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Henry Fool and Fay Grim: Befuddled

First off, I’d like to say that Henry Fool was a masterpiece, and I have the utmost respect for Hal Hartley for the creation of such a beautiful thing. That being said, I just watched the sequel, called "Fay Grim" and am just…confused. It was basically a big middle finger to anyone who enjoyed the original film for what it was. To fully understand what I’m talking about, it is necessary that you watch both films, in order. In addition, while this may be somewhat controversial being as this is a site focused on marijuana, I suggest watching both films sober. This could be just my opinion, but throughout all the faults I find that I have, I feel like film is something that I truly understand, and I believe that a film that is a true artwork can only be experienced best sober (I do enjoy watching movies high. It’s one of my favorite things, but I don’t believe that I can fully comprehend and appreciate a movie while high.) Anyway, I don’t expect any of you to watch both films (Although if you don’t watch Henry Fool, it is my humble opinion that you have missed out on one of the best movies out there.) So here’s the basic rundown. Henry Fool is a movie about a garbage man. His family believes he’s retarded and he is very depressed. He turns his life around once he meets a very eccentric man named Henry Fool, and it turns out this garbage man is a literary genius. The film is so much more than that though. The characters are so developed, their personality’s so refined that I can only describe it as beautiful. It really is a must watch. Today, however, I watched the sequel, "Fay Grim". It was basically a james bond rip off. Turns out this beautiful, art form of a movie that is so simple and yet so complex, is a james bond sequel. Henry is working with terrorists. What is this?! It doesn’t even make sense. It doesn’t even have anything to do with the concepts addressed in Henry Fool, It’s a FUCKING SPY MOVIE. I am so confused right now. Don’t get me wrong, I still appreciated the movie just for the sake of seeing more of the characters, but it was just so utterly terrible. It was like Hal just said fuck it. Can I please get some insight on it? It really depresses me that such a genius of a film maker intentionally destroyed his art. He must of known it was terrible. It wouldn’t cut it as a B-Movie alone, and having watched henry fool first, it just pisses me off. Please give me some insight on this….

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