7 August 2010

Movie week, day 5: Kids

[ 4/5 | IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes ]

Almost 15 years to the day after it was released, I finally get to see this film. I went to see Korine's Trash Humpers at The Plaza a week or so ago and got obsessed with seeing and re-seeing his other films. TH was beautiful and brutal. One review compared it favorably to Lynch's latter-day flicks Mulholland Dr. and Inland Empire w/r/t their destruction of cinematic narrative. I saw an influence of Jean Dubuffet's Art Brut in its raw, unprocessed expression. Lisa and I went to a preview of The High's Dali exhibit last night, and I couldn't help but think that his (and the other Surrealists') Freudian confessions were nothing compared to the self-revelation of art of the last few decades. (Insert any insights about reality TV here.)

I can't believe I didn't list Gummo as one of my top 10 films. I had/have it on VHS and it has stayed with me aesthetically. After seeing TH, I ordered Gummo, Kids (18-year-old Korine as writer), and Julien Donkey-Boy on DVD. But tonight was Kids: a 16yo revels in his conquest of sub-14yo virgins. A previous virgin--Chloe Sevigny (hers and Rosaio Dawson's first film)--finds she's HIV+ from him (her only partner) and seeks him out to stop any further infection. He's got his eye on a friend's young sister, and so the movie becomes a dual race for sex and redemption. Kids ended up being more casually shocking than I expected and similarly more artful in its shock. Although I can't recommend this to any female, I'm curious about fidelity in the early scenes with the girls talking about sex. I can confirm that the early guy scenes were true enough, if a bit more explicit and, well, brutal.

[ posted by sstrader on 7 August 2010 at 8:58:36 PM in Movie week ]