Jun 22, 2014

Die Die Delta Pi – 2013 – full frontal nudity!


I think most of us, those of us that like slasher flicks, have seen this story before. It’s really nothing new. I won’t spoil it for you but it involves an accidental death in the past and revenge in present day. It also obviously revolves around a sorority and the girls there. These are exploited of course. Early on there’s full frontal nudity and there’s a few scenes with naked breasts although the movie. This is a cliché approach of course, but it still works in the context of it all.



As most slasher flicks there are really bad acting. Most of it actually but it’s the same thing here. The bad acting serves as funny cliché references. It’s obvious that the movie makers know what they’re doing as they take advantage of it for humorous relief. Often the point of these flicks is not to scare and frighten but to amuse, and this movies does that. Bad acting, stupid dialog but really good makeup effects makes the film worthwhile.


5/10


Jun 16, 2014

The Lords Burning Rain – 2014


This starts of as an extraordinary adventure and it’s equally beautiful. The environment is exactly how I picture the Irish countryside a few years back. Though out the movie the music’s marvelous too! In fact I can’t find much that isn’t perfection in this production. But of course, if you’re into action and horror flicks, this is not for you. This is a film that actually tells a story about people and about Ireland in particular.

To tell the story we follow a sixteen year old boy when he’s riding a horse home. He encounters some odd characters along the way. It’s almost mythological at times, at least if you see it from a metaphorical point of view. It never goes too far into fantasy and such though. At some point I found it almost surreal as far as the story telling technique goes but I’m not sure if this is intended of if it’s just me over interpreting it? In either case there is surely an interesting nerve to it.

As we follow the boy’s journey home, we also get to see some flashbacks in black and white. They are designed to “look old” and I guess they’re realistic as such but I found them a bit of the point. I think they stall the pace a bit and the pace is rather slow to begin with. It’s really slow. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it stays interesting all the way through. However, I don’t think it’s easy to understand the movie fully from watching it just once. It’s rather complex and you might miss a lot of details if you don’t pay enough attention.

The acting is really good. I actually think that all of it could be a more or less a documentary. It’s that realistic. This is the second film and the first feature I’ve seen from Maurice O’Callaghan (the first was the short A Day for theFire), and I’m really impressed! I want to see more!

9/10

Jun 15, 2014

A Day for the Fire – 2014


Once again I must admit that I find it difficult to write about short movies. I mean those that consist of more or less one scene or one set to tell their story. This particular film focus on a man that returns to his home village after twenty years in exile. He walks into a pub and orders some coffee. Soon he’s joined by another man who, just like the first man, finds the burning fire cozy. They start to talk to each other and the other man reveals some very personal things, about his dead kid. The kid apparently committed suicide.

But it doesn’t really matter if he committed suicide or not. What the conversation they’re having is about is of little importance. At least as long as it’s a melancholic one. The whole point of it all is essentially an exercise in storytelling with very small means. Both of the men are brilliant performers and the direction is splendid. The music is very important of course as well as the cinematography. I like it even if it didn’t bring me to tears. It made me think about what’s important in life even though I feel that the main purpose of the short is in the technical aspects.

7/10


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