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Re: Strange/Trippy Movies

Post by BionicBunny on Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:07 pm

I'd rather grab a Baconator.

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Re: Strange/Trippy Movies

Post by Roabe on Sat May 10, 2014 8:45 pm

Head [1968]:


Shortly after the Monkees TV series was cancelled, the Monkees came out with this movie. The whole thing is basically a giant, bellowing "FUCK YOU, WE'RE DONE" to the TV series' producers as well as the fans.

It's also trippy as fuck, in the most 1960s hippie LSD sense of the word. I've seen it several times and I still can't make any sense of it.

The first seven minutes or so features my favorite Monkees song, "Porpoise Song".

9:20: the horrors of war brilliantly juxtaposed with brash consumerism.

17:22: a car in a dealership priced at $666. Proto Ed Crosswire?

17:31 to 22:49: the greatest scene in film history, IMO.

If you have the patience to watch the rest of Head, I dare you to make sense of this awful, wonderful mess.
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Post by A Lotta Moms on Tue May 13, 2014 12:20 am

I'd heard of this movie, but never actually sat through it until now.  I see right off the bat what you mean about it being a cynical rebuke of the world they came from.  You can tell this was intended as an unconscious stream of thought, containing all of their complaints and exhaustion with things as if they would appear in a rapidly-shifting dream.

It reminds me a lot of the style employed by many of the earlier Surrealist/Dada films that came out of post-WWI Europe.  It's interesting, since the technique of disjointed, collage-like art and cinema was originally intended as a method of "tearing up" and re-arranging what the artists perceived as a corrupt reality full of greed, violence and exploitation in order to expose it for the nonsense that it is and make way for a more pure state of being.  I can see the same thing going on in this film, especially when you consider the mindset of the band at the time it was made.

The Porpoise Song is beautiful...sad, nostalgic and blissful all at the same time.  Definitely up there with Daydream Believer.  It's almost like a peaceful requiem; when I listen to it, I can sense the relief one might get when finally letting go of this life, looking back with a few regrets, but moving onward to another, more boundless state of existence (or non-existence) that's free of pressures and worries.  I can't believe that I'd never even heard of it until a few days ago...
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Post by Roabe on Mon May 26, 2014 12:25 pm

Killer ants! A scene from the 1971 insect mockumentary "The Hellstrom Chronicle":


Hundreds of insect TV shows/documentaries have done segments on driver/army ants, but this one is still my all-time favorite. Lalo Schifrin's horror movie-esque soundtrack makes the whole thing even better.

If you have the time to watch all 11 parts of this movie on YouTube, I highly recommend it. One of the best mock-umentaries ever made.
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Post by BionicBunny on Mon May 26, 2014 5:10 pm

I'm not one for mockunmentaries myself,but this is pretty good.

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Post by A Lotta Moms on Wed May 28, 2014 12:33 am

I love the subtlety of the humor here.  It's not until you've been watching it for a while that you sort of get the idea that...wait a minute...here they're carrying on about...ants...being the bringers of the apocalypse and spawn of Satan.

I probably already mentioned her work, but Maya Deren was an avant garde short film director who's responsible for some of my favorite pieces of art cinema. Here's some of her best work:

Meshes of the Afternoon
(if you only watch one of her films, let this one be it)



At Land



Ritual in Transfigured Time

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Re: Strange/Trippy Movies

Post by Kerry9Story on Wed May 28, 2014 9:19 pm

i get dreams like that shit
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Post by BionicBunny on Wed May 28, 2014 9:27 pm

I pooted.

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Post by Kerry9Story on Wed May 28, 2014 9:37 pm

its not funny cause you cant stop if you get knocked up like at kr0g3r these days then prunefaced old peopel think I'm a fucken slob now.
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Post by BionicBunny on Wed May 28, 2014 9:47 pm

I refuse to work in a workplace that doesn't have the words "Fort" or "Camp" in its name.

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Post by A Lotta Moms on Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:52 pm


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Post by Kerry9Story on Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:53 pm

wtf?
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Re: Strange/Trippy Movies

Post by A Lotta Moms on Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:19 pm



Merry Christmas!  santa
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Post by Kerry9Story on Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:54 am

wtf
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Re: Strange/Trippy Movies

Post by Snowth Poogle on Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:22 pm

DOOMSDAY MACHINE.

Okay, I haven't really actually seen the movie, but in watching Nostalgia Critic's review of it, it appears to be a wannabe camp sci-fi movie, where apparently the Red Chinese have built a machine that looks like a toy robot but is capable of blowing up the entire world, so the American government sends five male astronauts and three female assistants into space before the earth blows up, and their intention is apparently to repopulate. Then apparently, they just stopped filming then tagged on a non-sequiter ending four years later to complete the movie.

Oh yeah, and pre-M*A*S*H Mike Farrell has a bit-part in it.

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Re: Strange/Trippy Movies

Post by TheoDW on Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:48 pm

Roabe wrote:From Robocop 2. A shit movie, but I still have a special place in my heart for it.

Probably one of the last times stop-motion effects were ever used in a Hollywood movie...

It scared the bejeezus out of 6-year-old me.

Both scenes.


That was (really) dark humor at its best.
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Post by A Lotta Moms on Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:21 am

Well agreed, that scene alone justifies the entire movie's existence.
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Post by Kerry9Story on Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:23 am

k i just shit myself
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Post by Buster & Molly Lover on Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:21 pm

How about Cool World! where a cartoonist who drew a comic book series named Cool World, and a very sexy cartoon woman called Holli Would, gets sucked into that universe and does have sex with the cartoon chick he created. now that was weird & trippy! alien confused
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Post by Snowth Poogle on Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:26 pm

Ah yes, that one came from the mind of legendary animator Ralph Bakshi, the man behind FRITZ THE CAT, the world's first X-rated animated movie.

Interestingly enough, he apparently was trying to capitalize on the success of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, though he hadn't even seen the movie!

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Post by A Lotta Moms on Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:14 pm

Some of Bakshi's early films were truly groundbreaking in the realm of adult animation.  Fritz the Cat, of course (which was based on the work of the even more twisted Robert Crumb), Heavy Traffic, American Pop...

Highly recommended to anyone who likes joking around about and envisioning more dark and outrageous Arthur scenarios.

I've heard that Bakshi was actually quite displeased with the final cut of Cool World, because he was forced to remove a great deal of its original content and had the script re-written multiple times before the studio would approve it.  Based on how much more daring and edgy his earlier films were, I can only imagine how it would have turned out if he had full creative control...
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Post by Snowth Poogle on Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:35 pm

Bakshi is a rather eccentric fellow, some of the stories I've heard are quite amusing.

Similar to COOL WORLD, he did a pair of WHAT A CARTOON! shorts for Cartoon Network that CN apparently edited before they aired them, and he was so furious over that that he disowned them. As is to be expected, those two MALCOM & MELVIN shorts are bizarre to say the least (I'm surprised they didn't faze me as a kid).

Then there's the story of the feud he had with Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman, whose puppy apparently would always wander over and poop in his yard, so he would gather up all the dog poop and dump it back on their porch. He also apparently hated how they did an episode of ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS that told the story of how Dave found them that he did that "Elwey and the Tree Weasels" episode of his MIGHTY MOUSE series as a big fat take that at them.

I've also heard that one day, he saw someone (forget who) watching a cut of one of his old films, so he invited himself in, sat down, and began spouting off his own commentary, prompting the guy to get up and leave, which angered him to the point of yelling, "Don't you dare walk out on me!"

There was also a trilogy of animated LORD OF THE RINGS movies in the late 70s/early 80s; two of them were produced by Rankin/Bass, and I believe he directed the one that RB didn't do.

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Post by A Lotta Moms on Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:41 am

The anecdote about inviting himself in to comment on his own film is classic.  The animated LotR movies (The Hobbit, especially) are particularly close to my heart, having grown up on them.  The Rankin/Bass productions were actually of vastly superior quality to Bakshi's single entry.  He was also responsible for the early He-Man/Conan knock-off, Fire and Ice...which was, itself, pretty mediocre.  Wizards, on the other hand, was brilliant, and most likely because, along with being ultra-violent and sexually-charged by 80s animation standards, also had Bakshi's sense of humor and wit throughout.
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Post by Snowth Poogle on Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:11 pm

THIRTEEN with Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, and Holly Hunter.

Actually, it's basically a summary/study of teen angst and such - and based on Nikki Reed's teen years - but the whole movie has a really weird look to it. Not surprisingly, this was a very low-budget movie: shot on a 16mm handheld camera, and basically all of the movie was shot at actual locations, including interiors being shot in actual houses, and not sets on soundstages. Basically, it was made like an indie movie, but it was actually a theatrically-released movie.

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