Two nekos do Urupe 5: Venice.

Screenshot - 9_29_2013 , 1_53_46 PMMerit: “Venice is actually a kind of strange place for it looks like someone forgot to add new buildings to it after the sixteen century or so. So it is a place that seems forever in old times.  So it is a good background for eerie and strange novels, movies and assorted imaginations. Of course.. there is Death in Venice the book by Thomas Mann and of course: Don’t look now…”

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Strange poster really, you might have expected a little bit more red in it.That is what the movie is throwing at us all the time.
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So we just fiddled around a bit with layers and stuff.. I do say.. the result is not half bad. Wanted to capture the recurring theme of water and red.

Kris: “That is the kind of movie that slowly gets appreciated more and more until everyone gets fed up and it either gets damned for being overrated or becomes a cult classic… or both.”

Merit: “Do you like my picture??”

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Staring out over the very water of Venice. Someone said that eventually it will sink into the water, so better visit it before it does.

Kris: “Your picture? I somehow spot the hand of Taubie in this.”

Merit:  “Well, I thought of it. Making pictures takes a lot of thinking….”

Kris: “So you does the thinking. And Taubie does?”

Merit: “She makes them pictures..”

Kris: “But no thinking?”

Merit: “Ehm in another way… you know.. like… well,  let’s have a look at the next picture.”


Kris : “What is this… and what has this to do with Venice?”

Merit: “That is the book were the story of the movie comes from..So actually Daphne thought of it.. and Roeg made it into a movie. A bit like me and Taubie. I thought of the pictures.. she made them.”

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Water and a watery sun.. Venice is a harbor city that borders on the Adriatic Sea. Which is nice if you like water.
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Why do I have the feeling that we are looking from Venice at Venice? Maybe it is a Mirage. A surreal appearance of something that is not there..

Merit: “So Venice is another possible candidate for being the Capital City of Urupe.  Like it has got it all: books, movies, water, boats, historical buildings and landmarks. And you know a lot of Italians went to the US, so there is a sort of intimate connection there.”

Kris: “I wouldn’t know. That movie makes the city pretty scary.. I mean if you see a little person wearing a red coat then you better run.. Did they ever get that killer?”

Merit: “It was just a movie.. besides.. that movie was made like in the last century… decades ago.. Bet if there was a killer he or she will be pretty dead by now.”

Kris: “You never know.. some people might not be people at all..but something supernatural. Like ghosts… or devils or demons.”

Merit: “I think we getting a bit in the depressed zone.. let’s go for an ice-cream.. Which btw Italians are also famous for.. Italian icecream!”


Henry and Kristl turned Red: Werewolf hunter (2010)

Stills from Red: Werewolf hunter(2010)
Stills from Red: Werewolf hunter(2010)

“Red.”  Henry said. He had slightly raised his voice because he liked to shake up Kristl. Sometimes he suspected her of nodding off, so he felt at obliged to wake her up. He could do no less.

“Yes?” Kristl sat up..

“And everyone is dead.” Henry continued.

“Quite dead..except for Red herself.”

“Even her lover gets killed in the end, by herself no less. Poor Red.”  Henry said.

“I wonder where that kid comes from that sits on her lap at the end scene.” Kristl said, “I wonder many things. Like why make another werewolf movie?”

“That is simple. It is circle of movies. Vampires, werewolves and zombies. One after the other. We have had a vampire hype, we have zombie hype, we will probably see a werewolf hype.”

“And so on. Werewolves do get to be a bit boring, but at least they tried to add some different take to the story. I liked it that Red was not a such a tough chick with no feelings and they added this complication in that her lover was also turned into a werewolf against his will.”

“Yeah, but the low budget made it suffer. I mean when it came down to the combat scenes and showing the werewolves themselves it became quite crappy, especially in those scenes were the werewolves change shape.” Henry felt the stubs on his jaw.

“You had a rough night?” Kristl remarked.

“Yeah.. stayed up late.”

“And drank too much.”

“That too.”

“So was the movie enjoyable, considering the state you are in?”

“Well sort of. It did feel like a rip off from underworld, but a lame one.” Henry said.

“Yeah. And there was nothing remarkable about how it was filmed. I even had the feeling it was a seventies or eighties movie, but it is made in 2010.”

“There are a few nice scenes, like when she was a little girl see a werewolf attack her mother while Red is hiding up in the attic. Or when she walks into the forest clocked in a red blanket. Or wakes up after having slept in the leaves on the forest floor.” Kristl added, “Still the movie falls short in everything. For instance there is a strong reference to Little Red Riding Hood and the movie starts out like a modern version, but this is never referenced or used in any fashion. The romance is wooden and stale. And nothing is done with fact that Red is actually an FBI agent.

“And except for a few scenes, the whole cinematography technique of this movie is just sloppy. Like back lighting in the woods is a strong green hue. It is not scary, it just plain odd.”

“But it isn’t too bad a movie.” Henry said.

“Maybe not. If they had just a tad more budget, cut down on the cgi and had the actors act better it might have been decent, now it is just a less-than-decent movie.”

“A time waster really.”

“Good you had your fun yesterday.”

“Yeah, lame movies are good for recovering from hangovers.” Henry nodded his head, then regretted it.

“And to take a nap.”  Kristl said, “You miss nothing when you do.”