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Tobe Romero
PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 7:37 pm  Reply with quote



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http://www.crispinglover.com/whatisit.htm

Have you seen it? Is it available anywhere on DVD?
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Kryten Syxx
PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:20 pm  Reply with quote



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How the hell did a Crispin Glover film get by me?

This man needs more attention.
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Tobe Romero
PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:22 pm  Reply with quote



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Kryten Syxx wrote:
How the hell did a Crispin Glover film get by me?

This man needs more attention.

It was made a couple of years ago. Did you check out the trailer?
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Kryten Syxx
PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:24 pm  Reply with quote



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Been downloading it. My office connection is the slowest T1 I've ever delt with.
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Tobe Romero
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it's supposed to be part of a trilogy, per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispin_Glover

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What Is It?

Glover made his directorial debut with 2005's What Is It?, a strange and surreal art film similar in style to the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky and has been described as "The adventures of a young man whose principle interests are snails, salt, a pipe, and how to get home, and is tormented by a hubristic, racist inner psyche." The movie's budget was a mere $125,000 and took almost a decade to complete, originally intending it to be a short film with shooting beginning in Los Angeles. Most of the primary footage was shot in 12 days, stretched over a two-and-a-half year period. From the late-1990s in to the early 2000's, he toured with prints of the film, showing parts of it before it was completed, along with various slides and read excerpts from his works. Production was mostly funded by the actor's roles in Willard and the Charlie's Angels films.

The film boasts an eclectic and unusual cast. Porn stars Kiva, Muffy and Karin Odell appear naked with animal heads. Most of the principal actors are young and have Down syndrome. Fairuza Balk lends her voice to a real snail, and Glover's role in the film is officially described as "Dueling Demi-God Auteur and The young man's inner psyche.". It features swastikas, Shirley Temple in the nude, songs by cult-leader Charles Manson and deals with many types and symbols of racism and prejudice. He defended his choices of imagery in a 2005 interview: "It's really a film to help start these kinds of discussions. Why are these things taboo, and what does that mean for the culture itself? A culture will die a death of stupidity if it doesn't have different points of view." [2] Glover made clear when touring with the film that he had no plans to sell it to a major studio nor release it for home viewing. He also revealed his plans on releasing it as part of a trilogy at some point in the future by including the titles of the next two films in the credits for What Is It?.

It is Fine. Everything is Fine!

The second film, It is Fine. Everything is Fine! has already wrapped on production and is now assumed to be in the editing phase. The film was written by Utah writer-actor Steven C. Stewart, who also appears in What Is It? and It is Fine. He died of complications from cerebral palsy in 2001, only one month after principal filming wrapped. Glover said in an online chat that "it's an autobiographical, psycho-sexual, fantastical retelling of [Stewart's] point-of-view of life." It is Fine. Everything is Fine! was shot entirely at David Brother's sound stage in Salt Lake City, Utah. Glover has stated that it is "probably the best film I'll ever work on in my entire career." [3] No release date has yet been declared for It is Fine.

It is Mine

It is Mine, the final film of the trilogy, is an original screenplay written by Ryan Page, Mike Pallagi, and Glover. Glover has stated that Stewart "wanted to show that handicapped people are human, sexual [and] horrible, and It Is Mine will be much more sexual than the other two."
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Kryten Syxx
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Wow...just wow. I am not even sure what to make of it from the trailer. At first I thought it was going to be similar to Ed Wood's later skin flix, but that certainly didn't seem to be the case by the end of the preview.
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Tobe Romero
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Kryten Syxx wrote:
Wow...just wow. I am not even sure what to make of it from the trailer. At first I thought it was going to be similar to Ed Wood's later skin flix, but that certainly didn't seem to be the case by the end of the preview.


yeah, it's "out there" Very Happy
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The Woman In Black
PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:44 pm  Reply with quote
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I remember seeing an interview with Glover when this came out -- but can't for the life of me recall what show it was on. Maybe The Daily Show? Anyway, it looked a little too bizarre even for me. Surely it's available somewhere on DVD?
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Tobe Romero
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The Woman In Black wrote:
Surely it's available somewhere on DVD?


That's what I am hoping.
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Kryten Syxx
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=NloYrP-SLBA

Not the interview you're thinking of Deb but it is still interesting.
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ajburton29
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May 5th Crispin was in Milwaukee at a small theater to show his movie "What is It ?"
While it was cool to meet him and talk to him, his movie was 70 minutes of What the Fuck is Going On?
It was one of those art house movies that had no plot and made absolutely no sense to me at all.
His entire cast, with the exception of him and another guy, had Down Syndrome. For real. Not normal people acting like they had it. These actors had Down Syndrome.
And every Down Syndrome actor mumbled the dialogue so it was almost impossible to understand what was being said.
I asked Crispin if his actors improvised the dialogue or did they memorize a script. He said, both.
Another character was a completely naked 60 year old man with cerebral palsy lying down in a giant clam shell getting masturbated by a naked woman wearing a monkey mask while Crispin sits on a throne and watches them for ten minutes while country music plays. WTF?
And there were countless scenes of snails getting killed. Thrown against glass, cut up with a razor blade, being drowned in a pile of salt. Over and over again for the whole movie. I didn't get it.
And there was a semi-sex scene with two Down Syndrome people where the guy fingerbangs the girl in a graveyard. I've never seen that before.
This movie was Part 1 of a trilogy.
Crispin had a Q & A after the movie. I asked three questions. If I had asked a fourth it would have been, "What the fuck was that all about?"
And after the movie, he was out in the lobby to talk and to autograph whatever.
He was selling books and posters at outrageous prices. His poster went for $25. Books went for $30. Another pocket sized book with photos and writings was selling for $75! And a cd for $15.
I was wearing a Jason hockey mask t-shirt, and he saw it early on so he knew what I was wanting to talk about. Friday the 13th Part 4.
I kept it short. It was around 2:15 am when I talked to him. His voice was very weak and he sounded like he had larengitis or something.
I just said I enjoyed the movie and that I was a huge F13th fan and loved his performance in Part 4 and that it was fun to get to meet him.
I asked about his 'Crispin's Big Slide Show', which accompanies the movie in the early evening shows but not at the midnight shows. I went to the midnight show.
He told me about it and how it is supposed to set up the movie. It must be good, because the ticket prices for the early evening shows are $17 and the midnight shows are $10.
He showed his film for two nights. That movie was so incomprehensible that I don't know if the slide show could ever explain anything.
Also, he said it took him over 9 years to make the film.
I have no idea how that could be.
He was very cool in person. He stayed until after 2am to talk to everyone who wanted to talk. It was great to meet him and I'm glad he came here to show his movie.
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