#35901  
Old 12-07-2011, 06:39 PM
fortunato's Avatar
fortunato fortunato is offline
mostly ghostly?
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Green Hill Zone
Posts: 6,525
Balada triste de trompeta (The Last Circus) (2010)



Ho-lee cow.
This is one of the craziest film experiences I've had in some time. A fairly tongue-in-cheek allegory of extremes in Franco's Spain, it's told through the story of a twisted love triangle between a sad clown, a happy clown, and a beautiful trapeze artist that is at once completely absorbing, engrossing. The film just flies by.
It reminds me a bit of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, too, in that it represents these extremes with its production. In the real sense of the word, this film completely absurd. Every frame is loaded with color and movement, the darkest humor, and (sometimes goofy) extravagant violence. It is that rare, spot-on blend of eye-rolling pulp and art-house spectacle. And it's held all together with a clear sincerity. The ideas and inspirations behind the film are strong. Performances are great, the cinematography is a marvel. Even without its commentary, The Last Circus is an unbelievable work.
However, it does suffer at times from some conspicuous CGI, but for me at least, it was easy to forgive.
Certainly recommended for Chrono, Elvis, Ferox, V, Roshiq (although you've probably already seen it), and anyone with an adventuresome cinematic spirit.
__________________

Last edited by fortunato; 12-07-2011 at 06:41 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #35902  
Old 12-07-2011, 07:17 PM
ChronoGrl's Avatar
ChronoGrl ChronoGrl is offline
HDC Idol

 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Waltham, MA
Posts: 8,536
^^ Awesome! We saw the trailer On Demand and were instantly fascinated by it - Can't way to check it out!
__________________


Join my Facebook Horror Group!
Reply With Quote
  #35903  
Old 12-07-2011, 08:10 PM
neverending's Avatar
neverending neverending is offline
Cranky

 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 12,416
Sounds like a bit of Comedia del Arte...
__________________
Lee Widener, Author Website

Cartoon Artwork, Underground Art, Other Weird Stuff
Reply With Quote
  #35904  
Old 12-07-2011, 08:44 PM
_____V_____'s Avatar
_____V_____ _____V_____ is offline
A *new* Covenant
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 31,676
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChronoGrl View Post
Attack the Block simply did not have that. Just horrible people who I wanted to see get gobbled by space aliens.

Disappointed.
Well, sad to hear that you didn't like it. The beginning was supposed to be a normal, every day occurrence in the lives of British thugs. One can't expect central characters to always be heroes, or do-gooders. Belonging to this country where I live in, I can accept these bad character leads and see why/how they do what they do. Maybe you looked too much into it, and that spoiled the rest of the film for you.


Anyways...



Ah, the found footage films. Low-key, down to earth, common and modest stuff make them more believable. But when you take them to the big-budget arena, you need to be on your toes to make it click.

I liked the premise of Apollo 18. It could have been more believable if there was something on the lines of Paranormal Activity in this (which I was sorta looking for, from the beginning). But as the story progressed and I started to see the reasons of this film being a sci-fi horror, I had the distinct feeling that this should have been the fodder for a commercial venture, instead of a found footage film. The latter half was novel (at least the makers were thinking of something different), and it made you feel that there were too many things happening at once. Still, the director manages to keep things taut, and you will find yourself biting your nails at least once, if not more.

The atmosphere created by the lighting and the bleak, silent surface of the moon was quite excellent, and the 3 principal actors contributed a lot to it as well. The script was good, although the pace was a bit slow in the first 20-25 minutes. The effects were okay, and coupled together with the multiple camera angles, added a lot of show to the proceedings. All in all, a pretty decent entertainer if you want to enjoy the film for what it is. If you are one of those geeky brainiacs who will look for reasons behind the reveal, you better stay away from this.

* * *
__________________
"If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Reply With Quote
  #35905  
Old 12-07-2011, 09:02 PM
fortunato's Avatar
fortunato fortunato is offline
mostly ghostly?
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Green Hill Zone
Posts: 6,525
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChronoGrl View Post
^^ Awesome! We saw the trailer On Demand and were instantly fascinated by it - Can't way to check it out!
Let me know when you see it; I'm very interested to hear your thoughts.

Quote:
Originally Posted by neverending View Post
Sounds like a bit of Comedia del Arte...
I think you might dig it too, NE.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #35906  
Old 12-08-2011, 12:05 AM
roshiq's Avatar
roshiq roshiq is offline
Pirate of Bengal


 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Dhaka
Posts: 8,673
Darn! I totally overlooked Last Circus! Didn't even notice it properly. But thanks a lot for the rec, Fortu. Definitely going to check it out asap.:)

About ATB: I didn't hate it or like it that much. Just thought an okay time waster. The thing that I dislike most about it was the creature outlook or its CGI design, quite unimpressive.

Agree with V on Apollo 18, a pretty decent found footage-horror entertainer. Liked it too.
Reply With Quote
  #35907  
Old 12-08-2011, 01:28 PM
newb's Avatar
newb newb is offline
Banned

 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: R.I.
Posts: 19,090
Quote:
Originally Posted by fortunato View Post
Balada triste de trompeta (The Last Circus) (2010)

Ho-lee cow.
This is one of the craziest film experiences I've had in some time.

...

Certainly recommended for Chrono, Elvis, Ferox, V, Roshiq (although you've probably already seen it), and anyone with an adventuresome cinematic spirit.
It's on Netflix instant

Last edited by _____V_____; 01-05-2012 at 04:45 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #35908  
Old 12-08-2011, 01:36 PM
wizard of gore wizard of gore is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,351
bride of the monster..awsome
puppet master..average
Reply With Quote
  #35909  
Old 12-08-2011, 05:05 PM
fortunato's Avatar
fortunato fortunato is offline
mostly ghostly?
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Green Hill Zone
Posts: 6,525
Quote:
Originally Posted by newb View Post
It's on Netflix instant
Haha, crap. I forgot to mention that. Thanks, newb.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #35910  
Old 12-09-2011, 05:32 AM
leezuki's Avatar
leezuki leezuki is offline
Love is like dying
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: uk
Posts: 1,729


not a bad movie this, i forgot about it and found it at the bottom of my dvd collection.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:41 PM.