Watch: Cremaster 2 1999 123movies, Full Movie Online – In the Cremaster cycle, I think the whole starts to tear the further we move away from the feminine absolute. There’s already signs of breakage in just the second entry. This is, I believe, because as a sculptor Barney has natural intuitions about cinematic space, so at its best the work is pregnant with a feel and subdued, but as a guy and thinker – like most of our species – he is a blowhard.So it’s not enough to be quietly effective. He has to think big and show bigger. He has to have cool insights that hint at things of importance.You will need no better clue than the guys he has chosen to surround himself with here, all of them tribal tokens. Dave Lombardo has a drum session, a really cool figure to have in your art film that shows you are not effete. Steve Tucker bellows into a phone. And of course no one cooler than Norman Mailer. Barney himself plays killer Gary Gilmore.But wait, I get that this is meant to be about the onset of male aggression, so the figures have their proper place. Mailer wrote the book and all that. But it has to be Dave Lombardo and not just some drummer, don’t you see? It’s all a matter of association, as well and (skin)deep as choosing to wear a specific band’s t-shirt.So here’s the overall problem with Cremaster; I believe they were conceived in terms of space first, solid sculpted space communicating the air around the matter. He decided for whatever reason to make films around the actual objects, to be sold together, and because a story would be too ordinary, he came up with the testicular concept, as silly as that, for a map and to give him a pattern to sculpt to, ovaries, penises, vaginal tunnels. The copies made would be limited, 10 of each package, so important enough to own, another tribal token of underground music. Later, he could have the chance to explain that all of that also substitutes for the creative process and has personal value (a less precocious insight is that every film reflects its creative mind, down to Bay’s Transformers).So look what happens. The film itself is the air around the things he wants to present and that air, let’s say the breath of the camera as it dissects space, has appealing qualities. It resonates with a female mystery, nearly transcendent, discovered.You should know, however, that when the Buddhist – or any spiritual practice – speaks of transcendence, the word is not vaguely synonymous with any other superlative, the ‘ecstacy’ is always a transcendence of self; a transcendence of who you think you are and what you think you have to say, all of that conscious effort about propping up a self. In practical terms, it means Marienbad. It means The Passenger. So the film works in the way it was put together, in this being sculpted with a camera. But when we reach the stage where the form in front of that camera has to mean something, all of that associative context is bogus. None of it cultivated with deep intuition. Our insight is that the landscape does reflect its creative mind. In our case, all of it is ego satisfied at its own erection. It’s Kubrick with Guggenheim pretensions. It’s Greenaway without the sometimes deep thinker in Greenaway..
Plot: CREMASTER 2 (1999) is rendered as a gothic Western that introduces conflict into the system. On the biological level it corresponds to the phase of fetal development during which sexual division begins. In Matthew Barney’s abstraction of this process, the system resists partition and tries to remain in the state of equilibrium imagined in Cremaster 1 …
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David Lynch + Alejandro Jodorowsky = Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 2
In the second film of the five-part Cremaster cycle (chronologically the fourth made), Matthew Barney indulges his obsession with Gary Gilmore, the murderer who made legal history by insisting that his execution proceed in spite of efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union and others to postpone it, if not rescind it altogether. Does an individual have the right to insist on his own state-sanctioned death?
The film opens with Gilmore’s parents visiting a medium of some sort, segues into a heavy metal/Goth band with lots of bees, moves on to the reenactment of the first of two murders Gilmore committed in Utah (that of gas station attendant Max Jensen; ironically, it was the second murder for which Gilmore was tried, convicted, and executed), and effectively ends with Gilmore’s symbolic execution. Interspersed throughout are scenes involving Harry Houdini (Norman Mailer), from whom Gilmore’s mother claimed descent.
Although Gilmore was intelligent (reputedly with an IQ of 130) and artistically talented, he was also an alcoholic habitual criminal completely lacking in impulse control. Barney himself plays the role of Gilmore (what a surprise!) and the casting of Norman Mailer is inspired. Some may remember that Mailer was instrumental in securing the early release from prison of Jack Henry Abbott who authored “In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison.” Mailer felt such a talented individual should be given special consideration. Shortly after his release, Abbott stabbed a deli worker to death because he had the temerity to tell Abbott he couldn’t use the employees’ bathroom. Thanks, Norman.
With panoramic shots of the Utah salt flats, the western setting is reminiscent of the surreal films of Alejandro Jodorowsky set in Mexico (e.g., “El Topo (1970), “Santa Sangre” (1989)) as well as the latter part of David Lynch’s “Wild at Heart” (1990), and there are hints of David Cronenberg’s influence in the early scene involving Gilmore’s parents. In one scene, the viewer is treated to some fine Texas two-step dancing by a couple who clearly know their way about it, and there is one notable use of theremin and modern synthesizer music that slowly climbs in pitch, reaching a physically uncomfortable sonic range before ascending to the frequencies privy only to dogs and bats. Very artsy and a bit overwrought, Cremaster 2 is the kind of work one expects from Barney. Rating: 6/10.
I only gave this a six, because it was a painful movie to sit through at the time, and I found myself very bored, frustrated, and begging the film to end. But as the film gestates in my mind I’ve been able to select the moments that did stick with me, and so I may see it again if the entire series is ever released on DVD and change my mind about the film. It made an impression, and that’s more than can be said of most movies.
Barney continues his Vaseline-fetish, and I’m not sure what he intends it to represent, if anything, but where in the first “Cremaster” they seemed to exist as molds, the same way the women existed as identical objects from the same mold, here it’s much more sexual in nature: when we see Gilmore smother two balls with Vaseline we can’t take our eyes away; it’s not sexy, but it’s certainly sensual (if a malleable inanimate object can be called sensual). That soulless, cold sex is depicted physically with the robotic sex we see from below, where it looks like bees procreating.
There are a lot of individual moments that don’t seem to have any relation to one another, but stick with you regardless: cowboy line dancing, a woman at a seance who toes a cowbell, Gilmore being sentenced by Mounties to ride a bull, men in a giant boardroom, and the scene with two of the most famous death metal musicians playing incarnations of Johnny Cash. Norman Mailer, too, should be mentioned, as he’s perhaps the most memorable aspect of the entire film. (I haven’t read his “The Executioner’s Song.”) 6/10
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 19 min (79 min)
Director Matthew Barney
Writer Matthew Barney
Actors Norman Mailer, Matthew Barney, Anonymous
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.77 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Video
Cinematographic Process HDTV
Printed Film Format 35 mm