Well as somebody once said, "taste is relative and you're no relative of
I was more into the storyline especially the bit about dealing with the
town tyrant. I also like films just set in other countries. Campion
also mocked Hunter's cult a bit in the film. In an earlier Campion film,
"Sweetie", she mocked another cult. Guess which one?
I was right about "Knights of Badassdom". There are articles on the web
about it being "shelved" even after getting a good response at Comic Con.
On 02/13/2014 12:28 AM, TurquoiseBee wrote:
I have to agree with s3raphita here. Sorry ultrarishi and
bhairitu...please don't take this personally, but my honest reaction
to this series was feeling like I needed to take a shower afterwards.
The worst thing about it was the overriding sense of obsession and
ickiness that has become Jane Campion's "trademark" in her later
films. And interestingly enough, it wasn't just the subject matter
that made it that way. For example, the "Millenium" series of movies
(starting with "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") dealt with material
just as dark, as did "Bron-Broen" in some ways, but I wasn't left with
the same icky feeling after those films.
On a craftsmanship level, I have to disagree with most of the reviews
of this film I've read since watching it. I think that the reviewers
either were swayed by the big names (Campion, Elizabeth Moss, Holly
Hunter) or they have low standards. The plot was mediocre IMO, even by
TV detective series standards. The timeline (which took place over 5
months) was completely messed up, with no real sense of elapsed time
between scenes, the "whodunnit" was obvious after episode 3, and IMO
there were almost no real characters. Instead they were
caricatures...stereotypes with little depth...and I for one found none
of them believable. Especially Holly Hunter as GJ. As I said before,
if Campion actually based her on UG Krishnamurti, then her perception
is *way* off. The only one of the awards it was nominated for that I
felt was deserved was for cinematography, and even that was a
no-brainer, because all that the DP had to do was point a camera at
the beautiful NZ countryside and turn it on.
All in all, color me disappointed. I was hoping that watching it would
"cure" me of my aversion to Jane Campion, but instead it reinforced
it. I won't be bothering with any of her films in the future. I really
*needed* (after the shower) a quick watching of a dumb nerd/horror
movie ("Knights Of Badassdom") to take the bad taste out of my eyes.
*From:* "s3raph...@yahoo.com" <s3raph...@yahoo.com>
*Sent:* Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:22 AM
*Subject:* [FairfieldLife] RE: TV-inspired rap: Some early "Top Of The
I watched the whole of "Top Of The Lake". It's unpleasant and violent
with no redeeming or attractive characters. I only watched because of
the UG guru role to see where that would lead. "Nowhere" is the
answer. There's no real relationship between the spiritual group and
the disorder and crime surrounding it so the commune just adds a
slightly exotic ambience to the drama. You wanted Holly Hunter's
character to provide an alternative interpretation of the events but
there is no resolution - just a confirmation of Campion's pessimism.