As if there isn't enough sick and twisted violence out there in the real world as it is,
there are hordes of film-makers that feel that violence is the essential ingredient to
make a winning movie. To make their movie as violent as possible often seems
their aim, in order to out-do any competition.
But things are getting out of hand. I, for one, have had enough of violence at the movies. Go to your local multiplex and it's almost guaranteed that 8 out of 10 movies will revolve around a bloody core of violence, whether the movie is Horror, Thriller or Action-based.
At present a great many people are raving about new movie Saw.
I guess I should have sensed what to expect, but the levels of violence within
Saw did shock me. Coming on like a far darker and more depraved cross
between Seven and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it stars
Cary Elwes and Danny Glover.
Elwes plays one of two guys who wakes up dazed and confused in a grimy room,
chained up and facing a dead guy laying facedown before them both.
They soon suss out that they are being detained by a madman who is on the loose,
playing fear-inducing mind games to ultimately try - in this instance - to make Elwes'
character somehow kill the other guy who is chained up in the exact same manner as he is, at the other side of the room.
The tension flits between that which pervades their nasty little predicament and the scenes in which Danny Glover (who plays a seriously stressed out cop who's on the trail of the killer) attempts to deduce who the killer is and the motives behind such killings.
Technically, Saw is impressive and packaged with a neat twist in the final scene that's pretty difficult to see coming. I admire the film-makers on those grounds. I just have issues with the fact that violence in movies is, these days, deemed as entertainment for the masses. I hate movies that glorify violence, and while Saw doesn't really glorify the many scenes of blood-splattered batterings, the overall sense of malice and menace that the movie creates sits uneasily and is oozing with doom and gloom.
Many movie fans revel in the cheap thrills that violence brings about, which is hardly encouraging.
And the 2004 Autumn/ Winter season at the cinema doesn't look as though it's going to
let-up with the violence as horror-shocker The Grudge and another Exorcist
movie are both ushered our way.
I'm just waiting with baited breath for a cracking comedy or an emotion-laden drama to materialise. Before I, myself, am driven out of my mind and do something stupid like blow my brains out.
Thus, the moral of this review is: if you aren't a fan of all-out stomach-puncturing violence, see Saw at your peril.
Reviews, Books - Travels in a Strange State by Josie Dew Reviewed By Steve Rudd
A man called Jonathan Raban once said, The only way to travel is to travel alone.
It opens you up to the world. It puts you in the way of luck and chance.
With such a sentiment Josie Dew whole-heartedly agrees, as do I.
This fantastically written book
Reviews, Theatre - Confessions Of A Hull City Supporter at Hull Truck By Nicholas Boldock
There must be few examples of award-winning playwrights penning an entire play to celebrate a
football team winning promotion, even if that promotion took 19 long years to arrive.
After Hull City won promotion from Division 3 last term, local writer Alan PlaterRead more...
Reviews, Books - Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris Reviewed By Steve Rudd
All of us take pride and pleasure in the fact that we are unique, but I'm afraid that
when all is said and done the police are right: it all comes down to fingerprints.
Which, I presume, means that Sedaris (who is both a highly respected playwright and
Reviews, Books - The Hard Shoulder by Chris Petit By Steve Rudd
Focusing on how a fresh-out-of-prison man copes and slowly re-adjusts to life on the outside,
The Hard Shoulder is an exceptional novel - and primarily enthralling for being both a
thriller and poignant drama.
O'Grady is the man who has been released from prison
Reviews, Books - Running With The Moon by Jonny Bealby By Steve Rudd
I was the pebble in the catapult, pulled back to breaking point, about to be sent hurtling
towards whatever destiny had in store. Total freedom. At that moment I wouldn't have
changed places with anyone. That's how Jonny Bealby felt upon arriving in
Africa with his friend
Reviews, Theatre - Confessions Of A Hull City Supporter at Hull Truck By Nick Quantrill
Written by Hull City fanatic, Alan Plater, and with male characters played by actors from Hull,
it would be easy to write this play off as being a parochial Fever Pitch.
Whilst it's definitely a home banker, the structure of the play holds enough laughs
to get a result away from home.
Reviews, Books - David Bowie: Theatre of Music by Robert Matthew-Walker By Steve Rudd
Although this book was published way back in 1985, it still provides a fascinating insight
into David's personal life and his music up to such a point in time, giving a summary of
the circumstances around his birth and childhood before naturally progressing onto how
he first became interested
Reviews, Books - A Cold Day In Paradise by Steve Hamilton, By Steve Rudd
Steve Hamilton's incredibly exciting writing vibrantly blasts out of much
the same gun-toting gauntlet as Joe R Lansdale's writing, despite the fact
that both these American action-thriller novelists couldn't really live
farther apart from the other.
Lansdale lives and sets
Reviews, Books - The Goodbye People by Gavin Lambert, By Steve Rudd
Loneliness doesn't consist of not having friends. Loneliness has nothing to do with that! It's being unable to express your deepest feelings and most private thoughts.
This novel is one of my favourite pieces of fiction, with the author Lambert's fresh writing style zestfully
Reviews, Books - Cold In July by Joe R. Lansdale, By Steve Rudd
This Texan author is surely one of the hottest 'action-thriller' writers of his generation.
An expert in martial arts himself, his stories are always graced with superb plots and graphically
violent action set-pieces that he describes so well I would have thought movie producers in Hollywood
Reviews, Films - Catwoman UK Movie Premiere at Leicester Square, London Tuesday 3rd August By Steve Rudd
Ok, close your eyes, listen carefully and think hard. Where on earth can you see - and potentially -
meet the likes of Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Will Smith and David Hasselhoff
(no, seriously!) in the space of just two days?
I'll give you a clue if you haven't sussed it out already and