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is a must watch, not just for Lovecraft fanboys, but really anyone interested in independent cinema.

I thought it was going to be not much more than a filmed record of a Cthulhu LARP, shot in black and white with captions added. It is, after all, produced by the H P Lovecraft Historical Society.

No, no, no. It's a real, honest to goodness adaptation of Call of Cthulhu done as a silent film, using, as much as possible, the techniques and effects of the time. It's not just a labour of love, it's a wonderful evocation of the joys of silent cinema. The acting is marvellous, as well as the astonishing attention to detail. Eventually I stopped picking my jaw off the floor at the incredible attention paid to replicating a film made in the twenties (complete with exteriors!) as I got immersed in the story, and the overall evocation of dread.

And it's certainly the most faithful Lovecraft adaptation ever made.

So, go here, and buy it now. You get a period receipt from them as a bonus if you do.

Still unconvinced? Here's a trailer.
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It's [livejournal.com profile] murasaki_1966's birthday today, so yesterday we went and saw Howl's Moving Castle at the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.

And were disappointed.

Not greatly, but I found the end rushed and the characters not as interesting as in previous Miyazaki films. It is his first adaptation of someone else's material and I got the idea that he wasn't sure what to keep in and what to throw out. The structure appears lop-sided (the early part of the film was way more entrancing than the end of the film) and there were scenes that made no sense until [livejournal.com profile] murasaki_1966 explained their significance (she was familiar with the book having read it over a decade ago.)

It's worth seeing in a cinema, there are some absolutely wonderful images that need to be seen on the big screen to be appreciated, but it's no "Spirited Away" or "My Neighbour Totoro".

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