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Cremaster 2

Cremaster 2 (1999)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Anticipation of this fourth and penultimate installment (numbered 2) of the fabled and fabulous Cremaster series might help us imagine what waiting for the premiere of the next opera in the Ring Cycle was like...Visiting ever stranger territory, this new operatic film follows Gary Gilmore in his pursuit of Houdini in the afterlife.

Unrated,

Drama, Special Interest

Matthew Barney

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (3)

Darkly powerful.

June 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The narcotized self-satisfaction of [Cremaster 1] is, however, preferable to the narrative Cremaster 2 (1999), which, twice as long.

April 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A tantalizing melange of dreamlike riffs on the desolation of the American west, the empty poses of male ritual, and the blood lust of macho fetishism.

April 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Barney defiantly makes expensive avant-garde movies that proudly flaunt both their extravagance and their obscurity, and while they're salient forays into notions of history and narrative to be sure, they're also sallies of the genius Artist writ large.

April 12, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It is Gilmore's story and his family history, evoked symbolically, that give Cremaster 2 a solidity and emotional depth that are missing in the earlier, more playful installments.

April 12, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The most cohesive narrative in any of these films, following murderer Gary Gilmore (played by Barney) on his crime spree, conviction, & striking execution, juxtaposed with a Harry Houdini (played by Norman Mailer) subplot.

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

Barney's outlandish mise-en-scène, forever emphasizing the organic, the amorphous, the massive, the adhesive, and the fluorescent in quite literal ways, also retains those very qualities in my memory.

May 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Bizarre and incomprehensible, full of imagery that's intriguing and creepy ... and this time quite sexy as well.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

the 1977 execution of Gary Gilmore (played by Barney, with prosthetically reduced penis) is figured as a rodeo ride to the death

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

It's a little longer than Cremaster 1, and it has extra room for more confusing craziness.

December 22, 2003

Easily the most plot-driven in all of Matthew Barney's Cremaster cycle, Cremaster 2 still conveys the thematic obsessions that drive the series, and stands as one of its most accessible entries.

April 11, 2003 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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