Sunday, December 18, 2011


What the HECK did I just watch?

The simple answer is "Pontypool, a 2009 Canadian horror-thriller".

But things aren't that simple.

Is it a sermon preaching the gospel of postmodernism?

Is it the most innovative zombie movie of the last decade?

Is it a triumph of low-budget filmmaking?

Is it a story that absolutely defies definitive interpretation?

Is it a masterpiece of experiential fiction?

It's all of those things, and it's none of them.

This one will take a while for me to fully unpack. It's not a movie everyone will enjoy. It has quite a bit of language and some fairly gory gore. It's a movie for discerning viewers.

There are too many thoughts whirling through my head right now, too many to comprehend, too many to enunciate. Pontypool is one of the best films I've seen in a long time. And for that, it gets 5 Reels in Ian's Totally Subjective Film Rating System. See this movie! You won't regret it.

Long live slack-jawedness!

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