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The Ten (2007)
Weird, but make up your own mind
I saw this movie in March when it was in the Cleveland International Film Festival and when i saw it I truly didn't know what to think. Being August now, I still don't know whether i liked it or not. You have to either be in a very odd mood to see this movie, or just weird, or else you would think that its the stupidest thing that you've ever seen. When I saw it, it was the 4th movie of the day that i had seen and it was enough to keep me awake mostly questioning what the writers (or director) was on when they came up with the concept of this movie.
OK, 10 commandments, fine, I have no problem with that. I actually kind of appreciate the fact that David Wain is trying to modernize the 10 commandments by using everyday situations, but his everyday situations end up being really trippy stories. Um, it takes someone really creative or really stoned to come up with these ideas, the idea of drugs coming up many times in Wain's work.
Some of these odd ideas were:
-Adam Brody's character getting stuck in the ground because he
jumped from an airplane without a parachute, and then thought he
-(No stealing: a puppet???---although it was funny that this was
Winona Ryder's part)
-the animated rhino??
I've seen 'Wet Hot American Summer' (also directed by Wain), and its the same, weird, 'how can anyone think of that, shoot it, edit it, and distribute it without that really stupid stuff disappearing the process' kind of feel to it.
Don't get me wrong though, I didn't hate it. It would only really be funny to someone that was slap happy (even more so than it takes to watch Napoleon Dynamite)
I'll never look at CAT scan machines the same way (luckily I or my neighbors don't have our own collection.
Story aside, there were some nice shots in the movie and it flowed pretty well. I really loved the transitions between the stories (not the 'guide' He was just O.K.) but the words that Wain highlights in the props to the scene to introduce each section (such as the newspaper that says 'covet' when the kid covers one letter with his fingers).
So basically make up your own mind. Its a very interesting movie. (emphasize the interesting)