Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes
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Just so you know, “Decasia” is an experimental film. With moody, hypnotic music (and when I say “hypnotic,” that’s a polite word for sleep-inducing) we’re treated to random images in black and white. We see foreigners dancing, reels of film going through development fluid in a plant, the ocean, a woman’s face all enhanced by overexposed film that includes what look like blobs from a lava lamp. No story, just randomness. I’m sure the filmmaker would disagree, but, honestly, I don’t see the point. It’s a visual Rorschach test and I must have failed.
Personally, I’ve never understood “experimental film.” Never cared for it. I see them mostly as exercises in getting to know the camera or film stock made by first year film students. And the word “experimental film” is misleading as well. The word “experiment” implies that there should be a goal or a test or a theory that must be proven via this experiment. When a scientist puts on a white lab coat and conducts an experiment, he or she is trying to prove something – the speed of light, that water can conduct electricity, the chemical make-up of Captain Crunch, something concrete. Just once, I’d like to see an experimental film in which an actual experiment took place.
GORE’S SUGGESTED CINEMATIC EXPERIMENTS ^ You know, like they say that when a dog is killed in a film, the audience will react more harshly than if a white man is killed. ^ Well, prove it!
The color “red” in a movie will impact on the audience’s mood, causing them to be uncomfortable. ^ Well, prove it!
Carrot Top is a comic genius. ^ Well, prove it!
Hmmm…. This almost sounds like a great idea for a short. I better make it fast before someone steals the idea. Oh, yeah, “Decasia” really blew.
Posted on January 23, 2002 in Reviews by Chris Gore
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