Mitchum and Simmons, two of the coolest actors ever, and a fantastic film built around them. Mitchum gets involved with an omega-QT but her face belies her true nature: FUKKD!!! It’s wonderful how slowly this builds to pure unsettling terror in a way caused by nothing but the way characters interact. Which isn’t to say Preminger as a director takes the back seat, he can construct a lean and meaningful scene like nobody’s business. This is awesome.
MIKE HAMMER!! Try to imagine a better name than that. You can’t. So uh… this movie is great! Really mean and cynical and has a ton of weird turns. Way fun, way cool. If you’ve seen it you know that ending’s da shit. Yah.
A minor work but it’s getting me super fucking horny for Goodbye to Language 3D and annihilates most of the other movies I’ve seen this year. Continues in the political essay nature of a work like Film Socialisme, placing special interest on a sort of lecture Godard gives. I’ll need to watch it again to capture the exsact nature of what he talks about as it’s certainly the ideas of someone steeped in decades of continental French philosophy, but I certainly enjoyed the imagery and FEELS and like I said HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE. Yes, I’m a fanboy. I don’t deny it.
Interesting experimental narrative about pre-conquest South America. Lots of shaky camera vignettes of a community presented without words. The story is bare and mythical, but shows a shaman preconceiving the appearance of Columbus. The second half follows what happens after the Spanish arrive. Lots of fragmented, dark fairy tale-ish images of events. Strangely “archetypal” telling of the story of the arrival of the Spanish. In some ways it seems like the way it would be told in a society like those of the pre-Columbian Latin Americans, one without words told through a very non-Western means. Kind of reminds me of what Franco Piavoli does but rougher, less indebted to Western landscape/photography and more indebted to movement. Terrence Malick eat shit (haha no I luv The New World Mally bby <3).
Excellently follows in the tradition of Bad Ronald in terms of tender but strange American VHS scraps. Kevin is a college freshman who doesn’t get along well with almost anyone or indeed get much out of life loses himself in an elaborate fantasy world where he plays a pirate adventurer. It’s bittersweet and sad, but has its funny and light-hearted moments. Indeed, it’s a lot like Bad Ronald: Imperfect, messy, awkward, totally unique and sincere, and forever one-of-a-kind.
One of the greatest hidden gems I’ve seen in a while. I know I use words like “haunting” and “dreamlike” a lot (in fact, I found out about this film from a KG thread on “dreamy” films!) but you have to trust me on this one. The story is about a boys’ school which is emptied out for the summer with the exception of three boys who remain there alone. Recent in their minds is the suicide of a former friend named Yu. The summer is full of uneasiness, blame, and hurt feelings over this, and is only exacerbated once a new mysterious kid who looks a lot like Yu arrives at the school… Kaneko’s ability to make this film feel so mysterious, deserted, and alien, yet absolutely warm is fantastic. It’s so impressive that the fact that the four boys are all played by female actors isn’t even the first thing that the viewer feels strangely from! The opening scene after the credits is a perfect example: To symbolize the school being abandoned for the summer, Kaneko plays the sounds of an excited crowd of students running out of the front doors screaming, but pans over nothing but two empty front doors. Every scene feels like it’s creeping with invisible monsters, but the only monsters in this film are EMOTIONS. Weird, airy, fairy tale-ish thing that needs more attention! There’s a few awkwardly melodramatic moments but other than that this is excellent.
A very interesting new work from Tsai. Pushing the limits of still, silent, slow even more than a lot of his other works. This is very appropriate for a film about a monk and his contemplation. I really gotta see Stray Dogs.
Stephen Friedman/Kings Road Productions, USA, 96 min.
Adolescent girlz at a Jesus resort in da 80s gotta ditch that V-card!! So they talk about hawt boyz, but not all that “tee hee I hope he kisses me!!” shit, it’s mo like GIMME DAT DIKK. It’s dumb but oh so charming. I’ll let the rest of the film speak for itself with some of its best dialogue:
-“Did anyone see Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast?”
-“Shut up, Smutmouth!”
-“I wonder if Ronnie misses me. -“He probably misses your boobs.”
-“I’m Angel, but don’t let the name fool ya.”
-“Don’t be so bourgeois.” -“I am bourgeois, I can’t help it.”
Hahah I remember back in 2003 when if you hadn’t seen this, Azumanga Daioh, and Excel Saga you didn’t know shit about anime. Good times (but not rlly). Anyway I rewatched Azumanga a while back because I wanted “closure” to when I was a 13 year old weebdork so obviously I had to see this one which I played an array of dating sims for as a young kid on Newgrounds but never actually watched. It’s shitty, don’t bother. Golden Boy is still pretty much the only good “ecchi”/”harem” anime ever (but what a good one it is!) and this sure as hell doesn’t change that. I mean, fuck, I know you have a ton of beta dorks to appeal to but the only way shows like this ever work is if the guy isn’t a total blank, uninteresting piece of shit. None of the characters on this show are good actually, they’re just a bunch of stock anime girls. This has influenced trends in a ton of horrible shows and doesn’t even have the privilege of being a particularly good start to them. GRRR MAD ABOUT ANIME ON THE INTERNET >:(
Monarex, West Germany/Sweden/Switzerland, 103 min.
Veil of Blood, The Devil’s Plaything, Vampire Ecstasy, Den pornografiske jungfrun, The Curse of the Black Sisters… jeez this film has so many different translated titles. Whatever, I’m gonna use the last one because it’s the most faithful to the original German. Anyway, this is a good ball of sleaze. Some stupid plot about a lesbo vampire being reincarnated in some cult ritual gives way to old moldy shots of dat Pagan PU$$Y in castles and shit. Nothing fantastic but there’s some good creepz.