Weird and Wonderful | Chicago Reader

Weird and Wonderful

The title promises strange new experiences, but many of these short videos seem heavily influenced by earlier works. Timothy Greenberg's hilariously deadpan La Puppe (2003) recasts Chris Marker's experimental time-travel narrative La jetee with a stuffed dog, and Patrick Hasson's droll Dead Broke (2003) uses a fish-eye lens to tell the Shining-esque tale of a man menaced by kitties. Others are less interesting: Matt Luem and Greg Fiering's Soldiers Under Command, about the Christian band Stryper, recalls Jeff Krulik's cult favorite Heavy Metal Parking Lot initially but loses focus as it develops, and Bob Ray's Hillbilly Doomsday borrows from ultracheap 70s horror but is too broadly drawn. The ratio of hit to miss is about even, but this is worth seeing if only for the Greenberg short and the Bill Plympton animation Guard Dog. 81 min.


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