Archive for January, 2010

TRIANGLE, Christopher Smith (2009)

Posted in Action!, Horror, Thriller with tags , , on January 13, 2010 by Toi Brownstone

Triangle is a complex film, difficult to talk about without spoiling, anyway I will make an effort for think it’s worth watching. It’s one of the most original recent films I’ve seen and made an impact, although I think I should revisit again the soonest. 

As a genre it could fit in many categories: horror, thriller, sci-fi…probably when you face it, you’ll start thinking of movies such as Ghost Ship, but then Memento will come to your mind, and you’ll finish having the need to recover old Twilight Zone chapters. Yeah, this is the power of Triangle, there are different, let’s call them stages, and different treatment of the characters and the story on each of these levels. 

Just a quick word about the plot, without spoiling, I promise, that would mean to destroy all the mystery and interest this film requires. 

Greg has invited some friends to spend a day sailing on his yacht. His special friend Jess (Melissa George) arrives late showing some kind of emotional distress nobody can guess about. Apparently she has a retarded child and is having a bad time, so there’s no asking. After resting for a while and interrupted by freak dreams, Jess and the rest are surprised by total calm at sea without wind to move the vessel, which is really weird. Calm is followed by a violent and dangerous storm that wrecks the yacht. Miraculously, all the crew survives thanks to the hull but Heather, who’s disappeared. With no means to communicate with any rescue team, the only option is just to wait. Fortunately it doesn’t take too long until a huge cruise passes by. Jess doesn’t feel too confident about boarding, but as it’s the only way out, they jump onto it. It’s weird they cannot find anybody to talk to, the vessel seems abandoned but at the same time in good condition. However, they will feel a threatening presence they’ll have to find out about. 

The initial segment of the movie is common to many others, the list of possible situations is huge, but Christopher Smith chooses wisely, focusing on definite psychological terror, with repetition as the only chance to awake from a horrible nightmare. 

Melissa George is worth being remarked as well as the responsibility of the story falls directly on her. She’s not to be considered a good actress after Triangle, in fact I thinks she’s being attached to action and terror movies, as in Alias and 30 Days of Night. In Triangle, as the film advances you discover details about her life, combined with her visions in her sleep, Jess is an unbalanced woman, leaving you to even consider if what happens is just hallucination. 

Unfortunately, after an outstanding developed chain of shocking events the end is not as conclusive as it should, leaving the viewer a bit confused about the whole story, probably that’s why I need to see it again. 

Still, it’s a very dynamic film, tension is constant and you can feel something bad is about to happen, and the more it advances, the reckless the story turns and the hopeless the viewer feels towards a possible happy ending. 

Definitely Triangle is a good movie which could become well acclaimed in the future.

CSNY/DÉJÀ VU, Bernard Shakey (2008)

Posted in Documentary with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2010 by Toi Brownstone

I’m not really into politics, it’s boring, it’s easy to get into argument with close people due to discrepancies and considering the tense atmosphere constantly surrounding us lately, I prefer  not to dig much into them because I can get really angry.

For me it’s difficult to understand artistic remarkable figures supporting presidential candidates publicly, specially bands, for it’s a way to narrow your audience depending on the position you take on certain relevant matters. Thus, when bands were supporting Obama I found it a bit ridiculous, but guess again this is a cultural difference, I don’t respect Spanish artists much and for them politics is a matter of promo or a way to get some privileges in cultural issues.

I heard about this documentary when it was released, but felt lazy and my excuse was not to be such fan of Neil Young’s as to watch it, but some things change and felt the need to watch it after my boyfriend’s suggestion. So I did, approaching the moment to give  him the DVD  for Xmas.

Déjà Vu documents 2007  Freedom of Speech Tour in American venues, as the introduction of Neil Young’s Living with War album to public audience with the attractive added of counting on  his old  colleagues David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham  Nash for expressing his disagreement against Bush politics in the War in Iraq.

As many of you may know, this is not the first time the four artists sing against what they think to be social and political injustice (I prefer to be objective to respect everyone’s opinions on these matters), when they released the protest  song Ohio in 1970 to condemn the Kent State Shootings of May  4, 1970, the impact was huge, some radios banned the song for Nixon was named, and for many this song became a statement and a hymn of the era.

As to evoke that previous moment, Young decided to invite those he shared that moment with, to start the anti-Bush propaganda on stage.

Thus, this documentary reflects the way American Young’s fans reacted to his message, the critics response to the show, the way America is divided regarding war and politics, even geographically, veterans statements,  the opinion of the musicians…It’s unbelievable the relevance a musician’s message can have in audience, really.

One of the moments I particularly enjoyed most was that of the song Let’s Impeach the President, with Karaoke included so audience can raise their voice together with CSNY, and the reactions of people. Some of them totally enthusiastic, singing and dancing as if the song was a hymn, and others completely pissed off, swearing on Young, leaving the venue, cursing, and offended as if someone had cursed on their mothers.

The reason why Neil Young wrote this album, followed by a tour, is not clear for many though. While many of their fans support his attitude against the war and defend his power to express publicly his disagreement by means of his music, some others think of this as an opportunity of making more money, by selling albums and very expensive gig tickets, and abuses of his popularity to get involved into politics and get some benefit in any way. Well, I leave it up to you, my intention here is encouraging you to watch the film which won’t let you go to bed without thinking of it at least for a while.