Take martial arts action, sleazy exploitation and supernatural horror, sprinkle it with a small dose of sex comedy. Give it an almost non-existent budget, populate it with a bunch of terrible but overjoyed actors and combine it with a concept straight out of the head of a nine year old weaned on cross-pollinated action figure mayhem and it STILL doesn’t come close to what ends on the screen, which is a ridiculously enjoyable B movie that gives 100%.
Didacticism in art can be tricky to pull off well. You can have a band like Rage Against the Machine, whose politics are notoriously and very obviously left-wing, get co-opted by their political opponents who can’t see the irony in their choices. Even successfully didactic art is subject to taste, because some people don’t find a lecture all that inspiring. While the ideal balance between art and education isn’t always the same for every project, it does need to be considered. This week’s batch of movies finds Agnès Varda, no stranger to directness, pushing that balance in interesting ways.
On this episode of Cinema Dual, Jon and Chris talk about Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Movies Discussed: The Seventh Seal, Smiles of a Summer Night Recommendations : Wild Strawberries, Summer With Monica (Chris), Shame (Jon) If you like our film thoughts, you can find more of them at http://www.cinemaduel.com. Follow us on Twitter: @jonmichaelnoise @cmvoss042 Follow us... Continue Reading →