Pretty much the last essential Bene I hadn’t seen and, well, it’s Bene. So like his other films this is a series of very surreal and strange skits that are as beautiful as they are funny. This one is no different, if not as filled with setpieces as complex and intricate as some of his masterpieces. There also seems to be more direct political/social satire here, with such scenes as Bene himself playing a communist fighting a superior with a hammer and sickle. Afterwards it’s filled with a kind of anarchic, astristic glee that is a delight. It especially gets great in the final third where his editing style and angles and shit get most extreme. Plus it has Anne so…
This isn’t as funny as some of the other Satanic Panic greats, a bit too talky to be essential hilarity, but I have a great soft spot for total horseshit like this. This is stupid in a lot of different ways, but I don’t quite care enough to delve into debunking it all. Most of it is an interview with this guy who OMG TOTALLY KILLED SOMEONE AFTER HE DISCOVERED SATAN which is sometimes funny but can get boring. The funnier parts are when it shows TAROT CARDS and OUIJA BOARDS and HEAVY OR BLACK METAL ROCK MUSIC (lololol srsly) with SPOOKY MOOZIC and narration about how they are DOORS 2 DA DEVIL. Probably near the bottom of the rung of the 80s anti-D&D movement but there are some funny parts.
Absolutely fantastic, and what’s best about it is that unlike a lot of shows with fantastically unique animation this one doesn’t at all do it to cover a less-impressive story. The storyline and FEELS of this series are as mind-blowing as its visuals and they accompany each other perfectly. WEEBIN HXXCXRE HERE DON’T MIND.
No subtitles but you don’t need them to “get” this film. And what a film there is to “get”! Nikkatsu’s jidaigeki films are sooooo fucking unbelievably sexy and beauitful, I love them. It’s too bad they seemed to stop making them because they cost too much. Who wants to jerk off to any time in the past 50 years? Dorkballs, that’s who. Real niggas jerk 2 da Tokugawa period. Girls with elaborate ukiyo-e tats are hot on 1213131 LEVELS, and it’s a shame that the yakuza fucked them for everyone. This movie is brilliant and visually stunning and will be very, um, “useful”.
A Mexican and a “gringo” have two halves of a treasure map and are in a pact together to find it, although neither trust each other and both want all of it for themselves. Apparently this is often called a spaghetti western even though it’s a South African film. It’s easy to see why for two reasons: 1. South African western production is comparably pretty nil, 2. This is very much like a spag in every way, from its off-kilter, stylish shots of blazingly empty deserts accompanied with funky soundtracks to its cartoonish Mexican villains. A rather above-average spag too; this is full of lots of “unassumingly gorgeous” shots making use of unusual perspectives and odd editing. A cool little unknown of a film.
Yet another fantastic digital Thai film, this one showing farming communities in Thailand and the economic and social strains that come with that lifestyle, although not nearly as dry as that sounds because the film is composed of several gorgeous shots of landscape and the passing of time on weary faces. Like a lot of new Thai films this warps all boundaries of documentary and fiction to a crazy degree. Kind of reminds me of Ben Russell’s works with landscape and human perception of nature and time. Lots more should probably be said about this movie but it ain’t gonna be from me, soz.
Shit Robocop ripoff. Oh sorry, “Based on an original story idea by Cullen Blaine”, aka the Blainester watched Robocop and thought I CAN DO DAT TOO!!! Except without Verhoeven’s satirical depth (okay “depth” is a weird word to use for Verhoeven but you know what I mean). And the R.O.T.O.R. unit looks like a spoopy skellington in the prototype and a dumb homemade cardboart in execution. On top of that there’s an Apache guy who’s the skeeziest and even says “once you go red, you never get out of bed” (wtf that isn’t even a good one). It’s not completley hilarious but yeah there’s some great parts.
Very comparable to Nanook of the North in both style and content. Like that film, it’s a documentary about Natives in Canada which uses a lot of dramatization and other ways to blend reality into fiction and vice versa. Not as refined as Flaherty’s film (the cheesy-ass music and narration almost kills a lot of it), but an interesting addition to the history of indigenous peoples in cinema, if one which has somewhat politically incorrect overtones and more annoyingly has an almost intolerably goofy voiceover.
One of the most amazingly stupid posters/VHS covers ever is also one of the most misleading since there’s a great, moody little film within it. The opening credits are fantastic: One shot of a very, very deserted beach with a few mysterious figures approaching closer and closer while never completely close enough to see the details of. These are revealed to be a woman named Molly and her and two nephews. There’s no supernatural element to this film, but it becomes absolutely psychologically frightening once more about Molly and her past. While these reveals aren’t very original, they remain chilling and the setting is fantastic and unique for this kind of story.
An interesting cast, with Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash! Interestingly this movie was financed by the Jicarilla Apache tribe but there isn’t really much evidence of that that makes it a particularly different film from other revisionist westerns. But it is definitley quality. The title is a great choice, it shows how stripped-down and simple the emotions of the story are. It all has to do with one gunfight and the complex problems that come along with it. Pretty cool.
Being written by my waifu, I’m a bit surprised this isn’t my #1 favorite Denis film, but it’s probably at least #3 after Trouble Every Day and L’Intrus. It kind of reminds me of the kind of story Breillat would show, about all the issues related to virginity and wanting to lose it that society has, especially for girls. However, it’s very much a Denis film in style; simple and intimate, full of faces with quiet expressions and handheld ventures through bars and other carefree venues. Some of the most delicate sexuality on film.
A struggling lawyer and ex-gang member attempts to save a failing high school with a reputation as a place full of idiots with a simple plan: Send at least five students to Tokyo University, the most prestigious school in Japan, after one year of intense studying. This is a really fun and engaging drama. I was rooting and cheering for them the whole time. Sounds stupid but I swear I was. I hated Asumi so much, fuck that bitch. My favorite character was Ichirô, he had so much good in his heart. The scenes with Tanaka and Sawamatsu were hilarious. Okay sorry to sperg so much over this series, I just really liked it.