The Holy Mountain Remake

I’ve never seen The Holy Mountain, the 1973 Mexican film. I’ve also never been to one of the movies from Regina Public Library Film Theatre’s Art-Rated Films series, since tonight, Wednesday, September 4 is the first one, I think.T heir calendar says the series will feature

Dunlop-exhibiting artists and curators introduce a film of their choosing. These films provide idiosyncratic insights into Dunlop exhibitions and artist practices, underscoring the critical relationship between the moving image and visual art.

So yeah, I don’t have a lot to tell you about all that. But! I have watched DoggieWoggiez! PoochieWoochiez!, the self-described Holy Mountain remake from Everything Is Terrible!

Previously, the mad VHS hounds made two movies: Everything Is Terrible: The Movie and 2 Everything 2 Terrible. Both dug deep into their found footage archives to mix thematically linked clips with funny, interesting and upsetting results.

DoggieWoggiez continues in that tradition. They gathered movies, T.V. shows, ads and more, all featuring dogs. Talking dogs, dogs dying, supernatural dogs and all regular dog stuff, too. The one place where DoggieWoggiez doesn’t live up to the EiT name might be in the depth of its resources. They still dig up some amazing stuff, but they also pull a little too often from some broad sources like the Buddies series. (Snow Buddies, Santa Buddies, et al.) They’ve done great things with recognizable movies in the past — I keep going back to their two-minute Boat Trip — but pulling more from the obscure material in a movie like this would’ve helped.

So — if The Holy Mountain, tonight at 9 p.m. at the RPL Film Theatre, is anything like DoggieWoggiez! PoochieWoochiez!, watch out for the bit where all the dogs are jumping through windows. That’s rough.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

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