Jesse_Wroe has written 184 reviews for films during 2017.

  • Atman

    Atman

    ★★★½

    A creepy demon-masked figure stands in a field as a camera encircles it. The camera zooms in and out, much is edited out to give the images speed, and color processing is applied. The music adds another layer of creepy.

  • Everything Visible Is Empty

    Everything Visible Is Empty

    ★★★

    Japanese alphabet characters intermix with Hindu imagery.

  • Expansion

    Expansion

    ★★★

    This is "Ecstasis" with more images, rock music with a slide guitar solo influence by Indian instrumentation, and color processing experimentation. This is probably exemplary of what is meant by "psychedelic," but with the notable video aesthetic. Good for getting high to (I mean this sincerely, no mockery whatsoever) and as a screened backdrop for dancing.

  • Metastasis

    Metastasis

    ★★★½

    Something like Marcel Duchamp's toilet is revived for the sake of color processing experimentation. The weird, atonal music fits well. There isn't much to this apart from enjoying the technique and wondering how exactly it's done (I know it's old new but I haven't looked into this stuff). If you like watching color adjustments of a static image, especially if you're high, this is totally worth eight minutes of your time.

  • Ecstasis

    Ecstasis

    ★★★

    A scene from "Funeral Parade of Roses" in extended form, suitable for the short film format. It becomes repetitive, as is often the point of this stuff, but the relationship of the images and the unnerving, monotonous music has a disturbing affect. I do think this piece works best in the context of the aformentioned feature film.

  • The Song of Stone

    The Song of Stone

    ★★★★

    Another good experimental short documentary about stone carvers. All shots are stills. It's an odd, creepy meditative look at the whole process of carving out stones. The music is almost mantric, as if the sounds of tools clanging and songs hummed and sung produce a trance.

  • The Weavers of Nishijin

    The Weavers of Nishijin

    ★★★★

    A very good short "documentary" that's heavy on experimental aesthetics. But, it's almost like a New Wave feature condensed to less than 30 minutes. The music is excellent, the photography phenomenal, and the chopped-up voice-overs are informative yet unsettling. Any fan of Hiroshi Teshigahara and Nagisa Oshima should like this.

  • Death Laid an Egg

    Death Laid an Egg

    ★★★

    A bit all over the place, not entirely cohesive, yet this form and disconnectedness has a neat narrative effect. I really like the music too: atonal, formless, and whacky, like you just picked up a nylon-string and and a 4-track to record noodling nonsense—and Jean-Louis Trintignant was walking around you, confused and paranoid.

    The economic themes are interesting too. Labor, firm efficiency, bioethics, hatching eggs, hatching a murder plan....

    Fyi, Cult Epics's blu-ray for this movie is one of the…

  • Under Electric Clouds

    Under Electric Clouds

    ★★★★½

    Excellent. A fitting companion to "A Touch of Sin."

  • The Rambling Guitarist

    The Rambling Guitarist

    ★★★½

    A predecessor of sorts to Goro in the Outlaw Gangster series. Nice colors and landscapes for a late 1950s movie.

  • Red Pier

    Red Pier

    ★★★½

    "Red Pier" isn't incredibly distinctive. If you like older crime films or older Japanese films, it'll be of interest, for it's another variation on familiar themes. The Nikkatsu brand has its mark on this one.

    Also, several actors from "Crazed Fruit" are featured: Yujiro Ishihara is the lead (starred in "Rusty Knife" and "I Am Waiting"), Mie Kitahara is another girl of interest (she also starred in "Rusty Knife" and "I Am Waiting"), and Masumi Okada (although, I can't find…

  • The X from Outer Space

    The X from Outer Space

    ★★★½

    An enjoyable and funny kaiju film from the director of "Genocide." Both films appear on the Criterion Collection's Eclipse Series #37 set, "When Horror Came to Shochiku."