A modern prophet’s visions of mythical destruction and transformation are recounted across a turbulent geometric ceremony of rising curtains, swirling setpieces, and unveiled idols from music television’s past.
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I knew if I kept watching these crappy experimental films that I would eventually find one that I liked.
It was this one.
Filled with arresting visuals, this actually has a voiceover audio clip that plays and gives the piece an actual narrative. Such a welcome relief.
Now THIS was worth the time.
Though the theme of the film is not difficult to decipher, the exact meaning and drive behind the creation of the film is unclear. I did not find the narration to add to the film and came off as disingenuous. Mad Ladders is not the technicolor dream that it set out to me. It has the parts there, but the director did not get all of the pieces together to be quite right.
MTV and the Rapture and American myth-making. All to a chiptuned version of Tori Amos' Crucify. Interesting because of how weirdly familiar this intersection of narratives feels; we really were steeped in some strange cultural shit...
To me this felt fairly directionless and self indulgent. Some really great flashy visuals and music, but nothing else really holding it up. The narrator's story wasn't strong enough of an idea to support or even supplement the film.
At first the clouds and woman-talking-nonsense combination was letting me down, but then – WOOO I loved this fucked-up trip. Visuals are great, sounds are great – and the editing is even better. So rhythmic and smooth, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. I think I'm gonna rewatch this a few times before it expires.
The narrative of this film was very interesting was actually something that kept my attention throughout. The cinematography and the visuals of this film were off and on. Some places they made perfect sense, others, in my opinion, were a bit misplaced. The audio for the film was also a very good match and did well with setting a Sci-Fi/creepy tone. This an interesting short film to say the least.