Marwencol

“After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in ‘Marwencol’, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.” I’d seen a shorter version of this film in an episode of the This American Life tv show. It was a very interesting story, so when I saw they were showing the full documentary at Sidewalk, I knew I wanted to see it. And I’m really glad I did. There was a lot more to the story than the short television program could show, and there was a clever ending like you don’t always get from documentaries. Definitely worth seeing if you ever get the chance.

A


Americatown

To be honest, this was easily my least favorite movie of the weekend. And not because I didn’t like it, but it just wasn’t anything super special. It’s basically about one town that always inhabits 1000 people, but in this town is all the major American landmarks; the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, etc. The coolest thing about it was that the filmmakers actually traveled around the country to shoot scenes in the various locations, rather than use a green screen. For the most part, it just seemed like a really long SNL digital short. It was super silly, and not really very professionally done. I kept thinking to myself that it reminded me of the movie I made in college. With no budget. And a miniDV camera. It was still pretty clever and had some really funny parts, but it wasn’t anything worth seeking out, which you’d definitely have to do to see it.

C


The Parking Lot Movie

Although not as professionally shot, and without a real “ending” like Marwencol, this documentary still held it’s ground. It’s about a group parking lot attendants at a corner lot in Charlottesville, VA. And it’s hilarious. All the guys working there are way too smart for their own good, have way too much downtime while working the lot, and don’t like their rich (usually fraternity/sorority-types) customers. And the boss likes it that way. His motto is that his employees come first. This movie really is super hard to explain, but just know that it’s really, really funny, and super entertaining. I felt like I really connected with a lot of what the guys dealt with, having worked valet for about a year, so I think I might have liked this movie more than some, but I really think pretty much anyone (who’s not rich and a jerk) would like it. It really gets to the root of how people treat other people and how people who work “service” jobs are treated at times by people who feel they are entitled to certain things simply because of their family, wealth, etc. See it if you can.

A


The Human Centipede

There has been a lot of chatter around the internet about this movie for a few months now, so when Sheena and I saw it was playing, we knew we had to give it a shot. I’m not a big horror movie fan, and I really don’t like blood and guys-type stuff, so I expected not to really like it, but it wasn’t all that bad. It was actually quite funny at the beginning because the acting was just so over-the-top and silly. The gross parts were gross, but there weren’t really all that many of them. Of course, the premise is disgusting, and if you don’t know what it is, I’ll just let you do your own research. All-in-all I’d say I was more pleasantly surprised than disappointed, although I don’t care to ever see it again. This is not for your normal person, but if you have a sick sense of humor, or like movies of this kind of genre, it’s actually pretty decent.

B


Daniel & Ana

I thought The Human Centipede would be the most shocking film I saw this weekend. Daniel & Ana proved me wrong. I’m just gonna kinda tip toe around this one. It’s about a brother and sister in a wealthy family who get kidnapped for a few hours, and then released. Most of the movie is what they have to deal with after the kidnapping, because of what happened during the kidnapping. The man introducing the movie said a number of times that if there was anyone in the room under 18, that they should leave, and he was right. The craziest thing is that this movie is based on a real event, and supposedly happened just as is portrayed. Terrible. I really wouldn’t recommend this to most people. Or maybe anyone. And that’s kind of weird because it was an excellent movie, but really, really hard to watch. Watch at your own risk, you will be uncomfortable.

A


Brotherhood

I think it’s safe to say that this was my favorite movie of the weekend, and, luckily, one that more people may get to see. The whole movie takes place in one night and starts out with a fraternity initiation. Things go wrong and the whole night spins out of control. This movie is intense. Really intense. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Sheena was literally holding her head with both hands and kept saying that she thought her heart was going to pop out of her chest. It’s not a perfect film, but it’s a good one and very well made. And it’s got a great cast of unknowns (at least to me, other than the main character, Trevor Morgan, who I recognized from The Patriot and Mean Creek) who do an awesome job. This is definitely worth checking out if you like the type of movie that keeps your blood going and makes you mad, in a good way.

A

p.s We also got to meet the director of Brotherhood, who was a Texan like Sheena, so they had some weird state pride bond or something. Haha. Anyway, he was super friendly and just a really nice guy. And he looked kinda like Sawyer from Lost.

c.

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