Thursday, October 29, 2009

Celluloid #64

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Drag Me to Hell (2009) Raimi - Gross-out horror film featuring lots of puke. Christina won't grant an extension to a gypsy woman behind on her mortgage. In turn, the gypsy places a curse on Christina that stipulates a three day period before she is "dragged to hell." Full of gags--I liked the scene where the gypsy attempts to gum Christina to death. Fun for the genre. 3.5/5

the Official Story (1985) Puenzo - Argentinian film that's very similar to the more recent Cautiva. The story deals with how families were affected by the Argentinian "Dirty War" where political dissidents were "disappeared" and some babies were born in prison. Those babies were given to government loyalists who didn't ask questions. In this film, the mother of an adopted girl begins wondering about her daughter's origins and discovers more about her country and her husband than she cared to know. 4/5

the Saragossa Manuscript (1965) Has - Somethings about this film just wasn't working for me. I'm not sure if it was the length (3 hours), the fact that it's a Polish film about Spanish people, or just too much meandering in the plot. I fell asleep twice before abandoning it, but from what I could tell, it's a story about a famous story involving soldiers, ghosts, and sexy Muslim sisters. NA/5

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) Clayton - A carnival comes to town, and weird things start happening to the townspeople. Namely, their dreams start to come true, but with a dark twist. Also, Pam Grier plays a witch! 3.5/5

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