Alright. I feel as though I have to justify my own opinion amidst the general critical consensus generating a relative amount of praise for the film.
Bruno revolves around a character created by Sacha Baron-Cohen who journeys to America in order to find stardom after losing his notoriety in his native country of Austria. Throughout his journey to celebrity status, Baron-Cohen takes every opportunity to induce squirming and uncomfortable groans from his audience. Viewers will undoubtedly recognize Bruno’s face from Baron-Cohen’s previous character based adventures in Borat and Ali-G.
One of the few admirable things about Bruno is its leading man’s ability to maintain character even in the most uncomfortable scenarios including, but not limited to, immigrant furniture and full frontal nudity for a solid 15 seconds. Not once does he crack, as he commits so fully to his character that he nearly convinces his audience that this character is actually walking around the streets of Hollywood.
However, the admirable guerilla style filmmaking of Borat is entirely absent from
this film. One of the most redeeming attribues of his 2006 shock comedy was the voyueristic quality which gave the film a docu-comedy feel. In this film unfortunately, it is blatantly obvious to the audience that just about everyone in the scene is aware of the joke. We’re left grasping for the purpose of each scene, as it certainly does not evoke any satire or social commentary, and settle for the sheer vulgarity of what we’re exposed to.
The glaring flaw of Bruno is not the vulgarity, as I was surprisingly not offended for most of the film. Only a few portions of the film, mostly dealing with the sad stereotype that unadulterated hedonism dominates homosexual societies, are actually offensive in nature. The saddest part of it all is the sheer amount of wasted potential. There are a few lines of the film that evoke a clarity that is entirely absent from the majority of the film, and the intermittent nature of these quips encite a degree of laughter not seen elsewhere in the script.
On the reels, Bruno is easily one of the worst films of 2009. Its comedy relies solely on shock value rather than any sort of intelligence, wit, or class. The feeble attempt at a narrative falls so flat that it resembles the chart depicting the amount of laughs in the film. This movie consists entirely of valleys, in which you can feel the soul of humanity being slowly devoured.
—Our review of INK on the Film Feed. Listen while you read!
(CORRECTION: We pronounced Jamin and Kiowa’s last name incorrectly. It’s pronounced why-nans. )
For those of you who are unaware of a small, but potent independent film titled INK, this post is for you. INK is a film directed by Jamin Winans, a brilliant young filmmaker who will undoubtedly be making waves in cinema for years to come. The movie was made almost entirely in the Denver area, which allows for the brilliantly engaging atmosphere of the Mile High region to shine throughout the film.
The film was written by Jamin Winans as well, and is so eloquently constructed that its narrative is one of the most percisely concieved I’ve witnessed this year. Its plot follows a young girl who is kidnapped by her nightmares, specifically one named Ink, and must be saved by the good dreamers, the Storytellers, before it is too late. The film’s plot blends elements of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Dark City”, which weave together so immaculately that the film becomes a work so original that it has inspired rave reviews wherever it has been seen. In an effort to show the film’s ability to connect with nearly any audience, I’ve compiled a few reviews below:
“This is a moive that needs to be seen, and it’s a film that deserves to be celebrated.” - A review written by Film School Rejects, found here.
“An independent product, “Ink” looks and feels just like a high budget sci-fi adventure and thattruly is a marvelandnod to the director’s hard work and creativity.” - A review written by Raffi Asdourian, found here.
“INK is a lock to achieve cult phenomenon status and launch the career of Jamin Wynans into the stratosphere. If you want to see something you’ve never seen before, INK is a must-see film.” -A review written by Copernicus of Aint it Cool News, found here.
"We are the instruments of change, both good and bad, but we are not immune to them ourselves. The randomness of life can be extremely disruptive, and seem devoid of pattern, reason and predictability, but just because the last few moments, days, or years have blindsided you, it doesn’t mean you are lost forever. At least, that’s how I saw it…Ink deserves a special place inside the hollowed halls of great intellectual cinema, here’s to hoping it takes its rightful places in that gallery one day.” -A review by Midnight Showing, found here.
You may inquire as to my purpose in writing this. You may know that I’ve already spent a great amount of time getting people to see this movie. I’m sure you’ve already heard my constant praise. However, I can only do so much. INK isn’t a film that should only be appreciated by a select few individuals. It isn’t a film that should only be seen by a few sold out crowds in LA and New York. It isn’t a film to be seen only in Colorado.
This is a heartfelt plea to distribution companies everywhere. My hope that as many people as possible see this film lies within these distribution companies. I’m lookin’ at you Focus Features. You too Lionsgate. Not to mention Summit, Paramount Vintage, Sony Pictures Classic, or Miramax. These reviews are only a tiny sample of what audiences everywhere are saying. People want to see this film! People who’ve seen it want others to see it! Embrace the art seldom seen in modern cinema. Lets bring INK to audiences across the country.
INK will soon be on DVD! Starting November 10th, customers will be able to purchase the film on iTunes, rent it from Blockbuster and Netflix, and buy signed copies from doubleedgefilms.com!
Addition, November 8 2009:
INK, one of the best films of the year has been illegally downloaded more than 150, 000 times. At this point, the film has hit #1 on PirateBay’s most downloaded list beating out PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, SAW VI, and JULIE AND JULIA. The film has also risen to #16 on IMDB’s MovieMeter, jumping over 81,000% in only a few days.
All this buzz and acclaim, yet the film never got the theatrical release it deserves. While I wish that Jamin and Kiowa would get paid for all their hard work, the exposure the film is getting through piracy could end up helping them. After all, George Romero didn’t get the payment he deserved for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. That silly title change at the end left of a copyright mark, allowing his film to be ripped and copied all over the world. However, since then he’s become one of the world’s most prolific filmmakers.
Do we have the next George Romero in our midst? His filmmaking style is reminiscent of Michael Mann meets Terry Gilliam. The rabid following the film has developed brings to mind the armies of cult film fans. This is a true underdog story, which is even more impressive that Richard Kelly’s DONNIE DARKO or even the recent hit, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.