Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

What a title, huh? Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same is the story of an alien race that's emotions are literally destroying the ozone of their planet, so they go to earth to get their hearts broken. It is an interesting look at love from the perspective of foreign creatures. Despite all quirks, love is still handled in virtually the same capacity. It has a constant theme of relationships, and not just in a romantic way. The whole film seems to present dating overall as alien, especially how people don't know how to deal with their emotions, but by coming from a lesbian woman's point of view, it dares to try something new and branch out against the norm. Rom Com doesn't have to be isolated to just beautiful 20 something white people with white collar jobs. There are other people in the world. The main draw of the film is the way it is made. It utilizes its low budget like a champ, and is filled with all sorts of charming props, costumes and sets. The directorial style is very much in the vein of Clerks. It has some noticable technical flaws, but it is easily forgivable considering the low budget. It also has a certain surrealistic feel like Living in Oblivion, but comes across like a love letter to Ed Wood like The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, but it has a little more heart. There are two kinds of independent films; There are the standard arthouse films that can be deep and emotionally captivating with powerful imagery and strong metaphors that can be very off putting to the casual viewer, ala David Lynch, or there are films that are just more bold and extravagant with the risks they take that can easily be accessed by the mainstream audience, usually they just fly under the radar, for instance, Take Shelter. This film meets somewhere in the middle. It really feels like a perfect blend of Living in Oblivion, and Ed Wood. It is very much an arthouse film, but it has humor, heart, its a lot of fun, and its a very original story. It may not appeal to everyone, but I say give it a shot, its pretty good, and even though we are all different in how we live and emote, we all love the same way.
       -L.K

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