Hover Board by Hello Lobster

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There is something about the pop culture wiggling and giggling of Hello Lobster that makes their take on things such as hipsters and roller blading feel so definitive. They have tendency to be duplicitous in their delivery, in the sense that they’re making fun of the ridiculous just as much as they’re enjoying the ridiculous for what it is.

I’ve written about them before, and the blogroll will always lead to Tony Altamirano’s site. Their latest jam covers the subject of Hover Boards.

To Cleanse Thy Cinematic Palate

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Marina is 23 years old, she works, spends time with her father during his chemotherapy treatments, explores a jealous curiosity with her best girlfriend, the socially experienced Bella, and expresses an overall disinterest to everything and everyone else. Marina questions if there is anything else more satisfying, and at the same time she doesn’t seem to want to put in the passion and energy required to find that answer.

Attenberg is a Greek drama that made the film festival rounds in 2010 and 2011, largely piggybacking on the success of Dogtooth, whose director Giorgos Lanthimos, plays a supporting role in this film. Keep in mind, this movie is not as wild and quirky as Dogtooth. This a very still film that is punctuated by fits of playfulness by the characters, and it’s in that punctuation that the story becomes very endearing.

Ariane Labed exudes detached precision as Marina. Ariane is likely to garner a wider audience between her work here, in Lanthimos’s 2011 release, Alps, as well as Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated Before Midnight.There are enough bits of originality in Attenberg to draw your attention, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see an American indie style remake complete with a hip soundtrack and vintage clothing.

Hows About We Dim The Lights And Get Real Transgressive

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A country lawyer captures and brings home a feral woman for the whole family to enjoy hijinks, share anecdotes, and trade commodities with. Chris Gleek is the good old fashioned patriarch of the five strong Gleek family.Chris prides himself on setting a committed example for his tween son Brian. The passions of Chris’s character begin with casual spousal abuse and veer off into a form of sadistic perversion that probably doesn’t have it’s own official classification…yet.

The Woman starts off weird and then gets weirder, and after that the weird gets weird. Between the shocking context and the pacing of the story, nothing that happens feels forced or out of place. Director Lucky McKee has some very curious work listed on his resume. This being his fourth feature film it will be interesting to see whether this one represents a peak or a valley. There is a less is more cinematic approach here that really helps keep you in the film. Lucky does not get in his own way of the presentation, but he also doesn’t make everything too subtle for the story’s own good.

Pollyanna McIntosh plays The Woman in the thankless performance of a lifetime. There’s a whole lotta yuck going on here and I can’t imagine she ever had a pleasant day at work. The rest of the players in the cast are pretty solid. You may recognize some from prior movies and tv shows, while others you’re likely going to become familiar with soon enough.

The oddball, dark, atmospheric, and somewhat rockabilly score by Sean Spillane helps to mold the tone of the movie. Alex Vendler’s cinematography captures everything the country has has to offer, and Jack Ketchum’s screenplay offers at least a couple of quotes to share with your most disturbed friends.

I’m especially impressed by the youtube comments for the trailer, anything this hated really ought to be admired. All in all, The Woman is a rich, luxurious, Donnie Darko inspired basket of goodness.

Django 66

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A man dressed in all black arrives at a muddy, vaguely gothic, and all too quiet of a town while dragging a coffin with a rope. When asked his name, he says Django. When asked what’s in the coffin, he says Django.

Despite being made in 1966 Django is a fun and relevant piece of film making. It’s not as much of a spaghetti western as other products of this time of film making are.There is quite a bit of Raider of the Lost Ark to it in the way that a series of mini adventures serve as the back drop for story arc of the main character, Django. Director Sergio Corbucci was about twenty years into his directorial career by the time he made Django, and while he has some solid films that have aged well both prior and post Django, none of them spoke to as wide of an audience. This is a movie than one could easily enjoy and understand with the sound turned off, which is something that most directors strive for but don’t always achieve. Sergio Leone’s A Fist Full of Dollars and A Few Dollars More precede this movie, and there are times where Corbucci takes Leon’s ┬ácinematic style and pulls off something bigger. For my money, on this film, Corbucci was a better director here than Leon was on any of his films, even though there is quite a bit that Corbucci is outright robbing from Leon. If you can do it better than the guy that invented it, then a little bit of artistic thievery is forgivable.

Even the minor characters in this film are shot with integrity, and you’re often left wanting just a little bit more in the sense that if the film actually became entirely about some of these characters, rather than the quest of Django, that wouldn’t be so bad.

Franco Nero plays Django as a calm menace. You wouldn’t want to hang with his character, as it might get you killed, but taking a few notes from afar and applying it in the right situations could be quite lucrative.

Australian Gothic

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15 minutes into The Snowtown Muders, the would be patriarch demands his girlfriend’s son to murder his dog…and that’s not even this guy’s worst idea.

Lucas Pittaway plays 16 year old Jamie who’s mother’s boyfriend seems keen on taking his neighborhood watch gang to the next psychotic level. Daniel Henshall plays the charming and brutal John Bunting. Not only is it John’s dream to have all the town’s predators and scumbags round up and executed, it’s even his favorite dinner table conversation. The execution of John’s ideas are as hard to watch as they are poignant, the violence here is deep, dark, and lasting.

This 2011 Australian film appears to be director Justin Kurzel’s first feature work. It’s a simmering, intense, hold your breath experience to say the least. Justin Kurzel’s shot selection displays remarkable taste, cinematographer Adam Arkapaw creates a frightening tone with his use ( or non use) of color, and Jed Kurzel music is the sort of eerie that will make the hairs on your neck tingle.

The Snowtown Murders is probably as complete of a film that you’ll ever see out of a story this horrific.