Following last month's screening of The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans, Earth's second-best movie blog Ultra Culture went and did it again last week, showing Harmony Korine's mentalistic weirdgasm Trash Humpers to a perplexed but mostly entertained audience at London's ICA cinema.
As with last month, the film was preceded by daft competitions and random prize-giving dependent on where you were sitting, which meant my decision to occupy an aisle seat in case I had to make a sharp exit from a potentially awful film paid off when I won a Buffalo 66 DVD. In a moment of satisfying karma the lady in front of me who stuck her massive head across quarter of the screen for most of the film took home a Demi Moore VHS.
When Korine himself appeared via liveinterwebcamvidlink to introduce the film and shake a doll at the audience I thought the entertainment had peaked, but then an alarmingly posh young man called Charlie Lyons appeared on screen and did this at us:
Two things became clear after watching this:
- "I don't like things which unfold in time" is one of the most baffling things I've ever heard.
Not that you can tell from that murky image. Blame Harmony Korine's video camera.
Often funny, occasionally disturbing but always challenging, Trash Humpers is a refreshing reminder of the power and diversity of cinema. Like having sex with a wheelie bin, you probably won't like it, but if you don't give these things a try you'll never know.
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