I saw this in a theater as a double-feature, opening for The Matrix. Needless to say it was the best double-feature I’ve ever seen. Both completely blew my mind. The Matrix is, of course, a popular classic now. Dark City is an underground/cult classic. Both are easy 5/5.
Whoa, that’s awesome. The only thing that could be better is if you got to see it at a drive-in (or maybe I just really like those idk)
I’m surprised I’d never heard of this little gem before. Actually, I shouldn’t diminish this film by calling it “little”, as it is in fact quite large and vast in its breadth of emotion.This is actually a trilogy of three short films, “Cutting Moments” “Home” and “Prologue”. The first is a very stark, tense, and quite honestly brutally sad scenario. We see a normal-looking but completely emotionally dysfunctional young family. A pretty wife with a detached, cold and callous husband who mistreats their son, out of his own lack of empathy or any apparent feeling. His wife deals with this in several ways, one more conventional, the other… much more abstract, and much, much harder to watch. The contrast between an unfortunately all-too-familiar scene—- the commonality of a broken marriage, a heart-bruising sadness many to which many can relate—- and the drastic physical actions she inflicts on herself bring this episode to a painful close. There’s an unbearable tension as we see a spiral of repressed feelings burst into warped physical expressions.
Then we have “Home”, which echoes a similar setup. A man raised in an abusive family has grown up grasping desperately for any kind of normalcy, seeking to forget his past. As with the previous short, there’s excellent, very natural acting, in a setting that could be just about anywhere. He narrates several painful episodes of his childhood that seem to have pre-emptively cursed his future, for they are all too similar to the current problems he’s facing. He’s disconnected from his birth family, as he is from his marital family. This one is a bit more existential than personal, less gorey than the first, but still quite a lot to think about. He we explore the desire for connection versus the desire for control, for retribution, resolution, or even destruction. When things just seem to never go as planned. It touches on not only detachment from others but the self and even god and nature, a certain emptiness that only some are unfortunate enough to really truly know.
“Prologue” is where the tone shifts a bit. A young woman is a year recovered from a traumatic event in which she lost her hands, now using a wheelchair. She is moving back in with her parents, although they aren’t quite as she remembered them. Their relationship has changed, but it has changed between the parents themselves as well. This one explores the subtleties of how an individual chooses to process their trauma, alone and with family, and how trauma is perceived by others. In particular the naturalistic acting style really shines in this one, it almost feels voyeuristic as if you just happen to have a bird’s eye view into the most intimate part of various people’s lives, right down to details that would usually go unseen. The stark coldness from the beginning of the trilogy has thawed a bit here, where the tone is reminiscent of a welcome and painful healing, like a bone knitting back together. It’s also the only story that has a sense of resolution, which is welcome after how gut-punching the first two vignettes are.
This is not a happy nor pleasant film, however, it isn’t so depressing as to be unwatchable. Instead, it’s a careful, rather tasteful exploration of true darkness that can easily weave into even the most seemingly ordinary lives, weaseling in like a parasite. While there are several quite graphic and shocking scenes (particularly in “Cutting moments”), nothing is portrayed as a cheap shock or random twist. No, this is a very deliberate, thoughtful venture into events and feelings rarely talked about, but probably more relatable than most would ever tell. Definitely interested in seeing more work from Douglas Buck.
Oh boyo I am so pleased to see this linked here! This is a gleefully ridiculous send-up of materialist, elitist culture with excellent special FX. Like an absurdist combination of elements reminiscent of “Parents” (yes, the one with Randy Quaid) and “Eyes Wide Shut”, we follow our young protagonist as he discovers what his parents are really up to. Accompanied by excellent, careful cinematography and decent acting (even in the scenes where I’m sure the performers felt kinda silly). Bristling with eccentric, “wrong” humor, there’s plenty of scenes where you’ll find yourself asking “WTF did I just watch?” or abruptly cackling uncomfortably.Although a bit dated now, the special effects I’d previously mentioned really are quite good. Even more appreciable these days, as many films rely mostly or wholly on CGI for sets and certain costumes. That’s all well and good, but a film like this simply wouldn’t be the same without handmade effects.Overall, the film is likeable for its uniqueness alone, but also worthwhile for its carefully mixture of offbeat humor, parody, body horror, and a creeping “wrongness”.
Definitely check it out if you’re tired of the majority “horror/comedy” films that are usually not funny nor scary. If you were taking grownup Wednesday Addams on a drive-in date, she’d wanna see this one.
Neither is conspiracy theory the “answer”.
Well, yes, I certainly agree with that as well. It’s fair to say that it’s healthy to question and examine the government and question whether it has good intentions for its people. Beyond that though, the Q Anon thing is pretty cult like, it’s based on a lot of hearsay and nonsense, and it doesn’t actually encourage people to think for themselves. My gran lived through the Great Depression and WW2 and I think she’s right when she told me that “people tend to start believing bizarre things under times of distress or disorder”. I’m not gonna blather on about my own opinions of Q (except that I’ll say it’s a crazy story with more plot holes than ‘facts’, with no objectivity or “research” whatsoever).The point of my comment though was that it’s creepy to me how people are so “one or the other” about everything. If you dislike Trump, you were assumed to love Hilary. If you say you’re not into the left, people assume you must be on the right. In particular, many people who claim to be “left” (and thus assume that means they’re the “progressive ones” who care about human rights and all-sorts of other good things) but then they adamantly are against freedom of speech. That’s what I meant by fascism creeping in from all sides, I Feel political correctness is simply another annoying thread of fascism.The left and the right are two wings of the same poisoned bird.
“unfettered free speech” is an American tradition and part of our culture. Whether you agree with “Q” stuff or not, there’s fascism creeping in from all sides. When will people learn that the “answer” isn’t censorship?
I recently revisited this film, after having only seen it once about 20 years ago. Suffice to say, I didn’t enjoy it even the second time around.While in technique, it is a “good” film—- excellent acting, expert camera work, appropriate lighting — it felt entirely too long. The brief description above is pretty accurate. That is, this is not an action movie, and has very little “action” to speak of.We see a talented artist trying to translate his conflicting infatuation and annoyance (hence, the title) with his muse. From there goes on scene after scene of an impatient, frustrated girl, sitting uncomfortably for a somewhat cold painter. The questions “truth, life and artistic limits” are laid out, but in the most listless, rambling way. Conversations between the artist and model are deadpan, flat and similarly cold, with very little breaking up the monotony.Whenever the pace happens to pick up, I found it disappointing that these swells of tension didn’t really lead anywhere. I’m not the sort that needs every single metaphor or double meaning explained to me, but perhaps I found their conversations dull because I personally found the characters unrelatable. That said, there are several instances where you’d think something dramatic or important is about to happen, only instead, the model and artist are arguing again. It just feels rather shallow for something that goes on well beyond 2 hours.This was labeled an “erotic drama”, yet it’s hardly arousing (unless you’re counting a nude figure art model as “eroticism”) and the drama rarely veers beyond arguing. If anything, it maintains a passive aggressive vibe throughout. The title is oddly fitting, as the film is technically ‘beautiful’, yet…annoying to watch.
To me, this is the type of film that steers less-adventurous movie fans away from (so-called) “foreign films” (or more specifically, the stereotype that French films are boring, inexplicable and pretentious).Perhaps, though, I missed something? I’d love to hear someone else’s opinion on this one.
I downloaded this for some reason ages ago, completely forgot about it. When I finally got around to watching, I found it to be delightfully silly and overly “quirky” (without being pretentiously so). This sort of film is an acquired taste, going in with too many expectations will ruin the fun. The story is set in a place that’s almost like here, but it crosses into the “it’s so normal, it’s TOO normal, no.. it’s wrong” territory. Bright, vaguely 1960’s-reminiscent color provides a slightly-too-cheerful aesthetic that plays well with giddy little twists and deliberate ‘holes’ that make for a playful, although bittersweet, story about a man and his lost dog. But IS this ‘just’ about his dog? What’s he really looking for? He seems like a man who wants answers, but forgot what questions he asked.
I actually had forgotten the title, and recently was asking a friend if they remembered this one. Even retelling the story, it sounds like a person trying to describe a very strange dream they had but started to forget as they woke up. That’s an odd vibe to flex on your film, but I feel that it works here.A nice alternative to overly sharp, mean-sarcastic type comedy—- you might dig this if you liked Kids in the Hall, or other comedy that plays on the whimsy of absurdity. It’s not perfect, but it’s refreshingly different. Good when you’re in the mood for a more light-hearted surrealism and poking fun at everyday stuffiness.
Ok, I was unprepared for this one. My partner had been trying to figure out what this was called for awhile, and I was really interested once we found it.This starts off as a fairly bland scene—- a bunch of sailors trapped in a shit situation, desperately trying to distract themselves from their bleak reality. But that distraction works, and soon you’re following along without any idea where you’re going. Hazy sequences flit between an odd, dizzy type of humor and various outbursts when reality gets a bit too thick for our unfortunate (yet resilient) stuck mariners.There isn’t really a good way to describe this film without ruining it, but suffice to say I found it thoroughly entertaining and very… curious. That’s a good descriptor for this one. Very curious, and I’m still not quite sure what to make of it all. Everyone will interpret this film differently , but imo that’s part of its charm. I’ll be watching it again sometime, and it will certainly be a ‘new’ experience even the second time.
I remember seeing this as a kid at the drive-ins. Us kids were allowed to watch the first movie (that i don’t even remember), then told to go to sleep in the back of the Rambler station wagon, but i stayed awake and peeked lol. Imo movies were so much better back then. I prefer a stationary camera rather than today’s hand held ‘shaky camera’ nonsense. Also the sound is at one level, not going from low to blasting like today. Cinematography was better, no over-makeup, not drenched in light. Boy i miss those days. 9/10
Couldn’t agree more, my man…! Although there are still many directors that don’t go for the terrible “loud hollywood soundtrack” and shit cinematography, but they’re usually not famous (or they are, but not in the USA!)
Wow, this was unexpectedly artistic and poetic (in a fever-dream sort of way). For those unfamiliar with the premise, it is based on a true story about one Armin Meiwes and his infamous meetup with a “willing victim” from a ~ cannibalism fetish website ~~. This is a very stylish retelling of that incident, but it’s quite different from what one might expect.A far cry from tabloid cliches, the director chose to give this a much deeper, more emotional (and thus more twisted) treatment. The scenes are all shot with a type of intimate lighting that varies from soft to stark at all the right moments, illuminating our main character’s ever-fleeting emotions.Frank, natural, somewhat romantic approach to scenes of gay sex might be off putting to some, but it’s no more graphic than any typical straight scene. However, these scenes are interesting because at first you might mistake them for a usual passionate weekend fling between two strangers who just seem to really “get” each other. After all, they both agreed upon the terms, they are both aroused by the premise, and both seek to fulfill an ultimate fantasy that is far stranger than anyone other than they would understand. Sex, though, is only one aspect of their interactions, and an oddly appropriate lead-in to what comes next.While somewhat slow in pacing, the tension swells to a point where you barely felt it start to creep up before everything begins to spin. It’s a dreamy type of nightmare, with a lot of nuance given to perspectives on sex, death, fear, desire, dominance and submission, the beauty and frailty of life and what exceeds the boundaries of consent.I also appreciated that director Dora chose to use a somewhat objective gaze for most of the film. That is, while you do get impressions from the perspective of both characters, there is no “silent narrator” from the camera. You’re not meant to sympathize with anyone specifically, yet each participant is humanized in a way that strikingly contrasts their apparent normalcy with the extremely bizarre— and meticulously planned — circumstances in which they met.This is not your typical “crime film based on true events”, nor is it what you’d usually call a “horror movie”. Instead it’s an exploration of strangeness, comfort, dreams and sexuality, without downplaying any aspect of what such a particular event may have looked like. It’s an adventurous film, a feverish smashing together of the beautiful and the grotesque.It’s a unique experience, bound to excite and disturb. (Well, you could say that about all Dora’s films, really)
It’s ironic that you criticize the phrasing while butchering the spelling of your complaint. It’s “their” own language, not “there”.
…technically that would be a grammatical error rather than a spelling error though. (I hope you know I’m not being serious :P )
I checked out a handful of episodes of this because a friend recommended it, on the basis that I tend to like “slice of life” stories about average people.Firstly, I’ll say that the acting is rather good (for the most part), and there’s some little bits here and there that really are touching.The main issue for me is that it’s so formulated—- it just feels like watching a combination of every romance/“story of a family” film. Or an extended “Hallmark Channel” movie. It all felt very predictable, but in all fairness I didn’t watch an entire season. Reminded me a lot of “7th Heaven”, so perhaps that’s why I found it less relatable than others.Think this concept would’ve worked better with a more naturalistic style of acting, more average-looking, less “polished”-looking people. I know that’s not really a thing in American television, but I wish it were.
This type of story is hard to get into when you’re very, very aware you’re watching a tv show the entire time. Just didn’t really do it for me.
Wild to think this was made in 1975, as I feel like this was both appropriate for the era but also ahead of its time. That said, it still fits with the Current Year, maybe even on a broader scope. This could be seen as a send up of Hollywood culture, but there’s so much more. I randomly remembered this book but barely, what a nice surprise to find this movie.Karen Black is on a roll here—- perfectly over the top, sparkly and silly amid a backdrop of palm trees and chaos. If you’ve not read the book, the plot can be a little confusing but it’s likely the excellent scenery will keep your attention as well. There really is a lot going on here ,but I’d rather not turn this into a long analysis as there are many ways you could perceive all the elements here.What I will say is that this is an exceptionally poetic, artfully trashy and gleefully dark film that takes familiar archetypes and stereotypes, pits them against one another, relishes the tension and then just shreds the whole mess. The dreamy, shimmery film (REAL film yall!) adds a feverish, dizzy effect— and of course that Old Hollywood look—- softening the voyeuristic, sneaky angles that give us insight or emphasis on different situations, some very small.There’s a lot to pay attention to here, and while it’s a long film it certainly isn’t boring. We’ve got a weird assortment of characters who at once are spirited but also crushed and despondent, the emotional exploration fans and swells into an unexpectedly intense ending (I’d apparently forgotten how the book ended).Are you feeling jaded but you still want to laugh a bit? This hits that spot.
Looking forward to this. I once saw Sun Ra and his Cosmic Arkestra back in the early ‘80’s, I think. At one point, in the middle of the cacophony, he stopped playing, pulled out his telescope, and looked up through it - to receive further instructions from his home planet, Saturn - and then resumed playing. He was (is) quite a spirit.
Whoa you got to see him live? That’s awesome! What a trip that must’ve been. It’s always so fun to see someone mutually absorbed in their work—- I mean like, the art is creating them while they create art. It’s not something that can be faked or produced, it just -is-. That’s why I like him. I hope our comments lead to others discovering this fun musician.
Isn’t this how everyone vacuums?
no but that’s just cuz I’m ugly and I don’t want my dog and cat to go blind :P
Oh, this is a wonderful upload, I can’t wait to revisit it. If anyone out there is unfamiliar with Sun Ra and you like experimental music—- you will dig this. Sun Ra was avant-garde even for that scene, but there’s a distinct lack of pretentiousness that makes even his most bizarre works inviting and curious. There are few artists out there anymore who have this type of enmeshment of their inner and outer selves, tangling with their creative blood, manifesting (in this case) as sounds. Roll one up and chill out with Sun Ra on a boring day, you won’t be disappointed.
Just a couple comments about the review left by viewer “cloroxbleach”. I can see why you missed several things about this fill.
This movie was adapted by a book of the same name. In the book, there is a lot more back story and many things are explained in much more detail. Actually, even several of the scenes in the movie that were drawn directly from the book still cut out some of the book material or the movie would have been 10 hours long. As it is, the original cut of this movie was 3 1/2 hours long! It was cut to 2 hrs. 10 min. But that means no matter how you look at it there will be scenes in the movie that aren’t as full as they could be. And, there were still another 50 pages from the book that were never even filmed. As I wrote, if this had been every word and scene in the book the movie would have been 10 hours long.
Another MAJOR consideration is language. In the movie adaptation, to fill in some of what might were key moments, the writer/director again had to cut the length of what was in the book. However, he wanted to get many key points across that were in scenes in the book so in the movie he just pulled the main point of a scene in the book by taking just the main dialogue and to make it stand out in the movie (so that it would be sure to be noticed), had the characters involved speak the key sentences or phrases in another language.
Many key points in this movie were spoken in either Italian, French or German. The DVD/Blueray version of the movie contains subtitles in a variety of languages. So the only way the film can make complete sense is either if you speak English, Italian, French and German (which is what this rip of the movie shows) or if you view the non-ripped cut that contains the subtitles, like English, in your primary language. When you read the translations in the subtitles it fills in many of the blanks that you won’t even realize you’ve missed and things like the age difference (and by the way, Oliver is a grad student; it’s not like he’s in his 30s or 40s) are explained in much more detail…and don’t seem “creepy/inappropriate” at all.
Finally, as to the movie being “dull”. Again, it says you probably don’t speak the other languages in the movie so you missed some very important (and explanatory) dialogue.
The joys of a website like this is that you get to see movies for free that you might not otherwise see. The downside is that when you get a movie like this that really requires subtitles to fill in blanks in the viewer’s native language you just have to take what is presented and just say thanks for the post. Hope this explains a little about your problem with the movie without having given away any spoilers.
Hey there! I know you posted this a year ago, but I didn’t see it :p I’m glad you posted this because honestly, I wanted to like this film, and your explanations make perfect sense. It just seemed like some stuff was “missing”. I did get a copy with good subtitles (and have a basic understanding of German and French), but I can see how paring it down from 3 hours when it was already an adaptation of a book would could mess with the storytelling. I think, actually, that the English subtitles I’d gotten maybe weren’t the best translations. Or they didn’t pick up on certain things. Because now it just occurred to me there were several lines that could be translated and thus interpreted several ways, and some of that drastically changes how the dynamic of their relationship is presented. The particular phrasing in my subs implied that Oliver is in college (which I maybe misunderstood as “high school”).I also recall specifically that I didn’t really get ‘creepy’ vibes from how they interacted on-screen, it was implications from what I was reading. (I might go back and see if I can pick out some discrepencies in translation)
I appreciate your comment, it is always nice to see comments on here actually about film and not just people arguing about their likes/dislikes (or politics, eh). I’d probably revisit this film again sometime, or maybe track down the book first. You are right that sometimes, it’s simply impossible to transition from book to film because few people would watch something over 3 hours long (and some stuff doesn’t work well broken up into pieces as a mini-series). “Clockwork Orange” is a great example of what happens when a film has a great director, an incredible cast, but it’s a completely different story than the book due to certain things being changed for the film to even be made in the first place. They chopped off the entire last chapter as well, which absolutely changes the entire composition.
While you don’t seem to be in need of any clarifications or explanations this might be interesting to you.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r0KrZILWTs
This was quite interesting, thanks bud! Always interesting to see others’ analysis of something like this.
Starts out like it might be something; an hour til it gets Clive Barker-y, and then only sorta.
It’s definitely a relatively simplistic film, but I think as a “standard scary story”, it’s a pretty good one. It also certainly lacks the tense sexual undertones that always deftly weave through many of Barker’s stories. I think this director has a lot of potential though, I enjoyed this film a lot.
This is definitely not a movie for those who dislike gore—- however, it has a lot more going on than just your average splatterfest, at least aesthetically. This is what the original Hellraiser would’ve been like, had the tech been available at the time. I’m a massive Clive Barker nerd and I think that the style of this film would hit the spot for fans of his books/films based on his books. (We nicknamed this film “Turkish Hellraiser” for the longest time, when we couldn’t find out the real title online)
We’re given a fairly simple storyline and somewhat basic characters, but there’s a lot of subtle nods to different concepts regarding life, death, sin, ritual, “what is evil, what is the devil” with slick, visceral imagery that I found very immersive.While it’s certainly not the most complex plot, “Baskin” is a good combination of naturalistic acting, visually arresting imagery, plenty of blood and a legit spooky sound director. It’s well-crafted horror, exploring (and exploiting) relatable things like fear, confusion, existential crisis—- but these things aren’t explained ad nauseum, it’s left to the viewer to decide if they want to read deeper into the symbolism presented, or just enjoy a nice, very creepy horror flick.…Don’t eat while you watch this one, though. 5 of 5 stars !
This is a wonderful vintage documentary, perfect for a lazy rainy day when you want to watch something insightful and calming. Beautiful shots of the frozen North, we see Nanook and his wives demonstrating traditional skills like building a gorgeous roomy igloo and hunting with spears. While these were staged for effect (the igloo apparently had to be built only half-way due to lighting issues), they show off the resourcefulness of the native people.The igloo scene is really especially cool, and there’s some very endearing shots of Nanook’s son playing happily in the snow.While not entirely historically accurate (that is, for example, most native people would’ve used guns/regular fishing equipment rather than spears by this time), it still gives a wonderful snapshot of Inuit culture. There’s something very charming and bright about this film, it makes the blinding and sometimes bleak snow seem beautiful and intense. Definitely a treat for anyone who loves nature footage, especially less-visited areas.An excellent film, far ahead of its time both for the content as well as the cinematography—- to film outside during this era, one had to be very creative working with natural lighting, especially with a mostly white colour scheme. Impressive, poetic and relaxing, there’s something in this film that always makes me smile.
This is a slow burn film, not for the impatient. It’s definitely one where you have to sit in a nice, quiet dark room and let the visual effects absorb. To me, it is one of the most beautiful and stark films dealing with aliens, and certainly one of the most unique. If you’re expecting an action or more traditional sci-fi alien film, this one may not be for you. It definitely veers closely to the “art house” genre, but not quite. There is very little dialogue, and a lot left up to your own interpretation—- something many fans of Hollywood films might not enjoy, as it doesn’t spell out every detail or explain every metaphor play-by-play as it is happening.Every scene is very carefully crafted, a smoldering mix of soft nuance and stark bleakness. The ending hit me like a ton of bricks, even though it happens rather quickly after a long build.One after another, we’re often presented with obvious, loud, ugly and over the top special effects in American cinema—— not so here. The FX alone deserve high praise in their artistry, a delicate balance of contrasting feelings put forth with very little dialogue and unique imagery.It is also quite nice to see Scarlett Johansen in something decidedly different than the films she’s usually in. As I mentioned, there is very little dialogue, but she carries each scene with an intensity (that still remains carefully subtle) that reminds me of certain old silent film stars. Her face, her eyes, are deeply expressive, and convey a lot more than words could, especially for such strange subject matter like an alien trying to navigate the human world in a borrowed human body.
This is one of high strangeness, much creepier and colder than your typical space alien film, a bit more reminiscent of some of the stranger accounts of IRL alien encounters. It’s moody, dark, bitter, cold, and at times confusing, but left me with a lot to think about regarding symbolism and what a ‘human experience’ might be to another being.
This is one of my all-time favourite films, ever. Atmospheric and lyrical, we are lead down a very weird almost-fairytale story of a young gypsy boy with subtle telepathic abilities. These aren’t the main feature though, it’s understated, as there is much chaos in our young antihero’s life. From trying to help his sick sister, getting screwed over by his uncle, trying to get back home to the girl he loves, we are treated to many unusual and sometimes hilariously poetic moments. It’s a delightfully off-beat, kind of jangly, rambling story, but don’t let the length of the film put you off—- it isn’t slow and is never boring. The acting is very naturalistic and convincing, most especially from Davor Dujmovic (our main man Perhan).It’s also, in some ways, a snapshot of Romani life on the outskirts of “somewhere in Sarajevo” in the late 80s (although of course there are many moments that are deliberately exaggerated for effect). Particularly lovely is Perhan’s charming grandmother who raised him, there’s some hilarious moments with his hopeful bride’s mother, and many times where you feel the confusion and pain that seems to strike his life hard. Perhan became such a beloved character that it became the nickname of the actor who played him.If anyone is interested in seeing a movie that includes the Romani language, a beautiful soundtrack (which oscillates between bouncy, cheerful Balkan horns and Romani oros, and very ambient, emotional Balkan-inspired compositions) and very natural acting that never breaks even in surreal circumstances—- you will appreciate this. There certainly isn’t any other film quite like it.Fans of Bora Todorovic will appreciate his portrayal of harsh, shady Uncle Ahmet, and people unfamiliar with this type of naturalistic acting (never seen in Hollywood films) might really get to like it.I watch this film whenever I feel lonely, or when I miss my great-granny. It’s both realistic and surreal, in what I think is a perfect balance. One of Kusturica’s best works, and one of my favourite soundtracks from Goran Bregovic.A 100 stars :)
This film is over-the-top ridiculous. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be an extreme (very extreme) parody of Serbian stereotypes or what exactly the filmmaker was trying to accomplish. It’s actually filmed nicely, from a cinematography perspective, there’s good pacing and lighting, and the tension really is palpable.However, it’s really kind of pointless. I like a lot of “extreme cinema” (such as the original French “Martyrs” and other Extreme French Horror, Michael Hanneke’s films, “Taxidermia” from Hungary, etc)—- but this one just feels empty and shallow. It’s needlessly gross, to the point of being almost laughable. There’s certainly moments that are meant to be darkly humorous in their extremism, but the hype of it being “the worst/most extreme/fvcked up film ever made” falls very flat because it just lacks any depth whatsoever. It’s reminiscent of something like “Hostel”, a vague storyline with an excuse to try and shock people. For people like me, who can appreciate extremism in art, this offers basically nothing.The main actor who plays “Vukmir”, Zika Todorovic, is the son of legend Bora Todorovic, and his acting style is quite like that of his father. I feel his skills are completely wasted on a movie like this. I wasn’t “offended”, just bored. People walk into this one expecting to be offended and will be, even knowing that of course, it is all just a movie (gross as some scenes may be). To me this is just another type of “Human Centipede” movie, it offers very little beyond shock value.I hope that foreigners unfamiliar with Serbia will not assume that anything in this film is representative of the whole of Serbia and its culture.Would I recommend this film? Not really, unless you like seeing extreme cinema for the sake of extremity. There are plenty of far better films from Serbia to see, of course that are nothing like this.I do think people need to calm down about this film though, it is literally only a movie, and not a particularly noteworthy one at that. If you have a dark sense of humor, there are certain scenes that you might make you smirk, but otherwise? It’s pretty hollow and boring.
This is a weird, weird little film right here. I saw this as a child and it confused the hell out of me, but I found it entertaining anyway. Later I tracked it down, only vaguely remembering it. It’s visually quite striking, lots of bright colours and odd, creeping textures dancing around. Trippy but still child-friendly—- particularly if you’ve got a kid who just loves weird stuff—- I think this film is quite a bit better than the reviews it got when first released. There’s some clunky elements but overall it’s fun.
He’s definitely a force of nature, I don’t think he actually does much currently other than use his name to make crazy money. No hate, he deserves it. I was in a band called ‘Wolf Dick’ and all our songs were summaries of Law & Order episodes. “You did it! You did it! She’s dead and ‘Nofrio tilted his head!”
Hooooly shit that’s an excellent band, I would’ve loved to have seen a show like that 😂
Wow… I’d totally forgotten about how weird this story was, reading about it awhile ago. This is a wild ride for a documentary. It’s the sort of film that’s better if you just watch it rather than reading too much about it first. If you’re looking for a real weird story (which is at least one thing I typically like in docs), this is a good one. Somehow the filmmaker managed to untangle this bizarre series of events into a well-paced, flowing narrative that takes you through many twists. It’s surprising how much chaos a person can cause in their own life with the power of too much cash, the sense of entitlement, and a gooey center of delusion.Pour a drink and watch this on a boring rainy night, you won’t be disappointed.
This is hilarious. I’m a huge fan of both Crispin Glover and Nic Cage, so I was stoked when my friend told me about this lost gem. It’s definitely dated, but in a really fun way. TV shows just aren’t made the same way anymore, and while that’s fine, it’s certainly entertaining to skip back to this nostalgic era. It’s also certainly cheesy, but again, in an endearing way, helped along with some pretty clever lines and decent performances from all the young actors. Worth checking out if you like silly 80s shows, it’s too bad it never got more episodes.
It’s surely too bad there are no links (yet!) for this dizzying and hilariously gross little film. It’s not quite a ‘horror’ movie per se, but it delves in that direction, only to jerk you away into another dreamy, voyeuristic, profoundly weird situation. Repeatedly. At various points you cringe and laugh, others you’re wondering wtf just happened and if it were “real” or not. I don’t know what possessed someone to make this movie but I’m glad they did. It’s refreshingly bizarre, full of visceral imagery, and we’re treated to not one but two deeply, wonderfully disturbing performances by Vicente Cassel. A plethora of “WTF” and “no… really, what in the actual fvck, guys” moments abound, with excellent music and a unique setting in a disheveled, enormous French chateau.Lots of bright, realistic and genuinely expressive acting going on here. Huge focus on intense facial expressions, tension and a pace that keeps you looking (even when you’re almost being pushed to look away, you’ll look through your hand).This certainly isn’t a movie for everyone, but if you like your nightmares surreal and darkly humorous, you’ll “get it”. You’ll also never look at Cassel’s face the same way again.
This is a hilarious classic from the Satanic Panic era of the USA, a time when having long hair and too many black tshirts could get you sent to boot camp and labeled “a devil worshipper”. This was apparently used in actual law enforcement, which is also quite humorous if you don’t dwell on the real life implications. Great for Halloween drinking games.
Whoa, this is a searing expose. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I’d heard of this film, it shares a few similarities to “Capturing the Friedmans”. Actually there was a line that made me think of that film, and that is Sasha (the main subject/narrator/director) saying that “people don’t film, you know, the bad things, they film all the nice moments” (paraphrase). Whereas in “Capturing the Friedmans” there are loads of negative, dark moments and arguments recorded; in “Rewind”, Sasha and his family have filmed mostly the typical things you’d expect in family videos. We see birthdays, bar mitzvahs, holidays, and regular moments at home—- punctuated with a few glimpses of Sasha’s emotional outbursts and disturbances.His narration coupled with the recollections of his family members adds a very deep exploration into how things aren’t always as they seem. He discusses what he remembers from those times, even sometimes down to the day, in sharp detail he recalls his feelings of sadness, betrayal, and frustration that leads to suicidal thoughts.Eventually he braves the storm to reveal what’s been happening to him, which unravels a long history of horrible crimes perpetrated by a trusted member of their religious community.This is a precious documentary, although it certainly is a a dark, sad one. It’s hard to explain in a simple review just what all goes on here. You see not only old moments that depict what was, at the time, inexplicable mood swings and deep family tension, you also see the family sticking together through what truly had to have been a traumatic time for all of them. The film seems to have promoted a lot of healing just in its making, but they discuss how all of this went down long before it was even made. It gives a lot of insight on how predators operate, even though that isn’t the main subject.Definitely recommend, although it certainly isn’t a light watch. Bless this family for speaking out.
Excellent interviews. I’d been wanting to see this for a while. Anything that further exposes this disgusting, weird industry and its perversion of therapy/medical treatment is worth checking out, but in particular this is a good doc. I really liked the inclusion of clips from “For the Child’s Own Good” and “Children of Darkness” cut between interview segments, as well as some other footage I’d never seen before. Pretty wild to see footage of the weird rituals and protocols as the former inmates are describing it.For anyone curious, Elan was a very controversial “boarding school” that also proclaimed to be a residential behavioral treatment center, prep school, an alternative to psychiatric treatment, and a general warehouse for “troubled teens”. It employed methods like encounter groups, physical, psychological and emotional manipulation, spanking, humiliation (including costumes) and an environment high on stress, devoid of privacy or personal space. They claimed to treat everything from depression to autism to pedophilia, took in runaways, depressed kids, pregnant teens, actual delinquents and kids that some parents just didn’t want.For decades this place made its owners millions while the former residents were often left no better off than before they came, completely bewildered by what they’d experienced.This is a fascinating look into a very dark and seldom discussed dusty corner of ‘alternative therapy’ and different approaches to ‘dealing with’ the various problems teenagers might face.
Wow, I’d forgotten about this one. I had a chance to see it at a theatre, I remember sneaking into this one after getting bored with “Igby Goes Down” (guess that one got released late where I lived at the time). Chumscrubber ended up being a far better “the tragedy and woe of being an awkward youth” film. Cute and snarky, in a good way.
It’s seriously amazing that this same old “est”/Werner Erhardt and Scientology-esque seminars and reductive versions of Buddhist concepts STILL exists in so many different forms.
This is one of those few times that the film version of a book is actually an excellent interpretation. This isn’t an uplifting movie by any means, but it is beautiful in a dark and grimy sort of way. Lots of stark, grey landscapes and artistic scenes even during the ‘heavy’ stuff. It’s poetic in its own twisted way…You’ll never think of taxidermy the same way again.
I really enjoyed this off beat, odd little film. It’s not an action packed gorefest, more like a slow burn with a very dreamy quality. The contrast lighting and black camera work lend to the dreamlike effect, which is offset by an uneasy, stressed quality. There’s a lot of subtly here, punctuated with crashes of high tension and anxiety, and an overall weird, surreal vibe. Good psychological thriller. ** four of five stars
It wasn’t when I got my Masters in Business Management. That Degree enabled me to retire comfortably at 50. Try that with today’s leftist studies and you Will understand.
Even if you did manage to retire at 50, that’s unusual in the US (even 20 years ago). With the way the economy has been for the past 25 years, and the fact that wages haven’t really increased (whether entry level/non-degree jobs or not)—- it’s pretty unlikely someone with ANY degree would be able to retire at 50 or 60 years old.While I’ll agree that there’s far too much political influence (both left and right) in academia, I think studying women’s history and sexuality is a useful thing. Depends on the teacher and school, of course. It also depends on the student. Plenty of people go to school for the sake of learning rather than trying to get a high paying job. Unfortunately, most people simply cannot afford to do either.
Hey thanks for the info, I kinda suspected but it’s still sad to hear. imo (sorry if this is political) but if we care about child abuse this is the sort of stuff we have to start with, ‘cause so many of us can see exactly what’s happening. We don’t have to dig deeper for secret meanings or anything, there are dozens of child-abusing cults masquerading as sex-positive. Let’s crack down and prosecute these hundreds of sick, sick wackos then move on to more nebulous areas.
I don’t think you’re coming across as “partisan” or “political”. If anything, that’s part of the problem—- people are divided by politics or personal beliefs when the focus should simply be on “is this group abusing children?” People get so wrapped up in conspiracy theories that they end up blind to /actual/ literal conspiracies. Or calling out religious organizations for covering up child abuse can quickly deteriorate into a political argument. I’m not sure what the answer is, although one thing that would probably help is creating a statement of concrete rights for children. There are many, many legal forms of child abuse, and few ways for children to seek and access help. In general there’s still a belief in many cultures/religions that regard children as property, educating people otherwise would probably do a world of good. I think if more people were keen on the idea of children’s rights, both as professionals (such as actors/performers) and as actual people in general, that would open more opportunities to create better means of protection for them.Btw—- it blows my mind people are starting to find out about The Family (COG) just now since they’ve existed for so long. If you’re interested in reading about the times they’ve been investigated, check out a fascinating and comprehensive website xfamily[dot]org. There were quite a few cases where children were taken by services, only to be returned—- partly because the children had lived in such strict, rigid environment, with intense brainwashing, that the investigators often couldn’t get them to tell what was happening (also because the children had been conditioned to believe that christians were under constant persecution, therefore that is why they thought the investigation was happening).Sorry, kinda derailing here, but on behalf of my best friend, I always want to spread the word about TFI in hopes that one day, the current leader (whichever it is now) will be caught.
This is a very beautiful yet deeply sad film. A poignant exploration of the failings of the psychiatric system, most especially how people are led to believe medication will simply absolve mental illness or at least, render the person more tolerable without actually resolving their condition. This documentary is unique in that it’s actually based on a diary. The visual renderings representing her states of mind, thoughts, musings, and last days are truly beautiful. This appears to be a film made with great care, and respect for the subject—- something not often seen in a documentary regarding mental illness.I wasn’t too keen on the idea that the subject simply needed to be drugged into submission or permanently leashed to a hospital. If anything, the film suggests that “there has to be a better way”. Because there is no reason that this person should have felt so alone. On the filp side, her life was in her own hands and she was drawn to free herself from it how she saw fit—as she had few (if any) other options.It’s a melancholy, sad film without being syrupy, condescending or judgmental. I hope the subject found comfort somewhere beyond her corporeal existence, I really do.Definitely recommend, for when you’re up for watching something poetic yet psychological.
Crazy what an “open secret” this stuff is. “Children of God” for instance still exist, dunno if any of them have been successfully prosecuted for child sex abuse, and they used children who grew up to be super famous like Joaquin “Leaf” Phoenix and Rose McGowan.
Only one minor leader in Scotland has been prosecuted. My best friend was born and raised in The Family International (Children of God), so we both follow it in the news even now. The Phoenixes and McGowans are lucky they got out when they did. The upper leadership, including the actual leaders and their subordinates, have never been prosecuted. It’s likely that “Mama Maria” (Karen Zerby) is dead and that “King Peter” is still around. Overall the communes and hardcore members/true believers are laying low, and TFI presents itself as a loose federation of international missionaries. TFI is mostly active in front organizations, fake charities and the like.
This was… disappointing. While “Open Secret” seemed like a true effort to expose this nasty side of Hollywood, “My Truth” appears to be Feldman grabbing at straws to stay in the news. I think the main thing that bothers me is that Haim’s mother begged him not to exploit her dead son’s memory (and trauma), yet he chose to anyway. And he chose to do it in a heavy handed, indelicate way that I don’t think most would do if they felt it was absolutely necessary to include. The way this film was promoted was also odd. I tried to not let that effect how I viewed the film, but it definitely is in there. Overall I’d say that while it’s about time someone started naming names and raising awareness in the name of protecting children, I don’t think Feldman is doing this simply out of concern for victims. Please don’t think I am calling him a liar, I definitely am not. However I think that “the truth” shouldn’t be presented in this “I sold horror stories to the Daily Mail” tabloid sort of way, seems insulting to the victims. It’s obvious Feldman is wrestling with his own issues after whatever happened to him, but he’s still in a Hollywood mindset whether he admits it or not.
Wow, I remember seeing this on TV years ago. If you want a nice, light-hearted and admittedly silly little documentary to watch on a rainy afternoon, this is a good choice. Go around the USA and see average people in ordinary little diners and shops talk about their ‘famous sandwiches’. It’s endearing, chill and not depressing—- sometimes hard to come by in the documentary genre.
This certainly was interesting, and different than I expected. If you didn’t follow this case through the podcast (“Catching the Golden State Killer”) or read McNamara’s book, you might want to familiarize yourself with the story before watching.The first episode really draws you in, but this focuses more on how the book was written and the life its author. The narrative tries to balance the intensity McNamara put into her research, the effect it had on her life, and reflections from her journal and other experiences. While this is interesting, it wasn’t quite what I’d expected. Some of the narration is really over the top, and almost seems forced rather than genuinely emotional.However, this definitely is a nice departure from some of the more “blood and guts” type “forensics” shows. Nothing here to glorify except good old fashioned detective work and authorship.4 out of 5 stars, worth watching. Good change of pace and style for the “true crime” genre, unique insight into research. True Crime nerds will enjoy the excerpts with Paul Holes.
LOL and yet lefties continue to vote in the same do nothing dems for decades. Dems care for nothing but power. They will crush the U.S. economically for it without blinking an eye.
I have plenty of criticism for the so-called “left” as well. It shouldn’t be this side or that, the country is simply too large and diverse for there to be only 2 options. Precisely why I was saying just because you don’t like one candidate doesn’t mean you like the other. I’d say that historically there’s been some decisions made by Repub presidents that are still having really negative affects on the country—- just look at how well “trickle down economics” works.Any politician for the most part “cares for nothing but power”. That’s sort of the nature of the game. But in particular we have a president who can’t even be bothered to go on tv often and speak to “his” people, he does it through f/cking twitter. He clearly only wanted the presidency to say he was president, to have that power, and to buddy up to people like Putin. We’re all disposable trash to him, he’s never had to live like an average person and he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about any of us. The last time we had a democrat prez, he was thwarted at every turn when trying to “do something” and trying to clean up the mess left behind from Lil Bush. We all could’ve been given completely free healthcare had the bill not gotten mutilated in process (which ended up screwing over some small biz owners, etc). It’s just not as simple as Dems vs Reps.
What a horrible story. The war on drugs has done basically nothing but make money for the government and ruin people’s lives. This woman should’ve never been in jail to begin with.
Just for kicks I checked out a random episode. This show is very cute, and I think it’s good for kids from anywhere to learn about the unique and beautiful aspects of Indian culture.
it is hilarious to watch leftist college babies criticize our billionaire president… you mad bro? lol you aint gettin rich on no gender studies degree…
you don’t have to be a leftist to disapprove of Trump’s propaganda and lack of business skills. He certainly didn’t get rich through hard work, being a good business person, or being highly educated. His “small loan of a million dollars” definitely gave him a step ahead that many people simply would never have. He doesn’t value the lives of republican americans anymore than democrats. He’s very detached from the lives of average people regardless of political orientation.
In a small town like this, everybody knows everything about everyone, making the authorities and community as a whole just as much to blame for this crime as the perpetrators themselves. The saddest part of this is how the police, teachers and child services had the ability to help these kids and break the cycle from repeating itself from one generation to the next, but although everyone knew the type of people this family was, nobody stopped it.People might be quick to judge these families as “uneducated, poor, white trash”, but their social and financial situations have nothing to do with it. The real culprit was the abuse throughout each generation and the overall dysfunctional upbringing, where abuse and criminal activities were condoned and even encouraged at a young, impressionable age when children look up to the adults in their lives as not only examples, but often as “knowing everything”.
I agree with you 100%. Vera Jo’s life could’ve been saved, and her child could’ve been easily spared a traumatic beginning to her young life. Seems like the local police were just sick of dealing with the constant drama and other BS from the Brooks family in general. It’s worth pointing out that the people working at the Salvation Army (ACROSS THE STREET) could’ve probably done more too, but it’s likely they weren’t really trained to deal with such intense domestic violence. Above all the police failed her, every step of the way, even at her bitter end.
Wow, this was even more intense than I’d anticipated. For some reason, I’d expected this to be a cold case story, just kinda following the detectives and trying to make sense of whatever available pieces. Instead it’s so much more. For starters, I’m quite familiar with the location, having it hit close to home made it even more eerie.Poor Vera Jo never did really get the justice she deserved. It’s especially unsettling to watch as there were SO many people who knew about just how deeply terrible her living situation was, yet for the most part, no one did much to stop it. Even the few times relatives, neighbors, other community members noticed that she had a black eye or was behaving like a traumatized person would—- nothing was done.Most especially disgusting is the fact that the police knew she was a vulnerable, disabled adult yet essentially used that against her. People took advantage of Vera Jo left and right, and the few that did genuinely care for her feared the monstrous, violent family she lived with.This is definitely one for serious true crime fans only, and still isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a deeply sick and depraved story. My heart goes out to her mum, sisters, friends and other people who loved her. Particularly, her little daughter.Without giving away any spoilers: Her daughter fortunately has been placed and adopted by others. Let’s hope she gets a fresh start, a new life with a loving family. 5/5 stars, definitely worth a watch, gruesome as it may be.
It’s too bad there aren’t links for this, it’s a fantastic (and extremely frustrating) documentary.
Laura Albert managed to write several rather good, dark, twisted novels. For whatever reason, she felt the need to promote them as nonfiction, and created a living character (rather than just a pseudonym) to match. Somehow with a stand-in actor in a ridiculously obvious disguise, she managed to fool many people in the celebrity and literary world that JT Leroy actually existed, the books were based on various elements of his tragic, fvcked up life.So this delves deeper into her own reasons why she did this. She reveals herself to be a deeply insecure woman with a bizarre fascination with little boys being abused by (specifically) gay men. (Just my opinion but mad pedo vibes here). Her lack of self-awareness and narcissism is astounding. You get the impression she feels she’s doing a great job and that now people will understand why she felt the need to act out this completely loony plot. Holy Borderline Personality Disorder, batman!
This film is a weird one, with lots of twists and turns. Seeing the author, contrasted with her alter-ego (performed by her friend) in action casts certain elements of her books in a different light entirely. There’s so many hilariously cringey, odd moments here, and plenty of insight into the detached, weird world of celebrities.
Hopefully links will show up (I’ll try), because how often do you see a film about a literary hoax?
This was a fun watch. Try both of em.
He must really really need the money!!! He used to be a movie star lol
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