April 5, 2007

2:37 vs Elephant

A while back (in January) I discussed a film from 2006 called 2:37 by Mulari K Thalluri. In that review of sorts I mentioned how the film basically imitates Gus Van Sant's much better Elephant. It bugged me, but Elephant was such a good movie that if Thalluri was going to ape the style of something I guess I was glad it was that.

Just today I got an e-mail saying I had a reply to that entry, so I check it out and it was some (anonymous) person directing me to a YouTube video entitled "2:37 versus Elephant". You can check it out below. It really is starting how much Thalluri copied from Elephant (down to the piano scenes featuring an elephant themselves, gay kisses and scenes of guys entering the female bathrooms). I still could never call 2:37 a great film - it's similarities to Elephant are just too distracting - but it is a good one. it's well-intentioned and well-made and features a strong debut cast.

Watching the video below doesn't reveal the central "mystery" (I guess that's what it is) of 2:37 (who commits suicide at the end), in fact the only spoiler really is about who is the closet gay. I must say though after watching this clip I noticed down the side (where they have similar clips) that someone has, shockingly, posted the suicide scene from the end of the movie. All 9 minutes and 39 seconds. Quite frankly, that's disgusting. Why on earth would someone post that. It was definitely one of the more disturbing things I have seen in a cinema in the many times I've been. Scarily, it's been favourited by 11 people. If you're desperate to see what I'm talking about (not sure why you would be) then click here, but otherwise just watch the clip below.


J.D. Judge said...

Elephant is an incredible film. I know care what this rip-off 2:37 is, and honestly I don't care.

"I'm meeting you halfway, you hippie bastards!"
-Richard Nixon

Anonymous said...

just a quick little correction to you 'Callea' story...

He actually didn't 'repeatedly deny' being Gay.

Since that the first interview, when he was totally unprepared for the question, (& as yet not totally comfortable with his sexuality) when asked he had refused to comment on any aspect of his presonal life...he never tried to misdirect the public by showing up at events with girls, just simply refused to 'play the game' that way.

It takes a lot of courage to 'come out' to your family, let alone the whole country...good for him!

Kamikaze Camel said...

I just don't buy the story that he says he was ready to come out nationally at the start of the year yet only did it when somebody did it for him.