DIRECTED BY: Pip Chodorov
FEATURING: Stan Brakhage, Hans Richter, Ken Jacobs, Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Robert Breer, Stan Vanderbeek
PLOT: A survey of 90 years of abstract experimental film, from its Dadaist origins to its NYC heyday, with rare interviews and plentiful examples, including a few full-length shorts.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: FREE RADICALS: A HISTORY OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM (2012)
Arthur Lipsett’s assemblage of bizarre discarded footage from the National Film Board of Canada has been credited as a major influence on George Lucas’ work. Lucas even made Princess Leia’s prison cell on the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV number 2187, after this short.
Today being the 20th of April, there’s little that could be more appropriate to share than one of Larry Carlson’s captivatingly psychedelic shorts.
Space Shower TV is a Japanese music channel which also features a variety of thirty second shorts from various directors. Everything we’ve seen passes the weirdness test, but we found these two to be exceptional.
“Body Memory”‘s title refers to the idea that our physical bodies don’t only remember our own individual experiences, but the joy and sorrow of our ancestors as well.
A small series of events leaves three strangers drifting on a train they don’t recall boarding.
DIRECTED BY: Harmony Korine
FEATURING: Ewen Bremner, Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog, Evan Neumann
PLOT: Scenes from the life of schizophrenic Julien and his bizarre family.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Made between his startling debut Gummo (1997) and his acerbic comeback movie Trash Humpers (2009), Julien Donkey-Boy is the Harmony . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: JULIEN DONKEY-BOY (1999)
A vase called Decoration directs a play about a girl accidentally squeezing her pet hamster to death; all while living inside her body.
“To take ‘Dogville’ primarily as the vehicle for this [anti-American political] view, however, is to make it a much less interesting movie than it is… Mr. Von Trier offered, ‘I think the point to the film is that evil can arise anywhere, as long as the situation is right.’ It is the pervasiveness of that . . . → Read More: 138. DOGVILLE (2003)
A journey beneath a man’s skin reveals a carnival of creatures and sheer unpredictability.