Taxidermia (Gyorgy Palfi, 2006)

Move over Gasper Noe, hello Gyorgy Palfi.  I don’t remember reacting so viscerally to a film since Requiem for a Dream.  I read somewhere that the film was a metaphor for post-war Hungary.  I won’t even try to figure that one out.  The three part film covers three generations of Hungarian male protagonists: 1) a hair-lipped military orderly from WWII times that has a sexual fetish for eating fire and masturbating in the most unique ways, 2) his son a champion speed eater, the competitions of which are the cornerstone of the film and 3) a desperately lonely taxidermist that … Continue reading Taxidermia (Gyorgy Palfi, 2006)

Surrogates (Jonathan Mostow, 2009)

Surrogates presents some good ideas surrounding the concept of culture’s continuing interest in anonymity through technological advances in alter egos sans Facebook, Twitter, Chatroulette, etal.  A surrogate is a beautiful “robot” that takes the place of the real human and lives his life with the supposed benefits of being young and attractive.  Unfortunately the film is bogged down in its genre’s most annoying cliches.  As an example ONE fat guy / uber geek non surrogate (whose is of course, proud of his overweight, real presence) singularly controls surrogate surrvellience for the entire city of New York.  Make sense?  No.  Then … Continue reading Surrogates (Jonathan Mostow, 2009)

The Ten (David Wain, 2007)

My god, this is one of the worst most unwatchable films I have ever not finished.  On paper and in casting, something must have looked good esp the acting talent but this is one big pile of dung.  I assume that Messers Paul Rudd and Ken Marino and other really talented people got this through the starting gate and finish line but it will haunt them forever. * / ***** Continue reading The Ten (David Wain, 2007)