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Added by Nosoki on 26 Aug 2013 12:48
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The Mystery Exchange

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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Day one - 1/10

The first film I watched is a hipster comedy that makes you feel really uneasy. The main characters are a hipster brother and a sister who go on a trip to get the sister's stuff from her ex-boyfriend professor's house. The siblings' relationship has gone to hell because they only talk ironically and avoid anything that can be considered corny, so basically all they do is say bad things to each other, trying to get the last word.

On their trip they meet different kind of people from religious ones to workaholic dicks. Even though the hipsters are pictured as kind of empty shells looking for a meaning, the other people are meanier and more unsatisfied to themselves but in a different way. Still everyone manages to make everyone else feel bad. For example in a party the workaholics ask the girl what she does with her life. She lies and the people are like "That's nice. It's not like you don't do anything with your life." The girl does nothing with her life and the whole scene is so awkward that it makes you bite your nails off at the same time that you want to laugh at it.

The whole film is like this. It is very funny, but at the same time it makes you feel nervous. The main characters are really annoying at some points, but because of this they start to actually feel like sympathetic and real persons who just don't want to be normal, because normal people are dicks too, just like they are - kind of.

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Day one - 2/10

The second "film" proved out to be a 90-minute BBC television broadcast from 1992, where a group of normally trustworthy TV people host a ghost hunting show on the halloween's eve. People go into a supposedly haunted house while the phone lines accept calls relating to supernatural events the viewers have had.

Of course all of this is a hoax, but it is made in a kind of a creepy way where the ghosts are shown at the corners of the screen and no-one notices them in the broadcast, so only after the viewers call that they saw something start they examining and find something. The whole thing is just genious in its idea, but in a 90-minute special it just feels like everything happens too fast. To be more credible, the program would have had to last for like five hours, but it would have become a real bore to watch when nothing is happening. Now it is a really fun curiosity and I truly envy the British people who had the opportunity to watch this when it was live.

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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
Day one - 3/10

The third film was totally a mysterious one, because the title screen wasn't subtitled and I don't know how to read Japanese. So I had no idea about what I just watched after it ended.

Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell is just insane. It starts in an aeroplane, where an assassin takes a hostage. The other passengers are a suicide bomber, an arms dealer, a psychiatrist, a corrupt politician, a woman who is cheating on her husband, a completely retarded American blonde woman and a scientist who is covering up a UFO-sighting. Of course the UFO causes the plane to drop and turns the assassin into a blood-sucking vampire who kind of looks like he has a vagina in his forehead.

The psychiatrist couldn't be happier, because now he gets to see the horrible things that people are willing to do to each other to save themselves. He just randomly spawns from outside the picture to tell the others that we are all going to die, having the best time of his life. The scientist also wants to examine the aliens, so he throws other people to their deaths in front of the alien vampire to make notes about the blood sucking event. Everyone else just acts in their own interests and the movie is basically about 80 minutes of the survivors causing their own deaths in very stupid ways while every single one of them is screaming and running around. This is so over-the-top funny all the time that the movie is excellent.

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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.7
Mutable Fire (1984)
Day one - 3/10 (a bonus short film)

The final film of the first day of watching was a short film paired with Goke. Even after the total insanity of the Japanese film, Mutable Fire managed to be disturbing, but in a more serious way. The film is basically seven and a half minutes of disturbing images from newsreels or seemingly actual events with an eerie soundtrack that consists of spoken word music and distorted or feedback sounds. The whole thing is edited in a way that you kind of feel like you are browsing through analog TV channels, watching each one for about a second or two, but still absorbing everything. The experience was quite mind-blowing.

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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Day two - 4/10

The second day kicked off with a three-hour-long documentary about monks in a distant and very ascetic monastery. The director had to wait 16 years to get the permission to shoot there, because the monks demand total devotion and patience from everyone, even from the visitors.

Into Great Silence has barely a few sentences of dialogue and the rest of it is just very artistically photographed images of the monks walking the corridors over and over again on their way to do their chores. Everything is very minimalistic, just as the lives in the monastery. As a movie Into the Great Silence is so peaceful that it is easy to just be absorbed into the calm stream of images. The journey can prove out to be somewhat spiritual.

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Day two - 5/10

And then we get to The Return of the Living Dead, which proved out to be one of the most positive surprises in a long time! The name of the movie has always made me think that this is some Italian serious gore zombie flick that couldn't interest me any less. This is why this project was the perfect way to watch the film, because by the time the title screen filled my TV, the film had completely won me on its side.

The movie is about a warehouse clerk and a douchebag who accidentally launch a full scale zombie apocalypse on a nearby cemetery. A group of over-the-top punk rocker youngsters get caught in the middle of this. The owner of the warehouse, played by Clu Gulager, thinks that it would be bad publicity to inform anyone, so he always has a solution to everything. Mostly everyone just runs around, shouts and almost gets themselves killed in a slapstick kind of way.



The zombies themselves are quite intelligent. One of them uses some kind of a winch to rip off the door standing in the way of fresh brains and some of them call for help and ambush the people who come to investigate. And by ambush I mean around 100 or so zombies running like hell from all directions to the people who had bad enough luck to go there. This is always hilarious as hell.

The actors in the film are really awful in a good way. The douchebag is played by one of shitmaster Albert Pyun's regulars, Thom Mathews, and everything he does acting-wise is just so untalented that it makes you laugh. The teenagers aren't any better and Linnea Quigley runs most of the movie completely naked, even after she turns into a zombie. Based on the scene where Clu Gulager whacks a zombie in the head with a baseball bat, he is the greatest human being who has ever lived.

Oh and by the way, the theme tune of the movie is fucking awesome! I'll have to listen to it on repeat for months.

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Day two - 6/10

This is probably the only time when the project was working against itself. The Immortals is a 90s action comedy heist film, where most of the time the characters just go goofying around. It just felt lame after the non-stop laughs of The Return of the Living Dead, so I perhaps missed some of the fun I could have had with the film when watched on a different day.

The cast of the movie is superb. Eric Roberts hires a group of thugs, played by 90s action film regulars like William Forsythe or Tia Carrere, to steal the money transports of his boss. Then everything goes wrong and it is revealed that every one of the thugs has a deadly illness or they are otherwise likely to die during the mission.

The film is relatively short on action sequences and it relies heavily on the comedy side which was a bit of a disappointment. The fact that everyone was dying wasn't to my taste and the characters played by Chris Rock and Brian T. Finney were just annoying when compared to the awesomeness of the others in the cast.

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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 6.1
Final Flesh (2009)
Day two - 7/10

The film that ended day two was one of the biggest WTF experiences of my film watching history. The basic idea is that the creator of Wonder Showzen TV-series ordered a "custom made porno" from four different websites that make you the kind of a porn film you want them to. Instead of fucking each other, the porn actors were ordered to do some really weird stuff like bathe in the tears of neglected children and corrupted politicians, whose tears are actually mice.

The porn actors seem to clearly be as confused as the viewer is. They probably think that this is someone's fetish and that someone is jerking off to sentences like "I have killed them of natural causes". Some of them even seem to be a bit disturbed by this. The acting is God-awful and the dialogue doesn't make any sense at all. The first of the four pieces is the best, because the idea seems fresh and makes you laugh, but for example, in the third one the actors have tried to make everything really erotic by wiggling their asses and such, and it is just embarrassing to watch. The joke gets old during the 70-minute length of the film and I can't honestly say that I liked Final Flesh. Nevertheless it is really really really fucked up and worth watching just because of that.

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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Day three - 8/10

Day three started with a French documentary about caught criminals being interrogated and made to confess the crimes they have made. Some people are very submissive and sorry about the things they have done and they try to co-operate as much as possible while some just arrogantly lie to the officer.

Some of the interesting people in the documentary include a youth criminal who just has become of age and is truly surprised that now he has to answer for the things he has done by going to jail instead of being let go as a minor, a kleptomaniac woman who tries to tell the officer that the clothes she stole were just for the sake of endorsing her femininity and an HIV positive drug addict prostitute who was caught trying to steal a car.

The movie is quite original and it is interesting to watch. The main problem with Délits flagrants is that it is just a bit too long in its 110 minute length. Perhaps by removing one or two of the less interesting stories it would feel like a more compact package, but now it somehow lost its edge briefly every now and then. It is still something I'd definitely recommend because it shows the viewer something that is not seen so often.

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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Sadist (1963)
Day three - 9/10

The Sadist is a film about three colleagues whose car breaks down at a distant car workshop. While looking for someone to help them they are greeted by a sadistic murderer and his girlfriend who like to play sick games.

The movie has a lot of good things and it could be pretty solid as a character study that shows what people are willing to do to please the person who is keeping them as hostages, even though he tells them that he is going to kill them in the end. A small glimpse of hope for survival makes the characters do everything they are asked to, and that is very human. The movie is quite disturbing, surprising and shocking, especially for the time it was made.

Where The Sadist goes wrong is its trashy overall feel. It looks and sounds like a low budget camp film when it could be more serious in its tone to leave a bigger impact. The bad guy's acting is so goddamn horrible that he alone pretty much ruins the movie, because in this film bad acting does not equal hilariously funny.

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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Day three - 10/10

The final film of the project proved out to be a 55-minute long experimental piece. It is mostly made by using time lapse and shooting places like a bus stop for days. Fast moving images become quite peaceful and calming when you notice that even though there is a lot of movement, everything in life is repetitive and pretty much stays the same. So basically nothing is happening at all.

Water and Power also has a lot of interesting experiments editing-wise. It has a lot scenes where there are like 10 images inserted on the screen at once by changing their transparency. It makes some things change their meaning and style completely. For example a piece about Russians siting communist propaganda seems a lot different when put on a sandy beach. A very experimental jazz/UFO sound/industrial soundtrack adds a lot to the experience.

Watched in the middle of the night, Water and Power is really something. Being very tired and being absorbed in the fast moving but nowhere-going images made me feel like I was intoxicated, even though I wasn't taking anything.



After the project I feel like my love for cinema as an art form has been enhanced drastically. I would have liked to watch more than ten films, but it would be hard for someone to choose like 50 interesting films. As you can see, I had the pleasure of watching some pretty obscure shit, so finding those must have been a result of a long search neck-deep in a sea of urine. But I'd rather watch 10 obscure and new pieces than 50 new Hollywood films or French art house dramas that have no variations between them at all. So basically I'm saying that all of you should go swim in piss or something.
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The Mystery Exchange is a list about my project where a friend of mine chose and provided me with 10 packages that contain a movie. The trick is that I had no idea what I was starting to watch, because I only chose a number from 1 to 10 and then started watching the film. I also provided him with 10 movies and we started watching the films at the same time.

This proved to be a fresh and funny way to watch movies. The fact that you kind of "had" to watch what was coming didn't feel like mandatory annoyance at all, but it actually made watching some of the films easier. For example, a movie named The Return of the Living Dead would sound like complete bullshit to me and I would have missed it because of that, but now it proved to be a near masterpiece in its stupidness.

If you have the means to overcome the problems with logistics, I strongly recommend this to anyone who is willing to explore films that she/he wouldn't come across otherwise. Of course you'll need someone to choose you something else than Quentin Tarantino and other films you would watch anyway for this to be interesting.

Big thanks to Lamourderer for doing this exchange with me.



The films I chose for him:
Zombie Nightmare
Tokyo Olympiad
The Tribulations of Balthazar Kober
My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
Water Drops on Burning Rocks
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Never Too Young to Die
Clean, Shaven
The Ravine
That Most Important Thing: Love

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