Strangely lethargic lately. I considered reviewing Lake Mungo, but I don’t feel up to a full review. Suffice to say that it’s a well-made mockumentary-style drama with a supernatural theme and a moody atmosphere. It is worth a watch, and I applaud the filmmakers for the poise and polish of the cast and production. Having said that, it’s bleak and depressing, and it’s really not frightening, so a bit of a mixed bag. It’s also very slow, which I don’t normally mind, but in this case there’s not enough of a payoff to justify the pacing.
More interesting is Short of the Week, a site I just discovered that apparently features short films at precisely-determined calendrical intervals. I haven’t explored it too much, but I did watch a lackluster Argentine demon-hunting thing (Deus Irae), and the super-slick The Facts in the Case of Mr. Hollow, which I definitely recommend.
I should be dissertating. Maybe I’ll get around to it, but the internets keep luring me away.
Edit: So much for dissertating. Short of the Week pointed me to the short anime Comedy, which is set in Ireland at some unspecified time, in the context of bloody fighting between the English and Irish (obviously). In the closing scenes the narrator tells us that Ireland gained its independence following the events in the film, so it’s no later than 1921. However, the English (portrayed as typical anime knights with demonic, glowing red eyes) are on horseback and fight with swords.
Doesn’t really matter, though. The short is cool. There’s no overt connection between the “Black Swordsman” and any specific figures from Irish legend of which I’m aware, but the whole affair is sufficiently vague and mystical, and the Swordsman is sufficiently capricious, that the film could get tucked into “real” Irish folklore (note the quotes) pretty comfortably. I dig it. I’m going to be spending a lot more time on this site in the future, I think.