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Yet another IFC movie sucked

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Yet another IFC movie sucked me in last night. This time it was Exotica, directed by Atom Egoyan. This one is a thinker, with a set of dark not-so-likable characters with intertwined stories. Most of the action takes place in and around a Toronto high-class strip club (even still, there’s less sex and nudity than Sirens). As the movie progresses, presonalities and actions are put into context a bit at a time until the last fifteen minutes where everything fell into place and the power of the movie hit me full force. It appeared that the movie was going to be about porn or sex, and indeed, if you were to watch any random five minutes of the film you would think that was true, but Atom masterfully uses that setting to tell an entirely different type of story. Following Exotica was the David Lynch film Nadja, a modern dracula movie that looked like it has promise. Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Fonda) has finally killed Dracula in modern-day New York and now Dracula’s daughter, Nadja, can escape from his shadow and be her own self. A great line at the beginning as Van Helsing is describing Dracula: “He was like Elvis in the end. Careless. Drugged. Surrounded by zombies. The magic was gone.” But, it was late, and I went to bed.

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