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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

OUCH! POTATO

I really must learn to take things a bit more literally: it turns out that "SAW Disk #2" isn't a collection of abstract eclecto-electro from the soft, lava-like inner-mind of Farmer Glitch but a 2-VCD comp of the film "SAW". Doh!

Missed this one at the cinema, due to, er, having kids. Watched it last night in a single brain-shredding session and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a brutal, gore-soaked little bastard of a film with a couple of, er, 'nice', imaginative twists: Nu Hollywood's Post-MTV equivalent of a Video Nasty. Sure, there's some dodgy acting, but who gives a fuck: this is goresploitation, fer Christsake, not Terrence Mallick. I mean, the whole point of splatter-films is that the cast is disposable. Nice Art Direction, though...

Speaking of which:

"Lunch Box" by Shinji Imaoka is a cracking little Japanese film, ostensibly a (very) low-budget Pink Porno about a kooky, child-like woman (Aiko) who never speaks and who has an affair with a young postal worker. Mainly, they fuck and eat; and occasionally, a bowling-ball talks to her, but the film has a low-key lyricism about it, along with a fistful of subtexts about a woman's place in Japanese society. If you're expecting to be tittilated, then forget it: the sex scenes are off-kilter and surreal, yet strangely 'romantic': a zillion miles to the left of mainstream Euro-Porn... The scenes where Aiko runs around on the beach like a goofy, over-excited child (she's 35), and dutifully makes beautifully-ornate packed-lunches for her boyfriend are incredibly touching. This is a charming, bitter-sweet film with a detached, dream-like feel to it; it's odd yet accessible: the perfect antidote to worthy Anglo-Crap like "Vera Drake".

3 Comments:

At 10:45 am, Blogger farmer glitch said...

glad ya finally got what the SAW package was - it was meant to be delivered by hand (along with the hand-drawn magi-round-a-bout' card - but in the end was brutally pushed through your letter box by o-glitch ... crashing on to your floor - not the most elegant delivery for you !! good film though .....

 
At 6:43 pm, Blogger Loki said...

i saw SAW at the cinema and was quite impressed...at the very least it looks great and the acting's about as awful as people act so it didn't bother me too much, especially when the viscera is flying...

and i didn't get it. which is nice.

 
At 7:34 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Glitch: meant to comment on the magi-nificent magi-roundabout drawing...in fact, woulda posted it, if not for on-going scanner problems. Still, cheers again for the much-appreciated package: just the thing to watch on an icy-cold tuesday nite in feb...

Loki: Yes, of course, you're totally right...that's exactly how a lot of people act in 'real' life: they mumble and mutter and forget their 'lines'. And I'm pretty sure that some of my friends have, in their time, actually built creepy little robotic 'puppets' that they filmed and used to threaten people with... well, Dom certainly has.

 

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