Just watched a really good Korean movie from 2005 called Antarctic Journal. It wasn’t a fast-paced action-packed movie, but it kept my interest for two whole hours! It’s about a Korean expedition of 6 men who are trying to reach the Point of Inaccessibility (POI) in Antarctica. It’s a psychological drama, and we see how the men react differently to the stresses of the environment and all of that. Very good scenery.
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I saw the movie Bernie last weekend, starring Jack Black, plus Shirley MacClaine and Matthew McConaughey. Jack Black is so fantastic in this. It’s a dark comedy, but everybody in the theater was laughing out loud. The interviews with town residents are hilarious. Everybody should go see this movie, based on a true story!
This was a quite interesting movie. It’s Japanese, from 2011. The main character is a weak-willed fish-shop owner whose life gets entangled with a serial killer’s life. The man is totally helpless against the killer’s strong, domineering personality, and becomes an unwilling accomplice to several murders.
If you like tropical fish there are some pretty specimens in the movie. Also, because I have a twisted sense of humor, a “blood wrestling” scene near the end of the film that I thought was quite funny, although I don’t know if it was supposed to be.
Don’t remember seeing Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives? That’s because this gem was straight-to-video! Sort of like an homage to sexploitation films of the 70’s, this revenge flick features transexuals/transvestites/drag queens. The acting and dialogue aren’t the best, and there are some holes in the story, but there are some great one-liners and the costumes are nice. If you aren’t easily offended and want to watch something just for fun, you should try this.
While stuck at home today because of the rain I watched a very bad movie on Netflix: The Shrine (2010).
It supposedly takes place in Poland so I thought it was a foreign film but it’s American. Three Americans, a journalist, her boyfriend, and a female intern go to Poland to investigate the disappearance of a college student/backpacker. The two women gaze upon this evil statue that is eternally shrouded in fog. The locals capture them, and kill the intern in a strange ritual. They are about to kill the journalist but her boyfriend rescues her. As they try to escape she turns into a demon because anyone who gazes upon the statue turns into a demon thing. Makeup was similar to the Exorcist but without the pea soup. So the locals, and with the help of the boyfriend, kill her. Then the next day when he is about to leave the town he asked a local, what is that statue? And the local says, it’s a curse from long ago that can’t be lifted. THAT’S IT?? That’s all the explanation I get? I sat through 84 minutes of bad props and makeup and dialog and Polish accents and acting and that’s it? Damnit!
This movie was awesome. I loved it. A vampire movie that is more about the relationships between people than about a blood bath. A 12 year old boy, who is bullied at school, befriends a girl that moved into the apartment next to him. As their relationship progresses, and he finally learns that she is a vampire, he kind of provokes her a bit to see what her limits are, but aside from that accepts her for who she is.
I watched the 2008 Swedish (original) version directed by Tomas Alfredson, which is based on the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. I now have to buy the book. I don’t normally like movies based on books, but this one was good. I probably would have enjoyed it even if I had read the book first.
I read the book synopsis on Wikipedia and learned that there is a lot more backstory in the book than in the movie. For instance, the vampire asks the boy if he would like her even if she wasn’t a girl. I assumed she meant that she was a vampire, not a true girl anymore that could grow up. But apparently in the book the vampire is actually a boy that was castrated before being turned into a vampire. They also don’t delve deeply into the relationships between any of the adults and the children, which seems to be more important in the book. So now I must buy it!