Sunday, November 07, 2010

The Magical Maddening

Strange is the only way to describe today's viewing. Beginning with Al Adamson's Carnival Magic (1982). Features a creepy car-driving, talking chimp put in harm's way by an evil doctor. It's up to Markov (Don Stewart) to rally the carnies and save Alex the chimp. Bizarre and fascinating. Thank you, TCM Underground, for bringing this one to us. 6.4/10

Next up Guy Maddin's spooky mind trip Brand Upon the Brain (2006), on Criterion no less. Another captivating watch with great atmosphere and narration. Weird fantasy about a Guy returning to his childhood home and dealing with a very dysfunctional family that extracts brain juice from orphans to remain young. I *think* that's what's going on. Disc set is great as it includes the live narrations from Isabella Rossellini and Crispin Glover. I listened to a little of those w/the film. 6.9/10

From my library network I finally received the VHS of D.A.R.Y.L. (1985), another 80s film I hadn't seen. Like the premise but it could use an update. Overall decent viewing. 6.4/10
  • November New: 18
  • November Re-watch: 0
  • November Total: 18
  • 2010 TOTAL: 676

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