REVIEW: AMERICAN PSYCHO

CAST

Christian Bale (Batman Begins)
Reese Witherspoon (Devil’s Knot)
Chloe Sevigny (Big Love)
Justin Theroux (The Girl On The Train)
Josh Lucas (Hulk)
Bill Sage (Precious)
Matt Ross (The Aviator)
Jared Leto (Suicide Squad)
Samantha Mathis (The Punisher)
Willem Dafoe (The Last Temptation of Christ)
Cara Seymour (You’ve Got Mail)
Guinevere Turner (Go Fish)
Krista Sutton (6teen)
Reg E. Cathey (Fantastic Four)
Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter)

In 1987, wealthy New York investment banker Patrick Bateman’s life revolves around dining at trendy restaurants while keeping up appearances for his fiancée Evelyn and for his circle of wealthy and shallow associates, most of whom he dislikes. Bateman describes the material accoutrements of his lifestyle, including his daily morning exercise and beautification routine. He also discusses his music collection, with performers such as Huey Lewis and the News, Phil Collins, and Whitney Houston. His focus on a lavish lifestyle is also evident by his taste in expensive designer clothing and his luxurious apartment.Bateman and his associates flaunt their business cards in a display of vanity. Enraged by the superiority of co-worker Paul Allen’s card, Bateman murders a homeless man and kills the man’s dog. At a Christmas party, Bateman makes plans to have dinner with Paul, with Paul mistaking Bateman for another coworker, Marcus Halberstram. Bateman gets Paul drunk and lures him back to his apartment. While playing “Hip to Be Square” on the stereo, explaining to Paul his opinion and interpretation of the song, Bateman murders Paul with an axe, donning a rain coat moments before, to keep blood off of his clothes. He disposes of Paul’s body, then goes to Paul’s apartment to stage the situation so that others believe Paul has run off to London.Bateman is later interviewed about Paul’s disappearance in his office by private detective Donald Kimball, hired by Paul’s family. During the night, Bateman takes two prostitutes, whom he names Christie and Sabrina, to his apartment and explains to them the improvement he saw in the band Genesis after they moved away from progressive rock toward a more pop rock sound beginning with the album Duke. After they have sex, Bateman tells them to stay, while taking out instruments he uses for torture. In the next scene, the prostitutes leave his apartment bruised and bloodied.The next day, Bateman’s colleague Luis Carruthers reveals his new business card. Bateman tries to kill Luis in the restroom of an expensive restaurant, but cannot bring himself to strangle him. Luis mistakes the attempted murder for a sexual advance and declares his love for Bateman, who flees in disgust. After murdering a model, Bateman invites his secretary, Jean, to dinner, suggesting she meet him at his apartment for drinks beforehand. When Jean arrives, Bateman, unbeknownst to her, holds a nailgun to the back of her head while the two converse. When he receives an answering machine message from his fiancée, he asks Jean to leave. Kimball meets Bateman for lunch and tells him he is not under suspicion.Bateman has a threesome with his friend Elizabeth and Christie at Paul’s apartment. Bateman kills Elizabeth during sex, and Christie runs, discovering multiple female corpses as she searches for an exit. She is chased by a naked Bateman wielding a chainsaw, and as she is running down the stairs of Paul’s apartment building, is killed by the chainsaw which Bateman drops from several levels above herBateman breaks off his engagement with Evelyn. That night, as he uses an ATM, he finds a stray kitten; the ATM displays the text “feed me a stray cat”. As he prepares to shoot the cat, a woman sees him and tries to stop him; he shoots her and lets the cat go free. A police chase ensues, but Bateman destroys the police cars by shooting their gas tanks. Fleeing to his office, Bateman enters the wrong office building, where he murders a security guard and a janitor. In an office he believes to be his, Bateman calls his lawyer Harold and frantically leaves a lengthy confession on Harold’s answering machine.The following morning, Bateman visits Paul’s apartment, expecting it to be full of decomposing bodies and in the middle of a police investigation, but it is vacant and for sale. The real estate broker tells him to leave. As Bateman goes to meet with his colleagues and lawyer for lunch, a horrified Jean finds detailed drawings of murder, mutilation, and rape in Bateman’s office journal. Bateman sees Harold at a restaurant and tries to convince him that he is a serial killer relating to the phone message he left the other night. Harold mistakes Bateman for another colleague and laughs off the phone message confession as a joke, saying he had dinner with Paul in London days earlier. A confused Bateman returns to his friends and in a final voice-over narration, he realizes he will continue to escape the punishment he deserves, that there has been no catharsis: “This confession has meant nothing”.American Psycho is wickedly funny, surreal and gruesome film, a stroke of masterpiece.

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REVIEW: PARTY MONSTER

CAST

Seth Green (Family Guy)
Macaulay Culkin (Home Alone)
Diana Scarwid (Wonderfalls)
Marilyn Manson (Jawbreaker)
Dylan McDermott (The Practice)
Mia Kirshner (The Vampire Diaries)
Wilmer Valderrama (That 70s Show)
John Stamos (Scream Queens)
Natasha Lyonne (American Pie)
Chloe Sevigny (Big Love)

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Based on the book Disco Bloodbath, by James St. James, the film opens with Michael Alig as a small-town outcast who lived with his mom before moving to New York. Michael learns the New York party scene from James St. James, who teaches him the “rules of fabulousness”, which mostly revolve around attracting as much attention to oneself as possible.Image result for PARTY MONSTER 2003Despite James’ warning, Alig hosts a party at The Limelight, a local club owned by Peter Gatien. With Alig as its main attraction, The Limelight soon becomes the hottest club in New York. Alig is named “King of the Club Kids” and goes on a cross country journey in search of more club kids. Alig and James pick up Angel Melendez, Gitsie, and Brooke. Gitsie becomes Michael’s latest sidekick although the movie implies the relationship was a little more than platonic. However, after Michael descends further into drug abuse, his life starts to spiral out of control, eventually culminating in his involvement in the murder of Angel. Gitsie and Michael decide to go to rehab but ultimately return to NY with the same drug problems as before causing Michael to lose his job and end up in a motel in New Jersey. James then begins to write his “Great American Novel” published as Disco Bloodbath and later as Party Monster.Image result for PARTY MONSTER 2003I couldn’t possibly think of a fault in this film. The acting (in particular on the parts of Culkin and Green) is sublime, and, with the considerable help of an exquisite wardrobe and soundtrack, perfectly portrays the drug-fuelled hedonism of the New York Club Kids. This is easily one of the most underrated films of the 21st century.