Soft Matter Is Fun, Wicked And Disgustingly Beautiful
Soft Matter. Film Details.
Director: Jim Hickcox
Writer: Jim Hickcox
Release Date: March 22nd, 2018
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 72 min
Two graffiti artists break into an abandoned, reportedly haunted research facility in hopes of creating an art installation, but stumble upon a secret team of demented researchers who are in the process of resurrecting an ancient sea creature – who they now must fight in order to escape alive.
From the Press Release:
Jim Hickcox’s feature debut tells of two graffiti artists that break into an abandoned, reportedly haunted research facility in hopes of creating an art installation, but stumble upon a team of demented researchers who are in the process of resurrecting an ancient sea creature – who they now must fight in order to not become their next experiment.
Ruby Lee Dove II, Hal Schneider, and Mary Anzalone star in a “fiercely original and incredibly entertaining masterpiece” (A Word of Dreams) out May 22.
Soft Matter is a horror/sci-fi comedy written and directed by Jim Hickcox. Soft Matter is not a movie to take seriously and if you’re an artist or someone with a sensibility towards the arts, you should definitely watch it. It’s wicked and brand-new original.
Ruby Lee Dove II as Kish
Hal Schneider as Grist
Mary Anzalone as Kriegspiel
Devyn Placide as Haircut
Mark Blumberg as Randolf
Catherine Grady as Miss Death
David Dillard as Dr. Hatch
Sam Stinson as Sea-god
Mykal Monroe as Sea-god (voice)
Bradley Creel as Mister Sacks
Ruby Epkins as Ms. Headacher
I loved Soft Matter. I mean, it includes all the ingredients… Even when I watched the trailer, I realized how much I would enjoy watching this flick. Something needs to be precise nevertheless, Soft Matter isn’t for everyone. It is targeted to artistic audiences and fun, open-minded viewers who don’t resent to have some delirious storyline and be bewildered with visuals, electro soundtrack and revolting creatures flying around in a hospice. If you’re sympathetic with all of these elements, you will enjoy Soft Matter as it is.
The cinematography is electric with a foggy filter which drives the movie to come out as dreamy. The set pieces are uniquely structured with the outdoors where Kish and Haircut tag their graffiti and the indoors in a ghastly white and sober hospice which harmonizes beautifully with the state of mind of the doctors and their failing and constant idea to achieve art or be as solid as the artists.
The actors do seem to have fun and enjoy themselves in these characters and their performances are overall satisfactory.
The soundtrack is remarkable. I love electro soundtrack associated with an 80’s atmosphere and VHS galore. The opening credits left me speechless, it has been a while since I had the freedom to review such an imaginative action. From the visual aspects, music and story arcs, Soft Matter is a celebration.
After watching the movie, I went online to explore more about Jim Hickcox and his history. Soft Matter smells low budget but delivers so much power and artistic passion that it inspires you. It motivated me. To my surprise, Hickcox has at least 32 jobs as a cinematographer and camera operator and he not merely wrote and directed but produced and scored Soft Matter. That is engagement and yet not related at all, he reminded me of myself and the struggles of writing and directing shorts by myself. As I stated before, Hickcox now inspired me to write and direct a feature. It just demands to come out as it is. I’m not selling myself in this review, I’m just sharing my story with the readers and if you’re a new artist out there, you should check out Soft Matter and I’m counting that it will motivate you to do the same. Thank you, Hickcox. You’re the master.
I’m seeking for a negative facet of Soft Matter and, well, I did find one… its running time. Too brief for such a batshit crazy ride thrown at the screen.
Soft Matter delivers amazing visuals and music, weird monsters, monsters who dance and fart, mad doctors who create a sea-god, a sea-god with a female voice, an animated third act fight sequence, a graffiti female artist with a painted moustache and two creepy art lovers who suggest to be into some weird gallery openings… If this doesn’t sell Hickcox’s movie to at least offer it a look, it should. Soft Matter is on VOD in May 22nd. Remember the date.