Saturday, November 22, 2008

Feature presentation

A few movie recommendations:

A Tale of Two Sisters is the highest-grossing Korean horror film of all time. It's based on an old Korean folk-tale about murder, ghosts and revenge. The plot is a slowly unravelling story of what lead to one of the sisters having to go to a hospital and why a vengeful spirit haunts her home. The cinematography is decadent and rich. One of the things I love about foreign horror films is that, unlike American horror films which show you the ghost/monster for a breif second in order to get you to jump, a foreign horror movie allows the camera to dwell on the terrifying figure. It imitates our nightmares, it moves towards us and we cannot stop it or get away- we cover our face with our hands and squirm while we peek through our fingers. The creature's approach is both terrifying and intoxicating... will it get us?

Aliens: SPecial Edition is available free On-Demand from Comcast. One of the best sci-fi horror movies ever made, and a glowing example of a great screenplay. The reason the plot is so superior is that the writer wasn't burdened with introducing the aliens to the audience. We know what's waiting for Ripley, we just need to know how she ends up having to face them again. The exposition is taken care of in a few tidy briefing scenes, and then the rest of the film can be devoted to developing the relationships between the characters and exposing their motivations. Scenes included in this version that were left out of the theatrical release- scenes showing the treatment station prior to infestation, Hicks and Ripley exchaning first names, Bill Paxton bragging about the artillery and much more!

Run, Fat Boy, Run funnier than you might think and with a great soundtrack. Simon Pegg + Siouxsie and the Banshees? Yes, please! Be prepared to hate Hank Azaria, it doesn't feel right to do it, but he plays a jerk well.

And a little rant:
I am so sick and tired of these silly teenage vampires. Why is the story never based around a mortal man that loves a vampiress? Let me tell you:
Vampires are a metaphor for date rapists. They charm their victims and then force themselves upon them. Their forced penetration results in either death, or infection by the poison they ejaculate from their fangs. This ejaculation results in the "birth" of another vampire- which is always "more beautiful" than a mortal.
Teenage girls often have rape fantasies, these fantasies are indulged by these vampire movies. Rape fantasies should not be indulged, they are unhealthy.
A big plot point in Twilight? A vampire can kill a human accidently during sex, this only makes the heroine want to have sex with one MORE. What kind of message is that to send to teenagers???
"That guy could turn violent during sex, GO FOR IT!"
How many abusive or toxic relationships will result from another generation being taken in by this rape-masquerading-as-romance fantasy?
So the reason these stories never center around a mortal man and a vampiress is because it would imply that a woman can over-power and rape a man. That upsets our traditional concept of the roles of men and women in society.
Tell a teen you know: "Say no to glamorized rape."
And for everyone else who's annoyed with how these new vampires like to violate the rules of what vampires can and cannot do, we are not alone.

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