September 14, 2012

LOVE GOD (Frank Grow)

There's an awesome flick posted on youtube by its director Frank Grow. Love God (1997) is a delightful cinematic experience for connosoirs of Švankmajer, Paizs, Maddin, Storch, early Jackson and the like. It's not just weird - well it is weird of course -, it's got also lovely and touching scenes, it's radical and warm at the same moment. Or each at its time, at least. To save my precious writing breath, I'll just quote some thoughts on that movie and post you the link to the whole thing on youtube. Fresh Soundtrack too, director seems to be a fan of Lubricated Goat. Make sure to watch!

LOVE GOD (1997)- WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THIS FILM? LOVE GOD WAS THE FIRST FEATURE TO BE SHOT ENTIRELY IN DIGITAL FORMAT AND BACK IN 1997 WAS DAMN NEAR THE COOLEST THING AROUND, AT LEAST TO THOSE LUCKY FEW WHO GOT A CHANCE TO SEE IT. THIS UNCLASSIFIABLE CINEMUTATION HAS NEVER BEEN RELEASED IN THE U.S. IN ANY FORMAT, DESPITE THE FACT THAT IN REMAINS ONE OF THE DECADE'S WILDEST, MOST DEFIANTLY INDVINDUAL MOVIES.

THIS CRAZY HEAVY METAL FUELED FLICK, WHICH PLAYS LIKE A DERANGED COLLABORATION BETWEEN TETSUO'S SHINYA TSUKAMOTO AND A PRE-LORD OF THE RINGS PETER JACKSON, IS SUCH AN OUTRAGEOUSLY KINETIC EXPERIENCE I FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST. IT WAS THE FIRST (AND THUS FAR ONLY) FEATURE BY FRANK GROW, WHO MANAGED TO TRANSPOSE THE STYLE OF HIS LEGENDARY 1989 SHORT "RED & ROSY" TO FEATURE LENGTH.

THE STORY INVOLVES LARUE (PLAYED BY TROMEO & JULIET'S WILL KEENAN), A RECENTLY RELEASED MENTAL PATIENT WITH A PARASITE STUCK IN HIS HEAD THAT GIVES HIM "COMPULSIVE READING SYNDROME" WHICH COMPELS THE SUFFERER TO READ ALOUD AND DESTROY ANY AND ALL WRITTEN WORDS.

LARUE ALSO CREATES A BUBBLE GUM SCULPTURE OF HIS GIRLFRIEND, A RETARDED NIGHT OWL WHO CLEANS UP CRIME SCENES TOGETHER WITH HER NEAT-FREAK MOTHER. AND LET'S NOT FORGET THE PREHISTORIC FLATWORM THAT BURSTS THROUGH PEOPLE'S TOILETS AND TURNS'EM INTO LUMBERING BLOB-LIKE MUTANTS WITH INSATIABLE SEX DRIVES.

YES, IT'S THAT KIND OF MOVIE! IT'S A FULL BLAST OF FUNNY, NASTY CINEMATIC ANARCHY THAT FREELY INCORPORATES GORE, ANIMATION, GOOFY MONSTERS, AND MIND-TUGGING HALLUCINATIONS. AND IT REALLY MOVES; THIS IS ALMOST CERTAINLY THE MOST JAM PACKED 82 MINUTES I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED.

THERE'S A SUBLOT ABOUT A DERANGED ASIAN SCIENTIST LOOKING TO BECOME AN EPONYMOUS DEITY, A RELIGIOUS NUT LARUE ENCOUNTERS IN A RESTAURANT, AND A CRAZED DOCTOR'S ASSISTANT (PLAYED BY RENO 911'S KERRI KENNENY). STILL, THE FILM NEVER LINGERS ON ANYTHING LONG ENOUGH FOR BOREDOM TO SET IN AND IS GUARANTEED TO TURN YOUR BRAIN TO SWISS CHEESE BY THE TIME IT'S OVER.

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