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2012.05.05

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I liked how long they waited in The Raid to show any actual martial arts action; it really faked me out. I was starting to get antsy, like aw man this isn't just going to be dudes shooting at other dudes is it and then BANG! Non-stop punching and kicking henceforth.

The last 12 months have been great, at least going by Australian release dates: The Raid, Tinker Tailor etc., Turin Horse (speaking of "demanding"!), 13 Assassins, Drive, A Separation...

the best part of Until the Light Takes Us was a screening i went to with the directors in attendance -- when they started talking about the aesthetics and cultural context of black metal, some dude got up and screamed "FUCK THAT, THAT'S NOT WHAT IT'S ABOUT"

Jones: Turin Horse! I still haven't stepped up to the plate, I'm ashamed to admit.

Itz: that's fucking awesome. How'd they react to that?

I don't know anything about black metal or the scene the movie is dealing with, and I was really surprised at how poorly prepared the film was for an audience member like me-somebody who is ignorant, but curious. I'm willing to pay attention to just about anything, but they really don't even try to meet you even remotely halfway.

Man, The Raid is at the top of my must-see list ever since I heard about it. Who knows when I'll get to it, but I really want to.

Have you seen BKO: Bangkok Knockout? It's another crazy martial arts thing, about a bunch of kids who get captured and forced to fight for their lives while rich people bet on them. It's got that Thai exuberance, and while it's pretty silly, I really dug it.

The Raid totally lives up to the hype, you'll dig the hell out of it.

BKO: no, but I'll remedy that, maybe in the next 48 hours. I have no idea how long this obsession I've got going with these types of movies is going to last, but for now, I'm giving a fuck about almost nothing else.

Belatedly: the filmmakers just kind of huffed and ignored it. I think there's room to say something intelligent about black metal beyond lurid Lords of Chaos style true crime, church arson, Hellhammer or whoever saying it's music only for whites... But Until the Light was just too meandering and devoid of, like, anythin to say about its subject matter (followinf that dude walking by all of Oslo's convenience stores)--even from an inside baseball perspective it cut like plasticware. I wished it was trashier, just to give us something to hook into.

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