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The Protagonist

I stumbled onto this documentary called “The Protagonist” by Jessica Yu which I really had no idea what to expect. Without going into research mode and trying to find out more about the film I simply began watching. As it starts out we are introduced to two rather effeminate men so I immediately think it is going to be a gay doccie about battling our own personal demons but as the story moves along we find out that there are four characters. A self hating homosexual, an effeminate boy raised in a non violent home, a soft boy raised in a violent home and a boy who develops into a violent political guerilla.
Now the interesting point is that they are all very different people but there emotional connections to the choices they made in their own personal steps of life are identical. Son what I really enjoyed about this was the deeper look into us as men and what drives us to be what we want to be in the eyes of other men.
If you follow the men’s stories you will find how some facts contribute to two men (at least, sometimes all four) making a decision based on that fact, only different choices with different effects yet the same outcome. For instance, the homosexual man and the man that stabs his father in the neck (the soft boy in a violent home), both men are raised under strict religious conditions. The homosexual turns to God to “cure” his homosexuality and the other man turns away from God as he battles the idea of feeling good about defending himself and stabbing his father. The effect, they both become very destructive to people around them. The one trying to convince other gays they are sinners and the other terrorizing people in bank robberies. The end, they were both torturing themselves.
If you get the chance to watch this, go for it.

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Remaking History for the Youth?

2011 just kinda swooped right passed my nose without a single horror film to rant and rave about. With that said, however, i do believe some magic came out of the art house sector of filmmaking in terms of horror. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is a drama in essence but pushed to the max when it comes to the real life horror of regret, remorse and reevaluation of ones own choices in life. It’s a representation of a horror kid and the mother that made him so. And although the film is remarkable it is not really a “scary” movie. The horror lies in the real emotion behind horrific events and definitely worth a viewing for all horror fans.
“The Innkeepers” managed to slip in to my viewing schedule and I was not pleasantly surprised, rather, my expectations were met. The story is a bit of a drag, and some of the sub-plot seems a little retarded but I was scared out of my pants. The simplistic attitude for the horror figure shook me to my core. And although the old man scared the he’ll out of me, how she landed up in the basement (again) is a little unfeasible, so while the scariest moment was happening I was almost lost just because I don’t believe she would have gone back down into the basement – unless she is just a dumb ass bitch, which I did not get. I liked the character, so needless to say the end disappointed me.
Another almost great film is “The Woman”. A cool little film on dominance, male dominance and trying to crack the whip of control. The story sucks you in with all the characters having some sort of interesting underlying message but when it comes to the end the filmmakers kinda went for gore over a coherent story. In all the mayhem of the film’s climatic ending the audience is left very disjointed from all that emotional ties to the characters and we are left with what? Swaying from side to side in a cradle of mediocrity, drifting down slowly towards an unfulfilling ground.
“The Human Centipede II” is so awful that I don’t want to talk about it. It’s really an uncomfortable to watch and from the bottom of my gut I would strongly recommend not viewing it at all. The imagery stains the brain in a very unnecessary way that I don’t want to complain about the film, rather just forget it.
And I will have quick rant about all the remakes. Most of them have sucked, some surpasses the original and I do believe the revenge films are hitting it on the mark. Revenge films are interesting plots mainly because you take a protagonist and you break them down to the point where revenge is all that is important. In so fact turning the protagonist into the antagonist and persuading the audience to root and cheer for the (revenge) killing. It does not follow a normal structure to story telling and the revenge films of the seventies, they are just better to watch now. The actors are better and the films have lost that stark bitterest unwatchable feeling. As far as “The Last House on the Left” and “I spit on your Grave” are concerned, I am of the opinion that the remakes are much much better. “I Spit…” manages to not “rape” the audience like the originals uncut version but manages to keep that hatred you feel for the men therefore making the revenge session feel like a thrilling roller coaster ride.

Here’s to a hopeful year of scary films.

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