Labrecque Art and Film // 2012 // 61 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Jason Panella // January 10th, 2013
"Some of them even high-fived my brain. That was intense." -- Blazing Star Faery
Do you like your spoken word poetry in the metaphysical new age sci-fi form? Do Z-grade film software effects and no-budget aesthetics have no negative effect on your desire to hear spoken word about the fourth dimension? Do you want to hang out with the Blue Collar Buddha and watch a shirtless guy scream things in Hindi? Does getting a brain high five from the Blazing Star Faery sound amazing? If you can respond "yes" without irony to any of these, there's some chance you'll dig Your Words Are Like Swords.
Your Words Are Like Swords is a no-budget self-released short film from self-taught Seattle filmmaker Brian Labrecque (Far Too Gone). Clocking in at 60 minutes, the film eschews any clear narrative and spends the time hanging out with a bunch of funky new age characters like the Garden Nymph (Chastity Marrett) and the Inner Eye Spy (Molly Sharpe). The actors over-enunciate a lot of spacey spoken words in front of wrinkled backdrops, their bits of poetry broken up by what looks like screensavers borrowed from Windows 3.1. Scenes are heavily pixelated and either over-lit or under-lit, and many of the spoken word portions sound like they were recorded in a dumpster.
It's an intriguing idea, and there's honestly some creative stuff here, although some of the spoken word sections could be framed better. In the end, Your Words Are Like Swords comes off like a home movie intended solely for a small circle of friends...which, in a way, it is.
You get to chose from the "heavy" or "surreal" version of Your Words Are Like Swords, both of which are on this DVD-R. The only difference is the music used between segments; the heavy version lets you hear some melodic '80s metal from Twisted Roots, and the surreal version has some ambient drones courtesy of Creative Commons licensing. The stereo audio track handles the music as well as could be expected, though some of the spoken word parts are incredibly difficult to understand (no subtitles either, whee!) -- and, unless my third eye deceives me, there are no extras.
Sorry, my verdict got muffled by poor sound recording.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Labrecque Art and Film
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 61 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Official Site