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My only problem with WRONG COPS – CHAPTER 1 is that I want more. The 13 minute first installment is just a piece of the 90 minute feature by director Quentin Dupieux, and his release strategy is working. Yesterday, the director also teased a hungry crowd at Cannes Film Festival 2012 with the first chapter of the buzzworthy film.
Dupieux is already well known to the electronic music world under the massively huge moniker Mr. Oizo. He just released a free EP titled Stade 3, and it was pretty good–good enough to forget the possibility that Oizo did anything else with his time. Little did we know, Wrong Cops is Oizo’s third feature length film.
As if my chagrin couldn’t be any higher, I’ve already watched one of Dupieux’s films. It was last summer on Netflix Instant Watch, and it made the kind of quirky impression on me that I so value.
Dupieux’s 2010 film Rubber followed a tire around the American Southwest, and for 85 minutes the tire killed people–often by making their heads explode–just by sitting there and focusing invisible psychic forces on its victims. It was an amazingly strange film. My friend and I appreciated the well executed weirdness, as two bums sitting on a dirty couch during a grimy summer would.
Quentin Dupieux proved with Rubber that he’s an artist who delivers dark humor and awkward stories with a skewed perspective. With that in mind, I’m no longer surprised by how much I enjoyed the first fifteen minutes of Wrong Cops.
The film follows crooked police officer Duke, very believably played by Mark Burnham, as he drives around distributing weed stuffed into dead rats. But Duke has a truer calling. He uses his community influence to teach kids about the best music, and he has a passionate theory about where good music really happens:
“In your guts, in your organs–AFRICA!!!”
Cameos abound in WRONG COPS – CHAPTER 1, and some of them will make you more giddy than others. Dupieux certainly used his unique influence in the music world to create a film that commands a music fan’s attention at all times.
Marilyn Manson plays an unexpected central role in the short and it seems his character will be returning in later chapters. I won’t go into detail about Manson’s character or post screenshots of him from the film, because the humor is in his exposition.
WRONG COPS – CHAPTER 1 is a refreshingly off kilter short with many unexpected turns. The best part? The “chapter” structure promises more of that in the future. I guess Dupieux won me over with his tease strategy. You can’t stay mad at a guy who has a yellow plush as his music video mascot.
Yo, is that Flying Lotus?