Qaqqat alanngui

Five years ago (oo, it feels a lot longer ago…), I had a blogging project where I attempted to watch one movie (and make one cocktail) from every country on Earth. (So that’s about 200.) For Greenland, I wanted to watch this movie, but ended up with Inuk instead. And the reason was that it was only available on Greenland — and nobody there wanted to sell it to me — and in the Greenland embassy in Denmark (and the guy who was going to buy it for me forgot to when he was over there).

But today! I got this in the mail! Thank you, Adam! (Along with another movie by the same director.)

So now I’m watching it.

This is very pretty. The actors are obviously not professional, but they’re doing a good job.

Oh! I’d forgotten that this is a horror movie! That was a scary scene.

It started off like a serious, social drama kind of movie, so the sheer surprise of suddenly turning into something else was a lot of fun.

The guy playing Piitaq is good.

Immer dabei.

They’ve got the classic slasher cast of protagonists — the smart girl, the nerdy guy, the goofy guy, the jock, the doomsaying girl…

So I guess the final girl is The Final Girl?

NOOO DON”T PEE ON THE SACRED ANCIENT BURIAL GROUND

And: That’s some splashing.

I think they’re aiming for “day for night” here but didn’t quite know how to do it? They’ve basically just turned the contrast and saturation way down, so it doesn’t look… it doesn’t look like anything.

I quite liked the pacing for the first half of the movie — things moved slowly, but it made sense in a way: We got to know the characters and it was building tension. But now that we’re in the horror part of the movie, it just drags. It should have a sense of urgency, but instead it’s just… very… slow…

So many scenes like this that are like they just didn’t want to miss a single frame of footage when editing. Or did they switch genres? Suddenly now it’s a comedy horror movie?

I think the first hour of this was fine, but after that, it just dragged. I mean, really.

But there’s a lot here that I liked anyway. Good cinematography, and the editing was swell in some scenes, some good performances and some nice plot twists.

Not much of an imdb score, but:

51 people really, really liked it!

(I don’t know how many of those appeared in the film.)

There’s lots of extras on the blu ray, but they’re not subtitled, so…

Qaqqat alanngui. Malik Kleist. 2011.

Horse Girl

I watched Baena’s Spin Me Round yesterday, at it was awesome, so I ordered all his films on bluray — except this one, which is Netflix only. So I’m watching that now.

So this has basically all the same actors as Spin Me Round? I like that.

But what is this? Spin Me Etc was a sarcastic look at Olive Garden and rom coms… is this a sarcastic take on horror movies?

That’s the guy from Search Party?

Molly Shandon is awesome.

I’m still not sure what this movie is — the protagonist is working at er like Yarn Barn, but a parody one, and everything is like wha and amusing — but is this going to be like a serious thriller / sci fi thing? I was expecting more funny and less strange.

But with shots like this…

I still don’t know what to make of this! Just when I think it’s a parody of a horror movie (see above), the next scene is apparently played straight. But perhaps I’m missing what Baena’s being sarcastic about.

I’m really enjoying this superpositioned feeling of is it/isn’t it?

OK, this is just so sarcastic.

But then it turns out that he thought they were kidding around and then he’s shocked to find out that she’s serious!

THIS IS SO COMPLIMACATED

Even just the wig…

Well, this was a lot of fun. If I’m to make a guess, I think the director saw Serial Mom obsessively as a teenager and then decided to model his film career on distilling the snark from that movie into everything he does… So it’s beyond meta and back into sincere and then past that again.

So what did the critics make of this?

Rawly convincing…

I guess…

A thoughtful approach to mental illness.

Unsettling look…

The metaphor and pathos…

Conspiracy theory movie with sci fi gimmicks…

So basically nobody is interpreting this as a sarcastic look at a movie of this genre — the wig wasn’t clue enough?

On the other hand, perhaps my viewing of this was clouded by their next film, Spin Me Round — and perhaps this was meant sincerely?

*doubt*

I think it’s a future cult classic. But it’s a bit flabby. It should be funnier.

Horse Girl. Jeff Baena. 2020.

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Wow this is something. It reminds me of a Robert Altman movie, but on speed.

Is that… Yes it is.

She’s amazing.

Heh heh.

Yes OK.

OK, spoiler time, and I had to pause the movie here. (And this is really good! It’s great!) But I wondered whether anybody had made the connection.

And the answer is no. But the basic gimmick of this movie — being able to exchange yourself with selves from an infinite number of alternate universes — is exactly the same as Matt Howarth had in Those Annoying Post Bros back in the 80s. Did the writers here read that and think that that was a fun concept? Because it is.

They even have her go to a universe where she has hot dogs for fingers, which is such a Post Bros thing to do.

OK, unpausing…

OK, that’s a lot of raccoon screenshots, but I forgot to screenshoot (that’s word) anything else, because I was kinda caught up with watching the movie.

It’s really good. It’s not perfect — I felt that there were bits in the last third of this movie that kinda sagged. But it’s unique and really fun to watch.

And good performances. Of course Michelle Yeoh who is great in everything, but overall really good performances, and it looks great, and you know — it fun and it’s moving.

Everything Everywhere All At Once. Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert. 2022.