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Burning Palms (Blu-Ray)

Jamie Chung , Rosamund Pike , Christopher Landon    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  32 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.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Burning Palms" is an Erotically Charged, Horrifying Anthology that Will Disturb and Shock the Viewer June 3 2011
By J. B. Hoyos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
"Burning Palms" is a graphic novel (i.e., a comic book for adults). As the pages are flipped by the wind, five stories unfold in this bizarre, extremely sexual anthology . "Palms" are the tropical trees of Los Angeles County, which is the setting for all five tales. "But "palm" is also a part of the hand from which all five fingers extend outward. "Burning" can describe uncontrollable, perverse lusts or desires which grip numerous characters in this film.

Expertly directed by Christopher B. Landon ("Disturbia"), "Burning Palms" reminded me of Stephen King's "Creepshow." Whereas "Creepshow" relied heavily upon gore, "Burning Palms" relies upon sex for both shock value and dark humor. Because of its strong sexual content, it also reminded me of the classic HBO series "The Hitchhiker," which contained a lot of sexual violence; each episode's ending was rather shocking and provocative.

The huge cast for "Burning Palms" is a talented, gorgeous one. My favorite performer was Lake Bell who portrayed the wisecracking, hippie-looking, acid tripping nanny, Mary Jane. On numerous occasions, she made me laugh out loud. Even her name is slang for marijuana. Her character reminded me of Tipper whom she also portrayed in the hit romantic comedy "What Happens in Vegas."

Zoe Saldana ("Avatar") gave an emotional tour de force as the distraught rape victim, Sarah Cotton. Other beautiful actresses who gave outstanding performances as sexual victims are Rosamund Pike ("Surrogates") and Paz Vega ("Triage"). The handsome Dylan McDermott ("The Messengers") gave a great performance as the father, Dennis Marx, whose relationship with his fifteen-year-old daughter Chloe (Emily Meade) borders on incest.

When I realized that the stories had tragic endings, I began feeling genuine tension and stress as I feared for the safety of the characters. I stayed up long past my bedtime watching this film; I couldn't turn it off. The cinematography of beautiful LA and Baton Rouge, combined with a dramatic orchestra soundtrack from composer Matthew Margeson ("The Expendables"), helped make this an enjoyable film. However, because of the foul language and perverse, graphic sex acts, it is not recommended for children.

My only complaint is with the DVD release from Image Entertainment. Surprisingly, there is the absence of special features such as deleted scenes, "making of" featurettes and cast/crew interviews. Thankfully, it has English SDH subtitles for those of us who are hearing impaired and is presented in its theatrical widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1.

On the DVD, there is also a trailer for "Burning Palms" as well as for numerous other films, which all look intriguing: In "The Way Back," prisoners who escape a Siberian gulag must traverse 4,000 miles of wilderness; in "Fall Down Dead," a serial killer terrorizes a witness of his latest Satanic murder; in "A Beautiful Life," a runaway struggles to survive on the seedy streets of Los Angeles; and in "The Killing Jar," a group of strangers at a truckstop are taken hostage by a crazed killer.

"Burning Palms" is highly recommended for all fans of bizarre dramas and collectors of strange, frightening anthologies. Though watching it didn't mess me up for life (at least I hope it didn't), it is a very disturbing film that I won't be able to forget anytime soon. Kudos to the director, Christopher B. Landon, for his artistic bravery and I hope he plans more shocking, avant-garde anthologies of this nature.

Joseph B. Hoyos
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They were not kidding about the twistedness! June 3 2011
By Stacie L. Helsing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I probably would have given it 3.5 stars, but giving the extra boost up vs down because this is a very bold and original set of stories. Reasonable production quality with decent performances. Not sure I would have liked it if the cast was not as effective as it was. Good example of how a cast can make or break something. Some subject matter is very unsettling, so be warned. The tag line is actually the most accurate one I have ever seen!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No big deal Nov. 30 2011
By bmkd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
The short stories that make up this movie kept me interested and the actors did a great job, but overall, this movie is no big deal. Also, I didn't think they "messed me up for life" as the cover claims. This is not a movie I would watch over and over again. I'd say, don't buy it if you can rent it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars five twisted tales, not for the easily offended Aug. 21 2011
By Carol C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This film is a collection of five twisted, unexpected, disturbing tales, set in contemporary Los Angeles. The vignettes are well-acted, and they are at times laugh--out-loud funny and at other times on the verge of offensive (I found the last vignette featuring Zoe Saldana very difficult to enjoy, even though I was well-aware that it was satire). The most laughs, by far, came in the vignette depicting a gay couple's experience adopting a child, which in itself is worth the price of the film, although even that vignette was not without its disturbing points.

This film is not for the faint of heart. Each of the five segments stands alone, so there is no need to take them all in in a single setting. I found that I enjoyed the film more watching just one or two vignettes at a time, as they are pretty twisted.
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