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Oddsac (2010)

 |  Music  |  26 January 2010 (USA)
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Opening with torch-wielding villagers and a wall bleeding oil, this experimental film attaches vivid scenery and strange characters to the wonderful melodic wavelengths of the band Animal Collective, revitalizing the lost form of the "visual album."

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Opening with torch-wielding villagers and a wall bleeding oil, this experimental film attaches vivid scenery and strange characters to the wonderful melodic wavelengths of the band Animal Collective, revitalizing the lost form of the "visual album."

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Visceral Experience, not a narrative film.
10 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ODDSAC is truly a one of a kind. It helps the viewer a whole lot with the experience if one is familiar, and actually really likes, the music of Animal Collective pre-'Feels'. If you don't 'get' their music before that then chances are your not going to 'get' ODDSAC. Animal Collective have always been progressive visceral artists. They made music that would strike you emotionally in a very unfamiliar and new way, and they were redefining what a musical experience was for the history books, in my opinion. Not to say that they were the only ones doing this in the early-mid 2000's, but they definitely had something special, almost universal, about them. So go and give 'Here Comes The Indian' and 'Hollinndagain' a shot for an interesting experience.

Critiquing this film as an outsider will, more likely than not, end with a misunderstanding of what Danny Perez & Animal Collective were shooting for. Thus one might criticize the fact that there is no narrative, that it's made up of sections that have nothing to do with each other, and that there are sections that are just unbearably unsettling visually and audibly. Thus one comes out of the film thinking this movie sucked and that those guys had no idea what they were doing, and most importantly that they are bad filmmakers. Well, in the eyes of a film critic, maybe those things are somewhat true.

However, through the eyes of collective artists and art admirers, especially those of the generation to which Animal Collective adheres to, this visceral experience is one that is UNBELIEVABLY SWEET. The music is ridiculously innovative and new...enough said. The production of the music makes for an incredibly interesting sonic experience alone, and the visuals work tremendously with the audio to make for a unique and fruitful experience.

Many will get hung up on the fact that this film is getting so much appreciation, and they just can't understand why. Well, it's all a matter of understanding where these guys are coming from artistically. If one doesn't get ODDSAC, then you probably don't like a lot of things that are tagged 'experimental' or 'weird' or 'visceral' or 'ambient' or whatever. And many will also get hung up on the fact that they feel excluded for not being able to 'get' these sort of things, so they'll talk badly about it. ODDSAC definitely serves its purpose for those that do 'get' it, and for those that do, the experience can be magnificent.

...and no you don't have to do drugs to get it.


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