Triple Feature: Cemetery of Splendor, I Saw the Devil, & Rampage

Hear me talk in this episode about hedonism, revenge horror, and humongous animals: this is the good stuff I have enjoyed in the past week or so watching movies. These films really work well. I was able to watch all for free on my movie services: All 3 Films were available on Prime Video or Netflix as of 7/20/18. Listen to my previews of them and then: Check them out!

1. Cemetery of Splendor

I won’t try to overstep my grasp of this film. I figure readers like to read something by a guy who knows what he is talking about and at the very least comprehends what is happening. I can’t say I do 100% in this film. BUT, I will take this review opportunity to tell you exactly how I took this film and the hedonic components as they revealed themselves to me. I call this sort of film impressionistic hedonism and let me tell you, it’s not for everyone. Note this partial genre: fantasy. Available From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video.

I love Thai food. I also love Buddhist temples. There’s one close to us here in Southern California that I have gone to many times “when I was confused” (quote from the film and also my life). What was I confused about you might ask? As in the film, the answer would be “love.”

In the last 1/4 of the film there is this contraption that propels water and yet doesn’t move. Actually it’s impossible to tell if it is propelling or being propelled. It make the sound of a free shooting sprinkler and it’s magnificent. There were many times in this film I got that relaxed feeling you get after a good meditation or even a massage. Thailand appears to be so beautiful. There are numerous scenes that appear chosen in color and framing as if to hang in a temple. The only thing missing is a padded stool and lovely incense. Is there a story here? Oh yes but it’s a lot like the hedonic imagery, you better not make a judgment, better to just relax and accept that everyone around us is dead. Not sad, dead.

Shall we pretend that we’re dead? Like the water propellers, there are a dozen or more deeply fascinating and ethereal objects & images. I collect these types of images in my mind. If you don’t, you won’t get it.

There are a few women, one in particular, who take care of men in a comatose state. We find out why they will never wake up at some point. Then we learn more about the living women and what their life is all about. Or is it life? This film was great for breathing exercises and armchair traveling in my lazy boy. For those who would like that and “get that” I recommend to you 8/10.

2. I Saw the Devil

Revenge at its pinnacle. Starts out a bit tedious but once the ride begins, hang on, strap in, whatever because it doesn’t stop. 10/10. Rent it on Amazon in SD for $2.99.

I Saw the Devil (2010)
Ang-ma-reul bo-at-da (original title)
Not Rated | 2h 22min | Action, Drama, Horror | 12 August 2010 (South Korea)

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.
Director: Jee-woon Kim (as Kim Jee-woon)
Writers: Jee-woon Kim (adaptation), Hoon-jung Park (screenplay)
Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-Hyuk Lee

Director Jee-woon Kim list of films I will make sure and see them all. How many have you seen?

2016 The Age of Shadows
2013 The X (Short) (as Kim Jee-woon)
2013 One Perfect Day (Video short) (as Kim Jee-woon)
2013 The Last Stand (as Kim Jee-woon)
2012 Doomsday Book (segment “Heaven’s Creation”, as Kim Jee-woon)
2010 I Saw the Devil (as Kim Jee-woon)
2008 The Good the Bad the Weird (as Kim Jee-woon)
2005 A Bittersweet Life (as Kim Jee-woon)
2003 A Tale of Two Sisters (as Kim Jee-woon)
2002 3 Extremes II (segment “Memories”, as Kim Jee-woon)
2001 Coming Out (Short) (as Kim Jee-woon)
2000 The Foul King (as Kim Jee-woon)
1998 The Quiet Family (as Kim Jee-woon)

3. Rampage

This one’s a wild ride. In the spirit of other giant animal movies. There are many more than just a white gorilla. Plot is a little complicated for what it needs to be but still, 8/10. Rent it streaming on Amazon for $5.99.

Rampage (2018)
PG-13 | 1h 47min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 13 April 2018 (USA)

When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.
Director: Brad Peyton
Writers: Ryan Engle (screenplay by), Carlton Cuse (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman


Author: Damien Riley

I'm an old school blogger who went full movie blogger and podcaster! Now, I post short reviews about movies I see. This is my podcast, I hope you enjoy listening.

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