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The Movies

I thought I'd post some quick snippets about some movies I've seen recently. I post more detailed reviews (which are more reactions than real reviews) on my Letterboxd account.

We Are What We Are (2013): This movie performs a pretty tricky tightrope walk between subject and character, while keeping the proper tone. The film explores character overall, while the cannibalism is just subtext. This movie is about a family, and the most eerie part of it is who you end up rooting for. For me, and I imagine a surprising number of others, it's everyone. Even the one we're supposed to hate. But the way the adversary is painted, we know he's the crazily-religious bad guy, but he also loves his family. Like, truly cares about them, which is something we don't see in crazed religious men of creepy movies. It's disturbing that he's given brownie points for NOT beating on his family. That's character.

Antichrist (2009): I couldn't unclench for hours. My ladybits shriveled up and craweled up inside my abdomen and wouldn't come out. Genders with either bits will have a similar reaction, because it is cruel to both sets. But I won't spoil it because if I can't unsee it, neither can you. The juxtaposition of pointless fucking and the weird pacing ruined sex for me for eternity (not really, but damn). It also has some very creepy moments that feed on the fear of the unseen, which had me petrified at times. But basically, if you want to see Willam Defoe's dick get abused and shoved into a crazy woman, this movie's for you.

Playback (2012): DUMB. But did give me a hint of education on the father of cinema, Louis laPrince, and, from my own research, discovered that Edison is an even bigger dick than I originally thought! The scariest part of this movie, however, is finding out what became of Christian Slater.

Under the Skin (2013): Remember when independant theatres showed foreign films, documentaries, and WEIRD AS SHIT stuff (while these days it's just the first two- occasionaly, and all-star non-blockbuster's you'd take your grandfolks to see)? Leave it to Johnathan Glazer to uphold the old traditions. This film is relentless in its lack of explanations, but we can forgive it because Scarlett Johansson is a goddess. There is a scene where a man (who suffers a face-disfiguring disease akin to lionitis) actually pinches himself to be sure he's not dreaming that this beauty queen is actually coming onto him, which is a sad moment as much as it is cinematically lovely.

Jodorowsky's Dune (2013): I saw this film twice (and might even see it again on its closing night tomorrow). Jodo actually BURSTS off the screen with his personality and excitement over talking about his film that never was. Every inch of this film project is dripping with the greatest talents, from HR Giger, Chris Foss, and Moebius, to Dali, Pink Floyd, and Orson Welles, along with a wealth of other names. The carcass of this film that never was is seen imprinted on so many other sci-fi films of our time - Star Wars, The Matrix, Prometheus, Flash Gordon... all over, just as its talents had come from all over. If this were ever to happen again, I'd work for him for free (or for living expenses, seeing how he seemed to have a nice big budget).

Holy Smoke (1999): Here's another odd one, from Kate Winslet's earlier days, about a woman who goes to India, gets taken in by a cult (which I am unsure is actually a cult, as there just didn't seem to be any creepy drawbacks to such a life- she was happy, pure and simple, but they didn't show the 'cult' side), and her family has to drag her back to NZ to have an American deprogramme her... and it becomes a movie about her being mean underneath her cult-driven kindness, the real her being cruel. It becomes about her deprogrammer finding out he likes humiliation of himself. But it ends the way I'd hoped it would despite the twists and turns - it ends in an act of kindness.

Don Jon (2013): My boss suggested this film to me. I went in assuming it was about a porn addict, and I guess I was a little right, but it turned out to be all about one-sided relationships, and getting over it. This is the second Scarlett Johansson movie I've seen in a week. She was great in this, albeit not the Scarlett I want to remember. Ever. But her face in the theatre scene was absolutely breathtaking (to hint at her side of this film - she loves those gushy romance movies, because he gives up everything he had for her, and that's love...?).

The Innkeepers (2011): I actually thought this movie was cute! It had just enough creepiness to keep me going, too. I thought it was pretty good, despite the odd pacing, and the slow start. But I think it just wanted to be more character driven than it turned out to be, so it suffered a little. Only a little. I really liked it. I especially loved Claire's reactions - she jumped out of her bed at the sight of the ghost, and looked behind her at the now empty room, but screamed and ran out of the room when the alarm clock went off right after! Priceless and very real reaction :)

And that's it for now. I'm trying to watch more movies off my netflix list. I wish I could catch up to the year, where I can average one movie a year, but that's a stretch... I COULD catch up, but right now I'm at about 35 movies this year so far.


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May. 12th, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
It was better than I expected it to be.
May. 8th, 2014 01:33 pm (UTC)
I watched AntiChrist a few years back and it still leaves me scratching my head.
May. 12th, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest it to enemies as a first-date movie.
May. 18th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
Antichrist I cannot get the mental image of Willem Dafoe's Cock out of my head. More so in the intro than later in the movie in a famous scene. Also I likes Don Jon because it was a message of addiction but everyone in the film had one. The girlfriend was obsessed with romantic films, sister with social media, the mom with religion which was more subtle and the father with the tv and football. But at the end are able to sit as a family.

Edited at 2014-05-18 12:33 am (UTC)
May. 20th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the opening cock shot is what haunts me.
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