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Xix & Xax / Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Last post by polkablues on January 14, 2019, 04:39:23 PM »
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News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by polkablues on January 14, 2019, 04:32:10 PM »


I loved the first Wolf Creek movie. Loved it. A simple story, well-told. Brutal and efficient. And one of the most memorable villains in recent memory.

I HATED the sequel. I can't remember the last movie I had such a visceral negative reaction to. It took everything effective about the original and replaced it with ham-fisted plotting, sophomoric humor, and it reduced John Jarratt's iconic character to an obnoxious cartoon. It was so bad.

So obviously I approached the first season of the Wolf Creek television series with some trepidation. Part of what made Wolf Creek 2 fall flat was its episodic structure, which undercut any sense of connection with its characters and made it feel more like a series of random vignettes than a story. Would a six-episode television season fall victim to the same approach?

Spoiler: No, it did not. It's so damn good. It is, in fact, the best version of Wolf Creek to date (although I haven't seen the second season of the series yet, which is another self-contained story following a different set of characters). They did the smartest thing they could possibly do, which is to NOT focus it on Jarratt's villain, but to create a compelling protagonist and give her a massively satisfying character arc as they spend six episodes circling each other's orbits until it all comes to a head in a cathartic climax. Lucy Fry gives a fully committed performance, and is a primary factor in the success of this season. Despite the fact it was made for television, there is nothing held back in the graphic violence department, and somehow they always manage to keep the stakes high enough that the brutality always feels earned and impactful, never gratuitous.

It's currently available to stream with a Shudder subscription, and I highly recommend it. I'm hoping the second season shows up on there soon, because I'm ready for more.
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Xix & Xax / Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on January 14, 2019, 02:11:26 PM »
Good idea. Done!


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Xix & Xax / Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Last post by Robyn on January 14, 2019, 12:37:00 PM »
Can we get spoiler tags now by any chance?
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2018 In Film / Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Last post by Sleepless on January 14, 2019, 08:51:15 AM »
FWIW, I knew almost zero before watching TOSOTW and I haven't seen the doc yet. I will. Then I'll watch TOSOTW again.
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Robyn on January 14, 2019, 04:54:24 AM »
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Fernando on January 13, 2019, 09:07:32 PM »
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David Lynch / Re: HALFBORN: An Inland Empire Analysis
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on January 13, 2019, 04:46:50 PM »
Also you make a great point about trauma. I've been going about it the other way referring to "abuse" and "suffering." I don't think I've used the word "trauma" at all.

I've argued that the abuse that Lost Girl suffers sets the whole chain of events in motion. That places responsibility on the Phantom (her abuser). But it's probably also important to focus on Lost Girl's trauma, and that experience itself, as being crucial, without trying to blame her too much.

Talking about Sue's trauma is even more interesting. She seems so strong that it's a little more difficult to identify her as a trauma survivor specifically. But of course she absolutely is.
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David Lynch / Re: HALFBORN: An Inland Empire Analysis
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on January 13, 2019, 04:22:40 PM »
Right... I guess saying "pseudo" was an unnecessary hedge. In my interpretation, ghost-Sue is traveling not in the real incarnate world, i.e. not appearing to normal people just living their lives. She travels in a space that's either made for her, or that she is trapped within (or both, you could say) where she can learn more about what she is, and more importantly how she is linked to Lost Girl, and how she and Lost Girl can only attain freedom by saving each other.