Art & Design
We finally got a hold of this little 'gem fatal' via Netflix today, being thwarted at the movie theatre last year by the surprisingly short time it was actually featured in the box office lineup: a record low playing time of 2 weeks! It is obvious that many big screen theaters are feeling the pressure to stick with the corporate blockbusters to maintain seat occupancy.
To the movie itself: It is, well, fairly original! It treads in the footsteps of "Human Centipede" (which is one of the very few horror movies I would never choose to watch a second time), but my main issue with it is that it suffers from an identity crisis. The premise could build on the style of a faux documentary, but Kevin Smith chose not to go that route. It has heavy gore and body modification, but also keeps Kevin Smith's elements of comedy - both of which fight and contradict each other rather than work together. The final stage of gore is revealed to quickly which kind of ruins the element of suspense. All actors are doing a marvelous job in selling their characters (with the surprising exception of Johnny Depp, who's heart was clearly not in it. And if I may add, who did his make-up??), Michael Parks and Justin Long taking a notable spotlight. In addition much of the side story line was superfluous and might have been left out, some of the conversational transitions in particular could have used some heavier editing.
So, here we are with a movie that is not not as scary as it should be, not as funny as it could be, and about 20 minutes longer than it ought to be. But then, it is about a man turned into a Walrus, so maybe that is 'nuff said already. Good thing I like even cooky films. Coocoocachoo. CJ
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.