Ratings – 15/07/2012

So I’ve been watching a good number of great Korean movies recently.

The Host – 3/5

Despite this being the most successful Korean film ever, I’d failed to watch it until now. It’s great as a monster movie but I didn’t really see much of the political subtext it’s reported to contain.

 

The Bow – 4/5

Another slice of minimalist excellence from Kim Ki-Duk, set entirely on a boat with two main characters who both virtually never speak, he still crafts a compelling drama.

 

Blind (2011) – 3.5/5

 

Bedevilled – 4/5

Another cracking Korean thriller, a city girl visits the remote island where she once lived to find her childhood friend suffering horrendous abuse at the hands of the other residents. Fantastic but harrowing stuff.

The Coast Guard – 3/5

A tragic military story from Kim Ki-Duk, following the mental breakdown of a soldier and a girl after an accidental shooting.

 

Piranha 3DD – 1 /5

I’d somehow convinced myself that there could be some entertainment value in this, there isn’t. Despite its promises of offering more than its campy predecessor, it offers considerably less, and can’t even wring a good joke out of a cameoing Hasselhoff’s surprise at a kid not knowing who he is. Barely long enough to qualify as feature length but still a waste of everybody’s time.

 

Iron Sky – 2.5/5

You might think that a film with the premise of space Nazis trying to take over the earth wouldn’t have much else going on, but this bizarre little film’s main aim is to satirise American politics. It has some very impressive effects considering its low budget but simply isn’t funny enough, (It’s only really good gag is a running joke about the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute) and becomes rather pessimistic towards the end.

Also:

If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise – 4/5

Grimm Love – 2/5

Martha Marcy May Marlene – 3/5

We Bought a Zoo – 2.5/5

The Visitor – 4/5

Flesh + Blood – 3/5

 

Listening:

Gojira – L’enfant Sauvage

Haven’t listened to a huge amount of this band before but I’ve been enjoying their latest.

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