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Craig Baldwin returns with another collagist cinema dream, this one featuring the trials and errors of L. Ron Hubbard, Marjorie Cameron, and Jack Parsons. Did that catch your attention? 'Cause if it did, then this movie is definitely for you.
Set it 13 segments (as reflecting old serial television series such as Flash Gordon) and spiraling between New Age, Science Fiction, and film essay, Mock Up on Mu is a definitive celluloid dream, where tomorrow's landscapes and yesterday's pop culture merge to ask about today's technological morality, especially as concerns our funding of weapons developments over energy and others. Compiling imagery from such films as North by Northwest, Voyage to the Moon, and Logan's Run puts the experimental form into a familiar landscape for the audience. Shot footage and voice-over narration gives it a little bit more continuity for purposes of narrative. The rest is history.
The mash-up of the Western genre to Ennio Morricone music was the greatest. As an experimental films, not all parts are equal to others, and the whole film can be a little overwhelming to those not previously familiar with experimental movies or Baldwin's own works (Spectres of the Spectrum is a masterful movie, by the way... if this film appeals to you, be sure to check that one out as well). I personally love how "Marjorie" constantly interjects familiar movie titles, especially SciFi titles, into the dialog, as if to remind you that this all has its roots in stuff that has been explored before. It's a great way of citing sources without using footnotes (or, in cinema's case, intertitles).
Baldwin's own Other Cinema DVD label has not as yet released this feature, but it has been touring around recently, and is well worth the time and price of admission if it happens to come by. The timeliness of this release is interesting considering its characterization of Lockheed Martin, but also because economic recession is causing Hollywood to be somewhat more conservative about their releases, meaning that there's a lot more open space right now to place more underground, experimental features such as these.
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