What movie was that...?

25 August 2010

The Natural History of the Chicken

directed by Mark Lewis

Anyone reading this needs to get their asses to a TV pronto and feast your eyes on the Mark Lewis oddity that is The Natural History of the Chicken. Surprisingly beautiful from a compositional standpoint, Lewis treats his material with almost too much reverence, creating a Lynchian portrait of strange Americana that mesmerizes and confounds. From the headless chicken to the man citing The Art of War in reference to his neighbor's noisy roosters, the doc overflows with oddball characters who seem like something out of Blue Velvet or a John Waters film. I really don't know what to make of it, but I cannot look away. And just when I think it's as ridiculous as it's gonna get, a chicken with a diaper shows up. Wow. This is America at its, well, at its something. Thank you, Detroit Public Television. Please, never stop surprising me with gems like this. Check it out.

I'll do you one better, friends. I give you (drum roll) The Natural History of the Chicken:
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

You're welcome.

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