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I kick ass for the New Zealand Film Commission [Dec. 28th, 2003|01:10 am]
Just me.
Now that I've seen Bad Taste, I can now say I've seen all of Peter Jackson's feature films (4 of them in the last 3 months, even).

If you've already seen Dead Alive, there's really no reason to see this film. Dead Alive has better gore, better acting, better plot, better ending, and lacks the excruciating 80's uptempo generic hard rock soundtrack that Bad Taste unfortunately features. Aside from a few amusing gross-outs, the only interesting thing about this film is that PJ is an actor in it, playing two roles, back when he was young(er) and thin(ner).

I can see that one might remember this film fondly if one saw it back in the day, as some of the gore effects are pretty good for a low budget flick. But after Dead Alive, this just looks anemic in comparison. Like the 2 month old mango in my fridge, it hasn't aged well.
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[User Picture]From: zoomardav
2003-12-28 01:26 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree more. I saw Bad Taste about 8 years ago and thought it was badly dated then,

What did you think of Meet the Feebles? I enjoy describing it to people more than I enjoyed watching it. It's like an early John Waters' movie. More of an event than an actual movie.

Dead Alive is genius and fun. The baby carriage scene is forever burned into my memory.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-12-28 02:19 pm (UTC)

meet the feebles

I think you're spot on there about MTF- I'm glad I've seen it, and I'd encourage other people to see it once, but it's not one I'd want to watch repeatedly. The John Waters comparison is apt- if "Dead Alive" us like "Female Trouble", "MTF" is like "Mondo Trasho" (although I actually made it all the way thru MTF, whereas I couldn't sit thru all of MT due to the sluggish pace and lack of dialogue.

Dead Alive, however, I've seen 3 times, twice in a theatre.
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[User Picture]From: ringbark
2003-12-28 01:35 am (UTC)

Forgotten Silver

Now, there was an indication of genius, a promise of the greatness to come, as Colin McKenzie's city on the West Coast was a forerunner to Helm's Deep and beyond.
Marvellous enough for me to dig it out of the bargain bin where it never should have been and wrap it up and give it to my wife as a Christmas present.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-12-28 02:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Forgotten Silver

I really enjoyed FS. I noticed in my poll you mentioned it was the first PJ film you saw - did you happen to catch it on TV on the first broadcast? Was there really a big fuss about the prank when the viewers found out the truth?

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[User Picture]From: ringbark
2003-12-28 03:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Forgotten Silver

TVNZ had a "Sunday theatre" slot at around 8:30pm. The last in the series was FS, which was presented as a documentary. The Listener, NZ's upmarket version of the TV Guide, had an interview with PJ which didn't say that it was anything other than real, even though it was in a "theatre" slot, and left us to work it out for ourselves.
There are clues in it, such as the absurdity of the subtitles in chinese and the filming of his own death.
There was a real outcry about it, especially as TVNZ didn't say it was a hoax. A lot of people swallowed it.
The biggest issue was the part about Richard Pearse. It's generally considered (for real) that he did fly before the Wrights, but the hoax film in FS won't do anything to further this important and credible part of NZ's history.
However, the whole thing is a masterpiece and quite different from the dubious stuff he had done earlier.
In another vein, I thought that the scenes in ROTK with Shelob gave a clue that he hadn't forgotten how to do "that sort of thing", though the scale was quite different.
In summary, yes there was a fuss, yes it was quite significant, but the NZ public is rather like that.
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[User Picture]From: the_autoclave
2003-12-28 05:52 am (UTC)
it's all true, including the caveat about "if you saw it back in the day". i saw bad taste when it was brand sparkly new (1990?). or at least, it was sparkly new on VHS. the scene i remember most fondly, though, is the very very end, when the lawn rolls under the manor house.

it was cheap, crappy, badly acted, etc., but it was also clearly packed with ideas and confidence. plus, some of it was pretty funny - back in the days anyways.

it's because i'd seen bad taste that i paid attention to heavenly creatures, for instance. i normally remember two kinds of people's names; people i meet, people who make music. i remembered the name peter jackson though. you betcha. one of these days he's gonna come good on all the early promise and make a film with some cosmetic flaws, but with more underlying structural integrity than he's managed so far. i'm looking forward to it.
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[User Picture]From: rimrunner
2003-12-28 08:32 am (UTC)
Dangit, I need to watch that copy of Heavenly Creatures that continues to lurk on my DVD shelf. Alas, I don't think it's going to be Erik's kind of movie.

Maybe I'll have a PJ movie night. Because winter quarter's going to be a breeze, ya, sure, you betcha.
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