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Spectres of the Spectrum back to product details

Cool media barrage
written by GGoodsell March 19, 2005 - 4:16 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Militant film editor Craig Baldwin pillages countless science-fiction films from the Fifties and Sixties, old education film strips and other cinematic detritus, tosses it all into a blender whereupon a most heady movie cocktail emerges. The "story" is slight, if at all. A father and daughter plan to foil a multinational conspiracy by flying back in time to catch the family?s mother on a "transcendentally banal" TV science show. In the meantime, countless wacky theories accompanied by outdated, futuristic vistas wash over the viewer. Movie geeks will jump up and down and point at the screen as almost subliminal clips of obscure, schlock movies fly by ... "PROJECT X , 1968, directed by William Castle!" SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM is the penultimate party movie for pop culture overdose victims.

Brilliant collage barrage
written by tboot November 21, 2003 - 5:29 PM PST
12 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Collage master Craig Baldwin, in his own words, "surfs the wave of obsolescence," appropriating footage from old TV shows, banal industrials, Japanese monster movies, school science films and anything else that serves his subversive purpose. From these thousands of snippets, along with footage he filmed himself as a connecting thread, he has constructed a furiously engaging, end-of-the-millennium science fiction satire. Set in a ravaged near-future, it depicts a battle between the New Electromagnetic Order (NEO), an enormous cartel of corporations bent on controlling the entire electromagnetic spectrum for it's own commercial, mind-controlling ends, and an underground cabal of rebels and hackers dedicated to taking back the spectrum. The movie plunges through the entire history of electromagnetic technology, from Benjamin Franklin hacking the ionosphere to the ever-accelerating Internet, giving it all an exhilarating, hilarious, devastating spin. There are more ideas-per-second here than you can possibly process in one sitting, surpassing even Baldwin's earlier masterpieces "Tribulation 99" and "Sonic Outlaws." The miracle of the Baldwin's barrage technique is that it works in so many different ways, as sculpture, as political critique, as history, as mysticism, and much more. In a better world, this is what they'd be showing in junior high school science class.


(Average 6.18)
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