A Trip to the Moon

A film out of time.

Everyone who was alive when this movie arrived in 1902 has died, and yet it endures to inspire new generations.

Based on several works, including a pair of Jules Verne novels, it was the sensation of its day, laying the groundwork for the next 100+ years of science fiction films.

French filmmaker Georges Méliès, who also plays the main character, was one of the first to employ multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, and dissolves, while using storyboards to plot out scenes.

He walked, so that we could run, and remains one of the true titans of cinema.

 

William Shatner is a Rocket Man

“I think … it’s gonna be … a long … long time.”

Captain Kirk gets down with his bad self as only he can, delivering one of the more unusual performances of an Elton John song you’re likely to ever hear.

Is it good?

Is it bad?

Or does it live somewhere out there in its own blissed-out realm, unable to be touched by our primitive concepts of good and bad?

Yes, to all three questions.

 

Un Chien Andalou

Still disturbing folks after 92 years.

It takes a certain skill to create a film that lingers in the psyche that long, and the oddball tag team of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali were up to the task.

People have been arguing over what, if anything, the film means since its debut decades ago.

Meanwhile, others just glaze over and mumble about eyeballs and ants.

One of the landmarks in film history, both for its content — which surely inspired later masters such as David Lynch — and its technical accomplishments, it remains a must-see for anyone pursuing a love of movies.

 

Butt Boy

You put what, where?

Plumbing the depths, this film dances a tricky tango, one part dark comedy, one part psychological thriller.

We follow an alcoholic, haunted cop — channeling ’70s De Niro and rockin’ a truly-impressive, and very shiny goatee — as he stalks a suburban family man who’s developing a love of putting things up his posterior.

It starts with board game pieces and rapidly advances, with a neighborhood dog vanishing, and then a couple of small children going missing.

Yes … we’re officially headed down Weird Avenue, with a final stop at WTF Junction.

Can’t say you’ve seen this plot before.

Rejected

“I’m feeling fat, and sassy!”

If you’ve seen it, you definitely had a reaction to it.

People with impeccable taste are almost certain to love Don Hertzfeldt’s surreal collection of weird humor and gross-out jokes, which copped an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film back in 2001.

For those who tut-tut and lecture us, “That isn’t funny,” my response is, “Well, at least your face is funny.”

Now, back to big spoons, funny hats, and the immortal last words of an animated legend.

“FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THAT IS HOLY … MY AAAAAANUS IS BLEEEEEEDING!!!”