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Augustus Gloop Is Also Back For Day Five Of Fantastic Fest With LA CRÈME And REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I talked to a lot of people, Harry included, who really liked LA CRÈME, which I did not get a chance to see. I’m stunned at that $8000 pricetag on the film, though. Nicely done. I did see REPO, and I’ll have my review in the next few days. It’s going to divide audiences, clearly, but I’m curious to see where the very cool Augustus Gloop (one of many readers and reviewers I met at the fest) falls on this potential cult classic:

La Creme -------- Reynald Bertrand has created a fun little film about an out-of-work salesman who receives a dangerous gift for Christmas. When he applies this facial creme, people think that he's someone famous and begin to act accordingly, swooning, asking for his autograph, for charity endorsements, etc. Hoping to use this to his advantage to improve his career prospects, he learns that fame is not all it's cracked up to be. Made for a budget of around 8,000 Euros, La Creme succeeds in being an excellent science fiction story without the use of special effects as it demonstrates the cost and sacrifice that one must make in the pursuit of fame. I look forward to more great work from Bertrand. Repo! The Genetic Opera ----------------------- I had hopes before seeing this that I would enjoy it. I had no idea how much I would completely love it. The sights, the sounds, the over-the-top performances brought a rockin circus to the screen. People have been comparing this to Rocky Horror, as they well should. Repo is, however, a much more musical and higher-budget piece. Though the lyrics for some of the songs are very simplistic, they generally fit the characters, and one piece with Sarah Brightman literally projecting video from her eyes was my favorite in the film. Who knew Paul Sorvino could sing? He was amazing, and Paris Hilton managed to pull off a role I completely did not hate her in. A few months ago, people were talking about the market scene in Hellboy II. Repo is an entire movie of that, turned up to 11. One friend said he expected I would like it, since I loved Southland Tales. I replied that this movie takes place at the same time and on the same planet as Southland Tales just on the opposite hemisphere. You will love it, or you will hate it, but Repo is not to be ignored. My only disappointment is that it appears the film was cut down to half the number of songs that were originally written. I couldn't help but want more. -Augustus Gloop
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  • Sept. 24, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST


    by KarmicRelief

    Actually looking forward to this one...if they have the balls to realease it in my market. Yay, midwest living!!!

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST


    by bnl771

    Made me want to tear my eyes and ears off. Tailor made for fat high school girls that shop at Hot Topic.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by bingo the clown

    Not the worst movie of the festival (that would be Wicked Lake), but it sure wasn't good. An all-surface movie that doesn't trust the audience (they have cartoons explaining the story, followed by a song saying the exact same thing), and not a single memorable song. Nice costume and set design, though.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    La Creme

    by bingo the clown

    Isn't science fiction, it's fantasy. According to the director, the cream literally comes from Santa Clause (although that really isn't important to the story). It is a fun little flick, it's too bad that it won't get distribution in France, due to (ironically) having no stars.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by bnl771

    Was wicked lake worse than Seventh Mood... Jesus. I think Repo did have one memorable scene when blind Sarah Brightman goes to visit Shiloh. That scene was actually really damn awesome.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Seventh Mood

    by bnl771

    I meant Seventh Moon... But you could interpret Seventh Mood as the beyond frustrated state I was in trying to escape from that movie... but was caught waiting for my check.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by the beef

    WICKED LAKE is worse than SEVENTH MOON, unless you give bonus points for nudity because there's a lot of it. My only major problem with SEVENTH MOON was that I couldn't see shit. I know that was an artistic decision to, I guess, add to the immediacy of the scenario, but I think it backfired.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by bnl771

    This is a real question, not trying to be sarcastic or anyting but - Wouldn't the fact that you "couldn't see shit" be a complete showstopper to ANY enjoyment of the movie? Doesn't it just kind of turn into radio at the point? (Okay, that was a little sarcastic.) I had the same gripe, but once I cannot see anything, I have to completely write the movie off. I would rather watch a horrendous movie I can actually SEE. The artistic decision was flawed to the worst possible degree. That level of handheld nonsense just doesn't work in the 3rd person.