Feb 25, 2015

Hans Cripleton: Talk to the Hans – 2014 – What did I just see?

What did I just see? I don’t think that question has ever been more valid. I had to watch this a few times before I “got it”. It’s actually a quite funny comedy; an indie comedy and not very politically correct at that. At first I thought it was a bit tasteless and making fun och disabled people. I don’t anymore. If it’s something it makes fun of, it’s inbred rednecks. I think all of the main characters are so exaggerated that it’s impossible to take them serious enough to be offended though. That’s my 2 cents anyway. I guess some might be offended but if that’s the case, you might want to watch smother else to begin with.

The acting is quite good. I totally buy the pseudo documentary. If I didn’t know better it would have me fooled. The acting is actually more realistic that the makeup effects. Those are cool but obviously faked. I think they’re supposed to look faked to make a comic point and together with the characters it’s all in good fun.

The story revolves around a family, and one of the in particular – Hans. He’s a authority in the horror world but he seems to take himself a little bit to serious after a while. This movie has the form of a documentary around him. It evolves to something more and before the end it becomes a family drama within this crazy family AND the documentary film maker. There is a zombie curse too if you’re into that kind of stuff, but even though it’s important for the plot and storyline, it’s not very much coverage of it. Not in imagery anyway.

You have never seen a movie like this before, nor are you likely to do so again anytime soon! If you are into indie flick you should see this one!


Feb 3, 2015

A Killer Conversation – 2014 – perfectly titled flick

Actually this movie is perfectly titled. I wasn’t really aware of it when I started to watch it but I soon found out it was a deliberate pun. At least that’s my interpretation of it; I can’t really see any other possibility. The main plot is that of a burglar breaking in and capturing the resident. Soon after, his ex wife comes into the picture. Then the burglar takes the part of some sort of counselor between them. The ending is inevitable but this came a bit as a surprise.

The accent spoken in the dialog is British. I don’t know if that makes it better or not but it surely makes it more comical. I was expecting a horror flick or at least a thriller but I got a quite a talky drama comedy.

I wasn’t sure about the acting at first. Neither of them will get an academy award for their contribution but when a few minutes have passed I realize that it’s nothing wrong with the acting at all. It’s all in the part of the style of the movie. It’s supposed to be geeky acted. That’s what I think anyway.

I’m a bit disappointed. Not by the movie itself really, it was entertaining anyway, but with my anticipation of it. I should have realized what kind of movie I was about to watch. Maybe I should have paid more attention to the press material. But on the other hand, I was given a film that I had not expected. That’s one of the most exciting experiences you can have when it comes to watching movies.

I think this flick will have a hard time to succeed. I think you have to be really open minded to ‘get’ the comic approach of it. And if you’re not patient enough you will miss the whole point of it all.