Surrealist films are full of strange mixtures of images, situations, words and expressions that may not tell a cohesive story but, in the end, don't have to in order to achieve an emotional goal. Bunuel once called this film a "desperate For all the analysis and critical dissection this film has endured through the years, no truer words have ever been spoken about the film than those of it's director.
Great short movies are getting lost amidst thousands of unseen little pieces out there that never get distributed. Synapse and Fantasia film festival attempt to correct this by releasing a compilation of the best and most striking sick little shorts from the past few years.
Hopefully, there will be more of these releases. Features 13 various shorts, of which at least a handful are guaranteed to be exceptional. Stay A mainstream, subtly surreal movie with some Lynchian aspirations. A psychiatrist tries to help a strange and suicidal college student who for some reason knows he is going to kill himself in three days time.
His girlfriend, who was also suicidal in the past, tries to help, but things become more and more confusing. The movie uses many great transitions and beautifully tricky cinematography and editing that reminded me of Robert Lepage, and many subtle odd touches such as multiple twins and triplets, time-bending and time-loops, some fantasy, or pants that are too short, to drop hints of what is to come.
The ending kinda ties it all together, but not necessarily in a logical sense, and you have to think about it as a right-brain, dream-logic, emotional experience driven by human needs to extract the factual details from the rest.
A good, albeit relatively inferior companion piece to Donnie Darko, but a slightly better variation of The I Inside. Visually stunning, very entertaining but with a flawed, overlong second halfand works at several levels, one being the connecting theme of karma and accepting things in life in order to survive.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The A unique classic that set the standard for backwoods horror dementia and atmosphere, and which has never been duplicated since. A group of youngsters, one disabled and prone to morbid interests and childish tantrums, stay unexpectedly at an old heirloom house, and encounter an extremely demented neighbour family with deranged obsessions for the meat industry and slaughter houses.
Avoids the Hollywood teenage-horror cliches, masterfully builds a horrific and brutal atmosphere mostly thanks to a great sound design and a unique gritty style of cinematography, as well as the horrific and brutal dementia of the family, and is still very disturbing and unrelenting today.
Features an unforgettable insane dinner scene with a killer great-grandfather, and it introduced Leatherface, his human-skin-mask, and his chainsaw. Threads Of all the movies about a nuclear holocaust, this one emerges not only as one of the best, but also as the most brutally, relentlessly and mercilessly realistic.
But the terror and horrors are indescribably intense and disturbing. The attack itself is riveting in its intense terror, and then it deteriorates from there.
Forget The Day After or Testament; this one is backed by science and an educational narrative, and holds nothing back, except that its flaw is that it focuses masochistically only on the worst case scenarios, hopping from one nightmare scene to another relentlessly without giving us much time to get to know the characters and without developing much of a story.
Its power is undeniable, however, and has shaken many to their cores. The theme is the effect of life in a big city taken to absurd extremes, and these movies could have been based in any city except they use some Tokyo-specific details.
When a girl finds herself superfluous and lost, her body mutates into something more useful When he terrorizes the city with general abuse and old Nanking grenades, they take him to trial. Everyone seems to have their own favorite, but I like how all three different but inventive shorts join forces to create a delightful portrait of extreme city life.
Upstream Color Carruth finally follows up on Primer nine years later with an even more challenging, existential and abstract experiment. There are emptied victims that find each other, a cycle of life portrayed via worms, pigs and orchids, shared and stolen memories, and a symbolic, transcendental breakthrough through orchids, isolation, and water.
I would have liked more insight, humanity and depth once the puzzle is solved, but I loved the method it used to communicate, merging cold abstraction, challenging terseness, intelligence, surrealism, and existential need.
Of Some Interest ABCs of Death, The A very colorful and extreme production of 26 horror shorts, each named after a letter in the alphabet and given to a director to do with it what they will.
And boy, do they let go of all restraints and limitations. The wide variety covers everything from disturbing horror to artsy nastiness, disgusting comedy, gruesome violence, general insanity and tongue-in-cheek extreme comedy.
Of the 26, the following are the most bizarre and extreme but not necessarily the best: I have no idea what it is about, but it involves Dr. Strangelove, a Nazi woman with a monster penis, projectile vaginal-vegetables and penises being chopped up into a meal, a gory fight scene with nudity, maggots, and a food commercial.
Altogether a very mixed bag as expected, with several good ones, but even the bad shorts are too short to do anything but surprise you. Acid House A twisted triptych of tales on the topic of losers who have really lousy lives only to get hit by something worse to make things more miserable.
The first one is dumped by his team-mates, girlfriend, and parents, arrested, and then God punishes him by turning him into a fly. The second marries a pregnant slut and is forced to take care of the baby while she has loud sex with the violent neighbour who steals his electricity.
The third vulgar idiot takes drugs to avoid marriage and is hit by lightening only to find he has switched bodies with a new born baby to the horror of the parents. A lurid, fast-paced, surreal exercise in nasty dark humor. One recurring theme in several shorts is technology getting a life of its own as cars and trains drive their drivers to scary destinations, surveillance cameras turn into aggressive robot-insects, ceilings lower themselves threatening to crush everyone and everything in the room, and a TV abuses its viewers at home in every channel until they order a TV exorcist to do battle with the evil contraption.
The most surreal short features a man obsessed with cutting the legs off flies and gluing them in a meticulous pattern on his wall, another short features a man who has to overcome several fatal booby traps before he buys a house this was way before Sawanother shows a man donating his face to art for a new violent sculpturing technique, and so on.The film wisely takes a cue from “Guardians of the Galaxy” with its soundtrack, utilizing fitting or contrasting music at all the right times, which helps to enhance the .
Un Chien Andalou Experimental Movie Film Studies Essay Bunuel explains that historically the film represents a violent reaction against what in those days was called “avant-garde”, which was Published: Mon, 5 Dec Film Studies For Free's author sensibly decided, on balance, that it was probably better to stay at home and draft the below list of links to good quality, openly accessible, and disciplinarily-diverse, scholarly studies of the transnational, transhistorical, romantic comedy film mode, than to haul herself out (in the rain) to the cinema to see Sex and the City 2.
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"Un chien andalou four film stills. In which we see Dali himself being dragged on the floor in the bottom right picture Above left we see the dreams of desire fondling clothed breasts one second and naked ones the next A dead cow on a piano, all parts of the surrealists dreams. A flawed movie that deserves a recommendation just for its delightful creativity.
Except that it uses its creativity for some off-putting and banal storytelling and despicable characters.