|12.10.06||Alamo Downtown||This Screening is part of event: Butt-Numb-A-Thon 8|
The next movie was introduced as Teen Wolf. This little short guy Jeff Mahler had been asking Harry to play Teen Wolf every year so he finally broke down, saying that since Michael J. Fox was such a huge stem cell guy, that following a pregnancy movie would somehow make enough sense to program it. The light go down, Teen Wolf starts up, a few minutes play and the motor cuts out again, burning the Teen Wolf print! Tim's voice: Looks like that shit-o-meter just went off again, let's watch the new Paul Verhoeven movie Black Book instead."
So... I was kind of bummed out. It's been a long time since I've seen Teen Wolf and was kind of looking forward to watching it. So it took me a few minutes to fully switch over to the somber WWII undercover resistance fighter movie that is Black Book.
Black Book is a great movie. I think it's a huge leap forward for Verhoeven, but I'm glad to see he didn't lose any of the blunt explicit...ness? explicity? awesomality of his earlier stuff (meaning American stuff. I haven't seen his early early stuff although I'm told it's good. If only the Alamo would do a retrospective...). The violence in here is sudden and brutal, just like dumping a vat of toxic waste on a guy then liquifying him with a truck. There's also some great nudity and the leading lady is wordlessly beautiful. I love how in Europe really hot leading ladies that are great actresses can get naked and not expect an Oscar for being so brave (fuckin' Mosnters Ball).
So I feel that this movie is pretty undeniably great. We were making fun of Tony for taking a while to warm up to thinking it's ok... I'd really like to see this again some time on its own though because for as good as it is, it's a very heavy movie and a pretty long movie. While I was fully engrossed the whole time and really impressed with how good it was, it did take up my excess levels of energy... a large part of that was probably ducking and weaving to read the subtitles around the guy in front of me's huge head. So it was just all kinds of good, but left me pretty used up.