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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #5401
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    I sort of expected blood to spatter the advertisement at the end. But damn. You find out it's one year. How bad must one year be that you can't wait?

  2. #5402
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    I watched Them on Prime Video. It's a powerful show about racism in the 50's, but also involves supernatural horror elements. Like HBO's Lovecraft Country, I feel that it tries to do a little too much and that the actual message get a bit muddled in the process. This show does a better job at conveying a powerful anti-racist message than Lovecraft Country, which was a bit too grotesque for its own good, but with Them too it remains a bit unclear to me what it's actually trying to say. Still an entertaining, sometimes fittingly uncomfortable watch.

  3. #5403
    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Land of the crazy
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    This is a pretty awesome scifi short somebody made, "Slice of Life".
    Very nice, thanks.

  4. #5404
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in the case of Brandon Cronenberg's (son of David) Possessor. I have a strong stomach and won't quickly call a movie disturbing but this fits the bill. It contains gruesome, close-up violence, the kind of body horror his father was famous for in his early work (also in Dead Ringers), and almost pornographic sex scenes. However, the most disturbing part is how cold and emotionless and unempathetic the movie is. The story is intriguing but don't expect to care about any of the characters. This kind of cold, clinical, detached filmmaking gets under my skin more than the actual violence on display. I admired this movie more than I liked watching it.

    There are a lot of things to admire here. The weird technology on display, how utterly alien it looks, like a calibration device encased in leather for some reason, and the device used to transfer conscientiousness reminiscent of the work of H.R. Giger. How alien human bodies look for that matter, with extreme closeups with weird lighting that can make even a human ear or hand look alien. There are frequent quick flashes of horrifying imagery that look grotesque but pass too quickly to really get a grasp of what you're seeing, which reminded me of the horrifying quick flashes of hellish images in Event Horizon.

    The events later on in the movie get kind of disjointed and not everything is explained. Partly this is not a problem, for example I didn't mind that they explain very little of the purpose of this organization and why it exists. Unlike Inception, which also deals with transfer of consciousness, there isn't a lot of explanatory dialogue and Cronenberg is clearly not aiming for maximum clarity. But other things that aren't explained are a little more grating, like how Riseborough's character seems to be fairly pragmatic and unemotionial about her job and doesn't seem to have a particularly sadistic personality yet she repeatedly chooses the most violent ways to kill her targets, I mean she's issued a gun but chooses to kill her targets by violent stabbings with a knife and a fireplace poker respectively, all of which is shown in extreme detail of course.

    I don't want to sound like a Puritan but this is a pretty sick movie (that I nevertheless watched all the way through). Whether that's a turnoff or a recommendation for you, that's your call.

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