Posts Tagged ‘Raw’

mediaOne of the things that I always try to do for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween is that I always try to watch some foreign horror because they get it. The film I chose for today had a lot of hype surrounding it for just how different of a horror film that it was. The film that I am talking about is the French/Belgian co-production known as Raw (original title was Grave). Justine (Garance Marillier) is your typical teenage girl who is about to go to a prestigious veterinarian school , but the only problem is that she is a vegetarian. During the school’s rush week, she is forced to taste some raw meat and something happens to her that she can’t explain. Her body is going through some changes and she just starts to crave more meat and this could pose a problem for others at her school. The film also stars Ella Rumpf (The Divine Order) as Alexia, Rabah Nait Oufella (The Class) as Adrien, Laurent Lucas (With A Friend Like Harry…) as Le père, Joana Preiss (Paris, je t’aime) as La mère, Bouli Lanners (Rust And Bone) as Le routier, Marion Vernoux (Bright Days Ahead) as L’Infirmière, Jean-Louis Sbille (This Is Our Land) as Professeur évaluations, and the film was written and directed by Julia Ducournau (Mange).

Raw-Movie-2016.jpgFirst things first and I have to say that this is visually a very beautiful film even though there are some real graphic images in the film. The colors and the way she sets up certain shots, it’s just visually stunning of a film even though it can be a little uncomfortable at times. I have to give Julia Ducournau a lot of credit considering this was her first feature film that she directed and it came out looking amazing. Did I mention that she also wrote the screenplay for the film making her a true auteur of cinema. We have heard of coming of age films and what not, but this is a coming of cannibal as one reviewer mentioned on IMDB and he is absolutely right. We are literally watching her turn into a cannibal right before our very eyes as the film moves on and we notice that she isn’t the only one in the family either. There is a big reveal at the end of the film as to why they are vegetarians to begin with and I just thought that was an awesome touch to end the film. You’re sitting there wondering why this girl is turning into one because it can’t simply be just because she tasted meat for the first time. Hell, I love eating meat, but I have no desire to eat humans. The cinematography is amazing, the story is amazing, and you won’t be able to stop watching this so check it out for yourselves. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade. I also want to remind you that the film is entirely in French with English subtitles.


rawLast week, we didn’t have a Tuesday Stand Up as we took the week off, but when I was having it return I wanted it to be something special. After watching the Saturday Night Live 40TH Anniversary special this past Sunday night it gave me an idea. One of the most anticipated appearances for the night was the return of Eddie Murphy to the stage for the first time in 30 years. After only getting 71 seconds of Eddie Murphy, I had to admit I was a little upset, but it made me want to watch Eddie Murphy Raw. It is one of my all time favorite stand up specials Eddie does from New York City at the Felt Forum in Madison Square Garden when stand up comedy films were films. In the special, he tackles everything from problems he has with celebrities after talking crap about them in bits, Bill Cosby, sex in the 1980’s, Marriage, American Women of the 80’s, dick threats, your mother’s cooking, Italians, and dealing with your father after a fight in a discotheque. The special was directed by Robert Townsend and it has a feature with Samuel L. Jackson, Tatyana Ali, James Brown III, Deon Richmond, and more.

eddieThis is definitely one of my all time favorite comedy specials from a man that was a master on the stage back in the day. He was absolutely brilliant and the way he delivered the comedy was uncanny and so many have tried to imitate it, but none are like Eddie. Most of the special is devoted to the battle between man and women from sex, money, infidelity, and many other issues that plague relationships in a way that is delivered with brutal honesty. One of my favorite parts is when Eddie starts to talk about Italian people because he does such a spot on impression of them and their attitudes. My other favorite segment  was the one where he talked about a conversation with Bill Cosby. He had all of the man’s mannerisms done to a science (He also has Richard Pryor down pretty good as well). As I had said above, this was a stand up comedy film back when they were films and definitely one the most essential ones to view besides his other special Delirious. A part of me wishes that the man could find his way back to the stage, but we always have these to remember. There was no one better in the industry at the time. It’s available on Netflix as we speak and I am going to give the special an A for a final grade because it’s that damn good.