Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Another Hole In The Head, 2009 - Day 6

Another Hole In The Head, two weeks of sci-fi, horror and fantasy, runs June 5th through June 18th, with screenings at the Roxie Film Center, 3117 16th Street (at Valencia) and live performances and events at CellSpace (2050 Bryant) and Great Star Theater (630 Jackson). Tickets and additional info at WWW.SFINDIE.COM.

Another Hole In The Head begins Day 6, Wednesday, June 10th, with an encore screening of REEL ZOMBIES before launching into the festival premiere of the day, which is a zombie story of another type.

MORGUE STORY (dir. Paulo Biscaia Filho, Brazil, 2009, 78 mins.) I was unaware of the term "catalepsy" until this film, a condition of which two of the characters suffer from. (Symptoms include: rigid body, rigid limbs, no response and slowing down of bodily functions, such as breathing.) Toss in a mortician with a penchant for necrophilia and you've got what could be a nifty little sex farce on your hands. The script is exceedingly verbal, exposing its stage play origins. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, except that it is in Portuguese with subtitles, and it was a bit of a challenge keeping up with the extraordinary pacing of the three performers. Even the subtitles have a lot of errors in them, as if the translator was going as fast as he could to keep up. I enjoyed the energy and mania the cast displays throughout, I just didn't catch all the jokes or humor. As the program notes suggests, "See this once and you’ll demand a second viewing to gather the quotes." But a second viewing for me would be to see what I missed as I was so busy 'reading' it.

THE LEGEND OF OL' GOLDIE (dir. Matthew Snyman, UK, 2009, 7 mins.) This short accompanies MORGUE STORY and is a twisted little delight! It is also the only animated entry I saw in this year's fest. Matthew Snyman has designed the ugliest, yet cutest little goldfish. Well, it starts off little. Anyway, it is a brief tale about a boy and his goldfish, growing (GROWING!) up together. hee hee hee...

Day 6 concludes with an encore screening of THE SILENCE OF THE SUSHI ROLLS.

Maxxxxx says
re MORGUE STORY: "Maxxxxx! Shut up!"

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