Sunday, September 24, 2006

"The Society Had Been All But Destroyed By The Robot Rebellion Of '33"


The other night me and two friends bought a six pack and a bottle of cheap wine and went to the local video store to rent a movie. After making our way through the many aisles, we had only three options as I saw it: Cannibal Holocaust, Robot Holocaust, and Zombie Holocaust. I mean, choosing between one of those is no easy task, but at least we no longer had to worry about the thousands of other inferior titles. My friends somehow failed to see it this way. Not only weren’t they excited about all three apocalyptic movies, but they didn’t even want to get one. I mean, you don’t want to watch Cannibal Holocaust, fine. But Robot Holocaust? Are you in a Coma?! Why did we even come to the video store?

Anyway, we ended up renting Kim Ki-Duk’s The Isle (2000). Ki-Duk, I think, is one of the earliest members of the Korean New Wave which is still going strong, as it seems likes Korean films are finding wider international distribution and attention than ever before. I’m sad to say I know nothing about Korean cinema, but if you’re interested This Site has pretty much everything you could want to know. I loved Ki-Duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring, a really complex and beautiful movie, but I wasn’t super crazy about The Isle. It was really well made and acted though, and really disturbing, so I guess that’s a plus. Ki-Duk (at least in the few films I’ve seen) has this real classical elegance of composition and pacing, but yet all these really fucked up things happen, so they happen in this ultra serious and artful manner. It doesn’t always work, but when it does it’s awesome.

It was good. But it was no apocalyptic distopia. That night at the video store destiny was knocking, but we just walked away. At least later on in the night we got into a long discussion about which of the pretend-holocai would be the best to die in (feel free to post any thoughts on the matter). With a Zombie holocaust, you know what you’re gonna get. Big numbers, slow moving, you can take out a bunch but eventually they’ll overpower you and rip your guts out as you lay screaming on the concrete. The Cannibal holocaust we figured would probably be the worst, or at least the biggest risk, because a Cannibal holocaust could mean anything. Yeah, you know they’re gonna eat you, but surely that can’t be enough for them. There has to be some reason to make people eat other people at holocaustic levels; general Sadism and/or Satanism, extreme survival, mass mindcontrol? Yikes. We decided the Robot holocaust would be the easiest, because Robots would do things quickly. Yet, it could also be the most boring. There’s no unpredictable grab-bag of gore like with the other two. There's also no guarentee that they won't be wise-cracking robots. Alas, it was a hung jury. Either way, it would suck hard. I say, ‘no thanks.’

10 Comments:

Blogger ohmygodimmike said...

Imdb said his name is: Ki-duk Kim

but don't talk to me about Korean cinema untill you see old boy.

September 24, 2006 4:12 AM  
Blogger Mazur said...

You should write something about old boy then, hater.

About the name, I've seen it both ways, but mostly with Kim first, so I don't know. Wikipedia says its Kim Ki-Duk, but they are also liars.

September 24, 2006 8:26 PM  
Blogger olivia said...

I've just added "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring" to my Netflix queue. I can't wait to see it!

September 26, 2006 3:03 PM  
Blogger Mazur said...

Sweet, I hope you like it. If you do, you might want to check out Bruno Dumont's The Life of Jesus (which isn't literally about Jesus whatsoever), another visually evocative film about the intersection of spirituality, sex, and personal responsibility.

September 27, 2006 5:23 AM  
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