It Came from Kuchar (2008)
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Twin brothers George Kuchar and Mike Kuchar were the joyous oddballs of the underground film movement of the 1960s, and are among the small handful of artists to emerge from that scene who have remained active into the 21st century. Born and raised in the Bronx, the Kuchar Bbrothers grew up on a cinematic diet of Hollywood kitsch, and all manner of big-screen potboilers informed their homemade 8 mm epics such as I Was a Teenage Rumpot and Hold Me While I'm Naked, which reflected late-show
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A lively little doc that might just do for you what it did for me -- provide a welcome introduction and an amusing education.
Kroot's film, with assists from interview subjects like John Waters, Buck Henry, Wayne Wang, Guy Maddin and Atom Egoyan, makes a compelling case not so much for the Kuchars' movies, exactly, as for their independent spirit.
The movie makes the case that the best American filmmakers may be the uncelebrated ones who helplessly turn life into art simply as a means to get out of bed every day.
In any case, the documentary is interesting as a human story. And anyone who loves the Kuchar brothers' films or underground cinema in general will take extra pleasure in it.
The portrait that emerges is affectionate and fascinating. The brothers themselves are un-self-consciously talkative, unassumingly odd and frequently very funny.
You don't have to have ever seen any of their movies to enjoy It Came From Kuchar, directed by one of George's former students, Jennifer M. Kroot. But you'll probably want to catch up with their work afterward.
A love letter from Kroot to the Kuchars that works both as an introduction to their work and an appreciation for the sophisticated Kuchar fan.
It's ironic that director Jennifer M. Kroot was able to make a good movie about twin brothers George and Mike Kuchar, the low-budget underground auteurs who have been cranking out terrible low-budget genre films since the early 1960s
For a documentary about D-movie mavens, It Came from Kuchar is expertly edited, and it serves as both a comprehensive archival overview for diehard fans and a thorough introduction for beginners.
Singular for the way it takes audiences where they never would have otherwise visited: the living rooms of the eccentric and effortlessly hilarious filmmaking Kuchar brothers.
The world's cinema culture needs eccentric visionaries like George and Mike Kuchar, twin brothers from the Bronx with billionaire imaginations and $1.98 resources.
Filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar get their due--and then some--in this breezy, entertaining overview of the brothers' work.
Kuchar disciples will swarm after selling-out small movie houses to enjoy the loaded array of titillating clips and heavyweight filmmakers dishing catnip praise.
Kroot nearly loses us in her efforts to prove how widespread the Kuchars' impact has been.
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