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Lost Highway: Explained

Patricia Arquette as Renee in Lost Highway

As the ending credits of Lost Highway swept over the cinema screen, I was left behind in a state of total perplexity.  Instinctively, I knew I had witnessed one of the greatest movies of all time. But for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what I had just been watching for the past two hours. It was the first time a film had ever evoked such a bewildered feeling out of me.  I had to know why.

The dialogs were in English, but the film conventions used were foreign. Subtitles were nonexistent. It was a film that would take many viewings to figure out, though many claimed the film could not be explained. That it was nothing more than one long dream sequence from a twisted brain that made absolutely no sense. I never really believed that. And I’m glad I didn’t.

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Jojo in the Stars

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Pica Towers

In the days before YouTube — when video was still scarcely sprinkled over the internet — a moody website popped up with three short 1 minute animations called Pica Towers. The series was a disturbing glimpse into a distopian world. It focused around the life in a sky scraping tower — somewhere in the middle of a desolate nowhere — inhabited by strange robot like creatures. It is here where we witness some really awful and horrific scenes, yet we never quite make out what’s really going on , or why, if there even is a why.

The shorts were released in the following order:

There will be no comfort. Close the doors!

The success of the series led to a fourth and longer animation in 2004 called “Jojo in the Stars“. Not only do we finally learn more about the tower, it’s also a classic love story where the heart is stronger than struggle and abandon, or good looks for that matter. And before you start thinking: robot like creatures can’t possibly fall in love with each other; In a way, one might consider this the darker version of Pixar’s “WALL-E”.

Pica Towers and Jojo in the Stars were created by Marc Craste from Studio AKA.

The Bloody Olive: A Short Film Noir

Veerle Van Overloop in the short film noir: The Bloody Olive

Shot in black and white, Werner and Mylene are both preparing for a cozy Christmas evening at home. All of a sudden, the festive mood is disturbed by the ringing of the doorbell. An unexpected guest has arrived. Or is he so unexpected?

The Bloody Olive takes the genre of the old film noirs to an absurd new level. In just ten short minutes, we are introduced to a love triangle, betrayal, double crosses, murder, and so many plot twists and turns, it’ll make your head spin. The result is hilarious as you struggle to figure out what could possibly happen next.

It’s a short that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s also not so much a parody in the classical sense, but more of a playful wink to the genre. A well shot film with some great camera angles, wonderful light & shadow play, the story pacing is right and the acting is subliminally brilliant.

My favorite moment: Warner’s expression when he first discovers his wife is still alive.

A Belgian production. Dutch spoken. English subtitles.

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