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Juan of the Dead (Juan de los Muertos) (2011)

Posted in movies with tags , , on October 29, 2012 by adam

Juan of the Dead arrived with the first batch of 31FoT-eligible DVDs I got from Netflix this month. It’s been sitting in a drawer for four weeks because the missus and I have been trying to coordinate a movie night with our neighbors, who are incidentally way too fucking cool for us. They do stuff like produce documentaries and paint murals when they get bored. When we get bored we watch Glee. They’re both bilingual in English and Spanish (Of course they are.) so I thought maybe they’d dig a Spanish language movie. Also I was hoping to find out just how hard the global subtitle conspiracy is fucking over unwitting American audiences. Continue reading

Thirst (Bakjwi) (2009)

Posted in movies with tags , , on October 28, 2012 by adam

It’s like foreign film week around here, eh? I might even add one more before I’m done. INSANITY. Today’s entry is Thirst, the second 2012 Flavor from Korea. It comes from writer-director Park Chan-wook, otherwise known as the only South Korean other than PSY anyone has ever heard of. You have my word as a gentleman I will not make any “Gangnam Style” jokes. Mainly because I wouldn’t have any idea how to go about doing that, aside from saying Gangnam Style over and over.

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Posted in movies with tags , , , on October 27, 2012 by adam

Well drat.

Today was supposed to be the fourth and final theatrical viewing for this year’s Flavors but fate and my own stupidity conspired against me. Last week I bought a ticket for Paranormal Craptivity five days in advance, I guess fearing the 5:35 showing would sell out. In a haze of utter exhaustion, I went to the wrong damn theater in the wrong damn borough. I had to buy another ticket, wasting the one I already spent $17.50 on. I called the first theater the next day and asked if I could see a showing of Silent Hill: Revelation the following Friday instead. To my amazement, they said sure. I just had to show the manager my unused ticket and they’d let me in. Awesome, right? Continue reading

Lake Mungo (2008)

Posted in movies with tags , , , on October 14, 2012 by adam

Hey. It’s me. Can we talk? I need to explain something.

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Frontiers (2007)

Posted in movies with tags , , on October 27, 2011 by adam

What exactly is the problem with polygamy? Obviously coercing young girls into being the seventh wife of a syphilitic octogenarian cult leader is a bad thing and anybody who does that should have Africanized bees injected into their scrotums. Coercing people into doing anything is bad. But three or more adults, voluntarily entering into a committed, multi-partner relationship? That’s like a Venn diagram of love and math is never wrong.

I always enjoyed that aspect of Big Love, the justification for having more than two parents in a family. Not the one involving Joseph Smith’s magic glasses and God telling Mormons that a man rules his family and should own a harem of baby machines to praise his name. That is fucking insane. Continue reading

TrollHunter (2010)

Posted in movies with tags , , on October 6, 2011 by adam

America has the myth of the Sasquatch, Eastern Europe gave us vampires, and zombies are generally thought to come from Haiti by way of West Africa. But did you know that humble Norway lays claim to its own well-known, homegrown monster? The troll, versatile staple of fantasy worlds from Middle Earth to Harry Potter’s England, originated in Norse mythology. More than just a bit player in a pantheon of monsters, the troll has for centuries occupied a central position as the preeminent Scandinavian bandersnatch. (Thank you, word of the day!) With that in mind it’s surprising it took this long for a Norwegian production company to put together enough financing to build a movie that would appeal to fanatical western genre audiences. Fortunately 2010’s TrollHunter (Trolljegeren) fills that void rather nicely, combining impressive visuals with decent if imperfect found footage framing. Somewhere in Italy, Claudio Fragasso is sharpening his pencil and biding his time.

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Dead Snow (2009)

Posted in movies with tags , on October 7, 2010 by adam

Some zombie movies spend a significant chunk of screen time explaining the origin of the infection. For example, the do-gooder animal activists releasing rage-infected primates at the beginning of 28 Days Later, or all those nudist aliens in Night of the Creeps. Most others, like the original Night of the Living Dead, make at least a passing reference to possible causes of a given outbreak, even if the focus is primarily on the survivors’ story. Dead Snow wastes precisely no time explaining how a group of evil German soldiers managed to get all zombified. Even though my favorite part of a zombie tale is generally the back story and the early stages of the epidemic, Dead Snow doesn’t suffer much for the omission. Continue reading