Directed by Steve
Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, KUSO is a shifting series of vignettes tangled in the aftermath of Los Angeles's worst earthquake nightmare. Travel between screens and aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived. Blending nightmarish visions, animation and a shocking image of a distorted America, this is the daring debut and Sundance sensation from director Steve, aka renowned musician Flying Lotus. Delirious, provocative and darkly hilarious, KUSO is as verbose with macabre, music, melancholy and unimaginable imagery. You won't believe your eyes, or your mind. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
Renowned musician Flying Lotus' wild debut feature broadcasts the twisted lives of earthquake survivors in a surreal Los Angeles.
Cast: Hannibal Buress, George Clinton, David Firth, Tim Heidecker, Anders Holm
The strangest thing about this movie for me - being a huge fan of FlyLo, George Clinton, Hannibal Buress, Tim Heidecker, etc. - was how much it didn't do for me! I love gross-out stuff, but I think an important part of an effective gross-out is when there's a proper buildup, a tension & release, or at the very least a reason within the plot for the gross-out to occur. I also love surrealistic, psychedelic stuff - but those things are often best when it feels like some kind of wild metaphysical journey. I'd say on that scale, this is quite a few clicks more disjointed than The Holy Mountain - there's less to latch onto, but because of pacing, the stuff you can latch onto catches you snoozing. The pacing on this thing, for as randomly as it wants to present itself, creeps like cold molasses - reminiscent of some of David Lynch's worst moments. All that being said, sometimes with movies, as with drugs, or kinks, it's all about your mindset and the setting in which you partake. I watched this alone, stone sober, and with a distinct lack of sentient roaches in my butt. I think this might be a good one for you and your knucklehead buddies to get blitzed and enjoy, without thinking about it too much.
Best part is the slam poetry after the credits.
To the people that bash this movie for its grotesque and unpleasant nature: you're the reason this movie was made. Its unapologetically a horror film designed to take you out of your comfort zones, if you were offended by Kuso i just got one thing to say pal, you're ridiculously boring.
You know, it's frustrating enough to see how many cool ideas in Hollywood end up in limbo and never get made, it's need a lot worse when you see movies like this that to get greenlit somehow. Someone really needs to teach some directors that gross Plus weird does not automatically equal good. Would give zero if that was an option
Mr. Quiggle... :D