15 April 2014

After the Dark (2013)

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The Philosophers" (original title)

Director: John Huddles
Writer: John Huddles
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA , Indonesia
Language: English
Duration: 107 min
Year: 2013

Stars: James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara, Freddie Stroma, Rhys Wakefield, Bonnie Wright, George Blagden

 

Ima li mjesta za gejeve u svjetu koji se bori za opstanak ljudske vrste?

 

 

Većini str8 ljudi će izgledati beskorisno razmišljati o gejevima u nekom apokaliptičnom vremenu kada se borimo za opstanak ljudske vrste u kojemu je imperativ imati djecu i potomke.
11Ako bi ljudski rod gledali kao zbir jedinki čiji je najveći životni izazov osigurati priplod za produženje vrste onda bi gejevi mogli poslužiti jedino kao hrana u nekim gladnim godinama kada je teško doći do hrane za preživljavanje.
Nepotrebno bi bilo razmišljati i o umjetnosti, muzici, tehnologiji... Mozak bi nam služio samo za stvaranje ideja kako osvojiti ženku ( ili mužjaka) za oplođavanje i kako uhvatiti plijen za ručak. Sve ostalo je suvišno. Ljudi bi se pretvorili u kreature sa velikim mudima i malim mozgom. Dovoljno za opstanak ljudske vrste u biološkom smislu.

Jasno je da takav opstanak nije opstanak čovječanstva , već samo puki životinjski opstanak u majmunolikom čoporu.

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Ljudsku vrstu ne čini samo stvaranje potomaka i borba za hranu. Stvoreni smo mnogo kompleksnije, umjemo da razmišljamo, da kreiramo svjet u skladu sa emocijama, da istražujemo, da se ispunjavamo stvaralaštvom i iznad svega da uživamo u različitosti pojedinaca koji zajedno čine ono što nazivamo ljudski rod. U toj različitosti spadaju i gejevi koji bez obzira što vole isti pol svojom kreativnošću i emocijama doprinose da ponosno sebe nazivamo ljudima.

KissOvaj film nam govori upravo o tome. Grupa studenata u učionoci raspravlja o tome koga bi izabrali da preživi nastupajuću apokalipsu. U skloništu ima mjesta samo za 10 osoba koje u njemu treba da provedu godinu dana nakon čega ponovo nastanjuju zemlju. Ko je vrijedan toga da nastavi ljudsku vrstu?

Imaju li prednost graditelji, doktori, naučnici i poljoprivrednici nad umjetnicima, pjevačima, pjesnicima ili slikarima? Imamo li pravo odbaciti bilo koju ljudsku osobinu u ime pukog preživljavanja?

 

“In my apocalypse, everybody’s worth as much as everybody else. We live briefly, but we don’t mind. And when it’s time to die, we don’t resist death. We summon it.”

— 

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cc3Mr. Zimit (James D'Arcy), a philosophy teacher at an international school in Jakarta, has been challenging his class of twenty with thought exercises to prepare them for their futures out in the world. On the last day of school, he holds a final exercise in which he posits an oncoming atomic apocalypse. There is a bunker ready to shelter them for a year, but it only has supplies for ten people. Zimit asks his students to decide who of them should be allowed into the shelter. The top student in the class, Petra (Sophie Lowe), initially refuses to participate, but Zimit threatens to lower James' academic score if she doesn't.

Zimit distributes cards to the students, starting with Petra's boyfriend, James (Rhys Wakefield), followed by Petra herself, and then the rest of the class. The cards contain a detail about their characters in the exercise: James is an organic farmer and Petra is an engineer. The students defend their right to enter the shelter based on the info on their cards, and votes are given after discussion. Students with skills judged useful for survival are allowed in, such as James and 2Petra, while those who don't are refused, such as Beatrice (Maia Mitchell), a fashion designer. Zimit is part of the exercise but his skills are hidden. At first the students agree to let him in, but Zimit executes the students who have been rejected, citing that it is more humane than letting them die by radiation. The remaining students race into the bunker and lock the glass door behind them before the explosion. Outside, Zimit holds up a card saying that only he has the exit code. After living out the year in the bunker, the survivors discover that the exit code is necessary. All attempts of breaking out of the bunker are futile, and after the food runs out they commit group suicide.

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g1They decide to try the exercise again, this time with the apocalypse being the explosion of a volcano. The cards given earlier are revealed to contain a secondary detail, and these change the votes, eg. Georgina (Bonnie Wright), who was allowed in earlier because of her status as a surgeon, now has possibly contracted the Ebola virus and is rejected. Petra and James are still voted in despite James' additional character detail of being gay. Zimit and the chosen students enter the bunker, and agree to start procreating immediately. Various heterosexual pairs get together, but as James is gay in this exercise, Petra has to sleep with Zimit. After ten weeks there are no pregnancies, and Zimit argues that they need to change partners. Bonnie (Katie Findlay), a soldier with eidetic memory, protests this, and Zimit threatens her with a gun. Jack (Freddie Stroma) attacks Zimit, stabbing him with a pencil. Zimit staggers to the bunker's doors, opening them and killing everyone.

g4James questions Zimit's motives for this exercise, asking why he seems intent on punishing them. After checking the box with the cards, James discovers that his and Petra's were fixed, though Zimit refuses to explain his reasons.

The exercise is carried out a third time on an island where bombs are about to fall. Petra asks if everyone will trust her to choose who gets to enter the bunker, and they agree. She picks people who are a potential risk or have non-technical skills, including the opera singer and poet, which angers Zimit. Petra refuses to enter the bunker, asking for the keys to the boats so everyone else can try to escape the blast. Chips (Daryl Sabara), who is inside the bunker, pretends to offer the keys but switches places with her, pushing her inside as the door closes. Zimit is refused entry to the bunker as his exit code is no longer necessary—Bonnie remembers it from the previous iteration. Petra continues the thought exercise, explaining that with such people in the bunker the one year was enjoyable and filled with creativity. When it's time for them to leave, they discover that the bombs never fell. Zimit narrates that now they will die, as none of them have the technical skills to survive, but Petra counters that they will live the rest of their short lives well, and will welcome death when it arrives. Zimit arrives at the beach, having survived in a cave for the past year, and threatens to shoot James, but the rest of the survivors stand in front of him.

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Back in class, Zimit is discomfited by the latest exercise. At the end of the session, everyone leaves except Petra, who confronts Zimit and accuses him of trying to use the exercise to punish her and James. Zimit has been having an affair with Petra, and is offended that she is with James, who he considers beneath her. Petra argues that intelligence isn't all that matters. The film ends with Zimit alone in the school, going through the motions.

 

Do you know what apocalypse actually means? It’s from the Greek apocalypsis, meaning to uncover what you couldn’t see before. A way out of the dark.”


'After the Dark', director John Huddles

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12 April 2014

Monster in the Closet (2013)

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Monster in the Closet (2013)

Director: Brian Pelletier
Writer: Brian Pelletier
Genre: Short movie
Country: USA
Language: English
Duration: 19 min
Year: 2013

Stars: David Boettcher, Trevor Allen

An encounter between a street hustler and a married man in a hotel takes a dangerous turn as secrets are revealed. Jackson is a young gay male who was thrown out of his house when his parents found out he was gay. Forced into prostitution as a way to survive he encounters Gene.
Gene reminds Jackson of someone. Jackson can't quite figure it out until Jackson turns on the TV and realizes that Gene is a local evangelical pastor who preaches against homosexuality. With this information in hand, Jackson decided to make Gene's night a memorable one.
What will Gene do to keep his secret from being revealed?

05 April 2014

The Whiz Kids (2001)

The Whiz Kids (2001)
"Freunde" (original title)

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Directors: Jan Krüger, Oliver Schwabe (uncredited)
Writers: A.M. Homes (story), Jan Krüger
Genre: Short movie
Country: Germany
Language: German
Duration: 21 min
Year: 2001

Stars: Martin Kiefer, Marlon Kittel, Rose Bender

Two sixteen year old boys, Marcos and Johannes, spend their days racing, wrestling, hanging out, watching videos and playing hide-and-seek at nights. A closeness develops between the two of them, which soon starts to become a calamity to their friendship.

02 April 2014

Battlefield (I) (2012)

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Battlefield (I) (2012)

Director: Tim Marshall
Writer: Tim Marshall
Genre: Short film
Country: Australia
Language: English
Duration: 9 min
Year: 2012

Stars: Alex Duncan, Heath Miller

 

Battlefield' follows two young men as they embark on a one night stand. Both have different understandings of the situation and they struggle to realise the true connection they both long for.

‘Battlefield’ explores the way we look for love in our modern world, and how we often wish, and sometimes convince ourselves, we’ve found it.

Battlefield has screened at over 15 film festivals worldwide and was shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 Iris Prize.

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