In good ol' fashion Richarn Kern hypnotic style, this piece of trash art features beautiful women messing around with big guns.
It's about time that I review one of my favorite shorts by transgressive filmmaker Richard Kern, even though the review will be kept short. He has done alot of great things, but they're not all great, of course. "X Is Y" isn't perfect, but it has always been a film that stood out in his filmography to me. It's simple but almost it's almost as if it's putting you in a trans.
With pretty much no plot at all, this film could even have worked as a photo. It displays women with automatic rifles while dial tones and the repeatation of the number "6" can be heard in the background. In regular Kern fashion, it's all filmed in dogma style and with crazy editing. However, what I really like about the film is the title, "X Is Y", something that is never explained in the film. It has been discussed before but to me the logical explaination would be that women with guns equal men. Meaning they get the power of men. But of course, this could be complete nonsense and the title might just be a random title. The beginning of the film starts with a girl having spasms on a mattress, and notice that she doesn't have a weapon. Is this another way to show the power weapons give? Or is it just stupid to analyze these films? After all, we are talking about one of the leading directors in the Cinema of Transgression movement. They provoke, irritate, shock, arouse, titillate and disgust, all while keeping you hooked.
The reason why I enjoy watching films of the Cinema of Transgression are pretty much explained above. It's their way to just mess with you. It doesn't matter if their work can be explained or if you will ignore them completely, it's just trash art. It's filthy, but fun. It can be very calming to watch the films of Richard Kern because of the fact that you can watch them no matter which mood you're in. I have found myself putting them on to see the women, but I have also put them on to just watch the ultimate independent experience.
"X Is Y" isn't really one of his best films, but it's a film that has always fascinated me in it's simplicity and therefor has became a favorite. I like the washed out look of the film, the hypnotizing background noises, the pretty ladies with guns, it's just a piece of art. Trashy and naughty art. The simplicity is one of the things that I admire about people like Richard Kern and Usama Alshaibi, some of their films don't need much to come across as powerful, and their work will always inspire me because of it. It's actually quite amazing what the power of simplicity in art can do to me.