The Order (Cremaster 3)

"Bad"

The Order (Cremaster 3) Review


There are plenty of us that just aren't going to get Matthew Barney's video art. Ever.

Ten years in the making, his highfalutin "Cremaster Cycle" consists of five films, in no particular order and with no particular story or even dialogue. The Order, a film excerpted from Cremaster 3 (the inexplicable final installment of the five movies) is no exception, though I'll do my best here.

In this vignette, a man (Barney) in a fluffy pink hat, kilt, and with a bloody napkin in his mouth is tasked (by whom? dunno) with climbing to the top of the Guggenheim museum (by scaling the balusters) for reasons unknown. In his way -- sort of -- are a group of Rockettes, an impromptu concert featuring a kind of punk rock version of "less filling, tastes great," an amputee who turns into a cheetah, and a pile of plastic junk. At the top is a guy flinging liquified Vaseline into a channel which runs down the ramps. When it hits bottom, well, something bad may happen. I guess.

I don't know what to say about Barney's work, except to echo what you must be thinking: It's pretentious nonsense, taken to its embarassing extreme in an attempt to pose as a legitimate movie. I am sure it is possible to explain the film via broad interpretation (it's art, after all, not mere cinema), but try and justify it and you'll simply be engaging in random speculation. There's really nothing here aside from some meticulously crafted visuals designed to horrify and repulse you (though neither of these will occur unless you're a total pansy who finds plastic scary), though they are certainly amusing from time to time. Those Rockettes are pretty talented, and amputees always make for a good film.

On DVD, The Order features a multi-angle reworking of the story into a bunch of mini-films, you know, told from multiple angles. Barney offers a commentary that attempts to lend some sense to this mess but basically sounds like a lot of B.S. Sorry, Matthew.

You get it, right?



Facts and Figures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

The 2012 Canadian comedy Goon was one of those surprising little films that snuck up...

Detroit Movie Review

Detroit Movie Review

After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reteam to...

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back...

American Made Movie Review

American Made Movie Review

An enjoyably freewheeling tone and Tom Cruise's star wattage combine to make this an entertaining...

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

It's been a decade since Al Gore's wake-up-call documentary won the Oscar. And here he...

Advertisement
The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of...

Final Portrait Movie Review

Final Portrait Movie Review

A relaxed, amusing true story about noted Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, this sharply...

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.