Movies that are slightly off.
The Fourth Dimension
Created under a “manifesto” whose directives would make Lars von Trier shudder, this three-part film might look on paper like an exercise in forced hipness. Fortunately, its directors – Harmony Korine (USA), Alexsei Fedorchenko (Russia) and Jan Kwiecinski (Poland) – prove innovative and just insane enough to make The Fourth Dimension an exhilarating experiment.
"The Oil is gold, and it's cotton candy."
The Fourth Dimension is a film made up of three short films, all of which are supposedly connected by the theme of exploring the fourth dimension. I didn't really concern myself with the fourth dimension aspect of these shorts, as I didn't really see the connection at all. Instead, I focused on appreciating the shorts as individual films, and as a result, I enjoyed all three.
The strongest of the shorts is Harmony Korine's short that stars Val Kilmer. Kilmer plays himself, and himself runs a motivational seminar. The work that Kilmer does here is improvisational wizardry. All he is spewing is nonsense, but it is wonderful nonsense.
The second short is…
Val freaking Kilmer, man.
The Fourth Dimension is an anthology film put together by Vice directed by Harmony Korine, Aleksei Fedorchenko and Jan Kwiecinski, and if you're thinking "Why, Cole, I've never of this film!" well, neither had I before I started this project, and the good news is you can watch it right here!
This is ostensibly about time (hence the title), but that's only really evident in the second segment, which is a fairly unique take on time travel. It's probably the weakest of the three - it's not bad or anything, it's perfectly decent, but not much more. The lead actress is hella gorgeous, though.
Korine's segment is the first, but it's the third…
The part of this anthology that will likely get the most notice will likely be Harmony Korine's piece, which has Val Kilmer playing a particularly odd version of himself as motivational speaker, but while it's amusing, it's the other two pieces, by Silent Souls's Aleksei Fedorchenko and Polish newcomer Jan Kwiecinski, but resonate a bit more, taking simple sci-fi-ish concepts and turning them into stories which resonate suprisingly well.
It winds up being kind of a quiet anthology movie - none of its segments really blow the audience away and they don't come together as something greater - but it does all right.
Watched Harmony's segment, "The Lotus Community Workshop."
Just wonderful. That aspect ratio is bonkers.
Pretentious is as pretentious does. Quite often, the worst thing about arthouse movies is when they aspire to be obscure more so than aspiring to be good and having the obscurity be an unfortunate side effect. The Fourth Dimension comes perilously close to being the former: executive producer Eddy Moretti devised a creative outline which each director taking part in the project had to adhere to. In it were instructions to make sure someone was wearing tap shoes, that stray dogs had to be featured and a main character should be missing a tooth. A sideswipe at the dogme 95 movement or a sincere search for depth?
The film is split into three distinct segments; each questioning what the fourth…
Lotus Community Workshop only
Drie regisseurs werpen hun licht op religieuze zingeving in de tegenwoordige tijd. Schijnbaar zijn zij door iemand van Vice geïnstrueerd om iets te maken binnen het theoretische concept van de 'vierde dimensie'. Iets wat zou wijzen op een filmtaal die voorbij tijd en ruimte zou gaan. Eerlijk gezegd vind ik de filmpjes vooral veilig binnen de lijntjes van reguliere cinema kleuren. Pretentieuze claims gaan niet veel verder dan zichzelf op de borst kloppende tussentitels en het artsy fartsy-gehalte van het project.
The Lotus Community Workshop- 3.5*
Absoluut het sterkste segment. Acteur Val Kilmer blijkt opeens zijn status als acteur in te zetten voor motivatiespeeches. Combinatie acteur/regisseur levert een aardig samenspel op van felle kleurtjes, hol grijnzende lachjes, ritmische montage. Mooi…
Val freaking Kilmer, man.
by far the best thing Harmony Korine's done yet
Korine's segment was decent but fun, and Kwiecinski's was just plain boring; the winner here is Fedorchenko's Chrono Eye. I've been thinking about it for days.
Lotus Community Workshop - 3½ stars
Chronoeye - 4 stars
Fawns - 2½ stars
Korine's god-awful segment weighs the subsequent 2 others down, which are both a notch better. Overall, nothing special here. Also, seems like the film's producers had a directive for the filmmakers to use the words "cotton candy", a character named Mickey House, or people playing the piano in their pieces. Why? I dunno
Lotus Community Workshop: 1.5 stars
Chronoeye: 3.5 stars
Fawns: 3 stars
This thing is five stars but loses one and a half for harmony korines wife playing some shitty video game
I can't say it was bad, I just think it was over my head. So, oh well.
Scout Tafoya of Roger Ebert.com assembled a list of the "Greatest Films Directed by Women" over on his personal blog.…