ILS aka They, Performance and The Boss of it All

Saw these three recently, two DVD’s, one in theater…no real spoilers.



This French horror film has been getting alot of buzz.  Horror fans
are looking for the new classic horror flic and whenever one comes
close… it gets attention.  I heard it with “The Descent” and “Haute
Tension.”  Unfortunately, people embrace films like “Saw” and “28 Days
Later” (and their sequels)Â Â because there isn’t anything else out


Good news: This one comes closer than the rest.  Bad news: Not close enough.

This is basically a home invasion film that cuts right to the chase.
Hardly 15 minutes of set-up before the action.  Normally I’d say this
is just a product of the new ADD mentality of audiences these days
however it’s done right..I must give these two directors (David Moreau and
Xavier Palud) props.

Maybe I’m jaded because the person I watched it with was truly
frightened.  It definitely has some nice pacing and is pretty
relentless.  Has a nice pay-off as well.  HD lensed and only the tech
savvy will notice.

I had to buy a Korean import to see this…. just got rid of it on ebay…but
ripped it if you’re interested. Lemme know.


I’ve been waiting for years to see this. Thank god Warners finally
put it out on DVD..although I understand there is a dubbed scene for
the Region 1 release. But anyway, beautifully inventive film that
obviously influenced many. It’s wonderful to see Swinging London
caught on film. But honestly…. this is the type of film that means
more at the time it was made than it does now. That’s not a bad
thing. Just means that I wasn’t that moved.

HOWEVER….. if you don’t know about Anita Pallenberg…look her up…like Marianne Faithful,
she was very much a part of “The Rolling Stones”, having left Brian Jones for Keith
and then having an affair with Mick during the making of this film. She was a bad girl.
She inspired many songs including.. “Angie.” Unfortunately, she partied hard.

This insanely gorgeous piece of A:



has become this:


The Boss of It All

It is an interesting film…and its message is pretty clear. Von
Trier is basically asking who the boss is… in this age of
technology. If you don’t know, he uses a technique called
Automavision. The press notes describe it as “a principle for
shooting film developed with the intention of limiting human influence
by inviting chance in from the cold.” Basically, a computer randomly
choses the framing of the shots. I think. There isn’t a ton of
information on exactly how it works. The film is always locked
down…except for twice in the film… the two times that VonTrier is
actually appearing in the film as a narrator of sorts. It is at the
beginning and this mid-point break that the film becomes
hand-held…putting control back in to the hands of the filmmaker.
Interesting stuff.


What I love about Von Trier is the way that style always goes
hand-in-hand with the narrative. I’m glad he made this film… just
not so over-whelmed as others he’s made.

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