MAD GOD

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aka stop-motion animation genius Phil Tippett's thirty-three year running passion project that finally got a formal release this year. Streaming in the US on Shudder but I highly recommend catching a full screening of it if you're lucky enough (and think your risk re COVID is currently manageable, obv, which isn't the case for everyone). Simultaneously an absolute triumph of the medium and something that will not be for everyone; calling it grotesque at many points understates. But man, talk about a long payoff for all that work.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 3 July 2022 15:55 (one month ago) link

this movie looks soooooo cool

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 July 2022 17:24 (one month ago) link

It's so amazing. I saw it on a full screen last week and that's definitely the way to do it. Great music too.

The strange floating creature in the second half is the coolest thing ever.

jmm, Sunday, 3 July 2022 18:25 (one month ago) link

saw this at the chicago international film festival back in october. definitely visually stunning but also obviously more a hodge-podge of cool shit than a coherent narrative. sometimes it feels like these guys who make obsessive homemade animated movies are overly defensive about working in what has been seen as a kids medium and so they go overboard into being DARK and GROSS. that being said MAD GOD is an amazing movie title.

na (NA), Tuesday, 5 July 2022 13:54 (one month ago) link

I guess the grotesqueness didn't feel overboard to me. Stop-motion is the perfect medium for messy, squelchy stuff, and it's well-balanced with drifty atmospheric parts.

Some parts - like the tank battle - also v much appealed to the old Warhammer 40k fan in me (I was always vastly more into the miniatures, environments, and lore than actually playing the game.)

jmm, Tuesday, 5 July 2022 14:40 (one month ago) link

Ha I was getting some definite Warhammer vibes in general, hardly a direct equivalence but more like the general atmosphere and social dynamics as such (as much as they're even clear).

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 5 July 2022 14:43 (one month ago) link


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