The Duke's Thirteen Best Of 2003
The Duke has been debating what the hell was the best film of 2003 since mid-November. It has, alas, taken until now to decide that I can't decide, and so instead present The 13 Best Films What Have (2003) Next To The Title.
As per usual, each film in the list has been graced with a Mondo Irlando Award for its particular expertise.
Congratulations, Thirteen Best Films Of The Year, keep up the good work.
Best Performance Of The Year By A Fire Extinguisher
Gasper Noe is one of the most fucked-up motherfuckers to ever have been fucked up. First, he gave the world I Stand Alone, about a man wants to screw his daughter and stuff. Then he follows it up with this here, about a man wants to kill a man with a fire-extinguisher on account of he raped Monica Bellucci for 9 minutes. It might have been made a little more approachable had it featured a laugh-track, but this is mere speculation on my behalf.
What we do get, instead of the laugh-track, is a bass rumble utilised by the authorities to break up riots by way of making the upstarts in question puke themselves silly. Noe obviously felt that the whole fire-extinguisher to the skull and nine-minute anal rape tomfoolery just wasn't disturbing enough.
Irreversible, though, probably against Noe's wishes, turns out to be the best rape-revenge film ever made. Granted, there aren't many in the genre that reach anything approaching even mediocrity, never mind greatness, but well done to The French anyway.
By beginning with the revenge, Noe denies us the troubling sense of vindication usually granted by these scenes of "justified" slaughter. The film runs backwards, and so we get the rape half-way in, and then a load of talking and lying about naked in bedrooms, with the two young lovers heartbreakingly unaware of the whole rape / fire-extinguisher malarkey just around the corner.
Irreversible talks about the inanity of revenge, and denies the viewer the ability to experience the retaliation in relation to the initial outrage. We just see a bloke gets his arm broken, and then a fire-extinguisher crushes a skull. What the hell's up with these crazy Frenches, we're thinking? It's singularly uncomfortable, and is also by some way the most effective horror film released in the last 12 months.