Monday, May 14, 2012

Dream Home

Year: 2010
Director: Ho-Cheung Pang
Writer: Ho-Cheung Pang
Genre: Horror: Slasher

For some reason, I don't watch that many foreign horror films. When it comes to Asian horror films I'm doubly as reserved to watch them. Now, there are some that I have really enjoyed but for a long while it seemed there was a super focus in the market for ghost stories. Ghosts are fine and all but it seemed a bit tiring to me to see a bunch of the same (even if they were pretty creepy overall). So possibly by because of that I've been really slow to get around to watching Dream Home.

I say this all because Dream Home is not a same-y kind of film. If anything, it felt kind of western in presentation. Dream Home focuses on a woman who wants to be able to move into a building. It's her main focus in life. Unfortunately, as it is based around current affairs, the housing markets of the world have been wrecked. She can't afford this housing unit but damn if she doesn't desire it more than anything else. Her passion drives her to do unspeakable things.

I'm not sure what I expected from the movie but I didn't expect to see such strong displays of violence. Maybe I had felt that fad had already died out here, but it seems alive and well elsewhere. Let's be clear though, this film isn't full of torture, but it is full of some gruesome and interesting deaths. When it started out I felt like most of the deaths were a bit eccentric, but could have been something you'd see on the news. They were eerie with how real they could be if the right circumstances presented themselves. As the film went on, the deaths withdrew more from reality but they were still pretty gross to see.

In a way this film reminded me of Bloody Reunion and so if you like that one this is something to watch. I'd reccomend it if you're in the mood for something different and kind of black comedy-like.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Stuff I Watched

What have I been doing with all my precious non-internet time? I'll tell you! I've been watching movies. Actually, I've also suddenly developed a fondness for TV shows too (which can take up much more time than movies). Ah well, here's a list of the movies I've checked out since the last film update....

  • Late Fee
  • Psychos in Love
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Pet Sematary II
  • American Psycho 2: All American Girl
  • Blue Sunshine
  • Saint
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wras Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Devil in the Flesh
  • Lilja 4-Ever
  • All About Lily Chou-Chou
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Star Wars Episode II: Revenge of the Sith
What makes me a little bit sad is that none of these will probably be given a film post (at least not without me watching them again). For the most part though none of these films were entirely mind blowing. I will say that Psychos in Love was pretty entertaining though and I suggest checking it out sometime. Pet Semetary II wasn't bad either although it wasn't much of a continuation of the first film. Also, I had never watched the Star Wars series before this. Seriously. 

I've got my watchlist of films going on both IMDB and Letterboxd (more constant updates here). I'm hoping soon to get an invite into because it seems like a pretty sweet movie site. Hopefully it either turns out to be what I'm looking for in a movie-listing site or I'll end up sticking it out with the current two. So, that's it. Maybe if things work out I will resume writing some movie posts this coming week! Or at worst when summer starts for me, which is in about two weeks. Either way, more stuff is coming up :). 
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