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Not exactly what I'd call art but important nonetheless.
I, like most people, have quite an opinion on what is art & what isn't and this film generally doesn't come under my personal art category but that's just an opinion. I do however think this film is important & by all mean it should have been made. Yes there are the few who will see it as just some form of torture porn... some may even get off on it if certain circling internet videos are to be believed... but I am interested in the opinions of those who view Salo the way I do. Torture, slavery & sexual degradation have been happening for thousands and thousands of years & continues to happen to this day (rape, child pornography, human trafficking etc.) and I believe that in order to fully understand things of this nature (and perhaps one day getting round the stopping them when certain governments pull their finger out) films like this are necessary. It not only shows you the vile truth of sex slavery but shows the extent to which people seem to get into their acting: it must have been extremely difficult for the actors to perform in some of the scenes (those who have seen the film will know all too well what I'm talking about). In some cases, it takes the point to be thrust full force & uncensored into someone's face for them to get it but if that was the whole point of the film I can only say mission accomplished. Back to the earlier point I personally wouldn't call it an art film but I do believe it is a film that should be seen.
PS - To those who are fully traumatized by this film: I own the book. The book is worse.
Camp Rock (2008)
Cheesy goodness & Demi Lovato.
Yeah yeah we know the Jonas brothers are in this movie but let's face it... they're not that good. I only watched this film because I will be the first to admit Joe Jonas has a nice face and his chest isn't bad either despite how annoying he may be when he opens his mouth. But when I first watched this film (on a Sunday morning while extremely hungover and eating a pot noodle) I fell in absolute love with Demi Lovato. I thought she was the only really good actress in it and her voice is pretty amazing (I downloaded both her albums and added her on Twitter after watching... a very modern show of fandom perhaps?). I don't normally like modern Disney: I have avoided the High School Musical scene at all costs and I think any Disney movie past Finding Nemo sucks rather badly. I find the Disney crowd (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, The Jonas Brothers etc) really annoying but Demi is the only one I've ever actually liked. However I am a sucker for cheese. I love cheesy movies (especially cheesy horror movies) and this definitely gives me my fill of it. By the way I am eighteen years old and I own two Camp Rock bracelets. This makes me feel rather pathetic. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't love it.
Bad points however: Meaghan Jette Martin (Tess Tyler) sincerely needs to eat something. All the way through the film I thought her arms or legs were going to snap. Also the performance of the adults in the movie are truly excruciating. Especially Julie Brown (Dee La Duke). At some points you just really want to put them out of their misery. The miming is off. I know it's common to mime for movies but really, at least make it look real. Same goes for pretending to play the guitar. I'm looking at you Jasmine Richards (Peggy).
A respectable effort.
Okay... Watchmen... Read the book and freaking adored it. After reading, I was sceptical of how it could translate onto film. Admittedly part of me (the immature part) only wanted to see the film through a twisted desire to see a big blue ding dong on screen.
All in all, the film wasn't a total disappointment but it wasn't utterly groundbreaking. Just a good effort. I thought the actors were cast really well and the soundtrack was, for lack of a better word, sick! Some of my favourite songs of all time, Sound Of Silence and Hallelujah. However I didn't like the fact that Hallelujah was played during the needlessly long and uncomfortable sex scene. I genuinely pitied my friend, who had to sit through said sex scene with her father right next to her.
The book was a lot deeper and generally better but the film was worth a watch.
PS - The big blue ding dong was a letdown...
Words can't describe how bad this movie is.
I am an 18 year old girl so unfortunately I am stuck with a lot of people who are obsessed with this silly little Twilight thing. After attempting to read the book (and giving up halfway through over how poorly written and plagiarised the story is) I thought maybe I'd give the film a try hoping it would be better. Now I have never walked out of a movie before but I discarded my popcorn and stormed out of the cinema in disgust after half an hour.
Not only does this completely take a huge dump all over everything that is cool about vampires but it has practically destroyed the lives of the actors. If only somebody had told them what they were getting into before they signed up to be in this film. Both Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart have been repeatedly harassed by the idiotic and overly annoying behaviour of the stupid fans. I genuinely pity anybody involved in this movie. I pity even more those who enjoyed it. If you enjoyed this movie/book, you obviously have no idea what good literature or good film-making is and are seriously deprived.
As a My Chemical Romance fan, I am thoroughly insulted by the fact that Stephenie Meyer says she was inspired by them. So as you can imagine, I practically had orgasms out of joy when MCR turned down the 'opportunity' to record the theme for New Moon. Basically put, I would rather have my intestines ripped out through my mouth than hear another thing about Twatlight/Twishite or any of it's terrible sequels. Simply the brain child of a silly repressed mormon and her wet dream.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Shocking, terrifying and brutally honest.
I had first heard about Requiem For A Dream on one of those top ten lists sites. It was ranked at number 7 in a list of disturbing films which instantly drew me in to a desire to watch it. The first thing that must be said about this film is that the acting is top notch. Now I am no fan of Jared Leto's. I abhor his band and I only watched American Psycho because I heard that he died in it. And after watching Scary Movie, I could never imagine Marlon Wayans succeeding in a serious movie role. But both of them proved me 100% wrong. After watching Requiem... I barely even want to touch a glass of alcohol again let alone any type of drugs. This film is incredibly, brutally honest in its portrayal of not only the drugs lifestyle but the fear of growing old alone. In steps the fantastic yet tragic performance of Ellen Burstyn as the lonely, elderly mother obsessed with a spam call telling her she will be on television. The last ten minutes of the film is the culmination of how devastating the effect of drugs can be as each of the characters suffer their own tragic fate.
Definitely give this film a watch. It may just be life-changing.
Vase de noces (1974)
You wanted pig-boinking. You found it....
Now I will admit I am a huge fan of any film deemed disturbing, gross or wrong (my download collection includes all of the Guinea Pig movies, Un Chien Andalou, Nekromantik among many others) and it actually took me a while to hear of Vase de Noces. I eventually heard about it on Listverse on a list of Top Ten Most Disturbing Movies. It was not on the list but someone had suggested it in the comments. On looking it up on IMDb I knew instantly that it must be added to my library of gross movies... After hours battling with The Pirate Bay, Limewire and Youtorrent (I don't pay for anything. Sue me.) I managed to download a full VHSrip of the movie (which I will happily send to anyone who wants it :] message me) and I watched it alone one night... If, like me, you love the grossness of films like this, you will not be disappointed. Otherwise I wouldn't recommend it. I admit it was hard to concentrate on the artiness of the film when man-pig breeding and coprophagia is going on but I did take a few minutes to appreciate the surreal aura of the film. As artsy as it is you gotta admit, somebody's gotta be smoking something to come up with this idea. Then again, this seems like the kind of idea I would come up with... It is definitely an acquired taste and it takes someone with guts of steel to really appreciate it. But I say go for it! It can't be worse than Two Girls One Cup...
Harry + Max (2004)
Artsy, different, controversial... I liked it.
I bought this film on DVD a while back through recommendation from a friend and I was as unwilling as anyone to watch a film that was known because two brothers "get it on"... I study psychology and one of the main (and more unpleasant) topics is incest and in 75% of sibling incest cases, mutual consent is given (meaning both siblings wanted it and one did not force it upon the other). On first hearing this I was curious as to why; most of the time when you think of incest you think of backward trailer trash states in America (or story lines from soap operas) but this film does kind of open your eyes a little bit to that kind of thing. The relationship between Harry and Max isn't shown as disgusting or immoral and you end up sort of understanding why they do get it on. My idea was that it was due to uncaring parents who live through their kids and being in a business that is notably full of fake people. Through this, the brothers seem to learn that the only people they can fully trust is each other. Obviously this is no reason to start boinking so other stuff must come into it but yeah I still obviously don't condone incest but this film kind of makes you understand mutual incest. I recommend giving it a try, you won't be too disgusted since the only thing you really see between the brothers is two kisses and a badly simulated oral sex scene but hey, at least you don't see anything to be too grossed out by. Some people pass this off as a gross film for people who get off on that kind of thing but I disagree. Just give it a try. I don't think you'll regret it.