This week at IFC News:
The team ‘fesses up with personal picks of cult films, both old and established and new and just cultifying, that we’ve never managed to get.
As fun as cult films are as part of a group, they’re confusing, even frustrating, on the outside looking in. This culture of insiders and outsiders are crucial to cult films, because part of what makes them so appealing within their insular world is the way they’ve been rejected by everyone else. "They don’t get it," the cultist says, "but I do."
When we screened the film at Tribeca, many young women came up to me after the screening and said "I’m never going to sleep the same way again!" And it sounds crazy, but I was really pleased to hear that, because I could tell the film was connecting and making an impact the way I always hoped.
Is this psychology, or something scarier, something cosmic, like "It’s a Wonderful Life" and its psychosis-evoking penultimate act? Is it science fiction? "La Moustache" is all the more chilling because what happens to this couple happens every day â€” every marriage as its seizures of cognitive dissonance, and every middle-ager wakes up one day to a life and self he or she doesn’t recognize. As David Byrne used to holler, my God, what have I done?
And, as always, Christopher Bonet has the round-up of what’s new in theaters.