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2011.09.09 - What Does Horror Mean To You? at Brutal As Hell
I am starting to write this article right after I just finished watching Dario Argento?s Stendhal Syndrome for the third time in about two years. I am fascinated by it because it is likely Argento?s last good/great film (Dracula 3D doesn?t look very promising so far), and because surprisingly, what disturbs me the most is the brutality of the film and that Dario put his own daughter Asia at the center of it. Talk about a Freudian setup. Additionally, the movie is gorgeous. Yes, its use of digital effects is very crude, even for the time, but the film is otherwise very polished in the greatest Argento tradition. I appreciate that. I also appreciate Asia greatly....
2011.08.25 - Not Quite Hollywood review at Brutal As Hell
Documentaries about films are a tricky affair. Either they have to be about an incredible film, or the documentary itself has to be cool and uncover little known nuggets about a cult classic, or they have to paint an epic movement and give you tons of information, references, and cool interviews. Not Quite Hollywood is of the latter kind, but unlike the recent American Grindhouse, it manages to pile on so much energy, laughs, outrageous interviews and cool film bits...
The lesser of all Indiana Jones with visual effects that are noticeably worse than the previous installments and also more prevalent, and writing that tries to fit in too many silly jokes in a story that could have been treated more seriously. There is also a sense that Physics are completely wack in this film compared to others. I know it's fantasy, but still, it degrades the "powers" of the hero when things are so unbelievable that one's expected suspension of disbelief fails to overcome shoddy editing or continuity. This happens repeatedly in this film and i find it quite annoying.
A classic action fare from the 80's with great macho performances from the whole cast, great writing and an immersive jungle world. The Predator character was pretty much instantly iconic, through its character traits and design, very much like the Alien for example. John McTiernan, after the small scale but effective
The first film is a total classic. This sequel is definitely not as good, but it nevertheless has certain charms. Arnold is still so charismatic, Olivia d'Abo is super cute, and Grace Jones packs one hell of a punch. But aside from the nostalgia factor, there is really not much else in favor of this installment.
A classic film about Cinema, wonderful characters and environment throughout. This film is warm, personal, yet epic. Only quibble is that the director's cut, which is expected to better reflect Giuseppe Tornatore's original vision, ends up being overdrawn which makes the film lose its intended focus i believe.