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Srpski film (2010)
As terrifying as it seems...
...I found myself very, very uncaring throughout the whole movie.
When it comes to analyze what does a work like "Srpski Film" look for, the first element that comes into mind is its shock value; how it takes difficult concepts in its most explicit way and tries to scandalize with them.
To be honest, there's one thing I have to give to the author in regards to this: no one has tried before up to this point, so it would set a whole new level in depravity and disturbance. Therefore, I was meant to be disgusted by the things I would watch in it. That was the main and only point of this film.
But it failed. Miserably, if you allow me to use the hyperbolic language to describe this shameless hyperbole of a film.
I seriously don't believe Spasojevic has any talent, visual or whatever, to reinforce the intensity of his scenes. I think his noisy, confusing and ultimately clichéd editing makes, if anything, a strong favor to the exact contrary, helping to normalize and immunize the audience for such difficult situations. So, we have AGAIN the same sudden increases of volume accompanied with little flashbacks showing like ten images per second, and that is supposed to not only be original but disturbing. Maybe it's just the fact that I find it so overloaded and easy what completely takes me out of the context and spoils what otherwise are difficult scenes by themselves.
With that shock value strongly defeated, I wouldn't mind if there was something else out there, but didn't find too much either. The plot really does start off as a quite interesting one, but then, as it is developed, the only point of reference (guy's morals) is quickly turned into a mere excuse to have him "enjoying" gross scene after gross scene after gross scene, ad infinitum.
About the satire, or the moral of the story, I quite honestly think you can take advantage of such extreme acts like these and virtually use them to describe and criticize every aspect you might consider; so the fact that it is a view into the post-war Serbian situation is just as convincing to me as saying it talks about the horrors of war itself or the self-blindness of Serbian/Spanish/American/Cambodian society. It's an empty place where you can introduce any theory, any attitude you are "against of" or want to describe as catastrophically catastrophic (yeah, redundancy intended). It's so generic I don't think associating the film with a particular current of opinion has to make me appreciate more what it shows.
So in the end "Srpski Film" is not more or less than a bunch of theatrical resources used to make the audience vomit or look away. Yes, there are movies like these and I respect them for their purpose, but it's the almost complete lack of effectiveness it had on me -I think only the family rape scene was a little disturbing- despite the several extremely difficult topics it deals with, what makes this movie for me, at all, a wasted effort.
Disaster Movie (2008)
A disgrace... or a disaster
I seriously don't know how to start bitching about this piece of junk. There is nothing to praise in this movie. Nothing.
Even in previous spoof movies from Seltzer & Friedberg there was the occasional scene of rare genius, the good and hilarious line or something you could remember as fairly acceptable among the crap.
Not in "Disaster Movie". This is not only one of the worst comedies I've ever seen, it's right there among the most unlikeable things that have been ever filmed.
Every joke has been beaten to death, every movie parody is devoid of any context, or interest, or inventiveness. It's just a bunch of sub-genre clichés thrown one after another after another, in a literally plot less scenario and the laziest writing I've ever seen for this kind of movies (and that's saying SOMETHING). Actually, it's way more disgusting than funny, if there's some fun there. This movie redefines (or more likely, destroys) the concept of "absurd humor" as a bunch of completely random and over-explored gags of easy -and ineffective- shock, childish rant and stereotypes.
I admit it, I liked "Scary Movie" because it, despite the occasional bad jokes here and there, was original, mostly funny and entertaining and, perhaps above everything else, it had a point. You could see what they were parodying and why.
But this... it's not funny, it's not fresh, it doesn't even give a nice satire about anything. I can't find any redeeming point through its 80 minutes; even if I thought there was at least one good joke, or two, out of all -and it's not my case- the movie as a whole would still feel unnecessary, redundant and completely devoid of any merit.