So, a really quick list of some stuff to check out:
These first three are all about "everyman" superhero types, regular people who "become" superheroes.
"Super" features Rainn Wilson (Dwight from "The Office") as a married man wronged by his wife's drug dealer, with whom she runs away. The story takes a decidedly dark turn when Wilson's character decides to fight crime in all it's forms with a pipe wrench and a twisted sense of right and wrong. Also starring is Ellen Page, who has probably the funniest scene in the movie, the most awkward scene in the movie, and meets a grisly end. Highly recommended. Favorite quote: "SHUTUP CRIME!"
"Defendor" is a different type of superhero movie, which touches more on mental illness than any type of comic book superhero stuff. Woody Harrelson stars as Arthur Poppington, a construction worker by day and vigilante by night. His arsenal is that of a 10 year old boy and includes marbles, bees, and a WWI trench club. He is on a mission to find "Captain Industry", the individual who he believes is responsible for his mother's death. The story makes you initially laugh at Harrelson's character for how woefully unprepared he is to actually fight any real criminal, however as the film progresses you sympathize more and more for the man-child who's only real talent is sticking to his principles and attempting to avenge the death of his mother. Very good film, sad at the end, also highly recommended.
"Special" is a superhero movie dealing primarily with mental illness. A medical study leaves one of it's participants believing he has super powers like the ability to fly, read minds, and run through walls (when in fact he is definitely not flying, and is running into rather than through walls). The film follows him as he attempts to fight crime, and as the pharmaceutical company who created the drug attempts to catch him so that he doesn't create bad publicity for them. It's an interesting film, although I didn't like it as much as the two prior. Something about it's sort of meandering feel and the fact that you're watching somebody who is honestly just delusional is almost like watching a mentally disturbed homeless person (which the main character ends up looking like eventually) sort of crash around and battle invisible monsters is kind of depressing.
The Bridge is an exceptional documentary about the people who chose to end their life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The film makers set up cameras and monitored the bridge for a year in 2005 to 2006 I believe and captured 24 suicides on film. Just the footage itself is shocking, and fairly disturbing, but the interviews with family and friends of the people who jumped add a completely different dimension. After viewing the movie you get the impression that if you put enough people next to a really tall thing that's easy to jump off of then a certain percent of those people are just gonna jump. Very strange to see people calmly talking on a cell phone, then hang up, climb over the guard railing and just lean forward and let go. Definitely check it out if you can find it.
Fritz the Cat
Fritz the Cat is a 1972 R-rated animated film by Ralph Bakshi. It's lewd, there's lots of drug use, and it just feels very 70s in a funky sort of way. I won't describe the story because it's very trippy and bounces around a lot, but the animation is unforgettable and some of the characters are characters that could never be portrayed the same way again (think of creating an animated movie today and making all the black characters crows, or all the cops pigs). All in all Fritz the Cat is just plain fun to watch, and as long as you're not a "square", you'll enjoy it.
Das all for now, catch you cats on the flip side.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Tetsuo the Iron Man ranks high on my personal list of SUPER FUCKING WEIRD. This hallucinatory film centers on a man who somehow becomes infected with a disease/virus/weird shit which slowly turns him more and more metal. It is unclear whether he intentionally gave himself this condition (there are scenes of A man inserting what looks like hribar into his leg, but, at least to me, it does not really verify that this is Tetsuo) or whether it was caused by him being hit by a car. Our titular character is waiting for the subway sometime after the incident with the car and sitting on a bench with a woman. There is a strange square shape in his cheek, and he notices that her handbag has some weird tentacle things coming out of it. Eventually he stands up and runs away, all the while with the woman chasing after him. She chases him for quite some time in a very weird, punk rock sort of high speed montage that makes the viewer feel like they're on speed or some shit. As he is running away, he starts his transformation. Later in the film, Tetsuo is with who I believe is the same woman who was chasing him, and is probably 90% metal. She wants to get busy, but he's ashamed because he's a metal freak. He hides in a room and she pounds on the door and demands to let her see him, saying that she doesn't mind weird shit. He opens the door, walks into the hall, and the viewer is shown one of the most bizarre, disturbing, memorable and potentially shocking scenes ever put to film. Tetsuo towers over the woman on the floor, almost in a fighting stance, screaming/crying while what used to be his dick (which has now become a gigantic spinning drill with a GWAR sort of a look to it) spins and spins as he cries and the woman screams in terror. After this memorable scene there's...stuff...I don't want to ruin it for anyone who's going to see it. Suffice it to say, Tetsuo the Iron Man just gets stranger from there, finishing in the most awesome ending to a movie that I personally have seen, and I say this due to the movie's ability to absolutely embrace the character of Tetsuo, or rather what he becomes at the end of the film.