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DVD Review: 'Simon Rumley Trilogy'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
September 4th, 2013 11:05am EDT

Simon Rumley Trilogy

Ready to revisit the famed Simon Rumley youth culture trilogy?  (Hey I’d never heard of them either, but I try to check out everything!)  Then follow us as we check out the new to DVD titles "Strong Language," "The Truth Game" and "Club Le Monde" out now from Jinga Films.  The review of the dissection of London folks lies below!

 

Simon Rumley Trilogy 

   

   

   Title: "Strong Language"

   Grade: 2

   Director: Simon Rumley

   Runtime: 80 minutes

   Release Company: Jinga Films

   Website: www.simonrumley.com

 

The first in the Rumley Trilogy is a bit like Richard Linklater's "Slacker" if the characters were unmemorable and you kept going back to them.  The film centers around a single character telling a story that goes from nice to naughty all the while cutting to a gaggle of mundane young characters when he mentions a key word.  Could be perceived as imaginative but after a while frankly becomes discombobulating.  Less a film than a piece of performance art, this cinematic experiment one can’t sustain the running time.

 

Simon Rumley Trilogy

   

   

   

   Title: "The Truth Game"

   Grade: 3

   Director: Simon Rumley

   Runtime: 78 minutes

   Release Company: Jinga Films

   Website: www.simonrumley.com

 

"The Truth Game" has a ton of potential to be something dim and dark, but through the intriguing acting looses steam mid way and goes for the dramatic safe stuff.  Meaning the three couples coming together for a little dinner and ending up with the awful truth has initial bite, but falls short of giving the audience any awe or atrocious eyefuls.  A dinner with a very generic menu, "The Truth Game" is like a plain slice of apple pie with a sinful single melting scoop of rocky road.

 

Simon Rumley Trilogy

   

   

   

   

   Title: "Club Le Monde"

   Grade: 4

   Director: Simon Rumley

   Runtime: 80 minutes

   Release Company: Jinga Films

   Website: www.simonrumley.com

 

With "Club Le Monde" Rumley finally comes into both his own and a decent homage to Linklater with a memorable cast of characters within an underground club ripe with drugs and booze.  From the young guns out to score illegal pharmaceuticals and women to a beefy bouncer looking to learn more from life, all the guys and gals of "Club Le Monde" keep the viewer glued.  (Rumley even has his own version of Linkater’s pap smear seller with Danny Nussbaum’s giggly Mr. Sunglasses!)  Club is a terrific accumulation of the decent bits and pieces of work from his previous films rolled up into a final product that kick ass – three times a charm Simon.  

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Jinga Films


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