The Cremaster Cycle films are either your thing, or they're not. If you like lush, shocking, obliquely allegorical art films, none is finer. Matthew Barney's Vaseline sculptures, deep-background testicular structure, and gorgeous image-construction are famous, and justly so. The seven hours, total, of the work are never to be released on DVD, and we think we know why: Some films should never be seen on a small screen. It would be like asking Bette Davis to appear without makeup. It would just be wrong. If art film isn't your thing, however, beware. None of these films will amuse or enlighten you; Oprah would not like them, and they're probably illegal in conservative townships.
July 31-Aug. 8, 2010