I'm so glad to see other costume drama/Cillian Murphy admirers in here! (Yes, Geek, you will love to see him in his starched collars and tux'n'tails--it's worth it just to see him dance at a social ball--nice change of pace from fending off viral zombies or men in batsuits). Just a tip, if you are planning on renting The Way We Live Now, make sure you get both discs at the same time. It'll drive you batty waiting to see how the mini-series concludes if you don't.
Well, I finally watched Wolf Creek last night, and I found it neither thrilling nor particularly scary. I heard quite a bit about how graphic and cruel it was and, being a long time horror fan, I was looking forward to being shocked and frightened. I was cuddled up on the couch with the lights off and under a blanket, even! But the movie was just not as good as I expected. I much prefer the similar High Tension, which has stronger performances, a true sense of dread and, yes, tension that they sustain throughout most of the film. Both films are flawed though: I love everthing about High Tension until the very end, and with Wolf Creek, the only thing I like is the very end. My favorite scene:. Also, I must say I found the villain to be more laughable than frightening; he's Crocodile Dundee with a sadistic streak.Click to see Spoiler:Head on a Stick
AJane and Rattus also brought up good points about the whole "based on a true story thing." I think this term is tossed about far too liberally. I understand there is artistic license to be taken, but shouldn't there be some amount of actual truth required to be able to boast such a thing? Let's say, hey, at least 40%. You know, like how hot dogs are supposed to be at least some portion real meat and not just sawdust and cockroach legs.