Maddin, working with his Forbidden Room collaborators, set himself the challenge to remake Vertigo without using footage from the Hitchcock classic, creating a “parallel-universe version,” in his words.
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3.4 More of an homage to San Francisco than Vertigo, this mash-up of old films & 70's TV shows leans heavily on Karl Malden & Michael Douglas. It's the kind of thing I've gotten used to seeing on YouTube. Lots of great tidbits here from films I love, and a lot of TV clips I don't care for as well. A lot of nostalgia but nothing important, compelling or original (other than a great score performed by Kronos Quartet).
Cinematic essentialism in the same glee-&-mischief filled way as Doggiewoggiez, Poochiewoochiez. But Maddin & Johnsons work like alchemists of tone/feel/ meaning, extracting those things and freeing them from their stultifying trappings! Releasing them back into the great creative pool. A work of democratization! Sans Soleil alongside a 4 minute no-speaking Chuck Norris montage.* 4.25
“The Green Fog” is a genuine Guy Maddin film: it pokes at your saturated subconscious, this sponge full of dreamlike popculture visuals. There’s lots of twisted humour, my favorite - sadly perhaps - being the young Chuck Norris who’s there to personify catatonia. It’s such a brilliantly obvious idea... But it’s also quite repetitive film and feels shallow. So I’m already waiting for the next Maddin film, please.
Metaphysical rhythm that suppose to dance on the screen is distracted by unmerciful slash of editing and disharmonious structure. To me, Maddin's excellence comes from tangible traces of imagery, not from sit-down fat ideas.