Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
"The Misanthrope" delivers...big time.
Derek Monahan | Bristol, CT USA | 06/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mighty hails from Bristol, Connecticut! Nocturno Culto's filmmaking debut is a real treat. For those of you whose mouths were but watered by those brief shots of Nocturno and Fenriz walking in the woods on those Peaceville interviews this movie is for you. Travel the world between Norway and Japan as Nocturno Culto provides a rare insight into black metal culture. Darkthrone fans will enjoy clips from rehearsals in Nocturno Culto's basement. Appearances by Aura Noir, Gallhammer, and some old guy who lives out in the middle of nowhere pepper this movie with fun and excitement. Includes new original music by Nocturno Culto, and the extras contain old Darkthrone videos."
Not what I expected, but sort of fun.
Amy | outer space | 07/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD opens up with Nocturno Culto looking down a big hole in the ice and some other dude lying facedown on the ice. They are trying to get a couple of hours' footage of fish, and explaining why this is very exciting. After this we get some outdoor footage of Norway filmed with a handheld camera which gave me motion sickness. Some sort of large animal is getting butchered, this fades into a still shot of Fenriz playing drums.
I appreciate a well-used Shakycam shot leading up to a cabin in the Evil Dead movies; yet, the same kind of shakiness leading up to a cabin in the woods of Norway really did nothing for me here. Maybe it is the absense of chainsaws and evil spirits. Then there is a point-of-view skiing camera, and Fenriz explaining that cymbals are expensive and he hadn't bought one in 13 years. More Fenriz walking around in the snow. Some old rehearsal footage. More shots that prove Nocturno cannot hold a camera still to save his life, and he also has trouble framing shots (I refuse to believe that such shots as the ones of Fenriz coming out of a store are in any way "artfully composed." No, I think NC just has a problem with aiming the camera in such a way that it does not cut off people's heads.)
When I got my first video camera, I liked point of view shots too, so I'm not totally surprised that Nocturno Culto felt the same way about POV. Still, he is guilty of releasing a DVD full of poor quality home videos with no real point. Still, there is some fun stuff here. A weird "former circus artist" points to the sky and mumbles about acting. A dog apparently uses a car as a doghouse. Then we see the dude's paintings "based on visions, inspired by the 'Snorre' saga." Unfortunately, some of this lacks subtitles. Then they go to Tokyo and see Peter Beste's photography exhibit, which you can't really see due to the glare. More POV skiing, then some footage of Gallhammer. Back to Norway: NC smokes a cigarette and builds a fire. Then the old dude is back and read from a book and Nocturno attempts to do a wheelie on his bicycle. Then they go to a release party for Aura Noir. I'm sure that many belts are not necessary to hold their pants up.
I am so sleep-deprived lately that it didn't bother me at all that this had no real continuity or sense of purpose. The most impressive thing about this was the packaging. Seriously, I was impressed. I hate DVD cases and this is sort of like a CD case the size of a DVD case with nice photos of trees against a night sky. I'm not sure exactly what I was expected when I ordered this, but I'm sure it was something else entirely. I think I expected it to be a bit pretentious and silly, but actually it was just mildly boring in parts. I did enjoy the part where NC and Fenriz were b*tching about technology and the parts with the old dude, Knut. The back cover says the film "takes us into the heart of the Norwegian black metal scene and folk culture," which is pretty much not true, it's just a bunch of random home-video-like footage. The extras include a photo gallery and a few Darkthrone videos and the CD contains "new music by NC specifically composed for the film" and is not bad."
Die hard fans only
D. Worrell | Indianapolis, IN | 03/25/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was good for my partner. However, you have to be a die hard fan to appreciate."