Otto; or, Up with Dead People, 94 min., Capitol Theatre.
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, 90 min., Greater Union Cinemas.
Persepolis, 95 min., Greater Union Cinemas.
Gomorrah, 135 min., Greater Union Cinemas.
[REC], 79 min,. Greater Union Cinemas.
I'm feeling rather lazy today. The festival is over and, whilst it's been really great seeing so many films that I might not have seen otherwise, it's been rather exhausting living on four hours sleep a night and not eating well or enough. Considering this, my impressions of the films are going to be even briefer than usual.
Otto I loved, maybe a little too much considering the content and style of film. It was almost like glorified student film at times, however, the film never really took itself seriously and therefore I can forgive it its many shortcomings. C'mon, in how many films can you see someone having intercourse with an open wound? Exactly. If you're after a gay zombie student protest porno, this is definitely the film for you. If you can't stomach fake guts and good/bad cinema, leave now.
Jack Brooks held such promise for me when it started. It was a funny, clever send-up of the usual monster film with quite good special effects. It also had Robert Englund! I know, can you believe it? It just missed something in the middle somewhere, though. It didn't quite follow through with the promises it made to me, and now I feel like a jilted lover.
Perspolis: excellent animated film for adults about war, cultural identity, racism, and coming of age. Quite funny and poignant.
Gomorrah is a film that I know I should have liked but didn't because it was really long and I was feeling sick. I should watch it again before I make a final impression. Everyone else loved the film and most people that saw it hate men now.
[REC] is the first truly great horror film I've seen in a long, long time. My only complaint is its brevity. It had no score or instrumental soundtrack, and relied solely on suspense and visuals to scare the audience and it did so exceptionally well. Imagine an horror film in a cinema: the audience would be your stock-standard horror audience who would probably not be too scared or jump or scream too much. Being the closing film, this was an entirely varied audience who screamed and shouted and reacted perfectly - I want to see every horror film like this from now on.
So now I've got an extra six to eight hours every day. I'll probably channel it into video games.
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