September 19, 2011 Leave a comment
I actually look forward to the Trailers of the Week post since it has me searching the depths of the internet for new trailers of movies that I probably wouldn’t have heard of or just checking in on the latest projects that I follow, hoping a tiny morsel of images are strung together in a trailer for me to digest. So being a closet horror movie fan (I finally admit) I was excited to get a peek at the latest trailer for [REC] series and thanks to the gentleman at /Film, they posted a trailer for this “documentary” entitles Finding Joe. So for the people that follow me and or read this blog often enough, here are some new films to follow.
[REC] 3: Genesis
So if you have are familiar with Paco Plaza’s work on with the previous two films of the series, you will find that this is a bit different in terms of directing and film style than the previous two. Gone is the POV style, found footage structure and this has the movie essentially being a weird mix of a prequel and sequel in one movie. We are still following the heroine after the second movie and frankly, the traditional film style looks good as we can take in the film better without losing our lunch over the handheld film style of past. The [REC] series is utterly frightening and one of my favorite horror franchises to boot. Plaza just has this way of framing the terror and bringing about a claustrophobic sense of dread in both the previous movies and I am excited to see what he does this time around. Shortly after Genesis, the fourth and final part of the series entitled Apocalypse will be released.
Aside from the sappy, very super happy ending that the trailer portrays, Finding Joe is really about finding us. If you aren’t familiar with the works of Joseph Campbell, I guess I can give you a short lesson on him. I don’t want to dive to deeply into his backstory as I don’t want to have flashbacks to high school english and literature classes. Although given my sub-par writing skills, it would hurt to have a refresher course. Anyways, Joseph Campbell was an American Mythologist who studied comparative cultures mythology and religion. You have heard the phrase, “follow you bliss” which he is famous for saying. The most important aspect of his work is on Monomyth or in short, Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey is a wide encompassing idea that the basic pattern of narratives are common throughout the world. The Hero’s Journey is about the human race as a whole, basically reciting one common story. The journey of man/woman on self discovery, fighting their inner demons or obstruction and overcoming all to find what he or she is looking for.
The documentary is an interesting weave of stories from numerous personalities and their own personal stories of overcoming odds or making their own path in life. Finding Joe makes a case that we have all become far to similar and that what makes us unique not what we are wearing or what trends we seem to follow, but the path that our own personal life takes us. Sure the uber happy ending is a bit off putting for me, but their goal to tell a story that we can put ourselves into is fascinating.