Probably the most ridiculous film I've ever seen. Period. Very innovative as far as the humans-who-get-wounded-grow-weaponry-from-their-body concept goes. And of course, it makes for some great characters like the woman with the alligator head vagina, and the leg stump blood rocket propulsion. But in the end, there was so much going on I felt confused (but I guess realistically you should feel that in this film anyway). It was just a little cluttered. Awesome effects though. The storybook-style piece in the middle ruled. And the opening sequence, as well as any "commercial" (like cute wrist cutters!), was incredible. Definitely the more comical (and extreme) of the recent japanese gore films.
I am not a Satanist, nor do I follow the writings of Aleistair Crowley. I do, however, find the occult incredibly interesting and the work of Kenneth Anger always impresses me. This film in particular is fairly confusing for non-followers, but the quality of the images stands very well removed from their context. It's beautiful, frightening and mystical. I thought the layering of images towards the last ten minutes were brilliant. Each viewing of Anger's work is equally shocking and inspiring.
One of Reggio's best documentaries, comparable mostly to Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi. It's short, but definitely breathtaking. Some of the cinematography is absolutely amazing, with slow motion beasts running across the plains, and even unicellular organisms. And although some sequences were picked up from Attenborough's films, the overall flow of the film is so smooth and energetic. The score (by Glass as usual) is great, and draws a lot from aboriginal musics.
A visually stunning film presenting an obscure story of scientists who learn how to download one's thoughts and play them back for others like virtual reality. I mean, it's just a great piece of sci-fi, despite it's effects-over-story ambition. The memory bubble sequences are incredible, and the trip-to-heaven experience is such a colorful ending. Aside from all this, it's almost worth watching for the Super Panavision 70mm shots.
A little dull compared to some of the edgy stuff Korine has been pumping out over the last decade, but I personally loved it. It's very unique in every way. The story is bizarre and disjointed, featuring a great subplot with Werner Herzog. Visually, the film is absolutely incredible - I'm in awe over the sky-diving sequences in particular. Definitely worth seeing, but don't be expecting the raw nature of Gummo or Kids. It's far more gentle. Like a cute, nihilistic Julien Donkey-Boy with a Michael Jackson impersonator and nuns falling from skies.