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Kung Fu Elliot (2014)
A 10/10 in your face character character study
Most viewers seem to sort of dislike this flick for one of two reasons. Either it's because they don't like Elliot or because they can't place it in a category. The first reason is like dismissing "Das Boot" or "Schindler's List" b/c you don't like Nazis and the second is sadly the prominent reason why a lot of awesome movies get bad reviews. Everybody love's the Godfather as it is obviously a gangster movie - but Science of Sleep - hmm - is it a drama, or a comedy, is it a dream, is it real?
At the end of the day it's pretty simple - it's a portrait. And b/c this portrait was filmed over a longer period it starts to develop into directions the director probably didn't anticipate. Elliot is - as destructive and deceptive as he may be - an interesting subject to be placed under the looking glass - like an ugly insect for example - pretty interesting to watch as a matter of fact. It's truly fascinating to see him clash with reality. And for that purpose the director does a great job - it really couldn't be done any better in my opinion - hence 10/10.
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- The Jinx (super-unlikeable)
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- When Louis met Saville (super-unlikeable)
I do have to say so that I feel also kind of sorry for Elliot and that this movie to some extent severely damaged his freedom. He is a manipulative and deceptive person - but he didn't directly harm anybody and his focus was on adults who should have simply known better. Realistically speaking for every liar there is somebody who actively wants to believe lies ... to some extent he's the embodiment of a tragic character from a Wes Anderson movie.