Episode 155: Fridge Poetry

by on Aug.28, 2015, under Podcasts


This week on the show we get interrupted by car alarms (thankfully, only very briefly)  and Iain reviews 60’s spy reboot The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Pixar’s latest: Inside Out, videogame adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 and vampire mockumentary What we do in the Shadows while Gavin looks on.

Also, thanks to friend of the show We Jun both Iain and Gavin preview Salvaj, a short indie film made right here in Malaysia that will be shown this coming Monday, 31st August at 7pm  on Sundance TV (Astro HD Channel 438).

SPOILERS: you should totally check it out and support local film-making!

Click on the image below for more information on the film


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1 Comment for this entry

  • Tyson

    Great stuff and you guys are as handsome as ever of course.

    But I do have a small gripe, Ian, with your 30 second review of “What we do in the dark”.

    Frankly, I laughed my ass off watching this film. Then I thought – perhaps it’s just because I was drinking. So I watched it again sober and ass fell right off again. Then I got Sya to watch it and she actually put her phone down and enjoyed it immensely, which is a huge accomplishment given that Instagram is available 24/7. Now she frequently looks at me, waves her hand at me and says “Begone!”. That’s right guys, a non-nerdy girl quoting from a film.

    So I realize you had to rush you review due to babbling on about other cool stuff. But I think there this is a super fun film that deserves more love. If only we could have more mockumentaries like this.

    First of all – the entire concept evokes a wonderful dichotomy of the undead versus the perhaps more distressing deadness of Wellington.

    The casual yet creepy obsession with virgins is hilarious, the idea of trying to keep the flat neat and tidy while murdering people is like “He Died With a Felafal in His Hand” mixed with “Interview with a Vampire”. Let’s be fair, Vlad makes a great point with “if you are going to eat a sandwich, you would enjoy it more if you knew nobody had fucked it”.

    Every vampire trope is explored in the context of .. well.. a flat share in New Zealand. So the practical implications of having no reflection leads to having the flatmates sketch each other so they can see how their outfits look. Needing to be invited into nightclubs. Doing the vacuuming if you can fly. Learning how to use the internet. How do you keep up with fashion if you are hundreds of years old? What happens when you want to eat your best friend? When your 8000 year old vampire flatmate wont come to meetings? When the cops come to investigate the screaming and burning smell with their very friendly community policing style, but you don’t want to eat them until they finish pointing out safety tips like smoke detectors.

    In general the idea of a mockumentary allows them to play with all the Twilight genre stuff that annoys that crap out of you, but in an everyday “we are from New Zealand and we are irrelevant” point of view.

    Apart from that have great original music (not to mention vampires doing erotic dances for each other), and there’s a huge amount of research done to find hilarious historical images of vampires, as well as great happy snaps of the flatmates living through history – e.g. the 80s, or the difficulties of being a Nazi Vampire. Plus, one of the greatest vampire transformation sequences cinema has ever produced (Trainspotting meets Bram Stoker’s Dracula). And then, super unusual for a mockumentary – there are subtle but funny special effects – flying fights over the bloody dishes, lack of reflections and somewhat unsuccessful transformations into animals.

    The story kind of gets lost near the unholy masquerade at the end, but it doesn’t really matter, as the plot is just an excuse to move on to the werewolves (not swearwolves) and bring the various characters back together.

    Not serious cinema, but after so much awful crap produced for the teen market around sparkly vampires, it’s very fun to have some satire that’s not some crappy b-grade horror “comedy”.

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