Ice from the Sun (1999)

Nomination Year: 2013
SYNOPSIS:  There is a thin line between cleverness and pretension. I'm not entirely convinced that the director of this movie believes this, because he trod all over it. Parts of the movie are inventive and clever, and parts reek of l'art cinématique. On the one hand, some of the things accomplished on minimal budget are highly impressive. On the other hand, some of them cause me to shake my head and wonder why they bothered.

There might be a war on between heaven and hell, but angels and demons can all agree on one thing: they hate Abraham and Amblin. A wizard and his apprentice that have carved out their own little dimension to rule over, we'll just call them The Presence. This dimension is surrounded and protected by ice that The Presence scraped off the sun.

The only way to dethrone The Presence is for an assassin to sneak in when A&A pull across their usual complement of six humans to torture and kill (every year, like clockwork). Thankfully, the angels find Alison. She's in the middle of committing suicide in the bath (which explains why she's always inverse-colored and naked when she talks to the angels, I guess). But she's got nothing to lose in taking on The Presence.

Actually, "assassin" is a bit of a strong term, because Alison's job is to remind The Presence what life was like when he was a human, so that the ice will melt just enough for the angels (and demons) to slip in and kill him themselves.

What? I told you the movie didn't just flirt with pretension, they went steady for a good six months.

The bulk of the film is re-enactments of the lives of the six non-Alison humans as The Presence tortures and kills them. Alison stalks around the edge of these things, sometimes watching them, sometimes interacting with the people (and the "set dressing"), but always being confused, uncertain, and irritating.

The most frustrating thing about this movie was that it verged on being good. With a lighter touch and a general throttling-back of the Sonic-Youth-artiness, it might have been so much more. It would have been so much better.

Smithee Award Winner! Stupidest-Looking Monster

Eye yi yi! the end, I think I decided that eye-boy was more cool- than stupid-looking.

Smithee Award Winner! "Cutting Butter With A Chainsaw"

Adding injury to insult to injury to injury to....
She's naked, and he's tied her to his truck bumper by his ankle. He drags her across the gravel road for a while, but this isn't enough. So he dumps salt on her, then drives off, turns around, runs her over with his truck, popping her head like a melon-based special effect.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Mike McKenzie  
Director Claim to Fame
Eric Stanze also wrote Ice From the Sun 

Kevin Hogan

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