Movie Vegetables

Hey party people. This is Joey. 

In an effort to add value to our website and give you reasons to visit it more than every time a premium show is released, I've decided to add the ability to write articles about things if we feel the tingle.  This is mostly spurred by my big stupid mouth mentioning it in episode 31 of LOLJK.

So lets talk about movies.

I'm sure a lot of you know by now that I can become somewhat obsessive when it comes to completing sets or collections. This sickness extends to toys, movies, games, or even experiencing media. If I get in to something, I need all of it or I will die inside. 

Most recently, my brain thing has honed in on the entirety of the DRAFTHOUSE FILMS catalog. Think of it as the more eccentric/eclectic/hipstery version of The Criterion Collection [see CRITERIONAUTS].   They have a very interesting mix of 'films' including: arthouse, documentary, dark drama, comedy or even outsider cinema (like Miami Connection or Dangerous Men, both of which I bought on bluray. With real money. I also have the two posters below.)

This long winded preamble brings us to the latest Drafthouse Films release I watched this week: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's THE TRIBE

I feel like it's not too far off the mark to compare THE TRIBE to one of my favorite dark gritty crime stories: BRICK.  You are thrust into a world of violence and danger complete with it's own language and rules, but with young people.   The Tribe focuses on a boarding school controlled by what is essentially a drug trafficking prostitution mafia ring with it's tendrils digging into the administration. BUT, there's one big catch to all of this.   Everyone in the movie is deaf. 

The story of The Tribe is told exclusively through sign language. Ukranian sign language.  The movie has sound, but no one speaks. In addition to this, in a SUPER ballsy play, the director also cut all subtitles from the movie.

It took me 3 days to get through The Tribe. 

Filmed with amazing steady cam work and excruciatingly long single takes, the actors tell the story with the intensity of their body language, signing and actions.  You as the viewer are left to interpret the plot, the bulk of which comes through remarkably well, as an outsider with a window into a world much much different than your own.  It's completely captivating to watch. I think everyone should see it. I also have no idea if I liked it. 

I know i'm not going to like every movie in the Drafthouse catalogue, and I certainly don't like every movie in The Criterion Collection. I don't even know if I loved The Tribe, but I do enjoy stepping out of of my comfort zone. Brian and I have talked a lot about some of the more torturous Criterionauts experiences, and while we sound miserable, I am legitimately glad I was forced to watch some of those things.  I feel like the 'art' I create is better in the end, though that's probably just the art school brainwashing flooding back from college.

THE TRIBE (2014):

Pros: beautiful. unique. gritty. copious amounts of nudity/violence.

Cons: lots of art going on

Weird choice for a first article I know, but this has been what my mind has been into this week. In addition to trying to finalize our first batch of explosomagico shirts while pumping out new shows, I will continue slowly working in more drafthouse and/or my Arrow video imports and let you know if anything else hits as hard.   Feel free to leave comments below if you've seen the Tribe or have anything else to share on the subject of movie vegetables. 

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- Joey
@jreinisch