WFC Fiji: Kya Dilli Kya Lahore

It’s another one of those anti war satires!

But this is rather amusing. I think, though, that it’s not a very Fijian film, so, er, foiled again.

It’s rather incomprehensible. The lines are like “That’s why you also gave him two roses” which I take is referring to something, somewhere in the India/Pakistan war history, but I have no idea what. I feel like if you’re not up to scratch on the Indian/Pakistani war of 1948, this is rather inscrutable.

I somehow feel that it’s trying to make fun of the Pakistani man, but I’m not sure… what? Is the ridiculous make-up these people are wearing meant to signify something?

Asian inscrutableness!

“Girls have mates! Get it!”

Kya Dilli Kya Lahore. Vijay Raaz. 2014. Fiji.

Welcome Cocktail

  • 3 parts dark rum
  • 1 part coconut rum
  • maraschino cherries
  • 1 orange slice
  • some dashes of Anogostura bitters

Muddle the cherries and an orange slice in a glass. Add ice cubes to fill the glass. Add the rums and stir. Add the Angostura.

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WFC North Korea: A State of Mind

This isn’t really a North Korean film, because those don’t seem to exists outside of North Korea? But it’s a film about North Korea, so…

This is a documentary about some gymnasts. And their parents and teachers and stuff.

The filmmaker is sympathetic towards the people he portrays, I think, but the things these people say are so absurd (and obviously rehearsed) that it’s easy to view the film as being sarcastic all the time. Which is a bit uncomfortable.

But apparently the North Koreans didn’t think so. It won awards at the Pyongyang International Film Festival. And there are some scenes that feel like you’re getting to know these people.

Let’s sing the “Communism Is Best” song again! I’ve got it on my karaoke machine!

A State of Mind. Daniel Gordon. 2004. North Korea.

Pyongyang Sling

  • 1 part Tanqueray gin
  • 3 parts grapefruit juice (preferably ruby)
  • 1 part tonic water

Shake the first two parts with ice and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top off with the tonic. Garnish with some sprigs of thyme (after lightly crushing over the glass) and a slice of grapefruit (ditto).

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WFC Laos: ນ້ອງຮັກ

This is my first attempt at watching a film via Amazon Prime.

So many films these days never get a DVD release. Instead, the only way to watch these films seem to be via Amazon. You can’t even find them via dar torrentzes.

In an additional twist, films are only licensed for US viewers, so I had to do the usual shenanigans (with the credit card address and a VPN) to view it. Which makes me wonder: How is it possible that it makes economic sense for anybody involved to have films available only in the US, and nowhere else? If there was, say, a physical DVD release in Europe, I could understand it, or if it had been licenced for people in the EU via a different service, but that doesn’t seem to be the case? Or is my Google fu just bad?

So… it’s like… “Don’t take my money.”

Anyway, watching it on a 13″ Ipad was fine, except that the audio/video sync was kinda janky. (It’s what you can use as an AI canary: While there are audio/video sync issues, the AI revolution probably isn’t going to happen any time soon.) But since it seems to be possible to watch films this way, I think I’ll get an HDMI cable and hook it up to my big TV…

Oh! The film! It’s kinda clunky in parts, and having bits of it financed via Estonia means that one of the principal actors is Estonian, because that’s how these things work. It adds a nice layer of extra befuddlement having them break out into Estonian every few minutes.

It’s a frustrating film to watch. If every single person in this film hadn’t been withholding information and/or been a shitty and/or stupid person, it would have been been over in five minutes. “Ka-ching!”

And as horror movies go, it’s not very scary. The actors are fine, though, even the Estonian, and the cinematography is pretty.

Dearest Sister. Mattie Do. 2016. Laos.

Lost in Laos

  • 3 parts dark rum
  • 1 part green chartreuse
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 2 parts simple syrup
  • 6 parts coconut milk
  • some slices of cucumber

Muddle the cucubmer in a shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with cucumber and a cherry. Add a straw.

This is not a geniune Lao cocktail, but for some reason, I just wasn’t able to find one.

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WFC Pakistan: دختر‎

Hey! Clever film-making. I thought this film was totally going one way, but then it swerved a completely different way. Me like.

It’s very exciting (in parts), has great cinematography (although the scenery is sometimes so pretty you might suspect it’s been sponsored by The Tourist Council of Northern Pakistan) and the actors are somewhere between pretty good and great.

The weird shakycam is annoying. Much of the footage is from inside the cabin of a truck, and the camera and the actors always seem to be bouncing around in opposite direction. Did they use a steadycam or something? It doesn’t look natural.

The plot becomes a bit convoluted, but still obvious, towards the end and loses all semblance of tension.

Dukhtar. Afia Nathaniel. 2014. Pakistan.

Rooh Afza Cosmopolitan

  • 3 parts Rooh Afza
  • 4 parts Triple Sec
  • 3 parts lemon juice
  • 3 parts orange juice
  • 3 parts simple syrup
  • 7 parts vodka

Shake vigorously with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass. Rim the edge with an orange wedge. Garnish with an orange wedge.

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WFC Dominican Republic: Guaguasi

It turns out that Batista’s police weren’t very nice.

This film has its charms, but it’s really oddly paced. It’s a satirical look at the Cuban revolution with an, er, simple? (OK, developmentally challenged) “hick” at the center of the story. Horror ensues.

It’s a comedy of the “scathing satire” kind, which means that there aren’t really any laughs. But I think it could perhaps still have been a successful film if it had been cut down a couple of hours or so.

I mean half an hour. It just seemed that way while watching.

Guaguasi. Jorge Ulla. 1983. Dominican Republic.

Dominican Goddess

  • 3 parts white rum
  • 1 part grapefruit juice
  • lemon/lime soda

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

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WFC Kyrgyzstan: Beshkempir

Quite Felliniesque.

Man, the director put his young actors through a lot of really embarrasing scenes. And they do them very convincingly. For the most part. Sometimes when they have to emote too much it breaks down.

I love the quiet scenes where the grandmothers are just working at some task or other, like spinning yarn or … er… chaffing the wheat… that’s probably a term…

It loses cohesion towards the middle when all the drama starts, but then gets better again towards the end. So somewhat uneven, but with some really fun bits.

The Adopted Son. Aktan Arym Kubat. 1998. Kyrgyzstan.

Hot Honey Lemon with Vodka

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 lemon, zested and sliced
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • Vodka to taste

Let the honey, water, lemon zest and the cinnamon sticks simmer for half an hour. Pour into a glass and add lemon slices and vodka.

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WFC Cuba: ¡Vampiros en La Habana!

Some jokes I just didn’t get.

Other jokes are easier.


Well, it’s like nothing else I’ve ever seen (vampires and mobsters and revolutionaries and oh my), and the madcap pace it’s going at is charming. But it didn’t make me laugh. It’s amusing.

Vampires in Havana. Juan Padrón. 1985. Cuba.

Cuban Old Fashioned

  • sugar cube with 3 drops of Angostura
  • 1 part cold water
  • 4 parts rum

Stir to dissolve the sugar. Garnish with orange zest.

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