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Before I begin, I suppose I should answer the basic question: Just what the fuck is a What the Fuck (heretofore WTF) film?
Well, basically, the easiest definition is the onomatopoetic one: it’s a movie that makes you go “WTF, dude, WTF”.
I’m not sure that really helps, because that description’s kind of vague and subjective and ambiguous and imprecise and all the other points of film criticism law. And that’s because WTF films are a bit hard to define. They come in many shapes and sizes, many styles and aesthetic forms, many colors and tints (for some they are white and gold, for others black and blue).
But generally they can be recognized by their anarchic plumage; their refusal to care about rules and regulations; by their determination to march to their own kind of drummer; make their own kind of music; and sing their own kind of song, because, well, that’s just what they gotta do.
Not everyone will agree which films are WTF and which ones aren’t. One man’s, “Oh, my god, just what was that I just saw” is another man’s, “Well, it was okay I guess”, is another man’s, “That was the worst piece of shit I’ve seen in my life”.
But everyone agrees they’re like art: we don’t know how to define it, we just know it when we see it. Continue reading →
Well, it’s that time of the year again, when lists must be made to give meaning to all the time spent going to movies the year before rather than doing things like joining Doctors Without Borders or trying to find a cure for cancer or sharing memes of kittens on facebook.
No matter what anyone tells you, this is the endgame of film watching, to create order out of chaos, to reach conclusions from randomness, to give deeper meaning to something that in many ways has little meaning except the attending in the first place.
But we’re human and it’s what we do.
However, before getting to the nitty-gritty, I would like to first make a few observations about the state of cinema these days based on the films I saw last year. Continue reading →
I feel I should start this review with full disclosure. I do not like the movies of Lars von Trier, I do not like them, Sam I Am. I find them preposterous, ridiculous, over the top, impossible to connect with emotionally, and, most importantly, just plain boring the vast majority of the time. I only keep seeing them because of the critical reception his movies receive and the reputation he has within the film community; so I realize that attention must be paid.