May

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  1. RyanPC

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    Rating: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

    In this brilliant psychological horror-thriller, Angela Bettis stars as the title character May, a shy and troubled girl looking for a soulmate. One day, she meets a young filmmaker named Adam (Jeremy Sisto), who seems ultimately perfect in May's eyes. At first, despite her attempts to attract his attention, he makes no note of her. While in a local cafe, he falls asleep and she takes advantage of her obsession with his hands by quietly walking up to him and gently caressing them against her face. She finds that he "likes weird" and they soon become more than just friends... until he finds how weird she really is and dumps her for another girl. Frustrated (although she doesn't give up so easily), she turns to lesbianism with her co-worker Polly (Anna Faris). Pushed to the edge by Adam ignoring her and finding Polly with another woman, May decides that the only way to find a friend is to make one.

    The film starts out slow but really picks up momentum in the second half. The last fifteen or so minutes are tough to watch, but you can't take your eyes off the screen. Angela Bettis is superb as May, believably portraying a disturbed individual who has trouble trying to find herself. While the rest of the cast certainly impresses, Bettis's performance is most certainly the highlight and one of the reasons that this film is so creepy. MAY takes it's time setting up the characters and plot, which definitely benefits the film and makes it even more disturbing and unrelenting. While it stands on it's own as a great horror film, it is also a wonderful homage to past thrillers and fans will get a kick out of the many references to the films of Dario Argento. Overall, this is one excellent film and one that I recommend everyone see.
     
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    Great review and yes, MAY is awesome. Funny, dark & disturbing. Oh yeah, loved the Argento references in this movie. Good stuff :)
     
  3. onebyone

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    Good review and yeah, I love this movie with an unhealthy passion. I would have liked a few more extras on the dvd, but the quality is good and we get 2 seperate commentaries so I shouldn't complain. :glasses:
     
  4. bslayer619

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    Well I gotta pick this up next week. Well thats when I get paid. I did want to get this cuzz it looked totally different. And I love psychological stuff so...this should be fun. Can't wait till my friends and I have our movie watching this Tuesday. Last week was Versus. This week might have to be Scarface and the week after May:) If I can get away with it. Though way two different movies completely and my friend Mike doesn't really like the horror movies. So maybe I should just tell him it's a love story maybe that will carry his interest.
     
  5. Good review Ryan!

    I have not bought this one yet, but I did borrow a friends disc so that I could watch it. I think that May is fabulous. I totally agree that Angela Bettis put in a excellent performance.

    If I do not buy this one soon, I will have to borrow it back from my friend, because I am already getting anxious to watch it again. :)
     
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    Great film! One of th best US horror films in a few years. I bumped into the crew of 'The Woods' today cycling home. Lucky McKee is shooting here in Montréal with Bruce Campbell.
     
  7. bslayer619

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    Whoa what a great movie! I just rented it today both my brother and I loved it. Watched May and Battle Royale all in day. Recently watching Matrix Reloaded but I can watch that later. Damn now I think I'll buy this soon:)
     
  8. Great movie...and review.
    Way better than:
    Freddy vs Jason
    Cabin Fever
    Willard
    Wrong Turn

    All of which I paid to see in the theater and enjoyed,
    its just way too much to ask for intelligent horror at
    the box office. I suppose I could have taken the train
    to go see May downtown...cause my tightwad arse ain't gonna pay $18 for parking. Whatever!
    I kid I kid....
    for parking
     
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    -- The last fifteen or so minutes are tough to watch, but you can't take your eyes off the screen.--

    It's a great movie, but there was nothing about it that was "tough to watch", imo. It was well done, with a great central performance. On the gore front, it's quite tame.
     
  10. Atmims

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    yeah, there was nothing at all touch to watch for me either.
    I thought May was a decent movie, worth a rental. The DVD is damn expensive though, I wouldn't recommend buying it until you've seen it first.
     
  11. dwatts

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    I got the DVD from the used rack of Blockbuster for $10. It was worth that. The lead actress does an amazing job.
     
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    :lol: C'mon! I wouldn't get carried away now........

    http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=VDM008389 (Worst case scenerio...as it can be found cheaper on eBay)

    Not every dvd has to be priced like a Little Caesar's pizza does it? ;)

    Although I always agree that one should at least see the film before buying it....that goes without saying....for ANY film........... :)
     
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  13. Atmims

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    :lol: Yeah, I guess your right. Anything over $15 is getting too expensive for me though. I just seen it as the type of movie that's not worth watching more than once or twice at the most even though it was a decent little movie.
     
  14. Latency

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    Short, informative and to the point. Nice review!. Now how about A/V quality and Extras ? Some good extras would seal the deal for me :) .
     
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    AV is EXCELLENT.
     
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    Rented this a few weeks ago. Not a bad flick, and definitely a rare original horror movie.

    Not quite sure what to make of the ending, though.

    1. Take it literally. Did she really make her creature come to life?

    2. She's batshit nuts, and it only came alive in her mind?

    3. She's dead?
     
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    Huh, the ending didn't bother me at all. Was she nuts? Erm, yeah!
     
  18. etale

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    I'll have to get it.
    Thanks!
     
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    Yes, very good movie and I too thought it was tough to watch in a couple of places, only because I know what it's like to be different and hate to see weak people (and animals) picked on...and, I have to admit, a part of me wanted to see her doll step out of its glass case and take a little walk!
     
  20. RyanPC

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    Although it was tame, I still found it tough to watch. I've seen all sorts of movies, from Evil Dead to Nekromantik, but just the idea of what happened at the end
    when she builds her friend
    sickens me. The psychological intensity of the film also made it tough to watch for me. Nevertheless, the film was fantastic.
     

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