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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

If a movie tells a straightforward story and has engaging characters and is satisfying and accessible, I donít mind recommending it and then stepping back and letting people decide whether or not they like it as much as I did. If the movie is quirky or weird or confusing, though, I get a little gun-shy.

Itís not that I donít want to spread the word, or that Iím afraid of being contradicted. Itís more that I feel protective of a movie like Ink, almost as if Iíd discovered it or had something to do with it, other than renting it and watching it. But I have to tell you that I loved this movie because of its weirdness, rather than in spite of it.

Here are some of the things you probably wonít like. Itís dark and at times brutal, and you donít always know whatís going on. It doesnít lead you through a conventional narrative with a beginning, middle and end. Itís a fantasy, so you have to let go of expectations of realism, although itís also one of the most blatantly convincing portrayals of gritty alternate dimensions that Iíve seen in a while.

And hereís what made it a new favorite of mine. Three different sequences (one each, actually, at the beginning, middle and end) are conceived and executed with sublime cinematic beauty, beyond any expectations I could have had. It takes place in that imagined world between waking and dreaming, life and death, but itís all portrayed with bone-chilling inspiration. And all the disparate elements come together at the end in a way that brought me to tears of gratitude for the sheer artistry of it. Thatís all.

8 November 2009

Mushroom in the grass.

I guess what Iím saying is: See it or donít see it, but not on my recommendation, please. And if you donít like it, I donít want to know, because Iíll be forced to assume you missed something. Ink never got wide theatrical release, and itís only now available on DVD, so you donít have much to go on except what Iím telling you. And please, disregard that.

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