Friday, May 31, 2019

[SHORTS REVIEW] Hen, His Wife (1990)







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Title: Hen, His Wife

Original Title: Yego zhena kuritsa

Country: Russia

Genre: Horror / Surrealism  / Mystery

Company: Pilot Studio

Directed by: Igor Kovalyov

Year: 1990

MPAA Rating / TV Rating: N/A

Buy on:  Amazon






The story starts off with a man and his wife having a quiet evening together along with their half worm, half human pet, when suddenly the husband's friend comes by for a visit.  The husband's friend then brings the husband a gift of a box full of bugs that he can feed his pet with.  But, then the friend sees that the husband's wife is actually a hen and he whispers this discovery to the husband.  The husband is shocked at this discovery and when he closely inspects his wife, he ended up throwing her out of the house.  After his wife leaves the house, the husband tried to live his life the way it was before. But then he starts missing his wife and he makes a phone call to get his wife back.  When the wife comes back home, she makes a startling discovery about her husband...

Wow!  I have to say that even though I have watched lots of surreal shorts over the years, none of them quite compared to how weird this short was!  It was interesting to see an animated short that is about domestic problems and one that has so much symbolism to it. There are so many different interpretations about what is really going on in this short and what kind of message it's trying to send to the viewers.  So it would be almost impossible for me to describe to you about what I think the ulterior meaning behind this short really is. But, I'm going to give it my best shot and tell you guys what I think that this short is trying to say.

My Interpretation:

So apparently, the couple has been happy together until the husband's friend comes in and tells him that his wife is a hen.  Now, it's quite obvious to the audience that the wife is a hen, so how come the husband didn't notice this until his friend told him?  Did the wife looked way different when she and her husband first met or did the husband just ignore the obvious signs over the years?  So, when the husband finally notices that his wife is a hen, he turns her out of the house.  Maybe the husband was more upset about his wife deceiving him for all of these years and that's why he turned her out because she had betrayed his trust in her.  So, the husband tried to live life the way it was before, but he missed his wife and he starts hallucinating his situation.  It was then that he called her over the phone and begged her to come back to him.  But then the ending comes up and... well, you have to see the ending of this short for yourself!

I just loved the way that Igor Kovaliov weaved this bizarre world as all the characters look so strange, what with the blue colored husband and the humanoid hen wife.  And let's not forget the half human, half worm pet that the couple has!  I also loved the fact that there is so much symbolism and random moments going on in this short as it made the narrative so disoriented yet creative at the same time!




I was a bit thrown off by the mysterious plot of this short.  I wasn't sure what to make of the situation that happened between the couple or the various symbolism that jumped out at you with no warning.  So, there were times where I was a bit confused about what was really going on and I even had to read several different interpretations from other people who have seen this short in order to understand what was really going on in this short.

Overall, "Hen, His Wife" is a great surreal animated short that gives us a more literal description of marriage problems and anyone who loves watching Russian cartoons or just really weird shorts will definitely enjoy this short!












Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #3: TMP Television Edition: Secret Agents/Spies


Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!





This week's theme is: TMP Television Edition: Secret Agents / Spies


I actually had a hard time coming up with some of the TV shows that dealt with spies and secret agents for this list.  Over the years, I have watched a lot of crime shows, which included "CSI" and "NCIS."  But, I never really considered any of the crime shows that I've seen to have spies and secret agents.  But then, when I looked over at the Internet Movie Database website and I checked out all the shows that have spies and secret agents, I found out that there were a lot of crime shows that I've seen over the years that actually dealt with spies and secret agents!  So, here are some TV shows that I've seen over the years that dealt with spies and secret agents!


1. NCIS




I had been watching this show since the very beginning and I just loved the hilarious banter that was going on between the characters, especially with Abby, Ziva and Tony!  I never thought about the secret agent aspect of this series until I realized that Gibbs, the main character, is a secret agent of sorts and so is Ziva!









I used to watch this show all the time when I was little and it was such a fantastic paranormal series!  I forgot that Scully and Mulder were agents.  So this is definitely a fantastic show that has secret agents snooping around in paranormal situations.




3. Archer




How in the world did I forget about this show?  "Archer" is probably one of the greatest spy shows that I have ever seen and I just loved the way that it deconstructed everything that we knew about the spy genre!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Weird Images from Weird Movies and TV #2: Beetlejuice



Hello everyone!  Welcome to "Weird Images from Weird Movies and TV!"  Here, I showcase some of the weirdest images I have ever seen in the movies and TV shows that I have watched over the years!  There are always images in movies and TV shows that stands out the most to viewers and I'm going to showcase some weird images that really stayed with me and showed me just how weird this movie or TV series can really get!


This week's movie is:





"Beetlejuice" is one of my all time favorite movies directed by Tim Burton and it has some of the weirdest images that I have ever seen from any Tim Burton film!  So, here are some bizarre images from "Beetlejuice" that really stayed with me for many years!



The bizarre world of Saturn!




And of course, Saturn's terrifying resident, the Sandworm!



Delia's weird sculptures!



Of course, this is from my most favorite scene in the movie, the Banana Boat Song scene.  But just look at how strange the Maitlands' house is after the Deetzes "remodeled" it!



Just look at how bizarre this graveyard scene is!



Even though this doubles as being scary, Adam and Barbara's face transformations also have a nice touch of weirdness in appearances.




You know, there's something strange and scary about seeing a human like head on the body of a snake and the Beetlejuice snake scene definitely captured that weirdness and freakishness.



WEIRDEST IMAGE


And of course, I had to save the weirdest image for last and that's the famous hallway scene!  This is probably the weirdest hallway I would have ever seen in any movie!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Surreal Movies and TV Shows Down the Pipeline - 5/26/2019





Hey fellow weird film and TV fans!  This is a new feature on this blog where I keep everyone updated on what movies and TV shows I will review down the line!  If there are any other weird movies and TV shows that you think that I should review, then please feel free to suggest more films and TV shows and I'll add them to the list!


Movies:

1. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
2. Akira (1988)
3. Fantastic Planet (1973)
4. Brothers Grimm
5. We Are the Strange
6. Eraserhead
7. Alice (1988)
8. Allegro non Troppo (1976)
9. Yellow Submarine (1968)
10. Sadko (The Magic Voyage of Sinbad) (1953)
11. Any film by Alexander Row (Aleksandr Rou) and Alexander Ptushko (Aleksandr Ptushko)
12. Spirited Away
13. The Cat in the Hat
14. The Shining
15. Black Swan
16. Mulholand Drive
17. 2001: A Space Odyssey
18. Dead Leaves
19. Forbidden Zone
20. Howl's Moving Castle
21. My Neighbor Totoro
22. Little Otik
23. Twice Upon a Time
24. Time Bandits
25. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
26. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
27. The Brave Little Toaster
28. Donnie Darko
29. Blood Tea and Red String
30. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
31. Pink Floyd the Wall
32. It's Such a Beautiful Day
33. Videodrome
34. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
35. Vincent
36. Sorry to Bother You
37. Deathgasm
38. Possession (1981)
39. Repo! The Genetic Opera
40. Santa Sangre




TV SHOWS:


1. Rocko's Modern Life (1993)
2. Adventure Time (2010)
3. The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2008)
4. Pee Wee's Playhouse
5. The Angry Beavers
6. FLCL
7. Regular Show
8. Twin Peaks
9. Monty Python's Flying Circus

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Sunday Post Meme (12)


Hey everybody! I am participating in a book meme called the Sunday Post which is being hosted by Kimba theCaffeinated Book Reviewer! The goal of this meme is to share news you have on various books and things you've read or received and also talk about what is coming up for your blog!  Movie hauls can include LIBRARY BOOKS, yard sale finds, arcs and bought movies and you can share these finds with other movie bloggers!


Hey everyone!! I know it's been awhile since I last posted, but I was so busy for the last few weeks.   I had watched this new movie called "Sorry to Bother You" and I really enjoyed the movie!  It was weird, but in a really good way and I can't wait to rewatch that movie again!




Movie / TV Show Reviews:








Miscellaneous:













































(TUBI)

* My sister actually introduced me to this series and I just saw the first three volumes of this series and now I'm totally hooked!  I really want to see the rest of the volumes soon!




(HULU)

* Wow!  This was a strange yet amazing movie!  I never would have thought that this movie would turn out so weird as it did and yet be so hilarious and entertaining at the same time!  Also, that huge twist towards the end of the movie really threw me off!








Well, that's the Sunday News for today and I will have more news for the various movies and TV shows I've seen in the near future!


Posted on Sunday, May 26, 2019.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Weird Images from Weird Movies and TV #1: Crashbox



Hello everyone!  Welcome to "Weird Images from Weird Movies and TV!"  Here, I showcase some of the weirdest images I have ever seen in the movies and TV shows that I have watched over the years!  There are always images in movies and TV shows that stands out the most to viewers and I'm going to showcase some weird images that really stayed with me and showed me just how weird this movie or TV series can really get!


This week's TV Show is:





This HBO Family series has some of the weirdest images ever imaginable on children's TV and it would be great to showcase some of the weirdest images from this show!


Distraction News with the random objects popping out of the screen to distract you from listening to the news reporter.




Psycho Math's professor.



The weird opening of the show.



Yuck!! Revolting Slob!!!




The many games on Crashbox!



Eddie Bull about to exit out of an animal who just ate him!



WEIRDEST IMAGE


Another look inside the wacky inner workings of Crashbox!