Film Threat Reviews Jaimz Asmundson’s The Magus

The Magus
By: Jaimz Asmundson

Local filmmaker Jaimz Asmundson’s latest short film The Magus was given a glowing review by Film Threat today. The online magazine’s review for The Magus is basically the stellar opposite of the last review doled out to Asmundson by Film Threat for his previous DVD release: Dirty Undies Vol. 1: The Work of Jaimz Asmundson.

Today’s review is included below, as is the previous Film Threat review, for historical purposes.

“Asmundson’s use of editing as alchemy creates a stylized, hyper-kinetic, cinematic manifestation of the occult experience.”
– Clint Enns, Cineflyer

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From Film Threat
August 29, 2011

Jaimz Asmundson’s The Magus is a high-energy cinematic experience that investigates and illuminates creativity as a spiritual or magical endeavor; one full of angelic beauty, but also overseen and fleshed out by demonic extremes.

Starting out simply enough, a man (C. Graham Asmundson) wakes up and begins going about his normal day-to-day routine. He works a bit on an art canvas, gets himself together and walks out of his home and into society for a short stroll. The mood is quiet and peaceful, until the man finds himslef at his destination and begins to descend deeper and deeper into the Earth via a dark, foreboding tunnel system. From society to the underworld, the man makes his way to a brightly illuminated room consisting of completely barren, though bright white, walls.

What happens next is a ceremony of stripping down to the basic nude form, seemingly offering up the clothes as a form of purity sacrifice for art, as the man sets about painting all four walls while completely nude. The act of creation is furious and explosive and beautiful… until the man whit washes the walls. Of course, sometimes you can’t keep good art down, and the true imagery and power of his paintings remains, and won’t go away easy.

Everything about The Magus succeeds. From the simple opening to the visual and audio feast of the acts of artistic birth, death and stubborn rebirth, the film just pulses with an infectious energy from which you can’t turn away. Just by watching the short, I felt energized and inspired, maybe not to paint in the nude, but to create something. Easily one of my favorite short films of this year.

-Mike Bell

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From Film Threat
October 21, 2008

“Dirty Undies” is a compendium of some of the short work of Winnipeg-based filmmaker Jaimz Asmundson and the quality of the package varies wildly.

Gathering work from the period between 1999 and 2006, the films collected on this dvd serve as a testament to the influence of filmmakers like John Waters, David Lynch and Guy Maddin. Asmundson shows flashes of originality, but to call the films “original” would be to discount (and, in some ways, disrespect) the aforementioned filmmakers.

What follows is a list of the films:

“Checkers” (2005)
Nearly unintelligible pastiche of… I wasn’t actually sure.

“The Science of Eugenics” (2006)
Created for the 2006 Winnipeg 48-hour Film Festival… and it shows.

“Attack of the 50 Ft. Chihuahuas from Outer Space” (1999)
Ostensibly a parody of 1950′s era sci-fi films, the leaden script takes the air out of the charm of the lo-fi effects…

“Liquid Lunch” (2004)
Though it doesn’t break any new narrative ground, this one’s got a lot of DIY spunk that more than makes up for its low production values.

“Blow Me” (2005)
Clocking in at about 20 minutes, this short tests the patience of the viewer. Featuring lots of Waters-style overacting and sprinkled liberally with scenes depicting sexual fetishes, you could find a lot of worse ways to spend your time.

“Carpet Cleaners” (2002)
The best of the bunch. Heavily influenced by the early auteurs of underground cinema (and featuring ample clips from that era), this 16mm film clearly shows potential. It’s a shame that the films that followed never made good on it.

Overall, a very uneven package. Asmundson may have been better served including only 2 or 3 of the best and leaving the rest of the films to play at parties with friends.

I can only imagine what Volume 2 holds in store…

-Brad Wilke

~ by cineflyer on August 29, 2011.

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