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Paths of the Soul (Kang rinpoche)
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A docu-drama that follows a group of about ten Tibetians on a pilgrimage to Lasa, Tibet. They calculate to use approximately seven months on their roughly 2.000 kilometers trip by foot. And oh, they throw themselves to the ground every tenth step or so, doing a "kowtow" - kneeling until their heads touch the ground.

This is a long journey and a childbirth, road crashes and several extreme nature happenings are being witnessed. Snow, rain, heat and even more juicy stuff are included.
There is no music, little dialogue and mostly wide shots with few faces - we keep distance.

I'm never bored - it's amazing. Their passion and courage, the positivity and the few people they meet makes it a very plesant ride the full two hours. The fantastic shots of beautiful nature sure helps too. Crisp sounds of "clickety-clacks" from their wooden hand protection mittens are a treat in this otherwise silent film. There are almost just nature herself, people noises and the clicks here. Lovely and calming.

There is not much information about this film so far, so I'm really not sure if it's a documentary. I did found this sentence at screendaily, though: "..director Zhang Yang uses non-professional actors and a non-scripted narrative to create a fictionalised account of true event".

A different road trip indeed. Inspiring, weird and very, very fascinating.

8.5 out of 10 kowtows.

Hardcore Henry
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Very cool first person point of view film, almost entirely shot with GoPro Hero3. I may be wrong but this may be the first full lenght action film done in this manner. Edited to look like something mostly done in one take and it works fine. Super intense and ultra violent film with over 200 deaths. If you are in for some girls a casting credit with over 30 "Girl in Brothel" on the roster may interest you.

Naturally very unrealistic. It feels like a videogame. I was nearly sweating - that describes it power and inclution in the film. On the other hand, it gets exhausting since there are no breaks here. Fittingly weird, like the dude that helps Henry and his shapeshifting. Funny at times, I like the horse scene among others.

Great intro, it looks great and gave me plenty of hope for this film. It continued to stay great for a while, but it gradually got to repitative and way too intense. The last 15 minutes or so kills much of the vibe. It's just too much.

I like the original capturing and the whole plan. I even like the execution, but it's not a film to remember as a solid film or a game changer. It's an intense ride that got some nice touches.

6 out of 10 shots of adrenaline.

Ten Canoes
Ten Canoes (2007)
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

With a documentary look and a film sat in Australia's northern territories we are up for something different. A small tribe of Aboriginies are prepairing their canoes for some duck hunting. At the same time there are some dating discussions and other family issues to take care of. Some guys with a bigger rep in the tribe also has their problems. Honey problems among others. When another tribe gets into the film, things turn more dramatic and violent and we are in the mix of the two stories. Everything is told by David Gulpilil, an actor that did so well in "Charlie's Country" a few years ago.

Lovely shot film with an original storytelling. At the same time this film is very slow and striaght up boring stuff for most of it's playtime. As more things happen after a while, I'm already so bored that I really don't care much. It keeps fading from black to colors and back, it's nice but I tire of it too as it's repeated so many times.

Original, different, flat and boring.

4 out of 10 canoes.

Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen)
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Another mix of dreams and reality from Bergman. We meet an artist that's having an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires. Everything happens on an island with few inhabitants. His mood swings as he face his inner deamons everywhere. He seem to have a guilty conscience from somthing, probably related to his young, pregnant girl.

"Repulsion" comes to mind as a similiar film, there is also something very Lynch-like here, but the "The Shining" must be the film that later on seem most influenced by this flick.
Never a horror, but quite close to one, very psychological and dark stuff. Some things seem to make no sense, others are very deep and open to a number of interpretations.

Lovely crafted and maybe the most experimental film he's done that I've seen. Never got the ending really. It's something unique, but I never caught it. Huge stars in this film - mostly known Bergman faces. Max von Sydow, Erland Josephson, Liv Ullmann and a stunning Ingrid Thulin.

Probably on my top 5 Bergman-list, but it may drop some places after I watch the next relases I got planned to give a go.

8 out of 10 fishing rods.

The Witches
The Witches (1990)
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Roald Dahl was born 100 years ago this week, so I've decided to check out a film based on his works in his honour. I guess I was too afraid of it to see it as a child.

Someplace in Norway a granny tells her grandson about witches. The way they can smell children, the way they capture and kill them. She knows how they look and work. Luke is not only frightened but he really believes it too. When they stay at a hotel later on in the film, there are some sort of meeting there - naturally a cover for a witches meeting, and Jack and his granny get's in the middle of it.

Very good effects, impressive, actually. Cool with plenty of Norwegian stuff, too. Matches, board games, cars and even some frases. Not too long ago I saw another Roeg film and I must say I like his style of film making, something different. Quite weird, but always direct. Good stuff.

A scary film for the younger audiences. I found it funny and with it's very solid story it's watchable indeed.

7 out of 10 potions.