Tuesday, June 06, 2006

SIFF diary, part 3

I am horribly slow at keeping my blog at all updated, but I've been just a bit swamped. I keep getting "this close" to landing a better job, meaning lots of interviews and correspondence that doesn't end up panning out. did manage to find a better job though and started it this week. And the film festival does suck up my life just a little. Especially, when I only seem to have tickets to late showings, which is messing up my sleep patterns too.

Frostbite

This year I am taking in a couple of the midnight adrenalin series films. I don’t think of myself as someone who is into gory horror films, but it didn’t take too much arm twisting to convince me to pick up tickets to Frostbite, the Swedish vampire movie.

But now I’m at a loss for what to say about this film. Was it good? Hmmm, I don’t think good really applies, but it wasn’t bad. I was amused and the special effects were much better than I expected. As for whether I would recommend it, I think it depends on your expectations. If you want to be scared, this isn’t what you’re looking for. But if you want to giggle at vampires speaking Swedish, than I highly recommend it.

A family moves to a new town in Sweden only to find it is infested with vampires. There are evil doctors, an odd and creepy patient in a coma, drunk teens, talking dogs, and a dinner party that goes very wrong. And I did mention that this is a movie about vampires in Sweden, right? You know, where it is night for months at a time?

3 of 5

Wristcutters: A Love Story

The more I think about this movie, the more I am delighted by it.
In the opening scene, we watch Zia (Patrick Fugit) end it all out of love for his girlfriend, Desiree. When he wakes, he is alive, finds work at kamikaze pizza and is surrounded by people who have taken their own lives. He befriends Eugene (Shea Whigham), whose entire family is in this alternative universe as they have all committed suicide. And the quirkiness doesn’t let up resulting in an entertaining and oddly charming film.

Zia and Eugene hit the road to attempt to find Desiree when Zia hears that she too has killed herself. The result is an off beat road movie, that becomes a quest for Zia to find his true love and Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), whom they pick up hitchhiking, to find the “People In Charge” or the PIC. I won’t say whether they accomplish their missions, but I will say that they do find a place of little miracles, Kneller’s Happy Campers, and Tom Waits.

Also, the soundtrack is packed with really great music, including a few tracks by Tom Waits, which fit the odd little love story.

4 of 5.


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