What Is It? (2005)
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It's clear that [director] Glover is less interested in narrative than in rekindling a rich midnight-movie/avant-garde tradition that encompasses everything from Maya Deren and Jack Smith to Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch.
Glover, who appears in the film as a kind of barbarian dictator-auteur, lacks both the self-imposed ideological innocence and the talent for composing sounds and images of David Lynch.
A shocker, but not a world-class one.
His directorial debut, What Is It? -- which plays as part of a double bill with a live, enthusiastically performed slide show in which Mr. Glover displays pages from his recent series of books -- is just as unclassifiable as he is.
It isn't the blatant affronts - the aspects aimed to shock - that upset me, but the fact that the film lacks heart.
The film, for all of its very explicit connections to other works, is still a thing of unique madness.
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