The Samurai

Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend, 21st - 25th August 2014
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The Samurai

Post by morralex » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:38 am

What did everyone think of this? I can see it dividing opinion but personally I thought it was incredible and a highlight of the festival. A great end to a bit of a duff day (Among the Living and Home were both quite flat and I walked out of Open Windows). :D

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Post by Stephen with ph » Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:09 am

With hindsight, I'm relieved that it wasn't in 3D :eek:

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Post by bernal316 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:44 am

absolutely fucking insane!!!
The more i think about it the more i enjoyed it!

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Post by SilverGunnar Hansen » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:55 am

Wankfest. Should have followed through a bit more on some of its imagery / metaphorical nonsense. Some of it was just laughable (the dance). Looked nice and had an intriguing premise but trans killers are just lazy and borderline offensive now, there's been far better queer-friendly horror lately (Stranger By The Lake especially).

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Post by Scrofulous Peasant » Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:25 pm

Probably the worst thing I saw at the festival. Amounted to absolutely nothing. 3 / 10

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Post by The Soapmaker » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:45 pm

I didn't enjoy it at all... but I was being thick (or half asleep, to be honest) and not understanding what the hell was going on. As soon as someone said "alter ego" I realised how idiotic I'd been and that it all (sort of) made sense.

I don't think it was a very skilfully made film, but it was thought-provoking. I'd watch it again.

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Post by The Aylmer » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:52 pm

I thought it was the best looking film of the festival with excellent cinematography throughout. That said I did think the various metaphors for the cop's suppressed sexual feelings were overly forced. I think a subtler approach would have worked better. I mean, the poor sod has got a small handgun which he doesn't even bring out with him on patrol. And when he does he can't bring himself to use it. Meanwhile the Samurai has got a great big weapon which he confidently waves about all over the place. Plus he's in a dress. It doesn't get much more blatant (I was going to add it didn't need to be rammed down our throats so forcibly but... erm... right, I'm shutting up now). Thought it was a much better film than Company of Wolves though, which people kept bringing up by way of comparison. But then I was never a fan of that either thanks to the same style of blatant symbolism. The Samurai isn't perfect (the start of that dance routine looked like it had stepped out of the first Inbetweeners movie!) but it was certainly something different and the final shot had a poetic fairy tale quality to it that reminded me a bit of the snow globe ending in Dellamorte Dellamore. 7/10 here.

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Post by powerpopkid » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:57 pm

This one sucked.

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Post by ChrisReynolds » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:37 pm

This is tied with Housebound as my favourite film of the festival. It's got excellent cinematography and a fascinating story. It reminded me of last year's Stranger by the Lake in that it figurates homosexual desire as a muderer seducing the protagonist, but here it's more about repressed desire and persecution than lust and risk. A really fascinating and thoughtful film filled with excellent surreal touches. This is definitely a marmite film, but I think it's going to go down very well with the art-house crowd. 7/10

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