We had heard through the grapevine that The Perverts Guide to Ideology was a must-see at the Palm Springs International Film festival.  So we sent Chad out to investigate.  Here is what he had to say….

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chad austin, guest blogger for film reviews

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ABOUT CHAD

“Coffee drinking, cat loving, beach born, desert raised, screenwriter.

My muses go by the names of Natalie Noel and Josephine Rose.

My influences come from my friends, family, heartache, life, Jim Morrison, Charlie Kaufman, and most of all Love.

Film is a place to get lost, for an average of two hours nothing matters but what is shining off a bright wall in a dark room.” – C.A.

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The Perverts Guide to Ideology

a film review by Chad Austin

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“In all things that are mysterious—never explain”
– H.P. Lovecraft

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“We are responsible for our dreams” that is the tag line for this 134 minute trip into the mind of the quite remarkable and eccentric Slovenian psychoanalytic philosopher Slavoj Zizek as he analyzes films and dreams to better understand our reality. In a way saying that we mostly refuse to look at the world from any other angle than is fed to us, we tend to enjoy our ideology and not stray.

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     In the beginning as it cuts away from a clip from the 80s John Carpenter film ‘They Live’ only to see Zizek standing in the same location as if on the set not breaking stride in communicating his thoughts and analyzing the ideologies set in ‘They Live’ you might think that’s a pretty clever way to keep it entertaining but as the film hits about the 90 minute mark it starts to feel like a bad joke. The repetition, not necessarily in Zizek’s theories but in Sophie Fiennes’ filmmaking becomes dull and uninspired thus making Zizek’s intellectual analysis of our ideologies feel like something I would rather read and not be distracted by long-winded edits and Gratuitous stock footage. It almost felt as if she had first time filmmaker’s syndrome (even though she isn’t, in fact this is a follow up) the way it seemed like nothing was left on the cutting room floor, it just struck me as odd that at times it could be so erratic and tiresome practically at once.

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    Overall I give this film a rating of somewhere right in the middle, The concept was there and in the grand scheme of things if the execution was on point this could have been a great documentary. No one sets out to make a bad film and in this case I don’t necessarily think it was a BAD film, just a little misguided.

 

  

 – Chad Austin, for The Coachella Valley Art Scene

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The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’s Official Website:

 http://www.thepervertsguide.com/ideology