively avoid. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Dog Pound is about 3 kids that go to prison and meet each other. Required fields are marked *. Rob, the film-school dropout, has seen an absurd amount of movies, and if we’re being honest, rounds out our Fight Club fan-base. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Seventh time lucky: We may yet see Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote movie. Huge influence on Starred Up. Your email address will not be published. This isn't a site for people who just want to talk about the latest hot new movies in theaters right this minute. Recommendation. These movies were absolutely awesome with great suspense and performances. Can CGI in the movies ever escape ‘uncanny valley’? It’s because of this warm reception that we decided to look back on other British prison films, whereby filmmakers have used the prison setting to explore both the system and the individual. For a dark and haunting take on the genre, I recommend “Ghosts... of the Civil Dead” about life in a maximum security prison. Scum’s not easy viewing, but is nonetheless rewarding. But my fav prison movie is Hunger. It is weird, fantastical, and out-of-the-box, but it is also true.”. Too many film sites cater to the same kind of audience, with one overwhelming voice in the writing, but what we treasure at Alternate Ending is diversity: diversity of opinion, diversity in belief about what film should do and how it should do it.