I do not do drugs. I would like to make that clear up front. In fact, I have never done hallucinogenic drugs of any kindâ€”ever. My lack of experience in that particular area gives me no foresight into what a typical trip might constitute.
Jimmy Joe Rocheâ€™s acid-psychedelic video editing, however, gives one the impression of a fairly intense acid trip. Add to that the hip retro-electronic hype surrounding Dan Deacon, slap on a pair of video goggles so all you see is this film, and youâ€™ll be immersed into your own private dream reality.
The fascination on the film resides with Arnold Schwarzenegger flicksâ€”ranging from He Man to Kindergarden Cop to that one where heâ€™s a pregnant man with Danny DeVito, to the infamous Terminator series. Roche mixes and mashes them all into one visually stimulating kaleidoscope of flashy colors and slow-mo close up face shots exposing oft humorous expressions.
This ride is not for the faint. Or those susceptible to seizureâ€”the disclaimer on front clearly states that anyone prone to that medical misfortune must show the video to their doctor before viewing. My final question is: What doctor, in their right mind, would watch this? And if such a doctor exists, can they be my doctor?
This review was originally published March 12, 2008 on the old version of FensePost.
Carpark Records [DVD, 2008]
NOTE: The above warning applies for the following video. Epileptics beware.