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A couple of years ago writer/director Henry Barrial appeared on our radar when his low budget, big brains sci-fi thriller Pig made waves across the American and International festival circuits. For his follow-up, Barrial has taken on something completely different: a drama written by acclaimed writer/director Joseph B. Vasquez (of Hangin' With The Homeboys fame) which has been sitting for nearly 20 years.
The House that Jack Built stars E.J. Bonilla as the titular Jack, a charismatic young man who seems to have everything. He owns an apparently successful business, an apartment building in the Bronx that he's moved his entire family into and he has a beautiful fiancé. He's the family success story, the one who will do whatever is necessary to take care of the [Continued ...] »
Inspired by Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near, Henry Barrial's Pig quickly evolves from a film about a man's confounding rediscovery of his own identity into a science fiction treatise on the future of neurobiological science. To dismiss Pig as merely being derivative of Memento totally discredits the intellectual prowess of Barrial's film. Pig functions as an existential diatribe on how one's past informs one's sense of self. Then, by wiping the protagonist's memory, Barrial tests the epistemological theory of tabula rasa, allowing the man to be "reborn" without built-in mental content so that he can learn purely from his experiences and perceptions. The "reveal" might seem a bit rushed, but otherwise Pig is an intense rollercoaster ride in which we (thankfully!) never know more than the protagonist. »
- Don Simpson
You may remember the movie from a few years ago when it won a major prize at Sci-Fi London before crossing the waters to play the B-Movie Celebration. The trailer, featuring a man who wakes up in the middle of the desert with no recollection of either his name or how he got there, looked intriguing. I had the opportunity to see the movie a few years back and was really impressed with what Barrial and his team managed to scrape together, a movie that doesn't feel at all limited by its budget and instead, manages to tell an interesting and dynamic [Continued ...] »
3 items from 2014
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