Thursday, 19 July 2007

Kontroll is great

I think everyone should know about this fantastic movie.
Kontroll is a movie about a group of underground subway ticket inspectors in Budapest, Hungary.
The movie is entirely fictitious, yet it leaves an impression on you that makes you think it could be real.
The main charactor Bulcsú(Sándor Csányi)and his fellow "Kontrollers" live in the subway system, chasing down graffiti artists and insuring people have their tickets.
There are several different plotlines running throughout the 2 hour 15 minute
The film came out in 2003 but feels very 1999, in its Matrix-inspired actions sequences and its excellent Run Lola Run-sounding soundtrack.
Also it's satisfying to see a degree of realism in the film's refusal to dress anything up; Bulcsú gets injured several times throughout the movie and retains all his injuries until the movie ends.
I don't want to spoil anything for anyone but I will list 4 reasons this movie is awesome.
1. Features a cute girl in a bear suit in a prominent role.
2. Has repeat appearances by a pimp travelling with a harem of girls, who doesn't have a ticket but offers Bulcsú "the small girl for the night if you leave me alone."
3. Has a protagonist who resembles a slimmer Eugene Mirman.
4. Is directed by a man named Nimród Antal.
It's alternate parts funny, scary and sweet. Go rent it. Seriously.

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Reasons Why I'm Proud To Be Canadian

Not that bullshit commercial. Some genuine shit. In no particular order:
-beaver tails
-Kids In The Hall
-Leonard Cohen
-Bryan Lee O'Malley
-Wolf Parade
-Rufus Wainwright
-Atom Egoyan
-The Band
-fresh maple syrup
-Rick Mercer
-Michael Cera (suggested by Red Circle Line-thanks!)
-The New Pornographers
-Canadian summers
-the healthcare system
-our refusal for the most part, to be involved in wars

I'm sure there's more, I just can't think of them off the top of my head.

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