Wednesday, August 10, 2016

REPUGNANT REVIEW: My Pure Joy - James Cullen Bressack

Borrowed this movie from a friend of mine months ago and finally got around to watching it after making a list of things to watch. Just by looking at the cover and reading the synopsis, I was weary. Was this going to be just a low budget, cookie cutter slasher movie, or something completely twisted and unrelenting? Sadly, all I got from this was the former, a cheap, low budget, and boring mess. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible, and I honestly thought it was going to be great after the beginning murder sequence, but it all just went down hill from there. Diologue that just runs on forever, boring actors who act terribly, and the lack of any substance within the story, defintely makes for a crap movie. Lets dig into this turd before I flush it down for good.

The movie revolves itself around it's main character, Adam, who's got serious daddy issues, and a great love for violent horror movies. He spends most of the film talking about girls and horror movies with his friends than actually killing anyone. I guess the whole point of the movie was that he's kind of blurred the line between reality and pretend, killing people based on deaths he's seen in movies. For example, one of the first deaths in the movie was based off of the infamous shower scene from Hitchcock's "Psycho", although a much more violent version of that. I was pretty amped by this, just because I thought of the fact that paying homage to classic gory movie scenes would be kind of cool... but it totally missed the mark. The "Psycho" one was the only one I could really place, and the other deaths were just pretty boring. It did have that one "shock" scene, in which he stabs a girls pussy and shows the penetration... but you could really tell how fake it was, and the acting in general just wasn't convincing enough. Between all of these lame deaths, are long and drawn out conversations with his two stoner buddies. These hang out sessions would last what felt like forever, and I got sooooo bored with them. I had to rewatch a few scenes, because I kept getting distracted from the movie. It was just a boring and bland mess.

Luckily, I borrowed this from a friend, therefore I didn't have to spend money on the dull sack of shit. I don't want to be too rough, it does look like there was some effort put into this movie, but more like the effort of a couple stoners who said to themselves one day "Hey, dude, we should make a fucking horror movie". It reminds me of the times I've made horror movies with friends back in High School; write about how these people would die, then adlib all of the dialogue. It seems just like that. Maybe this will help the director out though, as far as getting some funds for his next movie, and maybe putting together something a bit better. Everyone has their shitty beginnings, so hopefully we see some gold come out of this.

- Jake.

REPUGNANT REVIEW: Antichrist - Lars Von Trier

It's about time I finally watched and reviewed this movie, considering it's been featured on every "Top Disturbing Movie" list I could find, and I couldn't be anymore happy with what I witnessed. Lars Von Trier blew me away with this film, the acting from Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg was phenomenal, the cinematography was absolutely beautiful, and the feeling I got from this film, the feeling of complete dread and isolation was superb. Some may write this off as artistic porn, but my god, it was just a remarkable film. I'm honestly not too familiar with a lot of Lars Von Trier's movies, but this really made me want to see more of his work. Just based on this film, I can already see the genius in this guy. But let's dive deeper, and I'll discuss in detail about what makes this disturbing masterpiece one of the best movies I've seen in awhile.

Antichrist is a movie about a married couple who try to cope with the recent and tragic death of their son. The opening scene just sets everything up perfectly, with a beautifully shot sex scene between our characters, "He and She", mixed with clips of their son wandering around the home, and eventually climbing up to the window where he slips and falls. My first shock was seeing the penetration during the sex scene. It's not something I'm normally used too in movies (porn on the other hand...), and I think the last time I saw any penetration in any film was "Gutterballs", and at that time I thought is was silly, but this fit pretty well, considering it is a very intense and sexual scene. Defintiely not for someone who is sensitive to sexual subjects, but for me, it was just a shocker, and I wasn't too weirded out by it. If you're shocked by something like this, there is no way you could last through the entire movie. Another thing I'd like to add is how incredible Charlotte Gainsbourg is in this. She is a truly amazing actress, and really plays the part of a greiving mother, who is slowly going insane.

Everything really goes down hill once they get to a place called "Eden", an isolated place in the middle of the woods. Thats when they begin to be plagued by visions of their dead son, and everything involved in nature, especially a scene where Willem Dafoe see's a deer trying to give birth to a dead fawn, and runs away with half of it sticking out. Truly disturbing, but it just keeps that dreadful atmosphere going up until the very end, and that's when the two most disturbing scenes happen in the film. I won't spoil it for you, but it does involve both of the characters genitals... and it's rough.

I dont't want to repeat myself too much, but I loved this movie. Everything about it was superb, and I will recommend this to anyone who truly wants to experience this movie. Give your friends a heads up though, because not too many people can handle the sexual and violent content of this movie. I might even watch this again later tonight, and possibly even get Ty to check this out. Take what you will out of this review, and give it a watch. I think I payed just $12 for the blu-ray on Amazon, and it's worth every penny. Enjoy!

- Jake.