Last night me and my girl went down to the IFC center and saw a 1977 Japanese horror/fantasy/comedy film called House (Hausu). Some films are so unique and beautiful that after viewing them I can't help but scour the internet hoping to find similar films. The sad thing about House is that I'm not sure there are any films that come close to filling its shoes.
Evan Kindley, of notcoming.com, writes an excellent review on the film. I especially like how he tries to describe the film in comparison to others we may have seen...
€œwhat if Walt Disney decided to make a horror film based on Pee Wee€™s Playhouse€; €œimagine Gone with the Wind as a €™70s-era music video invaded by traditional Japanese ghosts€; €œBeetlejuice as directed by Dario Argento€; or €œif Michel Gondry directed his own version of a J-horror remake.€ Lucky for us, we don€™t need to imagine any of those disquieting what-if scenarios, because Hausu most assuredly exists, the only example in a genre of one."
House is ridiculous in the most perfect ways, it is bad in the most comedic entertaining ways and it just looks damn beautiful the whole time. Thanks to Janus Films, House is making its rounds at various art house cinemas. A dvd/bluray release is surely soon to follow and I would not be surprised if this film became an instant cult classic, in my mind it already has. If you want to see something completely different, head down to the IFC center and check out this film in theaters while you can.
"The girls will wake up... when they are hungry."
It's not a secret that Star Wars Episode 1 is not only a horrible Star Wars movie, it's just a horrible movie in general. Sitting through it is a task, it's so dense and filled with boring political plot points, bad acting and computer graphics. It feels more like an ILM portfolio showcasing CG techniques rather than a film.
I can remember as a kid watching it for the first time and leaving the theater confused. I thought maybe I wasn't watching as careful as I should have been? I dunno what it was but I felt like I missed something because, its Star Wars, isn't it supposed to be good? I thought, "Did I just black out for most of that movie? Was I daydreaming the whole time?" I begged my parents to take me again, so I could see what I surely missed but they wouldn't take me. I had to wait for it to come out on video when I finally realized that it wasn't just me, this shit really does just suck.