Category Archives: Absurdist

Aimy in a Cage

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WOW. Yeah. Okay. So. Um…AIMY IN A CAGE is basically the love child of John Waters and Marc Caro/Jean-Pierre Jeunet (DELICATESSEN, THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN). That is the best way I know to describe this film. As the credits rolled, I just sat there, staring into space, asking myself, “What the f*ck did I just watch?” – but asking myself in the best way possible. Because this movie is mind-blowingly, amazingly, freakishly, insanely beautiful. In a really, really, really twisted way (and is there any better way?).

Summary – “A creative teenage girl is placed into a mind-altering procedure to civilise her, while news of a virus epidemic spreads throughout the world.” We might be in the future; we might be in the past – who the hell knows? Wherever we are, we have Aimy – a whimsical wisp of a girl who doesn’t exactly fit in with her family. Or society. Or anywhere. She likes to dance and they like money. She likes art and they like boring conversation. Honestly, it’s a bit more f*cked up than that but I just do NOT know how to describe it…Aimy is that one rare soul who isn’t a carbon copy of the materialistic, dull as dishwater, ORDINARY people around her. However, Aimy also isn’t necessarily likable. Not hateable but not entirely likable. But then NO ONE in this film is necessarily likable so perhaps that’s the one way Aimy IS similar to her surroundings?

Aimy

Aimy Pre-Cage

Anyway, apparently there are (or were?) a few other people like Aimy (or EVERYONE used to be like Aimy) because there’s a procedure you can have done so that you too can be a mindless, materialistic robot! Yay! Aimy is forced into this procedure, which looks a little like this:

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Aimy is all kinds of hardcore though so the procedure doesn’t exactly take the first time and is done again – this time with some…modifications in the form of psychological torture. Oh, and while this is all going on, there’s a virus making it’s way through the country that nobody seems particularly worried about (until they ARE worried about it). If this all sounds confusing, well, that’s because it is. But when you actually SEE it, it will all make sense. Plus you’ll get the many layers of the film (obvis it’s not REALLY about some chick in a head cage).

The only thing that bothered me about this film was all the SCREAMING. Holy wow, no one in this film can communicate in any other way except screaming. And it didn’t bother me in the way you might think – it bothered me because with the force/intensity/volume these actors were screaming, I just kept wondering how many times they lost their voices and had to halt filming. Did they have an every other day schedule? Realistically, how long can one scream like that without going hoarse? Do you see what I mean? I kept wandering away from the movie to wonder about the consequences of long-term screaming, lol. So be forewarned – do NOT have your volume turned up for this one or your eardrums will be BLOWN.

Family dinners are fun!

Family dinners are fun!

So yeah. Kinda (totally) dug this film. Wickedly brilliant, beautiful in a most f*cked up way and right up there with some of my favorite filmmakers (mentioned wayyyy up there in the first paragraph), AIMY IN A CAGE is a wild ride you should DEFINITELY take.

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Rubber

A tire comes to life and uses it’s psychic powers to kill people by blowing their heads up.  It sounds like a pretty simplistic film, right?  Maybe even a short film you’d find on Youtube that was created by a bunch of adolescent boys aspiring to be the next Spielberg.  Oh, and speaking of Spielberg–why was E.T. brown?………..No reason.  And therein lies the beauty of Rubber.

The movie opens with a Man standing in the desert behind an obstacle course of chairs.  Out of the distance comes a cop car that proceeds to smash all the chairs before stopping in front of the Man.  From the trunk emerges the Sheriff who casually takes a glass of water from the other cop driving the car and comes up to tell the audience about the film we’re about to witness.  Only he’s not talking to us, he’s talking to the random group of people who appear behind the Man.  They’re in the desert to watch a movie, a movie that according to the Sheriff has no reason.  Because life is full of no reason.  And from there the audience (us and them) watches as a tire comes to life and realizes it’s potential for killing, strangers meet and intersect in patternless ways and the Man follows the orders of an invisible Master.  Why?  No reason.

On the surface, “Rubber” is a B-movie but one that’s beautifully shot with gorgeous scenery and sunsets.  It’s also an absurdist comedy in the vein of “Wilhelm Reich in Hell”.  But maybe, just maybe there’s more to it than that.  Now this is merely speculation on my part but underneath the exploding heads and one-off jokes, “Rubber” is a film about senselessness.  Senseless violence has become a way of life and is unfortunately all to easily ignored.  Senseless poverty goes unseen and unheeded every day.  Hunger and homelessness are worldwide problems with no end in sight.  Scenes of the Audience correlate to the action in the “movie” they’re watching  in their decension upon each other after more than a few days in the desert with no food.  What starts as simple annoyance and sniping with each other turns our Audience into a ravenous horde whose downfall is their inability to simply get along and work together.

Several scenes in this film involve the act of ignoring, from latent child abuse to environmental destruction.  Then there’s the acts of impatience and the quest for fame.  We want what we want and we want it now and there’s many in the world that want their fifteen minutes.

So maybe “Rubber” is a social commentary about the state of mankind.  Or maybe it’s just a story about a tire that likes to blow up heads.  Either way, it’s an interesting film and I’d say your time is much better spent watching this than the new Legos movie that’s supposedly coming out……