Monday, March 23, 2009

Love at first sight?

I dont believe in love at first sight, but I do believe in LUST at first sight... It has gotten me into trouble In the past.

Her name was Diary of the Dead... After coming across the first scene of the film and trailer, I was completely blown away. As a huge fan of the original Dawn of the Dead, I was hyped about going to see this film. I even drug out my friend Alex Hate to come see it with me. To say the least, DOTD was the worst film that I had seen in 2008. Furthermore, I was embarrassed that I had wasted my friends time... The film started off with great potential, but failed to deliver in almost every category except gore. It's true; You can't judge a book by it's cover and you can't judge a movie by it's trailer.

The other night I ran across a trailer for a film called The longest Summer. I was blown away by the feel and imagery of this film. The trailer has a grungy aestheitc with hand held and reportage-like cinematography. I am starting to notice I have an infatuation with the 98-99 trends in filmmaking. I see this film feeling something like another film from 1998, Belly. Like Belly, this film was somewhat panned by critics. However, as you might know, I am a fan of Belly. Perhaps, The longest Summer is another hidden gem.

I went to the local Independent video store, Video Drome ("Product plug! Product Plug!"), and tried to find The longest Summer. Unfourtanetly, they didnt have the film, but they said they had some of Fruit Chan's other films. I decided to give Hollywood Hong Kong a try. I must admit, I did not read much about the film and got it on the strength of The longest Summer's movie trailer. With this in mind, I did not get what I expected and I was not really blown away by the direction of the film. To me, the film felt like the Chinese answer to Delicatessen. I'm not a fan of that movie either.

Although I did not like Fruit Chan's other film, I am still intrigued by The longest Summer's trailer. As with any great trailer, the more I watch it, the more I Lust to see the film...

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