The Dance of Reality


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The Dance of Reality


Directed and Written by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Starring Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores and Jeremias Herskovits

Synopsis - Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.


Thoughts -   The Dance of Reality is a special film watching experience. It’s a film only Alejandro Jodorowsky could have made, featuring much of what you’d expect and hope for from one of his films, but also with a lot of surprising reflection, emotion and pain rooted in a form of reality and personal history, to go along with the surreal, absurd and operatic. Brontis Jodorowsky kills in this thing!

I touched on this at the 2:20:37 mark during the Quick Fix of The Flicksation Podcast Episode 82. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 8/10

Gone Girl


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Gone Girl


Directed by David Fincher, Written by Gillian Flynn, Starring Ben Affleck, Roasmund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Carrie Coon

Synopsis - With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.


Thoughts -   Gone Girl is shockingly flat. If it’s a thriller, it fails. If it’s an absurdist black comedy, that’s more interesting, but it’s still just sporadically amusing and rarely funny. It’s a problem for a David Fincher film (or any film really) if the best scene centers on Tyler Perry tossing gummy bears. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 8:34 mark of Episode 82. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 5/10

We Are the Best!


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We Are the Best!


A Swedish Film Directed by Lukas Moodysson, Starring Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne

Synopsis - Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band — despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.


Thoughts -   A never cloying or precious coming of age film with a rebel tween spirit. Kind of an impossibly likable film, with some really nice, natural young performances. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 27:12 mark of Episode 82. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear


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Vic + Flo Saw a Bear


French Canadian Film Directed and Written by Denis Cote, Starring Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer and Marc-Andre Grondin

Synopsis - A darkly mysterious tale of lesbian two ex-cons, Victoria and Florence, trying to make a new life in the backwoods of Quebec. Seeking peace and quite, the couple the slowly begin to feel under siege as Vic’s probation office keeps unexpectedly popping up and a strange woman in the neighborhood soon turns out to be an increasingly menacing shadow from Flo’s past.


Thoughts -   It’s beyond rare to get a film intently focused on a complex, aging, lower class lesbian relationship. Even rarer to find one this well acted, and in a film this truly surprising. 

I touched on this (After co-panelist Jericho) at the 2:32:44 mark during the Quick Fix of The Flicksation Podcast Episode 82. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10


There’s very close to no one better than The Kinks. 

Fuck Yes!

Fuck Yes!

Ida


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Ida


A Polish Film Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, Written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Starring Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza and Dawid Ogrodnik

Synopsis - Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.


Thoughts -   This a leisurely and gorgeously shot B&W film that somehow manages a complete, satisfying journey in just 80 minutes. It’s effectively chilly and detached and features two really strong female performances. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 8:36 mark of Episode 82. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know) 


 My Rating : 7/10

The Boxtrolls


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The Boxtrolls


Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacci, Written by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava, Starring Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Elle Fanning, Richard Ayoade and Isaac Hempstead Wright

Synopsis - A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.


Thoughts -   The Boxtrolls in beautifully grotesque. It’s no doubt a children’s film, with the expected big final act and resolution, but its weirdness helps it live up to the Laika standard (Coraline, ParaNorman).

I touched on this at the 2:28:11 mark during the Quick Fix of The Flicksation Podcast Episode 82. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10

 

Flicksation Episode 82 is Available and Sure to Lose Us Half of Our Audience


      


On Episode 82, myself and 2/3 of the rest of the Crew alienate our audience by telling you that a B&W Polish Nun Film, Ida, and a Swedish Tween Punk Film, We Are the Best!, are far better and worthwhile views than Master David Fincher’s shockingly flat Gone Girl. All three films are given full discussions.

Have we retreated up our own pretentious asses? Sorry!



We covered recent film news, went to film school with the 80’s cult classic Re-Animator and finished off with other new stuff of note in the Quick Fix. ( I get into Jodorowsky’s hypnotic The Dance of Reality, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear and The Boxtrolls)


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A Couple More Films I Don’t Recommend


White Bird in a Blizzard


Directed and Written by Greg Araki, Starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez and Thomas Jane

Synopsis - In 1988, a teenage girl’s life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.


Thoughts -    There are a lot of people who eat up the high energy camp Eva Green brings to bad films and material. I’m not one of them. This film more than cemented that. She is beyond awkward and unwatchable in this almost alright thing. I started warming to Araki’s coming of age tale just in time to be pretty indifferent to its telegraphed shock conclusion. 

 My Rating : 5/10



Mystery Road


Directed and Written by Ivan Sen, Starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten

Synopsis - An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.


Thoughts -    The blandest and most generic of slow burn procedurals. Neither the film nor the lead performance are ever interesting or surprising. The only thing Mystery Road has going for it is the hilarity of Hugo Weaving taking part in a pathetic conclusion shootout while literally sitting on the side of a mountain. 

 My Rating : 3/10