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Step into the mind of cinema's most unnerving director. Guy Maddin's Brand Upon The Brain is like a passageway to memories and byways of the past, and the present. The Black Notch Island is where this takes places, Home to protagonist Guy, who returns to his precious island after a long absence, to spruce the lighthouse up with a bucket of paint. In the process he begins to unravel his past he longed for. With strokes of Joseph Von Sternberg, and a couple of coats of Bunuel, expressionism tied with underling eroticism, Maddin penetrates his own soul, and bears it for us to see in his fantasy of the past.
Absurd as it is true. Soderbergh breaks even with an experimental comedy like no other. A film which marks its statement at the beginning, "In the event that you find certain ideas or scenes confusing, this is your fault, not ours" takes us to the life of a struggling office drones to his doppelgänger, a lover lorn dentist. Crashing comicly into other venomously hilarious characters, a scatter worded exterminator, to a meek existential motivational speaker. The twists and ties really don't matter, it's just the chaos and confusion, the breakdown of language and film itself are at stake in this outlandish comedy.
Take your ideas, and sell them to Putney Swope! Or better yet, get ready to lose them. Robert Downey creates a unique film experience with a hip to the grip comedy about a token black man who takes over an advertising agency, and fires all the white employees. He turns it around into a brother run company called Truth and Soul. An unbalanced narrative, dressed in a molotov cocktail thrown at the advertising agencies. Putney Swope blurs the line from political correctness, to political absurdity.
Just when you thought we were safe. Think again.. Photographer turned filmmaker William Klein's Mr Freedom will make sure you sleep uncomfortably at night. Knowing that those swiss reds in France are taken down. In this all around flag waving comedy about a cartoonish superhero decked out in american style football attire, with an attitude to make Abraham Lincoln crawl back to his grave. Mr. freedom is sent to France to fight off invading Communism, he recruits some of the finest and most bizarre bunch of french freedom fighters ever assembled. A gut busting tickler about modern america. Laying waste to anything that could be closely patriotic.
Klein does it again with a sci-com chuckle about modern living. Claudine and Jean-Michele are considered the perfect couple. To prove it, they are tested to live in a model home, with constant surveillance and monitoring daily, and the most up to date technology at there finger tips. A totalitarian comedy of manners, and the break down, or illusion of perfection.
What else can be said about Robert Downey Sr. A lot more most likely. Babo73 takes a fever dream and trades it for a political rabble about the feeble president of the United Status, and his ultimate decisions upon war, money, political unification. Shoot almost in a new wave style, but without art to constrain it. A revolutionary comic alternate universe? Or a truthful exaggeration of an american nightmare we all know to well? This is Downeys first excursion into the work of film, and it still stands as one of the most brutally funny of the bunch.
Downey's jaunty comedy about an everyday man. An Odyssey of a film that takes Walter into a trip into the most absurd corners of our human mind. Photographs and blips of film bunch together, creating a loose reality in the film. A gonzo narrative, joking with art at every corner. What is interesting is, in reality it's just the same as the film itself. Random and always unpredictable. Downey casts his wife Elsie to play all the women roles, and it almost seems to be a dedication to the wild and energetic relationship with such a creative significant other. 'You can't kill true love'
Jarman's vison of England in the grasp of the Thatcher age couldn't have came out to be more darkly humorous and gloriously punk than any film to date. Jubilee has cameos to prove it, Adam Ant, Jordan, and Toyah Wilcox.A handful of punk legends are spread out in this revolutionary fire ball of the world gone mad, and I refer to anger.