Sunday, December 04, 2005

Sins of the Fleshapoids (1965)

There are weird films, and then there are weird films... and then there's this. Basically what we have here is George and Mike Kuchar, underground filmmakers extraordinaire, using the trappings of pornography to reinvent cinema as they see fit. It's a softcore-scifi flick filtered through experimental cinema and silent melodrama, given an extra-grungy NYC-underground sheen and garnished with more what-the-fuck moments than a Farrah Fawcett interview. (Guy Maddin probably really, really likes this film.) Your mileage may vary, but I found something inescapeably joyful and amazing in all this -- it's like these guys just up and created their own language in which to speak, and it's beautiful. Crazed no-budget art cinema at its best.

Grade: A


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