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Written By: frenchy on January 25, 2012 No Comment

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Yup, I’m ready! Got me crew badge and me tickets. Tickets got all Hi-Techie this year: volunteer tickets are encoded on the crew badge (losing it would really be an interesting test of the festival’s contingency planning..). The normal tickets can now be printed as e-tickets. One ticket per page, so you know the festival’s giving a big fuck about the environment, heheh..

Oh well, like every year: bring on the weird East Ukranian hopscotch on trance music film, the quiet and violent seamstress-in-agony film from Japan, the meaningless, artsy-wannabe-snarky US Indie film, the Argentinian horse-humping violinist with a Heart Of Gold story, the Saga of the Lost Tribe of Indians in Scotland and many, many more!
Now, where did I put the valium and the meth? And the vicodin? And the chocolate?
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Written By: frenchy on January 31, 2011 No Comment

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Movie: El Sicario Room 164 (Gianfranco Rosi, France, 2010, 84 min.) imdb link

Date: Jan 30, 2011

Rating: ★★★☆☆
(a very simple Interview with a Repentant Killer. Not a movie, more a document )

Plot: An interview with a Mexican corrupt police officer who worked for the drug lords. We get a detailed explanation of how the business is run and how he was recruited in his early teens.


Cast: N/A


Visuals: Basic setup: the killer with his scarf covering his face and his notebook. Some shots of Mexico.


Conclusion: Good documentary; nothing else matters than the story that’s been told. The story itself is scary enough to keep you focused, even though the killer’s style of telling his story can be a bit boring.

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Written By: frenchy on January 31, 2011 One Comment

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Movie: Parked (Darragh Byrne, Ireland, Finland, 2011, 90 min.) imdb link

Date: Jan 30, 2011

Rating: ★★★★☆
(it’s predictable and feelgood as hell, but still, it worked for me. It’s the Age Thing, I guess ;) )

Plot: A man returns to Ireland with his car as his temporary home; he parks it a parking spot near the beach and lives his life struggling to get to a grip on his life. Then he meets a new neighbor, a junkie.


Cast: Colm Meaney imdb link, our ship’s engineer from Star Trek TNG, has a great time portraying the main character. Colin Morgan imdb link as the troubled junkie also delivers a nice performance.


Visuals: Ireland coast, nice shots of the beach side. Great scenes at the sports center and some very nice close-up shots.


Conclusion: This story is feel-good cheesy as hell, utterly predictable (except for one part of the ending): man is lost and finds his way with the help of another man who’s lost.
But the movie still works for me, I don’t know how but somehow the whole story’s handled in a way that’s very entertaining and even moving.

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Written By: frenchy on January 30, 2011 No Comment

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Movie: 13 Assassins (Miike Takashi, Japan, 2010, 121 min.) imdb link

Date: Jan 29, 2011

Rating: ★★★☆☆
(Bloody Hell!! Literally, wow! )

Plot: Ehm, guess? Samurai movie about 13 assassins planning to get rid of the Shogun’s deranged brother. But he’s protected by a large security force and our heroes/assassins have to set up the perfect trap.


Cast: Excellent cast and casting.


Visuals: A thirty+ minute confrontation/kill scene at the end with all kinds of fast editing and blurry effects. Some nice scenery shots too.


Conclusion: There’s lots of blood, something you can often expect from this director, but in this movie it almost seems to be displayed in a restrained manner. Almost.
Great fun, great action, classic samurai movie.

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Written By: frenchy on January 30, 2011 No Comment

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Movie: Virgin Goat (Murali Nair, India, 2010, 87 min.)

Date: Jan 29, 2011

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
(ehm, started interesting, went to bizarre, surreal and ended in WTF?!?)

Plot: A goat herder sold most of his animals to pay for his daughter’s dowry. Now he only has one goat left and he treats her like his greatest prize. But the prize hasn’t delivered yet, she needs to get in heat to deliver the herder some new offspring. When this finally happens, the goat herder has to go on a journey crossing many obstacles on his way.


Cast: Nothing special, although the lead character does pull off the total mental disruption quite nicely.


Visuals: The opening titles: so very frackin’ beautiful! Some scenes and shots were very beautiful and impressive.


Conclusion: So, it’s all about obsession driving you to new levels of madness. Fine. The first part of the movie was interesting and pleasantly absurd sometimes. But after a while the brakes go off and everything spirals into the surreal, the bizarre and the WTF?
Not only What TF, but also Why TF? Why does the story have to become weirder than the lead character’s mental implosion?
Oh well..

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