TSP1994: Visions of Heaven and Hell

Hey!  It’s time for that yearly Google session to try to find the missing films for my Tilda Swinton project. Unfortunately, nothing new seems to be available (although The Dilapidated Dwelling seems to have been available on Youtube for a bit of time before being deleted).  Boo!

But a kind reader had pointed me towards the last two episodes of Visions of Heaven and Hell on Youtube, so I saw that one, at least.  One more down.

WFC Mozambique: Terra Sonâmbula

Wow. This is so lo-res. What’s up with Amazon Prime videos? They have no quality control? This is worse than watching a VCD episode of The Simpsons in 1997.

Oh! The film!

It’s good and very sad. Great actors. The cinematography is indifferent, but the film has a great moody mood. Very intriguing structurally, too.

Sleepwalking Land. Teresa Prata. 2007. Mozambique.

Coconut Mojito

  • 3 parts light rum
  • 3 parts Malibu rum
  • 1 part coconut milk
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • mint

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and some mint.

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WFC Panama: Contadora is for Lovers

It’s very educational.

And subtle.

Drama!

And then… not.

I watched this via Amazon Prime, but I just noticed that it’s also available on DVD. I should have gotten that instead, because the Prime version of the film is pitiful. Not only are there compression artifacts all over the stage (descending into abstraction when there’s lots of movement in the film) (and I’m using the “Best” video setting in the player), but they’ve gotten the interlace setting wrong then they did the transfer from DVD!

The future is so sad. Instead of flying cars we get interlaced video.

Oh! The film!

The film is really, really amateurish. It’s got one of those rare 3.0 ratings on IMDB, but it has a certain charm, I think.

“Unlike many of the reviews I’ve read here, I’m in no way related to the director, but I did like this film.” That’s a solid review.

But… everything is pretty bad. The acting, the sound, the editing, the, er, person that holds the camera… (I think that’s the right technical term in this case.)

And it’s not a very Panamanian film.

Contadora is for Lovers. Jorge Ameer. 2006. Panama.

Coco Heaven

  • 1 part Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 1 part dark rum
  • 2 parts coconut cream
  • 4 parts watermelon

Mash the watermelon in a cocktail shaker. Add the other ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass.

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WFC Suriname: Wan Pipel

Another film found on Youtube.

It’s a very earnest film. There are good bits, but nothing really convinces.

Wan Pipel. Pim de la Parra. 1976. Suriname.

The Paramaribo Park Club Gin Sling

  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part Cherry Heering
  • 3 parts gin
  • a dash of Cognac
  • a dash of Benedictine
  • club soda

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top off with the soda and garnish with pineapple.

Man, that’s tart. There must be something off with that recipe.

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WFC Uganda: Who Killed Captain Alex?

I couldn’t find any Ugandan DVDs, so this is from the Youtubes.

As this er edition of the film explains, the director didn’t have any expectations of people outside his city seeing this film: It’s more of a fun hobby project than something meant for the general public, I think.

I thought it had an interesting quirk in that there’s a voiceover breaking in all the time making fun of the film: Kinda like Mystery Science Theatre 3000. But these are apparently made by a “video joker”? VJs talking over films is apparently a thing on Youtube? Oh, VJ Emmie just said “You are watching Who Killed Captain Alex and the first VJ in English. Ever. From Wakaliwood: This is how we enjoy movies in Uganda”.

I think it’s clear that the director is talented, and I was entertained while watching this. Lively editing. But it is, perhaps, a stretch to call it a good film. So:

Who Killed Captain Alex?. Nabwana I.G.G.. 2010. Uganda.

Pineapple Buganda

  • 4 parts pineapple
  • 1 part brown sugar
  • 2 parts milk
  • 2 parts light rum
  • some vanilla extract

Run through a blender with ice cubes. Pour into a glass and garnish with pineapple chunks.

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