Hey, you! What are you doing on Saturday night? Because I’ll tell what I’ll be doing. I’ll be going to the movies. There are three new movies out that have caught my attention, and most likely I’ll eventually see them all, but maybe you can help me decide which one to watch first.
Once again Denmark offers their usual, run-of-the-mill, shy bodybuilder coming-of-age flick. But thankfully for director Mads Matthiesen, lead actor Kim Kold, and the entire nation of Denmark, I haven’t seen one yet. If this film is as heartwarming and heartbreaking as its trailer lets on, then it certainly might succeed in furthering all the cultural paradoxes and expectations-turned-on-ears that this film seems to want to tackle with all its muscle.
One reviewer considered Compliance to be possibly the most disturbing movie he has ever seen. Normally, that’s quite enough for me not to see it – I tend not to regard absolutely wanting to die as a good movie experience. But Compliance seems to take on a different level of disturbing that both scares and intrigues me. The film is based on true events about the dangers of psychological authority, and chances are you’ll be questioning your own good judgement the entire film through.
As you might’ve noticed, the world is big and beautiful. This is why people never stop taking pictures of it, artists never stop rendering it with pens and paints and oils, and writers never stop talking about it. Samsara follows a short line of wordless, photographic documentaries, made to stun, astound, arrest, and make your mind think of everything all at once.