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Unseen Forces (2004)

Unseen Forces (2004) is a hilarious sequence of vignettes from the history of science to Sagan's music. Sidestepping any expectations of high falutin' experimental art video in favor of ... See full summary »


Ryan Junell


Ryan Junell


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Credited cast:
Wobbly Wobbly ... Dr. Carl Sagan
Blevin Blectum Blevin Blectum ... Dr. Marie Curie
M.C. Schmidt M.C. Schmidt ... Empedocles
Drew Daniel Drew Daniel ... Pausanias
David Cerf David Cerf ... Johannes Kepler
Ryan Junell Ryan Junell ... Tycho Brahe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erin Bradley Erin Bradley ... Inspired Show Goer
Lance Grabmiller Lance Grabmiller ... Show Goer #1
Angie Hile Angie Hile ... Show Goer #2
Lesser J. Lesser J. ... Dr. Pierre Curie
Brian L. Perkins Brian L. Perkins ... Dismayed Show Goer


Unseen Forces (2004) is a hilarious sequence of vignettes from the history of science to Sagan's music. Sidestepping any expectations of high falutin' experimental art video in favor of slapstick narrative, these wryly subtitled re-enactments of important historical breakthroughs come off as a weird hybrid of Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" and Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains the Same". Commencing with a turtlenecked Carl Sagan lookalike invoking the sun, Junell's film proceeds to romp anachronistically across history in a playful homage to "Cosmos": The Big Bang is restaged by a flashlight-wielding modern dance troupe (played by real life astronomy buffs recruited online), whose cosmic choreography goes largely unnoticed by their glib, uncomprehending audience. The Greek Rationalist discovery that air is a substance is refigured as a gay pick up technique in an ice cream parlour, with Matmos' M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel playing Empedocles and Pausanias. In the final ... Written by Anonymous

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science | cosmos | reason | logic | See All (4) »


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Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The short film was initially released on DVD along with a CD of the same name on the Matmos-owned label Vague Terrain. See more »

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well-shot, funny, weird, cool, great to show at parties
20 January 2005 | by tbroom9See all my reviews

Personally, I like a music movie that *isn't* non-narrative, has clean, crisp cinematography, and employs world-renowned electronic music weirdo musicians (Matmos, Lesser, Bevin Kelley from Blectum from Blechdom, etc.) pretending to be world-renowned historical figures (Marie and Pierre Curie, Carl Sagan, Tycho Brahe, etc.) having chatty, sassy debates (in subtitles with curse words and everything) about the nature of things, dangerous experiments, and intellectual property theft. All the while the renowned ones' very awesome weirdo electronic music plays, and the scenes run along in perfectly synchronized fits and starts, edited in time with said music. But that's just what *I* like. Maybe you don't like laughing and having your brain enlarged at the same time. I don't know. That's really up to you, ultimately. But I can say that my brain is bigger now that I've seen Unseen Forces. Testify!

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