Saturday, July 30, 2011

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 28: The Most Obscure Film You Have Seen

Day 28: The Most Obscure Film You Have Seen:
I find that once I've seen a film I'd considered obscure, the clouds seem to lift and I begin to stumble across that title everywhere.  Suddenly it appears on all sorts of lists, gets mentioned by a critic, is the pick of the week in some alt city newsrag or issue of Nylon, and so on.  With conditions like these, it becomes hard to tell what's actually obscure.  When Urban Outfitters sold a Ciao! Manhattan t-shirt, for example, does that mean other people have actually seen the film (or realize it's a film), or do they just like the sentiment and the picture of Edie Sedgwick's mug?  Or, if TIFF is running parts of Spirits of the Dead, does that signify it is or is not something people watch?  I've actually seen Matthew Barney's Cremaster 3, but is it knocked out by its inclusion in contemporary art theory textbooks?  Sometimes it seems as though the only truly obscure films are the forgotten pieces of B-movie detritus that never saw a theatrical release.  Thankskilling, for example, might be obscure.  Since a good portion of the readers of this particular site have film blogs of their own, I'm quite sure anything I mention won't be considered truly obscure.  I could say Last of England and suspect that a number of you might respond with "really, Derek Jarman?"  Salo, Sweet Movie, The Color of Pomegranates, The Fireman's Ball?  I honestly don't know anymore, my views are all slanted, when I talk I generally tend to assume people know what I'm talking about instead of the opposite.  So, let's just throw it all away and say that one of the most obscure bits of nonsense I've seen is probably Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam AKA: Turkish Star Wars, so called because it's cobbled together out of stolen footage and music from our Lucasfilm favorites.  This 1982 b-flick is about as dumb as they come, but it has one hell of an epic training montage.  The best thing about it?  You too can view it...right now.

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