Low key whimsy and charm. No real belly laughs.
One could argue all night as to the existence (or not) of present day political allegories, but that aside, I found the film transgressive, erotic, thought provoking and entirely logical with regard to the lengths one would go via body modification if one could feel no pain.
That said, i did find the seemingly ultra-low budget to be a distraction at times. Also, I found Tanaya Beatty's performance sometimes out-of-sync with that of Nadia Litz's.
"If you disobey me and remain hostile to me, I will act against you in wrathful hostility. I, for my part, will discipline you sevenfold for your sins.
"You shall eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.
"I will destroy your cult places and cut down your incense stands. And I will heap your carcasses upon your lifeless idols.
"I will spurn you. I will lay your cities in ruin and make your sanctuaries desolate…
Pretty damned near brilliant. Director Zweig interviews, nay - psycho-analyzes, and CROSS-EXAMINES - record collectors in an effort to understand the roots of his own obsessiveness, loneliness and feelings of self-loathing. Among the collectors he's interviews are Harvey Pekar, Guy Madden and Bruce La Bruce, though nobody is identified in the film. But make no mistake, some of these collectors are quite sick... more hoarders than collectors, allowing their obsessions to paint their lives into a frighteningly dark and cluttered…