Love and Other Filth

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By Peter R. Clark Entertainment Editor

“Wetlands”

Length: 1 hr 49 mins

Director: David Wnendt

Starring: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Marien Kruse, Meret Becker, Axel Milberg, Peri Baumesiter

Sometimes when I’m browsing Netflix, movies with interesting posters catch my eye. Even if I’ve never heard of the film, I’ll click on it and give it a shot. 

After reading the desciption for the film “Wetlands,” I had no idea what I was getting myself into. After 20 mins of the film, I was near close to turning it off. 

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I’m glad I didn’t.

“Wetlands” is about a young girl who hates her upbringing and instead of being a clean freak, she does the most disgusting things

imaginable. This includes, but is not limited to, rubbing her vagina across a digusting public restroom toilet. This was about where I turned off

the film and reassessed my life, but I instead decided to press on. 

The movie starts to become more interesting once she enters the hospital, a result of anal fissures from shaving her hemorrhoid-ridden anal region.

Did I mention this was a good film? It is.

“Wetlands” is, at its core, a love story. While in the hospital, she develops a crush on  a male nurse and tries everything to get him to notice her as more than just a patient. She prolongs her stay at the hospital by saying that she isn’t ready to go home yet. She’s lying, but she has a reason to. 

It gets to the point where she is being told that she has to leave. In a desperate effort to stay, she reopens her anal wounds. The scene is graphic, but needed. 

The end result is her staying longer and thus allowing her more opportunies to either woo the male nurse or get her parents back together.

“Wetlands” was a surpising film that I suggest everyone see. While at time rather disgusting, it has a great story and an interesting ending. 

If you can stomach some of the disgusting parts, I suggest watching it.

Rating: 4 out 5 anal fissures

 


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Not That Childish

By Andrew Linde  Multimedia Manager

“Atlanta”

Episode 1 and 2 of Season 1 can be seen on FX Now. Episode 3 airs Sept. 13 at 10pm on FX

Starring: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Keith Stanfireld, Zazie Beetz

After much clamoring and suspense, Donald Glover has returned to television with “Atlanta.” 

For those who are used to seeing Glover as the lovable Troy Barnes in “Community,” get ready to see an entirely different side of the actor. Not only does Glover act in the series, he creates it based on his experience in the music scene as Childish Gambino.

The first episode opens with a literal bang as one character shoots another. Despite this, the show can be described as a comedy that is aware of the social situation that its characters are in. 

Glover plays Earn, a young man who has dropped out of college, is supporting his baby daughter, and is not on the best terms with her mother, Van (played by newcomer Zazie Beetz). Van and Earn seem happy, but there’s an underlying trouble between them.

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Earn is an extremely relatable character. He’s a bit too smart for the world he lives in, but not smart enough to get out of there. He has familial ties to Atlanta, and in the first episode he wants to make use of those to rise up above his circumstances.

Brian Tyree Henry plays Earn’s cousin, a new hip-hop artist who calls himself Paper Boi. Earn offers to manage his career, but Paper Boi is hesitant. There’s some reason why he and Earn’s parents don’t fully trust him.This kind of character depth is fantastic and feels real.

My favorite character, without a doubt, is Darius (played by Keith Stanfield, probably best known for playing Snoop in “Straight Outta Compton”). Darius is Paper Boi’s good buddy who he gets high with all the time. The more non-sequitur jokes come from Darius, like musing how if everyone used rats as cell phones, there’d be at least five ratphones per person in New York City.

The situations that the characters are in feel fully developed and more like what I’d expect in the season finale, rather than the first few episodes. If they’re starting here, it’s going to be a wild ride. And I want to see if Earn can make it in Atlanta.

Rating: 4 out 5 ratphones

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