November 7, 2008
Otto, or, Up with Dead People."One of the more disciplined entries in the [Bruce] LaBruce oeuvre, [Otto, or, Up with Dead People] is sexy and silly in just the right proportions, a cult item with a real heart - albeit one that tends to get torn from the rib cage and munched on by naked men conversant in the philosophy of Herbert Marcuse," writes Nathan Lee in the New York Times. And he comments further at WNYC. For Aaron Hillis, writing in the Voice, this gay zombie movie is "an explicit blend of blood and blowjobs that might've seemed more acidic two decades ago at the start of his no-budget career - or maybe Nick Zedd's." "Otto is garlanded with as much sex, blood, leftist dogma and real-life porn stars (the Teutonically ravishing Marcel Schlutt, in fine fettle) as you'd expect from the filmmaker whose last movie, The Raspberry Reich, spawned the immortal catchphrase 'the revolution is my boyfriend,'" writes Eric Henderson in Slant. "But despite the fact that the main character is a twink zombie who eats roadkill and cock in about equal measure, LaBruce's empathetic twist is that gay sex does not in itself imply a political statement, at least not so far as Otto is concerned." "The wit, smarts, cinephilic references and hot man-on-man action that made 1995's Super 8½ (LaBruce's best film) and 2004's The Raspberry Reich (his last feature) exemplars of punk-porn polemics are only intermittently evident here," finds Melissa Anderson in Time Out New York. "Otto is plenty uneven, but considering the material it's also consistently fresh and inspired," writes Benjamin Strong in the L Magazine. Peter Knegt profiles LaBruce for indieWIRE. Earlier: Reviews from Sundance.
Posted by dwhudson at November 7, 2008 9:47 AM