"Cowboys and Aliens" suffered from way too much plot.

More actual explosions, please.

That is all.

(side note... it is nice to see Harrison Ford being a cocky arrogant badass)
etakyma: (BandB Crumbling!)
( Jan. 3rd, 2011 05:53 pm)
Saw TRON: Legacy 3D on New Year's Day. I should explain that the original TRON came out when I was eleven years old. And whatever plot fails it has, I loved it -the whole idea of the Grid caught my imagination.

So, this new one, with a lot of the spirit of the original, less plot fail (although it has honking big plot HOLES), was never gonna be anything but a win for me. Loved the 3D bits, and the world building.

I loved Quorra - and couldn't figure out why she looked so familiar - she plays Thirteen on House! And while I found Sam kinda dumb (how the hell do you *think* Quorra can move off the Grid, moron?), I did like the way he chose to rebel, and the dive off the tower illustrated his devil-may-care reckless streak he needs in the Grid.

Clu was wonderfully creepy. As for the rest of the programs on the grid, we all knew doublecrossers get doublecrossed, so that was fairly satisfying.

I kinda want to see it again, but I think it can wait until its out on DVD (please do a director's cut! Please?).

Wish there was more Tron, though.

The world building was very satisfying. All in all I give it an A- because eve with the plot holes it was an exciting and satisfying movie to watch (gives new meaning to the phrase "ghost in the machine").
So, having seen "National Treasure" - and thought it was incredibly stupid, tried to watch the sequel last night. We lasted less than half an hour before we had to turn it off for sheer ridiculous premise. The first one was a terrible movie - good only for the excitement of the chase and in no way for the plot (hint: there is not one that makes any type of sense), terrible, terrible sequel.

We switched channels to see the last hour or so of 2001: A Space Odyssey which is always a pretty cool LSD trip without doing any pesky drugs. The "preview" of "2010" was kind of cool. Although we had to laugh at the technology of the day (green text screens, continual feed ribbon printers), and the ropes and pulleys they used to make people "float" through space.

I forgot how creepy and devoid of anything HAL's voice was. And how strange the movie was where it doesn't really tell you what the hell was going on, and then it just sort of stops. Not an end, a stop. The book is more forthcoming, and far more fascinating.

"Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?"
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( Jul. 3rd, 2009 09:30 pm)
So yeah, this isn't in wide release - only a few theatres are even showing this sci-fi thriller indie film. But if there is one near you, and you enjoy the sci-fi genre, see this movie. It shows the influences of 2001 A Space Odyssey pretty damned clearly. But it is well acted, well conceived, an worth seeing.

It doesn't break new ground. And yeah, you see a lot of it coming, but mostly because it is a thinky film, and the storytelling, while not going to new and exciting places, does go somewhere worth going, and slowly enough that it builds to a satisfying conclusion. Sam Rockwell must have taken one look at the script and said "sign me up for that!" as an actor he must have found the character "Sam" one hell of a meaty role to play. The character's journey is fascinating to watch. I wish the little theatre we saw it in had a bigger screen, because I lost some of the things typed into the computer screens just because it was a little too small (which in no way detracted significantly from my viewing, and I did follow well enough to get the gist).

I first heard about this movie back in March (his journal entry from March 9, 2009) when Neil Gaiman blogged about it on his journal. He saw it because he knows the director, Duncan Jones... I thought to myself - hello, I went to college with a Duncan Jones... Same Duncan Jones? Possibly not, the boy had changed his name before. But yes! Same Duncan Jones, after all. Huh. He conceived the story and directed the movie, and a damned good job he did, too. I had a playwriting class with him in college, and his scriptwriting was always more for film than theatre. So it does NOT surprise me that he went into film after school. I knew he'd go into the movie business somehow.

Well, in his first feature film, he does an amazing job. Surrounded by amazing talent. Kevin Spacey as the voice of GERTY is by turns creepy as fuck, and comforting as well. The interface GERTY uses to show expression is at once amusing and sad. It is difficult to say more about the movie without giving the whole thing away, and since part of the pleasure is in watching the story unfold, I think I'll leave it there.


A solid B+. See it if it comes your way. And will go onto the "to be owned" list, since I feel like I could get more out of it on a second or third showing.
**I saw the 3D UP! last weekend. What a surprisingly lovely movie! I loved Carl and his grumpy-ness. I loved Dug and his obsession with squirrels (one thought... does the South American Jungle have squirrels? How does the Dog Militia know what one is, and that they are awesome to chase?) I love the Wilderness Scout (Russell? Randall? Reynolds?). And Kevin is also a wonderful character. Well done Pixar!

This movie has a love hate relationship with gravity. It is only useful when it is USEFUL if you understand what I am saying. And yes, we all cried at various points. The sniffles in the nearly full theatre were pretty epic.

**Saw the PBS Great Performances "Chess in Concert" on Thursday night. Awesome! Tim Rice did preface the show by saying he thinks they've finally worked out a throughline story that works the best. It has good points, bad points, and parts that were fucking AWESOME. Yes, Josh Grobin cannot act. We know this. However, he does have a gorgeous voice, and was perfect as Anatoly, since he didn't have to do much more than put genuine feeling into the music, he did quite well. Adam Pascal as Freddie was also incredibly well cast - his brash, bold, "Fuck you" attitude as the Ugly American was pitch perfect. Idina Menzel as Florence did well. I wish she had enunciated a little more, because we lost some of her words in the duets, trios and quartets. The man who played the Arbiter was suitably creepy and MIB-like. But one of the stand out performances was for the woman playing Svetlana - she was amazing, even though we don't even meet her until Act Two. "Someone Else's Story," "I Know Him So Well," and "Anthem" were my favorites, followed up with "Nobody's Side," "Pity the Child," and "The Arbiter."

Really really well done, even the bits that don't *quite* work, plot-wise. I loved the whole duality that the minimal set and costuming punched up. Black and white. I also liked the ballet bits of the chess matches. I will be watching it again, for sure.

**Tonight Gwen and I went to see Cadence at TCAN - a Toronto-based a cappella quartet. So much fun! The guy who was the bass/percussion for most of the performance was amazing. The new tenor to the group also quite musical - as a number of their arrangements were done by him. They sort of mimic the tones of instruments - horns, strings, percussion. And they seem to specialize in jazzy music from all musical eras of the twentieth century. And they are incredibly funny. I think I loved the "noir" bits the best. One note guys - "On the Street Where You Live" is NOT a jazz standard. I mean it may be a jazz favorite, I don't know, but it is originally from My Fair Lady and is a MUSICAL THEATRE standard. Lerner and Loewe. 1956. Ring a bell? So there.

I do love their Web site tag line... "Instruments are for Surgeons." LOL! It doesn't sound like they need instruments - they take care of all of that vocally. Awesome - I recommend seeing them if you ever get the chance.
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( Mar. 12th, 2009 03:16 pm)
What I can say with no spoilers is this:

Lot gorier than I expected (way more blood and guts). Also a lot more OMG!NAKED than I was expecting, and we got a lot more NAKED!GUY than NAKED!GIRL which was a nice change from the mainstream.

Also - going to the movies on a Wednesday night FOR THE WIN!!! Only about twenty-twenty five people shared the experience.

spoilers spoilers spoilers... you have been warned! )
Run, don't walk, to see this movie. In 3D.

spoilers here, beware! )

Not a spoiler - if you do see the 3D version (which I totally recommend - worth the $2 surcharge) stay until the very end of the credits for a final visual effect. And the 3D is throughout the movie - so keep the glasses on full time.

I totally want to see it again, just to bask. One to own the special edition of with hopefully the making of footage. Nearly perfect - I give it a solid A
This was a netflix movie of Gwen's we watched on Sunday. Starring Keri Russell as a waitress in a small, quirky diner, in a small quirky town, with small quirky people, that specializes in pies. Breakfast pies, savory pies, sweet pies of all flavors. She creates a special pie-of-the-day every day. She is in a loveless abusive marriage, which she has plans to escape from. Then she finds out she is pregnant, and fears she will never get away from her husband. She falls into a not-quite believable adulterous romance with her (married) obstetrician.

The writer/director and co-star, Adrienne Shelley was murdered shortly before the film was completed and released. Which is sort of grim trivia, as trivia goes.

It ends up sort of happily enough though, because it is more the story of a woman learning to be her own savior, learning she is strong and independent and capable of being more and doing more. It is about white knights, and finding you don't actually need to wait around for them. It is a simply told, but rather lovely story about self, and finding your own truth. It is only peripherally about pie, waitressing, and pregnancy.

The best part of the movie is Andy Griffith playing "old Joe" who is old and crochity, but none the less has a bit of a soft spot for Jenna, our pregnant waitress. He steals every scene he is in (Old Joe: [after reading a news column about a woman contemplating suicide] Oh I love living vicariously through the pain and suffering of others.). What a riot.

Quirky and endearing, but not earth-shakingly spectacular, I give it a solid B.
The Bucket List - funny, sad, sweet. The best part of the movie is the developing friendship between Carter and Edward. They bond in the hospital, and take off for a 'round the world jaunt when they are both given a limited time to live. Do all the things they want to do before they kick the bucket.

Really fine fine movie - if a little cliche. It's pace is a slow build, which suits it very well. And I love the Sean Hayes character ("is it Thomas or Tommy?" "It's Matthew, actually. He thought that was too biblical.") who goes with them and stays on the fringes facilitating everything. And you get the feeling that whatever they may say to each other's faces, Edward likes his assistant, and his assistant is rather fond of him. And Edward only changed the names of the people he thought enough to think highly of.

The ending is inevitable. We are told at the beginning of the movie they are terminal, and their life expectancy is limited. However, getting there is a hell of a wild ride. Well worth seeing. B+. On the list of movies to own someday.

I Am Legend is based on an old pulp horror novel from the fifties. It has spawned a number of films and adaptations. Spare of dialogue for the first hour of the movie, we get most of what we know through flashbacks and narrated vlog entries. We find out that Neville is the last remaining human in the entire city of New York unchanged by the pandemic that decimated the world. He has a dog that keeps him slightly sane. The only time the madness seems to slip away from him is in his laboratory working on a cure for the disease. And it really comes home when it has become apparent he's set up store mannequins all over the streets of New York just to have "people" to talk to (the flirtation with the female mannequin in the video store is creepy, but in a few sentences illustrates the desperation he has just to *talk* to someone).

We are presented with several assumptions - because Neville can only surmise from observation any of the changed. They lose all pigmentation - their skins have turned pasty white. They've lost the ability to reason. All higher functions but instinct have fled. They lose all their hair. They cannot stand to be touched by sunlight. They are little more than ravening hordes with no humanity left. They are creatures of instinct, and while they might huddle together in groups he calls a "hive" - likening it to insects. And while it is touted a "zombie" movie, I'm not so sure it doesn't stretch that a little too far.

One by one, subtly, these assumptions are either proved or disproved through the course of the movie. Will Smith does an amazing job walking the sanity tightrope here - there are times he is crazed and has to visibly pull himself back from the brink. It seems the hardest scene in the movie for an actor - as well as the hardest one to watch for the audience, is the scene with the dog. If you've seen the movie you know what I am talking about. If you have not, I'm not spoiling it for you.

I knew what to expect here because my mom and dad saw this movie several months ago and this was the scene that hit my mom the hardest so she talked about it to me. But it was the hardest scene to watch, and it was all down to Will Smith's superb acting and the subtleties of his facial expression. Absolutely mesmerizing.

A- but hard to watch. I'm glad I saw it, but am not likely to want to own it.
So I saw Mamma Mia! on Christmas eve. My folks had rented it and since I was there for dinner I stayed probably a lot later than I should have to view the movie with them. First impression? Gorgeous place - want to go there! Also, hey Meryl Streep isn't a *bad* singer. And Pierce Brosnan is awful. At singing. He did everything else quite well, and was certainly the right guy for everything else but the singing. But you must give the man props for actually stepping out of the comfort zone to take part in this bubbly prety movie.

Ridiculous plot - but c'mon, it was loosely cobbled together to string the ABBA music together anyway - so that they have *any* plot is amazing. Roughly, for those that *don't* know, girl is getting married. She wants her father to give her away at the wedding. Problem: she doesn't know who her father is. Steals her mother's diary and finds she's got three possible fathers, so she invites them all to the wedding.

Implausible plot device one: they all accept and fly/sail/motorbike to the remote greek island she and her mother live on.

And really, that's all you need to know. The guys dancing along the pier in flippers is a high light. As is the trio of Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski as best buddies from way back. Christine is obviously the most comfortable in her dancing shoes in this role. Julie and Meryl keep up, but the economy of motion and incredible control show who the dancer of the three of them are.

The kids who play Sky and Sophie are the stand outs. Terrific movie for a good time, but don't expect the meaning of life. Solid B.

Recently also saw the 2006 movie Lonely Hearts, which is a grim grim grim tale. It is based on a true story from the forties - a guy who cons war widows out of all their money and the woman he hooks up with who keeps him under her thumb with kinky sex - and murder. Can't forget the murder.

Selma Hayek and Jared Leto play the psychotic couple, and James Gandolfini and John Travolta are the cops pursuing them. The whole tale is narrated by the James Gandolfini character - and he has after-the-fact perspective on the whole thing, which is effective. Selma Hayek was wonderful in her controlled deranged state, but the creepy on-the-edge Jared Leto character steals the show. I had to look him up on IMDB because I knew I'd seen him before, I just didn't know where exactly. He does an amazing "intense" - and it seems like something a lot of the roles he takes have in common - they are all very intense in incredibly diverse ways. So while the movie is in no way an upper, it is worth seeing for the acting in it. Solid B+.

Other stuff - got a holiday package from [livejournal.com profile] conjured_1! Thanks BB! Yummy! Also, got a holiday card from my boss with gift card enclosed! Awesome! Also Unexpected!

Other news - Kudos to the US Post Office - which lost an Amazon package last week during the blizzard, but between me contacting Amazon to have a duplicate shipped, and contacting the post office to see if they could locate the so-called "delivered" package, I talked to a very nice guy in the deliveries department who said he'd check with the driver, but there was little chance of the package showing up unless it had been delivered to the wrong address and the people there turn it in as astray.

Well, this morning the package must have turned up, because it was delivered! Along with a bill that hadn't been delivered either - so I'm thinking it was left on the truck for a week. But hooray! I can give Gwen her holiday gift before 2009!

Other random - I'm on Facebook... so are a lot of people I know in real life. Someone I grew up with has posted our second grade class picture - me in all my pigtailed glory. *facepalm* thanks... i think.

And for those who are participating in a scavenger hunt, your clue is here.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street:

From the opening credits it is obvious this is a Tim Burton production. Although, nice use of overture to “follow the blood” into the sewers. Charming imagery! What the hell did they use for blood? It looks thick - like oil or syrup. Ewww.

I miss the opening song! One of my favorites – and they cut it. No "Demon Barber of Fleet Street" - I know why they cut it. But still. :(

Huh. It really is the cast of Harry Potter do Sweeney Todd. Good lord!

The scene with his blades is wonderfully creepy. Although can I be a total theatre bitch for a moment? I wish they had cast actual SINGERS. Because Johnny Depp is no kind of singer, and it is distracting hearing him reach and strain and not quite get there. Annoying! He does deranged very well, but when the part calls for near operatic ability and he has a more growly voice. And Helena Bonham Carter is no Patti Lupone – or Angela Lansbury – both who have played Mrs Lovett.

It would be more believable if Joanna were singing in an OPEN window – I know why they chose to put her behind glass, but would Anthony really hear her light little voice from the street?

But they cut most of Lucy’s part! Just a deranged street woman, instead of a deranged prostitute?

The kid they got to play Toby certainly can sing. Wish they cast the others with that same consideration.

I also don’t like the rushed feel of this. Aw – they shortened Have a Little Priest! Best song in the show and we're missing about three quarters of it. Sad.

Although I gotta say, while she’s no singer, Helena Bonham Carter does deranged very well (anyone who has seen the Harry Potter movies could tell you that).

It is never more apparent that these people are not singers than the duets. When they are singing at cross purposes, we lose all the words as she gets breathy and he gets growly. Damnit. The

I do not understand why it got so many damn awards. And they never finish the loop with the lovers – the last bit of the play is them running off together. All in all – visually lovely, costumes wonderful, musically so-so, and otherwise, can miss. Buy a ticket to the live theatre sometime – it is a much more satisfying experience.

A C+
So Gwen and I went to the movies yesterday afternoon. We go pretty rarely, because OMG expensive! Even for a matinee, it is expensive. Anyway, I have a grand love for the original movie (made in the late 1930s) that was based on a play of the same name by Clare Booth Luce (on Broadway in 1937) - also something I love - and acted in several years ago for a local community theatre company.

So I know the story quite well. I love the story. And they did an AMAZING job with this updated version by Diane English. She did use several hunks of dialogue from the play - and it is amazing how it translates as well today as it did then.

One thing about the original movie is that all of the characters that show up in the movie are women - or female (all the dogs/horses used were female as well). This is something they kept true to in the update.

Every person wandering down the street, getting a taxi, in the stores, in the restaurants were women. Wholly, without exception, all of them women.

The casting is brilliant. And the journey of friendship is way stronger in this version than it is in the original. And it is the strength of that friendship that makes the movie. Mary is betrayed, not just by her husband, but in a different way by her best friend. It is the friend's betrayal that cuts her deeper, and it is her friend's betrayal she forgives first. The journey to independence and strength is better thought out, less "surface."

Love the way they changed the Molly-Mary dynamic to have Sylvie step in and be the "aunt" that Molly can confide in and ask questions about. Jada Pinkett Smith does an amazing job as Alex (an updated Nancy in the original) - their wonderful lesbian author friend. In the original Nancy describes herself as a "frozen asset" and it is never expressly stated, but reading between the lines it is pretty clear she is supposed to be gay - but in the 1930's "spinster" is the closest you can approach to that subject. Today, Alex is out, loud and proud. And also perved a little on Crystal when Mary's friends went to check her out. I didn't know Jada could do such broad comedy - physical, not slapstick, but also turn around and be incredibly subtle.

Debra Messing as Edie, the one who is perpetually pregnant was wonderful - and the birthing scene is one of the funniest in the movie. Annette Benning was perfect as Sylvie, Candice Bergen was a great choice for Mary's mother, and Meg Ryan did a terrific job as Mary - and making Mary a capable woman in her own right.

Debi Mazar as the manicurist, and Eva Mendez as Crystal Allen (aka the Other Woman) round out the cast.

So many cameos that were pitch perfect. Bette Midler as the "countess," Carrie Fisher as the gossip reporter, Joanna Gleason as a society matron. Well done, everyone! I recommend everyone see this - preferrably with your best female friends. Really fine update. True to the spirit of the original.

On the list to own.
Did we go into the city and pub-hop? Did we take in a tour of the Guinness Storehouse? Did we tour Dublin Castle, or wander freely through the lush countryside?

No to all of those things.

It was raining. We were tired. So we went to the Mall and a Movie.

We saw the terrible (but still embarrassingly funny) "Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging." Based on a couple of books (the first with the unlikely title "Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging"). Yes, this fourteen year old girl was pretty much a complete disaster as a fourteen year old girl. I cringed through the first hour and a half. The last thirty minutes weren't bad, and it ends pretty perfectly (and rather predictably).

But unless you are a tween yourself, a lot of this will seem completely ridiculous, over the top, and cringe-worthy. And also, we've all done shit like this and don't really want to relive these awkward dreadful moments of time. But there were some funny bits - she goes to a costume party as a stuffed olive. Actually, a fairly good costume (if a completely horrible choice of a costume to wear to party where there'd be BOYS).

The self tanning scene, the self hair dye scene, the bit with trying to pluck her eyebrows. Yeah, all of that seemed a bit too familiar (in my own case it was an unadvised incident with Nair when I was about fifteen - but I was the only witness to that particular debacle, and let me tell you it scarred me for life). Never tried the hair dye thing, the promise chemicals kind of freak me out.

Big message of the movie? Be yourself. As much of a disaster you may or may not be, you are good enough. So yeah, rent it on a day you need something fluffly, light and shallow. Because Georgia and her (wacky, weird) friends are good for a laugh. And the cat that played Angus (yes, Angus was the cat) was the most patient animal I've ever seen on screen.
I spent the holiday weekend *immersed* in family. Thanksgiving was lovely. Found out I have a new niece or nephew on the way (which I believe I posted about on Thanksgiving itself). Spoke with my uncle and cousins at length about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They all seem to be doing very well.

My birthday celebration was small - and filled with wee relatives playing endlessly with blocks, hide-and-go-seek, and romping merrily on the beds my parents bought for the girls so they can Stay Over at Grandma and Grandpa's. G very gleefully whispered The Secret to me (mommy's going to have a baby!) as we built wonderful things with the colored blocks and the plain wooden oak blocks. B brought the bear she built at build-a-bear-workshop and kept making it sing the birthday song at me. It was a little odd that a mottled pink bear with embroidered butterflies burst out with the tinny deep man's voice chanting "happy birthday" to scratchy music.

M and K and the kids gave me a lovely wind chime. My parents started the fund for the serger I want to get for myself (it is a five thread overlock machine). Gwen gave me a hand-made bracelet (very pretty) and later we went to the movies and saw "Enchanted."

This movie is so cute! A very fluffy film geared towards kids, but that adults will enjoy because it has all the best disney-princess cliches without going too far into meanness. It starts off animated (hand drawn animated!) and the wicked queen sends the princess-to-be to "where there are no happily ever afters" - also known as Times Square, NY. And there all turn into live people (of course). The music and lyrics were written by Alan Menkin and Stephen Schwartz - both brilliant in their own rights. The foppish prince was delightfully played by James Marsden (who we last saw in Hairspray, but is most widely known for his work in the X-Men movies as Cyclops).

And YouTube has a number of the musical numbers... my favorite is the Central Park scene, because it is just so perfect. Here: That's How You Know

All in all, it was a delightful day.

Now I am gearing up for my eight-day stay in Vancouver. I'll leave tomorrow and be home December 7th. But no worries! I'll be online almost all the time!
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( Jul. 19th, 2007 01:50 pm)
Last night Gwen's Netflix was "House of Flying Daggers" which is billed as a action/romance. Um. Right. It starts off with the prologue making it sound like Robin Hood, but we quickly learn it is more "Romeo and Juliet." Or even "Pyramus and Thisbe."

The movie is visually stunning, even if the subtitles were trite (sure hope that in the original Chinese it had more to recommend it), and Gwen and I tended to MST the story. The costumes were also quite wonderful, and alas! the martial arts sequences were not quite as wonderful as other movies in this genre (crouching tiger... and Hero).

We joked that the fight scenes were choreographed by Busby Berkeley - instead of showgirls we got the male Asian warriors, but really, same dif. The movie also took us through all the seasons of the year in about four days, so woo! for the magic of timetravel. I liked the shots in amongst the bamboo forest, but the number of warriors in the trees (relatively few - maybe fifteen?) and the number of fresh bamboo spears thrown at our couple (i don't know, maybe a hundred?) did not match unless they were pulling the spears from a pocket dimension where they were already stripped of leaves and ready to fly.

Mei lost bits of her clothing, most notably her shoulder coverings, far too easily. I know this was placed in ancient China, and perhaps that was like showing ankles in Victorian England, but all I could think was, gosh, she looks cold.

The one love scene (after many starts and stops with two different paramours, no less) was in the middle of a field of ripened hay, or other such long grasses and all we could think was "ITCHY!"

And not a few hours later that same field is buried in about six inches of snow, so we get the contrast of blood on snow for the last fight scene.

One thing that is never answered is that the House of Flying Daggers has laid a trap for a general - does the trap get sprung? Did the House get wiped out? Are all the people in the green dresses female? How did they get into the bamboo forest ahead of Mei and Jin? Who is minding the store at the Peony Pavilion?

So yeah - worth it to watch for the cinematography, but if you can, lose the subtitles and watch it in the original Chinese. You will have a much better viewing experience, and making up what they are saying is far more rewarding than the actual translation.
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( Jul. 9th, 2007 04:06 pm)
This weekend was good, and it kinda sucked to be waking up and coming to work this morning. I finished a project for ZZ and shipped it off to her this morning. Had lunch yesterday with the [livejournal.com profile] hp_boston crowd. Thanks, ladies for a lovely afternoon!

And then Gwen and I watched "Pan's Labyrinth." Wow. Visually *stunning* and strange and weird, and just scrumptious. It was perhaps a little more violent in bits than I was comfortable with. Ofilia's step father should have been put down long before the movie began, as bug-fuck crazy as he was. We kinda knew where it was going long before it got there, but it was billed as a fairy tale for adults, even if the heroine was a ten year old girl. It was intriguing enough that the only times I was reminded it was subtitled was when I didn't want to see the torture (by which I mean the way-liberal use of blood) going on but still wanted to read what they were saying.

Well done. Although I am not sure why the director felt he needed to add a "director's notes" prologue where he confessed that he loved this project, sweat blood for this project, lost a lot of weight with this project, and hoped we, as audience, ended up loving it as much as he had for years.

I particularly liked the mesh of the "real" world and the "fantasy" world - and the use of the quality of light for each. Well worth seeing. Going on the "to be owned" list.


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