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|11.10.14||DVD||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2014|
There was no hope of making it through this last night. I was expecting something drugged-out and psychedelic but there is... NO plot. It's full on unadulterated from the first frame to the last hippie freakout shit. Not that that's a bad thing... just too much for 4AM.
The Alamo used to show this every Christmas for their High for the Holidays series and I always wished I could go but was at home with my parents for the holiday. Furthermore I have this amazing criterion set about the BBS that I barely know anything about and have yet to crack the box on so it's fitting to include here.
This is a total 60s trip of a movie that I won't even pretend to understand. What I will say is that the tone and apparent message are pretty are surprisingly complex. I think that was the point... to take something as light-hearted and manufactured for fun like The Monkees and deliver a surreal exploration of America and popular culture. It's at once playful and angry, nonsensical and message-y, a commentary on fame and a celebration of it.
Of course, I also think this is the type of movie that's more fun to write and talk about than actually watch. I found it pretty hard to get through - mostly because of the whole "no plot" thing - but am really glad to have finally seen it. A great example of this is this note that you're reading right now. I'm writing it with 20 minutes left in the movie. Well Before Victor Mature comes to the party to explain everything about the black box and nothingness. Frodis?
Well then. Next!