Handy Barker

Taught and directed theatre and film in public schools for 30 years. Now I just watch and enjoy them.

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  • Stalker

    ★★★★★

  • The Ninth Gate

    ★★★★½

  • 24 Hour Party People

    ★★★

  • Smithereens

    ★★★½

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    TOXIC DYSTOPIAN ADVENTURE CAMP/ SPA DAY FOR DESPERATE MEN:

    The obvious first: Tarkovsky is the greatest poet of slow revelations of landscapes to both teach us to slow down and join the slow crock pot/hot tub of the film, as well as it teaches us to discover things as we look, the way staring at a landscape reveals more the more you look.

    The first section in sepia, which many complain is hatefully slow, I found magnificent for two reasons:…

  • The Ninth Gate

    The Ninth Gate

    ★★★★½

    WHO WOULDN'T WANNA BE IN THIS FILM?

    Moody little Polanski neo-noir detective film with old Satanic books, sexy femme fatales like Lina Olin who show up to trade sex for a book, plenty of smoking, and Polanski's most recent French wife as Satan on a motorcycle.

    Since it's a Depp film and this festival focuses on him, if we start that with Johnny, where he looks like a Hollywood Dreamboat but is actually a colored glass candle lamp showing horrific…

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  • Dark Matters

    Dark Matters

    ★★★★

    AFRO-FUTURIST RULE #15: Alien Beings Can Exist And Can Show Up At Work leaving footprints that match your birthmark.

    AFROFUTURIST RULE #16: Your Alien Angel Mentor Might Call you to adventure, making you choose between your tedious life working at a store or your life out following him in a field.


    Lasting Image: This woman recording in a room full of electronics and maps.


    Very engaging short film which I wish were a full length film. It's got a stunning…

  • Crumbs

    Crumbs

    ★★★★★

    Alternative Title: IF THE POST-INDUSTRIAL WORLD GIVES YOU SHIT,
    MAKE SHIT STATUES.

    AFRO-FUTURIST RULE #39: If, when foraging, you come across a plastic Christmas Tree and are confronted with a Mickey Mouse Nazi, run. Even if you drop your Ninja Turtle Amulet.

    One clear theme running through my Afro-Futurist Festival is that whether you're Ornette Coleman, a sculptor, James Brown, an artist or a dancer, you can take whatever is given you and adapt it to a new use for…