WFC Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Voodoo Man

Another movie found on Youtube. This one is pretty funny, but the amusing script and charming actors are let down by flaccid editing: The film feels like it wants to move faster than it does.

And fortunately they only ran the blurring filter on the first flashback scene.

Voodoo Man. Fabian Guerra. 2014. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

St. Vincent Cocktail

  • 2 parts Galliano
  • 3 parts white rum
  • 2 parts gin
  • a dash of Grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass.

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WFC Brunei: Teluki

Is this the first short I’ve done in this blog series? That might happen more for the remaining films as the pickings grow ever slimmer.

This one’s on Youtube, and it’s kinda interesting, but slight. And it does feel ever more churlish to throw a die on films like these. Who asked for my opinion on this no-budget short, anyway? It seems kinda beside the point.

But, anyway.

Ice Kachany

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part peach liqueur
  • 2 parts cranberry juice
  • 2 parts orange juice
  • lemonade

Shake everything (except the lemonade) with ice. Strain into a highball glass. Add the lemonade.

Teluki. Abdul Zainidi. 2013. Brunei Darussalam.

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WFC Belize: 2012: Kurse a di Xtabai

Another Youtube offering. It’s shakycam, but it kinda looks like Youtube has applied its automatic stabilisation to it? So it’s doubly sickening to watch. The video is at sea.

Anyway, this is a horror/action film, and it’s OK, apart from the bit that I couldn’t really look at the screen for more than a few seconds at a time without getting nauseous (during the action scenes).

2012: Curse of the Xtabai. Matthiew Klinck. 2012. Belize.

Belize

Blue Morpho

  • 2 parts coconut rum
  • 2 parts dark rum
  • 4 parts grapefruit juice
  • 4 parts pineapple juice
  • 1 part creme de cacao
  • 1 part blue curacao

Run through a blender with ice. Pour into a glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple and grapefruit.

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WFC Barbados: The Kite Flyer

I did DVDs and stuff last weekend, so it’s time to delve into Youtube videos again. (Because I couldn’t find any films from Barbados on DVD.)

This one can be watched here.

It’s a no-budget kind of film, but there’s definitely some talent here. The editing (for about the first half hour) is on point, the soundtrack is interesting, some of the actors (like “Cheryl”) are great and the storyline is way out there.

But it loses focus after about half an hour and we get very strange porn slo-mo shots of expensive cars and motorbikes doing burnouts.

*sucks air through teeth*

And then suddenly it turns into a comedy! It’s funny.

The Kite Flyer. Sean Russell. 2007. Barbados.

Rum Punch Recipe

  • 3 parts dark rum
  • 2 parts white rum
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 2 parts orange juice
  • 1 part grapefruit juice
  • a dash of Grenadine
  • a dash of Angostura bitters
  • nutmeg

Stir with ice in a glass. Grate nutmeg on top.

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WFC El Salvador: Sobreviviendo Guazapa

Man, I’m having having almost no luck with these Central American films. South America: Wonderful. Central America: Not so much. But I guess these countries are a lot smaller (and poorer), so perhaps that’s not that odd…

Anyway, this is pretty bad. And I even ended up buying the DVD twice, since it turned out that the one that said “Surviving Guazapo” didn’t have English subtitles, but the one that said “Sobreviviendo Guazapa” did.

¯_(ツ)_/¯

I just watched the “making of” film on the DVD, and it was apparently all bluescreened: Nothing actually filmed in the jungle? I had no idea. So: Kudos on the compositing.

Surviving Guazapa. Roberto d’Avila Alegria. 2008. El Salvador.

San Salvador

  • 1 part lime juice
  • 3 parts orange juice
  • 2 parts Grand Marnier
  • 3 parts dark rum

Shake with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with an orange slace and a lime slice.

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WFC Tonga: When the Man Went South

This is a really charming film. Thoroughly amusing.

I thought the dialogue was strangely like a sitcom set in New York, and it turns out that the director worked on the crew of The Nanny. Yes. Most of these lines could have been delivered by Fran Fine.

So… not completely, er, Tonga… nese?

But very entertaining.

When the Man Went South. Alex Bernstein. 2014. Tonga.

Tonga Mai Tai

  • 4 parts lime juice
  • 12 parts pineapple juice
  • 1 part orgeat syrup
  • 4 parts dark rum
  • 4 parts light rum
  • 4 parts Grand Marnier

Shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, a pineapple slice, and a paper umbrella.

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WFC Tunisia: عصفور السطح

I think they’re aiming for a broad, classic Mediterranean coming of age/sex comedy kind of thing, but it’s remarkably creepy (at least it is now, three decades after it was made).

It tries to hard to be charming, but the performances are super-hammy, the cinematography is meh, and it’s all kinda boring. It’s a well-liked film, though: 6.9 on imdb and many positive reviews all over the place, using words like “lush”, “warm” and “whimsical” (but strangely enough, not “Orientalism”).

It’s just creepy.

Halfaouine. Férid Boughedir. 1990. Tunisia.

A Night in Tunisia

  • 1 part absinthe
  • 10 parts vodka
  • 2 parts apricot liqueur
  • 5 parts red vermouth
  • 5 parts orange juice
  • 2 parts grapefruit juice
  • cinnamon
  • orange zest

Shake all ingredients (except the absinthe) with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add the absinthe and light on fire. Add the orange zest and cinnamon. Don’t drink until the absinthe finishes burning.

(This may not actually be a Tunisian recipe. Oops!)

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