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This film is a wonderful journey through the creative process of an artist "birthing" their first big project. It _is_ all about putting out the vibrations into the world. With impressive visuals, great comedic writing, and superb acting, the film will dazzle and amuse while taking the viewer on the protagonists' journeys. No sentimentality here - the story is both merciful and merciless in its critique of the modern relationship between creator and consumer of art. Strongly recommended.
I LOVED this film!!!...Cerebral, poignant,smart and funny...it'll make you laugh and cry ...the visuals are like nothing one's ever seen ,but the plight of the artist is all too real...great characters and acting...each one invokes a strong emotional response...enjoy the ride!!!
This film is awesome! Unlike anything you've ever seen. This writer/director is going places. Funny, smart, great characters, great acting!
I am truly impressed by the great work done by William Cusick and his team in making the film "Pop Meets the Void" It is not often that I watch movies with such painterly quality, and an odd feeling to it. As an artist, I totally related to the story. This is such a nice break from commercial movies. You can feel how each scene was thoughtfully done. I highly recommend it.
First of all, I completely relate to this film. Cusick has somehow stolen how I feel and presented it back to me in a fever dream. His work is always visually mesmerizing. No surprise there. See everything he makes. And I'm also a fan of actor, Nick Bixby, so that's yet another plus. But really, it's the story of the artist as species and I love the way this film tells it.
Such a beautiful and powerful film!! I absolutely loved it. I highly recommend Pop Meets the Void for artists and non-artists; anyone who is searching for something in life; and/or anyone who is just interested in seeing something new, unusual and really beautiful (and funny!).
This film does an amazing job in playing with visual imagery, and in moving between moments of unbridled optimism and moments of self-directed disappointment. The soundtrack is also excellent, and it enhances those feelings, making it clear just how fragile success is. All told, the film captures what it feels like to experience an ongoing struggle between your creative drives and the recognition that most people couldn't care less about your drives. Sometimes you're at the top of your game, but no one else cares. Sometimes you're hitting rock bottom, but the people around you think that you're a locus of creative energy. Sometimes you feel like a fraud, and everyone else sees you that way too. And sometimes, there's a slim chance that things will work out in the end. Pop Meets The Void doesn't tell you how to feel about the chance that things will work out, but it does make it clear that most of us are just staring into the abyss, while the abyss just stares back at us. So if you want to think about what it means to create something new in a world that's saturated with stuff, and overflowing with anxiety, watch this film!
I think the most impressive thing about this film isn't the dazzling visuals or even the deep exploration of art in modern times (the artist and the audience, the artist and fame (vs. "authenticity"), etc), but rather that it has a ton of heart. This is a very funny film in a dead-pan ironic way that employs many tricks from improv comedy. Speaking personally, I can't stand that genre of comedy. Too schmaltzy. I want my irony with some bite and dirt to it. So, given my tastes, I'm always impressed when something that isn't "in line" with them makes ME bend to IT. This film made me think, laugh, ooh and ahh at all the crazy beautiful effects, and, most of all, FEEL. It also has an unflinching dark side. It pulls no punches about the hopelessness of "pissing into the void" (ie, "trying to make it as an artist") and the fact that if a musician records an EP on a laptop in their bedroom and releases it into the internet it doesn't make a sound (to paraphrase). These are caricatures, of course (there are 'serious' artists whose sense of self-worth isn't tied to fame or even their identity as an 'artist'), but, like all good satire, the hyperbole serves to throw very real aspects of society into stark relief, exposing what many people think but fewer say. On a rhetorical level, that is, the film does great work, without being heavy handed. It twists its Brechtian knife into you while you're giggling at the slap-stick and hypnotized by the kaleidoscopic visuals. If you can walk away from it and still strum a chord or write a poem you'll be a stronger person for it. As a work of art, it's well-structured, harmonious, moving in a nice clear narrative arc even as it slips back and forth between its various threads. Which is another aspect I liked: You never "figure out" if the musician who stuck to his guns is dreaming the one who ended up with the office job and where the "one who made it" or the one who's going crazy in his room all fit in. Again, this is impressive because the film does "move forward," but at the same time we're allowed to speculate upon which Russian doll is nestled in which. My interpretation, they're all layers of the same onion. The artist who gives up is condemned to dream the one who stuck with it, and vice versa, on up to fame and down the ladder to the solitary confinement of the "true, dedicated artist." No matter what choice you make, you're condemned to be free, indeed... William and Tara, hats off!
What a find! I love music films and this is a truly unique take on the artistic experience. Beautiful visuals and a funny, entertaining story.
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