PHILIPPINES. Manila. October 9, 2016. Jimji, 6, cries out in anguish, saying “Papa!” as workers prepare to move the body of her slain father for burial. President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines currently oversees a brutal campaign against suspected drug users or dealers, with a call to “slaughter them all.”
Photograph: Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times
PHILIPPINES. Quezon City. October 26, 2016. A 17-year-old a few hours after she was killed by masked gunmen. Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte has launched after his inauguration a new brutal “war on drugs”, with vigilantes and armed forces allowed to deal with the threat as they see fit. As of now, thousands of suspected drug dealers and users have been killed without any kind of supervision.
Photograph: Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times
The Ten Best-Films of 2016!
Number Two-Swiss Army Man
By Echoes Whiskey
Swiss Army Man is the weirdest movie I have ever seen. At
first I wasn’t sure if I liked it, I walked out of the theatre kind of
scratching my head, then I saw it again, and again, then I brought the blu-ray
and watched it some more, and I’m watching it while I’m writing this post.
Swiss Army Man has a ridiculous premise that by the end somehow manages to be
incredibly profound and meaningful. I’ll say that Swiss Army Man is the most I’ve
ever thought about a movie that opens with a man riding a farting corpse jetski…yes….yes that’s right…I said that.
The story of Swiss Army Man begins with a young man named
Hank (Paul Dano) on an uninhabited island with a noose around his neck, ready
to end his life. Until, on the beach in front of him washes up a corpse called
Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). Hank uses Manny’s farting corpse as a jetski to
traverse the ocean surrounding him when the two arrive on another shore and
begin traversing the woods in search of civilization. Oh by the way, Manny
comes back to life, and acts as a multitude of tools so that Hank can survive
The chemistry between Manny and Hank throughout
the film is touching and often hilarious. When Manny first begins to speak he
is seemingly nothing but a blank slate, he knows and remembers nothing, only learning
things about the world through the lonely Hank. In this way, Manny acts as a
sort of reflection to Hank and through the lessons he teaches Manny, the more is
learned about his character. Why is Hank so lonely and what led him to flee to
a deserted island to kill himself? This is helped by Paul Dano’s incredible
performance of the socially inept and tragic character.
Daniel Radcliffe as Manny is also….a revelation, the
conversations he has with Hank about things he doesn’t know about like love,
sex, and the world in general are hilarious while sometimes being thought provoking.
Radcliffe is a mumbling, farting, corpse and it’s the best I’ve ever seen him
act in a movie. Because although he is learning everything he knows from Hank
he still manages to be his own character as well. Manny is just a big, dead,
farting baby and he’s probably one of the most delightful and hilarious
characters I’ve seen on screen this year.
The score/soundtrack by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell in
Swiss Army Man is just as unique as everything else in this film. Comprising of
mostly acapella of Dano and Radcliffe just chanting at each other in the
background and it manages to perfectly encapsulate the tone of the movie. A
personal favorite being the montage soon at the end of the movies second act. It’s
cheery while also being a tad eerie, which is a perfect way to describe
Now up to this point, if you’ve never seen this movie, it
may sound bizarre I put a movie about a man with a farting corpse lost in the
woods second on my top ten list. Well, that’s because under its hood Swiss Army
Man isn’t just about these two characters quest to find civilization, but about
what it means to be human. Manny questions many of the reasons Hank is upset,
he asks us why we care why we fart around others? Why we care what other people
think? Why don’t you just talk to that girl you like on the bus? That as
people, in the society we live we’re forced to conform so much that sometimes
we lose ourselves in the process, we’re afraid to take risks. Manny’s
incredibly blunt questions in regards to Hank’s loneliness make him face
himself and question everything he has done, and even question what it means to be human, to be alive.
This is the most original film I’ve seen in years, and what’s
more surprising is that this is a directorial debut by a duo of guys called ‘DANIELS’
(Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) who, up to this point have only directed
music videos. A lot of people may not like Swiss Army Man, they may regard it
as dumb toilet humor. But Swiss Army Man is in its own special way a magical
story about a strange friendship that left me thinking about it, long after the
credits rolled. I may not have as much to say about it as I did my number three
‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ but the things Swiss Army Man does well, I honestly
adore, the music, the characters, the direction…Swiss Army Man is unlike
anything I have ever, and I doubt I will ever see.
There are some
things in life that are just impossible to explain. Swiss Army Man
is probably one of those things.
How is one to describe a movie like this, a movie so entirely bizarre
from a mere summary of its premise that it might drive people away?
This is definitely not a film for everyone, but damn if it isn’t a
film that is more fascinating than a lot of other films out there.
me explain to you what makes this film so odd: the story is about a
suicidal young man named Hank. Hank is trapped on a deserted island
when he sees Manny wash up on the shore. Manny, played by Daniel
Radcliffe, is a corpse. A farting corpse that eventually starts
talking to Hank, and who Hank finds has a variety of uses, including
using his boners as a compass and using his farts to fish. Together,
this unlikely duo treks through the woods in a bizarre journey home.
Will they make it?
The world was coming to an end again. Or at least…that’s how Daniel felt as he hung up the phone. There was a man on the other side of the world that held a face that haunted his nightmares and there was nothing he could do to explain it. How…how was it that Bagheera could still be alive when Daniel burned the corpse himself? “Emmaline,” he called, looking up from his spot.