Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Addiction Leads to the Strange and Unusual

Hi. My name is Sara and I am addicted to Netflix. I do not take any responsibility of this addiction what so ever! In fact, I blame my fiance. He is the one with the X box, the X box live subscription, the Netflix subscription, and is also the silly person that taught me how to use all of these things for my own personal use. I have something on constantly! While I eat a meal, while I craft, while I fold laundry, while I clean, while I use the computer, while I am getting ready for bed, and even while I read. I think you get the point. It's amazing! 

One of my favorite features is the recommendations Netflix gives you based on movies you have watched. Last week one of the movies that was recommended was something called Santa Sangre. I sort of bypassed it without thinking twice, mainly because it looked strange and like there might be subtitles. I don't mind subtitles, but when you need glasses and don't own a pair these movies aren't that enjoyable, especially if you are practically sitting on the coffee table just to see what the heck is being said! Yesterday, while at work, I was looking at the latest issue of Rue Morgue and noticed that there was a article on the movie so I read it. 

Santa Sangre is about a young man who was traumatized as a child by the violence within his family. The movie starts off showing his current living situation in a mental institution where he lives like he is a bird. You soon find out that he comes from a family of circus folk. His mother is a trapeze artist and a leader/psycho fanatic of some crazy religion and his father is a ring master/mc kind of fellow. The mother finds out that her husband is cheating on her and pours acid on him as revenge. Soon after the husband cuts off both of her arms (she survives) and then kills himself. When the son is older he helps his mother get a new act underway so she can still perform, by attaching him self to her back so he can be her arms. This movie gets even more bizarre than this! but I will just leave it at that as to not give anything else away. Sadly, what i described is only the first half of the film! There is so much more! it's one of those movies that gets weirder as it goes on just when you think it can't get any more stranger. I am not sure why Netflix recommended this to me... I must watch some seriously screwed up films because I am pretty sure people that watch romantic comedies and Disney films do not get this type of film recommended to them! 

The only warnings I have about this film are not to show it to a small child, do not watch it with a headache (lots of Mexican music since it takes place in Mexico), and if you do not like older films that seem like they have bad film quality, well, this may not be for you. Also, the first half, as entertaining and climax filled as it may be, is the half that drags on forever.  Otherwise, have fun! You were warned!

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