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Burning Palms (Blu-Ray)

Jamie Chung , Rosamund Pike , Christopher Landon    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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You've never experienced a movie like Burning Palms; five stories so twisted, they could only take place in Los Angeles. A father's relationship with his precocious teenage daughter is too close for comfort for his fiancée. A woman becomes undone by her boyfriend's kinky bedroom request. A gay couple brings home the ultimate lifestyle accessory: an African child. An unsupervised young boy leads his brothers in disturbing games. A lonely woman confronts her attacker with a bizarre request. Dylan McDermott (In the Line of Fire), Rosamund Pike (Pride and Prejudice), Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210), Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas), Zoe Saldana (Avatar), and Nick Stahl (Sin City) head an "uncommonly good cast" (Hollywood Reporter) in this macabre comedy from the co-screenwriter of Disturbia and Paranormal Activity 2.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Risque topics - creative and definitely twisted Oct. 21 2012
Format:DVD
Certainly a creative effort. As advertised it is a series of twisted tales - akin to the Creep-Show format. However, the short stories - though surprising at times - were confusing in terms of the message they were trying to convey.

In Creep-Show the flawed character usually ended up getting killed, or jailed, or had some fitting punishment hit them in the end. In Burning Palms - in some episodes the antagonist (not always who you expect) - does end with a severe punishment. In other episodes, the innocent party ends the loser... which I found confusing (felt a bit open-ended, incomplete, or forgotten).

Creative.
Strange.
Well filmed, professionally done, with many recognizeable & famous Hollywood actors.
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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  29 reviews
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Film Begging To Be Discovered By Adventurous Movie Lovers--Five Macabre, Hilarious, And/Or Disturbing Tales Aimed To Provoke May 12 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Christopher Landon's "Burning Palms" is a cult oddity that has yet to be discovered. Macabre, ridiculous, disturbing, hilarious and sometimes harrowing--this dark anthology of five stories, told as an adult comic book, highlights the eccentricities and perversions to be found within different neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area. As a former Angeleno, I appreciated the specificity of each tale as it related to its geographical locale--but a knowledge of the city is not essential to enjoy this provocative film. For make no mistake, the goal of Landon is to provoke and push buttons with his uncompromising satire. Many people will loathe this film, I'll tell you that right now. But whether you love it or despise it, one thing is certain--it will elicit an emotional reaction from you. I may be wrong, but I think this film will continue to attain an audience through the years simply because of its willingness to be different, absurd and challenging. In no way is this a perfect film as some resolutions didn't always push far enough, but I admire a film willing to take chances in this world of formula movie making.

To highlight the stories, in particular, might be to lessen the surprise factor. But very briefly--the tales include (1) a father/daughter bond that gets uncomfortably close for his new fiancee, (2) a love making experiment that haunts the psyche of a young college student, (3) a spoiled brat whose bad acts might lead to surprising discoveries, (4) a male couple who takes on the latest designer accessory--an African orphan, and (5) an act of assault that has unexpected repercussions. I won't reveal any more as the tales really should unfold on their own merits for maximum impact. But with a strong cast including Nick Stahl, Dylan McDermott, Paz Vega, Rosamund Pike and many other familiar faces--the tales are brought to life with precision. The whole film maintains a car crash appeal. At times it may be uncomfortable, but you can never look away. This is never more true than in the film's final act featuring a fearless performance by Zoe Saldana.

Again, I don't think that "Burning Palms" is a perfect film--but it has a strong and unique satiric voice that should be seen by lovers of adventurous cinema. In case you missed it--I loved this movie despite its shortcomings. It is a real discovery--one that I will talk about to my friends and FORCE people to watch (that's what you have to endure if you're my friend!). I laughed out loud several times and squirmed uncomfortably other times. And for a film to make you genuinely have a visceral reaction--that's always a good thing in my book. Again, I reiterate, even if you hate this movie--you won't be apathetic to it. But hopefully, like me, you will embrace its excesses and go on a wild and bumpy ride through the streets of Los Angeles. About 4 1/2 stars for impact--I'm actually going to round up because this one caught me completely unawares! KGHarris, 5/11.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual stories March 8 2013
By Byron Bader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's about life and includes all the quirks that make up different people's lives and behavior. My favorite was the 'Green Eyed Monster'! Became a big turn on fan of the sexy actress Rosamund Pike.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very weird movie March 15 2012
By Nia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This movie was a total shocker for me. I watched it with friend one night while have a girls night. I didn't know what to expect when I popped it in. The cover so innocent. But we were both in for a surprise. Our mouths were gaped open much of the movie. It tells of 5 stories each with a twist at the end. If nothing else it was interesting to watch. It was very weird but at times disturbingly funny.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A VERY unusual movie NOT FOR EVERYONE!, May 25 2011
By majormusiclover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This movie isn't what I expected. This actually came sugested to me as 'suited' for me through the Vine program.
Otherwise I wouldn't have likely ordered this movie, but it looked interesting, so I did.
It turns out that it's not suited to me, go figure the Vine.

This is a VERY unusual movie of five different segmants. ALL of which are quite disturbing.
The D.V.D. case said "It's like "Crash", but with crazy, perverted people".
"Crash" had some continual connectivity. This movie does not, nor do I see any other likeness to "Crash".

The editoral review, nor the description on the D.V.D. case prepares you for this content.
It has beem repeatedly stated what the content is about,
so I'll only say that this movie is for a select group that may enjoy this style of Macabre,
twisted satirial excitement.

This movie IS DEFINITELY R RATED OR MORE, as said on the editorial review.
This is obviously NOT family entertainment.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original June 27 2011
By Es209 - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked this movie. I thought it was very original. I enjoyed the way it was structured. It takes topics that are unfortunately very real and turns them around in a different direction. I give kudos to the writers for disecting topics that are very "taboo" and exposing them in a way that really makes tou think. Good job all around by the cast. I really wish there were movies that take such a great leap in something so inspring that you really have to take a close look in our society these days. Kudos all those involved in this production.
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