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Murder-Set-Pieces, a review by Jimmy



Title: Murder-Set-Pieces (2004)

Genre: Serial Killer
Director: Nick Palumbo (Nutbag)           
Rating: Unrated (but certainly a NC-17)
Length: 1h30
Video: Widescreen
Audio: English
Subtitles: No Subtitles

Sven Garrett (A Miami Tail)
Valerie Baber (Emmanuelle vs. Dracula)
Jade Risser (Sinister)
Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre)   
Edwin Neal (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre)

A psychopath cuts a bloody swath across Nevada in this gruesome horror story from Nick Palumbo (NUTBAG) . The Photographer (Sven Garrett) is a nameless German fashion illustrator with an ugly past (his grandfather was a friend and associate of Adolf Hitler) and a profoundly violent nature. Working out of Las Vegas, The Photographer is a vicious serial killer who attacks men, women, and children with equal brutality.

The Photographer periodically dates a woman named Charlotte (Valerie Baber), who has a younger sister named Jade (Jade Risser), but prefers to devote his spare time to mutilating Sin City's riffraff. Jade senses that there's something evil about her sister's boyfriend, and when Charlotte disappears, Jade begins playing amateur detective, unaware of just how dangerous her quarry truly is…

My Thoughts:
This movie is a great exemple of a public relation failure or to write it differently an exemple of what not to do to market a film. I think that I've to explain this statement a little bit. If you frequent genre film forum the chance are really high that this film title sound very familiar to you, since the PR was directed at those boards. Not that it was a bad idea since the usual member of these forum are the peoples who buy this genre of film. But, the marketing on the board was too much and all of this became a flame war and hate discussion when some employees of Nick Palumbo insult some people. In the genre film forum that I frequent (dvd maniacs) this is one of the worst discussion that we have had about a film (another subject is Victor Salva, but the majority prefer to ignore his project and yes I'm one of them) and Palumbo enter in the discussion and repair the bad job done by his employee the best that he can. Ok, now that I've precise this we can go for the film itself.

First there are 2 versions of this movie : the director's cut (the one I own and review here) and a R rated version release by Lions Gate (never seen it and I can see what rest of this movie with a R). This is a serial killer movie and probably one of the most violent that I've seen (so if you have found Maniac or Henry disturbing don't think to watch this film). The killer is what he is and they don't try to explain why (a lot of reference are made on his German background, but that it's not use as an explaination), I like that since in real life a psychopath is a psychopath because he is that's all. The killer when he lost control and kill talk  in German, I don't understand the language and I find that great (it bring a lot of insecurity when you are unfamilliar with a language and, don't take it wrong, this language sounds so agressive). The murder effects are well done, all is old school no stupid and unrealistic CGI. Two actors are especially good : Sven Garrett who play the killer (don't hope to see him in different role, he will be typecast) and Jade Risser, this is her first movie (she is 11 years old) and she is incredible (I've never seen a young actress that good, the young boy in the Sixth sense doesn't have half of her talent.). Tony Todd and Edwin Neal did a good job with their cameo. I can't say the same with Cerina Vincent, but she's a very weak actress with no real talent to begin with. One thing ,even if I don't have a problem with that, that risk to disturb some viewer is the fact that some children are killed too (one of them graphically).

In fact there are only two things that I don't like in the movie. The majority of the girls are not natural (fake breast and other chirurgy) and that's what I hate in the actual cinema industry (I don't like a lot of other things, but that's what I hate the much). The other happen when one woman is kill at her home and the killer go to see her baby. The baby is clearly traumatize by this : the actress is his mother and he is very affraid of Garrett and it's heartbreaking to see the child when he go to his dead mother.

I can't tell you if I recommand it or not. You have read the review, so if you like the genre you will like it. But as I've said this movie is hard to watch at times. The only recommandation that I can make is to avoid the R version, I've not seen it but it's impossible that this movie can be good with a R (75% of the film is easilly NC-17).

Rating :   :D

Trailer : Sorry the disc is copy protected, I can upload it

(From The little known movie review depot on March 3rd, 2008)

Member's Reviews

Snatch, a review by Danae Cassandra

Year of Release: 2000
Directed By: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Brad Pitt, Alan Ford, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Suspense/Thriller

Guy Ritchie, writer/director of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, delivers another awe-insiring directorial masterpiece, SNATCH – an edgy and hilarious film about a diamond heist gone wrong, a colorful Irish gypsy-turned-prize fighter...and a very temperamental dog.

In the heart of gangland, two novice unlicensed boxing promoters, Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), get roped into organizing a rigged bare-knuckle fight with local kingpin/villain and fellow boxing promoter Brick Top (Alan Ford).  But all goes wrong when wildcard Irish gypsy boxer One Punch Mickey O'Neil (Brad Pitt) starts playing by his own rules, and the duo find themselves heading for a whole lot of trouble.

Meanwhile, Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) and his stolen 86-carat diamond have gone missing in London.  Head honcho Avi (Dennis Farina) hires local legend Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find them, launching everyone into a spiral of double-crossing vendettas and event, most of them illegal.

My Thoughts:
This is a unabashedly stylized, highly entertaining film.  It has a great ensemble cast, two intertwining plots, and a lot of moxie.  It's a clever, witty, darkly humorous film, and it's an easy film to recommend to just about anyone.  It's a well-balanced mix of action, character, humour, and wit; and makes a good choice for a movie night among folks with disparate tastes in movies.  I'm sure there's someone who won't enjoy this movie - but I haven't met them yet.

Bechdel Test: Fail

Overall: 4/5

(From Within My (Mom's) Lifetime Marathon on November 8th, 2015)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967/United Kingdom)
IMDb | Wikipedia

(United States)
Length:280 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 1

Teatime 1968. In millions of homes in England something strange was happening and TV comedy around the world would never be the same again - 'Do Not Adjust Your Set'. Hitting audiences like a wet fish in the face it was weird, wonderful and above all hilarious. 'Do Not Adjust Your Set' combined the writing and performing skills of Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, added a dash of David Jason, a dollop of the legendary Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and a hint of Terry Gilliam. Feast your eyes on the madness and discover how something completely different began....

This 2 DVD set features the recently rediscovered 9 episodes of the classic 'Do Not Adjust Your Set' series and a Comedy Family Tree poster booklet.

Do Not Adjust Your Set
1.01 Episode 1
This old series is written and stars three of the later Monty Pythons: Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. This is supposed to be a children's show but you wouldn't know this if not told so. You can already see some of the typical Python humor here.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on April 7th, 2011)