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The two films I ended up being most excited
for, among the amazing line up at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival,
were both made by Winnipeg collective Astron 6: FATHER’S DAY and MANBORG. With all due respect to the rest of the pack,
festival director Adam Lopez appears to have done a stellar job once again in
curating the 6th annual showcase, but those were the two that really spoke to
decided to dig into the team behind the two flicks, and the result has been so
far, about twenty minutes of YouTube video retro-future madness so compelling I
can’t help but think I’ve seen something important. The imagery is both so
utterly familiar and yet so brilliantly novel that it feels like a horde of angry
dwarves pounding on some dank, primal Ur-geek pleasure button somewhere in your
reptilian forebrain. You are mesmerized.
like a window into the coma dreams of a 12 year old boy, circa 1989.
It’s rare you watch something new to you and
immediately get that rush that comes with realizing you are watching the development
of the future language of pop culture. The first time you see All Your Base Are
Belong to Us or Star Wars Kid or a Kurosawa movie, and realize you are seeing
something that will inform everything that follows. That’s what my first look
at the work of Astron 6 was like.
Astron 6 may never be a household name but
their style will get bitten off by imitators in the popular sphere for the next
So go ahead, don’t buy their DVD collection. Be bewildered by everything over the next five years of cool.
Until then, I leave you with their 2007 bit
of inspired lunacy, LAZER GHOSTS 2: RETURN TO LASER COVE.
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