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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...
A great cast, with great visuals, real tension, and an interesting story with many twists and turns. I totally did not expect this movie to be the way it was in the sense that the story felt quite modern in terms of featuring an ancient shape shifting monster. Clearly, films like John Carpenter's The Thing share some similar DNA.
After Seven, which left most of its audience reeling with an ending that functioned as a punch to the gut, David Fincher followed with a much more subdued affair. What it lacks in blood and guts however, it gained in finesse because the ending here is equally punchy and emotional, without the visceral effect of gore. Michael Douglas should have won an Oscar for this role as it anchors the film so perfectly: it's him, combined with flawless writing, that builds the film up until its marvelous ending.
After hitting his audience over the head hard with Seven, confusing the hell out of his audience in The Game, Fincher was at it again with Fight Club. The film is still incredible, anchored with amazing performances and dotted with great visuals. Yes, the visual effects have aged somewhat by today's standard, but 20y ago, they were top of the line and innovative.
A classic as classics go: incredible cinematography and art direction, fantastic performances and a soundtrack to dream about. The topic of the film is as current today in 2019 as it was groundbreaking back in 1989.