Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 18 minutes
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Cults are nature’s way of giving us more room. Look at the Parents Television Council for one. Its head implores working members to watch hours of programming, write about what’s offensive and all its members must be against what’s on TV. They also are kind enough to give us lazy bums clips from what they don’t like and have also been responsible for the rise in FCC complaints, a modern-day cult action. Despite giving us the “dirty” stuff online so that we don’t have to be bothered by, you know, plot, people like Nick (Joel Austin) and Lou (Tod Purvis) should be around to break down what it is various cults are and why they are, such as the PTC.
In the joyful “Cultlife”, they join the Moonlight Foundation, a cult that believes in all the things every cult prides itself on such as equality and being of the same mind and souls. Some potential members aren’t happy with their lives. One guy moved to California from the East and feels stuck, too far away from his family and friends. The Foundation promises that no material goods will ever disrupt life and everyone will have shaved heads and death-white clothing that will symbolize that they’re all the same. And they operate on a spring tide cycle. The Heaven’s Gate cult is a reminder of that cycle. So Nick and Lou, now Souloo and Azzair wander around, taking in the goods of the bag they threw out the back of the bus door on the way to the community so that they’d have something to do, including drinking and porno mags because how can a man live otherwise in a society like this?
Nick and Lou represent the rational thought that many cults lack, what tons of religious fundamentalists do as well. “Cultlife” is a call, a shout, a finger at the chest demanding that people think through what they believe. It’s not bad to believe something, but to believe it to the point where all humanity has disappeared from the mind is scary. Censorship comes from lack of rational thought. So do mass suicides. “Cultlife” has its gold in humor and commentary on one state of humanity today and terrific cinematography that demonstrates why people would join this particular group of nuts.
Posted on May 7, 2005 in Reviews by Rory L. Aronsky
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