21. okt. 2011

BIFF 2011: Day Three

Confessions, (Nakashima):
Confessions is a movie about child-killing. And if anything it's proof that schoolchildren are fucking assholes. In any case, this film is scary and weird as shit and if the internet had taught us nothing about Japan I would be shocked. Confessions is about how a teacher's daughter is murdered by two of her students. It's a very intruiging concept that succeeds somewhat in mindfucking the audience.
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One of the flaws is something I'd never thought I'd notice in an Asian film but I'd say the acting was a bit stiff at times (this is a joke on how asians all look the same and how asian actors are terrible. Now you ruined the joke). The narrative structure of the film could also have used some fine-tuning towards the second half when things stop making sense (or maybe I just fell a sleep for a few minutes, probably not though). Overall Confessions is a very entertaining film with lots of sick humor and shocking twists that should keep the audience interested even when the movie moves into some absurd territory.


Sing Your Song, (Rostock):
This is another one of those inspire-to-change documentaries. And there's nothing wrong with that because this movie actually plays on some interesting historical aspects of african american history. There's also a bunch of famous people talking about saving Darfur or some shit.
Anyways, this movie is quite decent and probably has a lot of unknown facts to people living outside the US. Even if you know all that shit, it doesn't hurt to jog your memory as it's still pretty relevant. There are maybe too many history lessons and not enough cinematic shit to make this a really great film, but it's an interesting documentary probably worth a watch. I mean if you have HBO or something you could or should probably watch it if it's on. I'd watch it.


Don't Be Afraid/No Tengas Miedo, (Armendáriz)
Probably the most uncomfortable movie I've seen since I saw Hannah Montana surrounded by 12-year-olds. Technically, that didnt actually happen but I imagine it would be pretty uncomfortable for everyone involved.
The reason why this film is so uncomfortable to watch might have something to do with that this movie is about child-molestation, which is a serious subject no doubt. And this movie does an admirable job of dealing with that subject, because it gives you a shocking look of how victims are affected long after the abuse has ended. Don't Be Afraid is all fictional of course, but it feels very close to reality.


A Declaration of War:
A pretty decent film on parenting and such.

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