Wisconsin Film Festival 2009: Saturday
Posted by Erik W on Apr 5, 2009 2:47 AM
Mixed day for movies today:
I don't know what happened this year, but experimental nonsense movies seem to have crept their way into the Animations category this year. I had a difficult time staying awake during this first session of my day. Of the ones that didn't suck, were:
- Chicken of God: Funny little skit about a lucky chicken.
- The Beast That Swallows Its Young: A music video made from snippets of this student's real-life debt collection messages
- Sebastian's Voodoo: By far the best one in this series (pictured). The director managed to get me emotionally involved with a non-human character in less than 30 seconds
- Yard Work is Hard Work: Another music video about falling in love and living together, animated using parts of magazines. You could tell a very large amount of work was put into making it
Lake Tahoe (¿Te acuerdas de Lake Tahoe?)
A movie about a boy trying to fix his car that he crashed into a pole after learning that his father died. It was an alright movie... it's been growing on me the more I reflect upon it. Kinda Napoleon Dynamite-ish. Not in the sense of the humor, but the style of the storytelling. Not the typical story structure. It was a fun movie, but could have been edited a bit tighter.
Four different directors made short stories surrounding the four different definitions of 'Vogelfrel', all using the same character. A bland boring character that they never built up enough for me to care about. I also fell asleep near the end.
Ghajini (गजनी) - 2008 Version
Wow, wow, wow. What a film. I loved it. Ghajini comes from India's "Bollywood" (or whatever today's politically correct term is; as an Indian professor of mine pointed out that this word was offensive) I don't know how else to describe this except, "Action Musical". Like, imagine James Bond blowing up a building, kicking ass, taking names, then breaking into a musical number in a bright neon colored shirt. Yeah, that's now this
And I do have to applaud this movie, because it's the first action movie that I've seen in a long time that I've given any care to the characters whatsoever. (Unlike, for example: Transporter) Granted, they were fortunate enough to have 3 hours to do it in... which would never fly with an American action flick. (Transporter is just around 90 minutes) And those 3 hours flew by. There were no slow spots throughout the movie, and I'd totally watch it again, despite its over-the-top music and cinematography. And I mean, over-the-top.
(Also: Apparently this is mostly copied, and without credit, from Memento, which I never saw. I'm curious, though, if seeing it will change my opinion of this)
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