THIS WEEK'S TRIVIA QUESTION WILL APPEAR ON MY TWITTER AT 1PM PDT (4PM EDT) THIS FRIDAY 1 JULY. THERE WILL BE ONE QUESTION; THE FIRST FIVE CORRECT ANSWERS WIN!
OK - sick as a motherfucker this week. This will *actually* be short. Two things:
1. If you were a Summer Movie Cave winner in the last two weeks, your stuff will be shipping soon, I promise thee. Between the Vegas jaunt, work and basically being crippled by my own immune system, I haven't gotten to the post office. But I will get there, goddamnit. I will get there.
2. This week, I'm giving away FIVE copies of A SERBIAN FILM.
I love testing myself with "shock" cinema. Some of it is fun and well-made, but not really "shocking" (HOSTEL). Some of it doesn't near live up to the hype (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST). Some of it kicks you in the parts under your bathing suit to the point where you're impressed but you want nothing to do with it ever again (SALO). Some of it is hilarious in its very existence (HUMAN CENTIPEDE).
And then there's A SERBIAN FILM, which makes all that other stuff look like Disney shit. If you haven't read about it, don't do so - to be properly roughed-up by it, going in blank is best. If you HAVE read about it but haven't seen it...trust me, it's worse than anything you can read. It was the talk of SXSW; it got a Spanish film festival organizer thrown in jail for showing it; you're probably never going to get to see the totally uncut version of it on DVD or Blu-ray. And it's one of the very few pieces of media of any kind that has actually made me almost physically ill.
The reason I watched in the first place is because I couldn't believe what people were saying: that, despite the imagery and content, this was a good film that actually had meaning and wasn't just shocking for the sake of being shocking. About an hour in, as some of the worst stuff was going on, I was a believer. It's not just a good movie, it's an excellent movie, and the point of the film is metaphorical, subtextual and right there on the screen in front of you all at the same time. In that, it's something of a triumph. And I'll never watch it again.
A note about this week: you MUST be 18 or older to play. I'm not taking any chances. Also, these are Blu-rays of non-US regions, but they DO play on PS3's. I have heard they will play on almost any Blu-ray player, though a couple of the special features are PAL and will not work.
OK, I'm off to try not to die now. Good luck this week, and thank you for potentially letting me ruin your life.