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Movie Curiosities

The online diary of an aspiring movie nerd


ByCuriosity Inc.

Nov 3, 2009

To start with, this movie doesn’t really have a screenplay so much as it has a host of contradicting extremes and recurring visual motifs. Male vs. female, good vs. evil, safety vs. fear, technology vs. nature, logic vs. emotion, man-on-woman violence vs. woman-on-man violence… the list goes on. It’s just one moral battle after another in this one, and before you can pick a side in one fight, they’re already on to the next.

The cinematography is absolutely beautiful but totally inhospitable. Most of the movie is shot in a dark bluish-green hue that is totally cold and unfeeling. Any warmth in this movie’s color palette has either been bleached out or darkened to ugliness.

And then there’s the surreal aspect to the visuals. I’d dare say that it’s very much like an Ingmar Bergman film at times… if he dropped a couple tabs of acid. There are so many times where you just have to ask yourself “Is that real?” and/or “What the fuck was that?”

The bottom line is that if you ever saw a film and hated it on the grounds that it was brainless and condescending, then you should consider this the polar opposite end of the spectrum. It is absolutely impossible to watch this film passively and anyone remotely squeamish will not last thirty seconds. This film is to be considered an endurance test for your sanity, patience and tolerance for mature content. I expect that only the most hardcore of movie nerds will walk away from this one having any idea of which end is up.

By Curiosity Inc.

I hold a B.S. in Bioinformatics, the only one from Pacific University's Class of '09. I was the stage-hand-in-chief of my high school drama department and I'm a bass drummer for the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers. I dabble in video games and I'm still pretty good at DDR. My primary hobby is going online for upcoming movie news. I am a movie buff, a movie nerd, whatever you want to call it. Comic books are another hobby, but I'm not talking about Superman or Spider-Man or those books that number in the triple-digits. I'm talking about Watchmen, Preacher, Sandman, etc. Self-contained, dramatic, intellectual stories that couldn't be accomplished in any other medium. I'm a proud son of Oregon, born and raised here. I've been just about everywhere in North and Central America and I love it right here.

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