Saturday, June 5, 2010

Another One Slips Through...

As I emerged from morning showing of SPLICE I had an increasingly infrequent thought: Damn, that studio has balls. In what other studio movie do you recall something akin to two geneticists having sex with their creation, one consensual, and the other forced, after the creature undergoes a sex-change. It’s not too often these days that I walk out of a major chain theater feeling like I’ve seen something, smart and fresh that pushes taboos and boundaries. The cool thing here is that it all made sense in the context of the narrative and didn’t feel too exploitive or b-movieish (not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

 The last two movies I felt like this about were District 9 (which I loved) and Crank 2 (didn’t love it so much, but goddamn if it wasn’t ballsy). When movies like these and Splice get major releases by major studios, it gives moviemakers like me hope. Even my more grounded (i.e. reality based) stuff deals with extremes of human nature and behavior. While I do have love and respect for blockbuster type entertainment, it’s not necessarily what I want to do. It’s nice to see that similar work is getting the kind of recognition it deserves. I only hope audiences respond and support them. 

Go see Splice as soon as possible. (Don't illegally download it)


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