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"I don't want to die north of Fargo!"

Posted on 2017.12.18 at 23:37
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The early day was bad with illness, but I managed to do a long walk to the stores around 4:pm. Was rushed. Caught the scheduled bus back home, around 5:45.

I watched a movie and now my head hurts, after GF Redbridge. I have to tell you. Wine is starting to taste repulsively sweet these days. It's disgusting.

I told you about the movie, "Under the Skin," which is the weirdest thing Scarlet Johansen has ever done. There is a reason why the trailer for that movie played before the one I watched: "Tusk."

I think that Kevin Smith maybe wanted to do his own version of, "Fargo," based on our much-emulated, central serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, in Milwaukee, correct name right? - Only setting it even farther north, in Manitoba. As a remake of Fargo, I think it is completely independent and creative - a movie in its own right.

But I do think he was trying to make a cult film. I hate when people deliberately try to do that...

Add to this overview, the ff movies, and you will get an idea of, "Tusk,"...

Boxing Helena
Little Shop of Horrors
Silence of the Lambs
My Dinner With Andre
Bob & Doug Mackenzie's Great White North
"Tusk" - by Fleetwood Mac
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Am I missing anything?....

This movie is an indie-type rehashing of a horror genre that has seen better threads, made for generation xy. A copy of many other copies... It is cute and quirky and freakish and all that. I just don't know how much more of this I want to see. I never liked 'horror' movies. For one thing, I don't see the point. It's a MOVIE. For another thing, horror movies are rather predictable and stupid. Also, they take advantage of scared movie-goers and get away with some really cheap costumes and sets.

I thought that this movie was supposed to be a kind of comedy! It turned out to be a quirky horror cult film with smatterings of funny - like when it makes fun of Canadians, which is the best part. Ironically, it points the finger of blame back at Americans. I do appreciate crass campy horror movies that include a lot of dumb humour, but this was not a comedy. I don't know what audience they were aiming for. Coffee-swilling cult film hipsters and marginalised adolescents maybe.

But, still, this movie is interesting to see, when it is not boring or trite. Worth seeing on a Saturday Night surrounded by accouterments.

People like to be scared, I guess. I, myself, do not have the need for playing at struggle or strife, because that's what I am trying to get OUT of. However, I heard an NPR thing today about how teens love reading terrifying novels and so I guess, if I want to survive, I guess I should write horrifying bullshit.

Blame Canada Russia.

Comments:


birdandfox
birdandfox at 2017-12-19 19:37 (UTC) (Lien)
I've been meaning to watch Tusk and the rest of Smith's True North trilogy. I mean, I'm a Kevin Smith fan , a horror comedy fan and I'm from Manitoba so I don't know how I haven't seen it yet.
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madman101 at 2017-12-19 21:28 (UTC) (Lien)
I didn't know there was a trilogy - and I wonder why. I can see people being a Kevin Smith fan, but I didn't like him when I saw an interview. He seemed to be Seth MacFarlane but with more fat and droning on and on, lol. I think that this movie was a reflexion of his life: arrogant blogger gets cut down, and grows to become fat walrus. Seriously. Its a simple outtake...

I was definitely thinking of you and my other Canadians, and wondering if you have ever seen this. It is worth seeing. I also like horror comedy, but comedy more. Have you ever seen Eraserhead? That is total horror but because it is right on the edge of comedy - absurd. I think it was revolutionary.

hey - remember - I have an LJ friend who is newly in Thunder bay. If you ever managed to be around there and visit her, that would be wonderful. You are different people but you both like me so that is something right?

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birdandfox
birdandfox at 2017-12-21 16:35 (UTC) (Lien)
Eraserhead was a big movie for me in highschool. I was trying to find my old yearbook photo from my freshman year because I was wearing an Eraserhead t-shirt lol.

I haven't been out to Thunder Bay/surrounding areas since I was on a greyhound headed for New Jersey/New York about five years ago but when I do head out that way I'm sure I'd look into visiting.

I do agree that Kevin Smith is somewhat unlikeable. He talks a lot on a podcast he does with Jason Mewes and seems to think nobody is as smart as him. I actually met him when his live podcast came to the city when I was about 19. He was very stand offish but Jason Mewes was pretty much the opposite which made up for Smiths behavior. Although Mewes was not so suavely flirting with me even though his wife was there and he wrote something very inappropriate on a piece of paper that I didn't ask to be autographed. Celebrities are weird. I think it's easier to dislike Smith because he does so many interviews and a lot of his revenue is made through public speaking/podcasts/reality shows.


Edited at 2017-12-21 16:40 (UTC)
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madman101 at 2017-12-22 18:16 (UTC) (Lien)
That is so wild! I just watched Eraserhead last night, after not seeing it for years. I think I only saw it 1x before, but it was also a big event in my life. While I was watching it last night, I wondered if you had ever seen it! I'd call it absurdist horror instead of funny-horror, but there is one or two funny bits in it. I think it was hugely influential and yet you never hear about it.

The actor looks like Morrissey in The Smiths...

I liked Silent Bob cuz he didn't talk.

OK - I might get back to this later. I have to keep getting this xmas stuff together. I am including the Eraserhead DVD in a box to a friend. Goodbye, Eraserhead.
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