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Hello and welcome to rotted reviews- and today I want to talk about a movie that I watched just last night, the new film from writer director team, Justin, Benson and Aaron Moorhead, something in the dirt.
The team behind the cosmic horror, film's resolution, the endless uh synchronic and spring are back at it with a little bit more of a toned down.
Smaller production fare, so I kind of want to talk about this movie a little bit more in depth than just a standard spoiler for review, so I'm going to start out as a spoiler free review and then I'm going to transition over into more of a spoilery discussion.
Talking about the ending of it and my interpretation of a lot of what was going on in this film and the spoiler-free synopsis of this film are two gentlemen John and Levi played by Justin, Benson and Aaron Moorhead meet up together when Levi moves into an apartment, building in Los Angeles and shortly after their introduction to one another and after moving some furniture into Levi's apartment, they find some odd phenomenon happening and they decide that it's a ghost or something.
But whatever it is, it's unexplainable, so they should try to explain it in the form of potentially a documentary that they could film and profit off of this leads them down a rabbit hole of theory, supposition and connecting dots together as the phenomenon ramps up more and more now, one of the things that I love about this Duo, especially as the filmmaker team behind resolution and the endless, is their ability to tackle large-scale Cosmic horror, Concepts on a more character-driven ground level, aspect and I.
Think in that, by focusing on the smaller, by focusing on the more narrow and tackling broad Concepts, it allows those Concepts to hammer home just a little bit more and allow the horror aspect of them to really shine through and I.
Think in that with something in the dirt.
They focus on that on a much smaller and more narrow scale more akin to resolution than anything else, but as much as I loved the movies that they had done previously.
One of the things that I liked about this one is it took that narrative and instead of putting it on repeat kind of held it up to its own mirror and in doing so its own scrutiny.
By forcing it to take an honest look at itself.
This is a little bit of a difficult one for me to recommend, because it is a bit slow it tracks back on itself.
It asks questions and destroys its own theories as it goes along and in that for a lot of casual viewers, there may be a strong sense of what was the point by the time they finished, watching it.
The best thing that I can say is I really do strongly recommend watching the 2012 movie of resolution and further than that, the 2017 movie of the Endless and if you enjoyed both of those I, would have to say both of those, then I would recommend giving something in the dirt a whirl, bearing in mind that you are in for a similar but remarkably different ride at the same time.
So, let's go ahead and transition into kind of a spoilery talk about this as well as kind of an ending explained, and just generally my complete open thoughts about something in the dirt.
This is a movie that I think really kind of speaks to our time and as far as an ending explained, the explanation is that we don't know that's pretty much it as that's.
My interpretation of it I think that if anybody were to come forward with an ending explained of something in the dirt where they had a very solid, this is what's going on piece by piece.
I think that they would be approaching it not necessarily from the wrong standpoint, but from a slightly disingenuous standpoint, the purpose of something in the dirt is, we don't know and that's kind of what I meant by it's a bit of a statement of the times.
A lot of what was going on in this movie was coming up with wild theories based on very tenuous evidence.
We had one character that strongly believed in the gravitational forces and another character that strongly believed in the electromagnetic forces, and they came to butt heads with a lot of those theories together, but they still continued on for the wild ride.
In the end, it wasn't about capturing evidence from a scientific standpoint and then letting it speak for itself.
It was Finding, very flimsy, dots and then tying string together between those dots to come up with their own answers for what they think was going on and I guess.
The best example that I can give.
As far as supporting my stance, that the entire purpose of the movie is, we don't know, is the very ending when the character of John is standing by the closet and says oh, listen as if he's experiencing something of the phenomenon, either paranormal or whatever, and it turns out to just be the wind chimes of the Russian dolls down below the Russian dolls itself being a bit of an interesting visual, cue of one thing being inside the other being inside the other being inside the other.
And as far as everything that we saw on screen a lot of that, we don't know, I mean, as far as you know, the things floating or any of the phenomenon that we saw a lot of it could be just completely counterbalanced by the interviews that were shown.
The fact that you know it was on the sixth or seventh editor.
They were asking about doing, VFX shots, they did Recreations of their Recreations of their Recreations.
All of it was to cast doubt on an unreliable narrator, so so much of this film is basically taking the concept of being able to have a scrutinous eye and cast doubt where there should be doubt and that's what I meant by this is really is kind of a movie.
That's a statement of the times we have so much of society right now.
That is taking the dots that they want to connect together and doing so without taking into consideration the nature of perspective.
Truth, we see things on television and we see people that are saying well.
This happened here, and this happened here so clearly, they're connected clearly they're tied in with one another or clearly there's a causational relationship with one another when in fact they may not be connected at all, and we watch that and we take it at face value or at the very least it supports something we already want to believe.
So we choose not to scrutinize it further than what we're being told, what we're being shown.
Looking behind the scenes and analyzing evidence beyond the evidence, events nobody's providing bibliographies anymore nobody's, providing references, Source materials, analytical data or the backings of their findings.
They're, simply saying this happened, this happened and this happened and we can tie all these together to support our theories, and our theories just so happen to be something that we choose and want to believe.
Be that something that we want to be scared of, be that's something we want to be angry about and so on.
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Think that there's a lot of benefit to taking a look at this and saying why and in that the character of John really shines through as somebody that is clearly wanting to believe in this kind of phenomenon.
He belongs to a religious organization that we kind of get the impression that they worship and time uh symbology.
So on uh he has the snakeskin he has.
The courts and Levi makes the very valid accusations of him planting things.
So all of this, every single aspect of what we saw in this movie should be scrutinized and that's the point of it.
At the end of the day, we don't no, maybe I mean not in reality, not in actual reality.
I want to make sure that, like I'm, making a very clear statement that this was a work of fiction through and through, but taking that work of fiction, as somebody that you know watched it, you know.
Maybe there was phenomenon and paranormal things happening to these characters, maybe, but as long as the unreliable aspect of it is shining through, then it casts doubt on all of it and should create the very real statement of we don't know, there's nothing wrong with not knowing there's nothing wrong with saying we don't know, as opposed to always knowing and always having the facts that we choose to look at ignoring the ones.
We don't want to look at to support the theories that we already want to believe in so just kind of within the film's narrative.
I want to make sure I'm clear on that uh any other kind of paranormal phenomenon, or you know, symbology or anything that might show up like that, like, for instance, the street light showing 1908 on the timer for the walk signal could have simply been the VFX artist of the fourth editor that they hired for their documentary as they did their Recreation of their Recreation.
So that's the point of it is everything about this is unreliable and as far as any coincidences that show up like the gravestone being the phone number of whatever or any other of the instances in which maybe VFX shots wouldn't have been and so easily done.
Well, one character explained that fairly well, that statistically, it would be impossible for coincidences not to exist, and just because they are out, there doesn't mean that it's proof of anything I very much applaud this film and Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson for providing a narrative that is very thoughtful.
I think that would be the best word I could really use in this case is thoughtful.
It provides kind of an analytical approach to providing information that gets disseminated to the audience in pieces, as the film goes on to provide more and more theories to support their theories or evidence to support the character's theories while at the same time also breaking them down and providing evidence at the same exact moment to support the fact that their theories are fabricated or their evidence is fabricated and, in doing so, provides a very multi-layered experience that that I think will vary from viewer to viewer.
A lot of folks, like my wife who watch this with me, might just you know, go to the end credits and say well.
That was weird and move on uh, which is perfectly fine, I, there's no wrong way to absorb art, but me I found something a lot more uh.
You know deeply buried under the surface under the dirt.
If you will that made me really appreciate this movie I think it's going to be a little bit of a tough sell for a lot of folks.
Just because this is slow, it is analytical.
It is mostly reliant on just simply two characters following one another, with a lot of dialogue: heavy uh nature to it, which isn't everybody's cup of tea, certainly- and that's okay.
This perhaps isn't my favorite movie from these two, but I do think that there is some nature to it where uh, instead of having me kind of question or look up scientific theory, physics theories things like that and instead provided a little bit more of an introspective again thoughtful uh experience for me after watching and in that I really enjoyed it.
I love movies that make me think and kind of just rattle around my head and just keep me engaged long after the end, credits, roll and I think that that's one of the ways that these two filmmakers in particular shine so well and something in the dirt, is no exception to that.
So what did you think if you watch this movie, please let me know in the comments below what were your theories so on and so forth.
Do you think I'm completely totally way off base here and that perhaps we do exactly know what happened and that I? Don't know, isn't a sufficient thing.
I disagree, but that's okay leave comments below I'd love to hear from you anyway, so yeah that should about wrap this one up.
Thank you so much for joining me here on this video I, look forward to seeing you in my next one remember next time you want to watch a horror movie first, make sure that it's good and rotted, let's go foreign.
Something in the Dirt explores the struggle to bind unexplainable forces to our will, only to realize at every turn we might not be up to the task. We cannot deny there are things that escape human understanding—that's why science keeps moving forward, and always will.What is the meaning behind Something in the Dirt? ›
Something in the Dirt explores the struggle to bind unexplainable forces to our will, only to realize at every turn we might not be up to the task. We cannot deny there are things that escape human understanding—that's why science keeps moving forward, and always will.What happens at the end of Something in the Dirt? ›
After having a huge fallout with John, he finally decides that he had enough of it and plans to leave. But as unfortunate as it sounds, a catastrophic event happens at their apartment which literally beats gravity and Levi literally floats away deep in the sky and (most likely) dies.What is the message of the dirt? ›
The Dirt showcases an unjustifiable level of corruption and greed in the music industry during this era; from managers and producers admitting aloud to caring about nothing but the money they stood to gain, to fellow musicians reinforcing the party lifestyle, it's obvious that the most shining of personalities would've ...What is movie Something in the Dirt about? › Was Something in the Dirt Based on a true story? ›
While Something in the Dirt isn't an actual mockumentary, it feels like a behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of those paranormal researcher films, real or fake.What is the figurative meaning of dirt? ›
something or someone vile, mean, or worthless: After that last outburst of hers I thought she was dirt. moral filth; vileness; corruption. obscene or lewd language: to talk dirt. Informal. gossip, especially of a malicious, lurid, or scandalous nature: Tell me all the latest dirt.Who is the girl under the table in The Dirt? ›
The Dirt (2019) - Sylvia Grace Crim as Restaurant Groupie - IMDb.Did the Ozzy scene in The Dirt really happen? ›
But is it true? According to The Dirt, the 2001 Mötley Crüe autobiography on which the film is based, the answer is yes.Is Something in the Dirt in the same universe as the endless? ›
Three of the pair's other films, Spring, Synchronic, and Something in the Dirt also technically take place in the same universe, though the duo seemed to indicate that the television show will be based more on the The Endless.
Writers have used soil as a metaphor for birth, death, the life cycle, fertility, and rejuvenation for centuries. In Bram Stokers Dracula (1897), in order for him to rest properly, he needed to have native soil from his Transylvanian home. He had 50 boxes of soil shipped to England.What does dirt mean in the Bible? ›
According to the Bible, God played in the dirt one day. From the primal clay, God formed first humanity, whom he named Adam. The Hebrew word, “Adam,” “man”, comes from “Adamah,” which means “earth.” It means early dirt. God shaped humanity from the dust, and God breathed the spirit of life into us.What does moving the dirt mean? ›
Moving the dirt is a long-term mindset. It encompasses. the everyday grind that has an end goal in mind. That. end goal is to move as one unit toward being better!How inappropriate is The Dirt? ›
Nudity, explicit sexual acts and anonymous sexual encounters, oral sex. Women seen only as sexual objects. Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Who was The Dirt made about? ›
The Dirt is a 2019 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Jeff Tremaine from a screenplay by Rich Wilkes and Amanda Adelson, about heavy metal/glam metal band Mötley Crüe.What did Mötley Crüe think of The Dirt movie? ›
When the time came for the actual members of Mötley Crüe to see The Dirt, they were somewhat apprehensive. “I don't like a lot of rock movies, to be honest,” Sixx says. “I think they're kind of cheesy, like that movie, Rock Star.What happened to Skylar in The Dirt? ›
Skylar was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor, a kidney cancer affecting children, according to an article Neil wrote for People. After six operations, chemotherapy and radiation, she died on Aug. 15, 1995.Why is dirt considered living dirt the movie? ›
The Movie defines dirt as a living, breathing skin. Dirt is Earth's protective layer, and it contains all types of beneficial microbes.Is Something in the Dirt a horror? ›
Something in the Dirt is a 2022 American science fiction comedy horror film written by Justin Benson and directed by and starring Benson and Aaron Moorhead. It is the fifth feature film by the directing duo.What does as murky as mud mean? ›
clear as mud. Murky, obscure, totally unclear, as in The translation of these directions is clear as mud. This ironic phrase always indicates that something is far from clear. [ Early 1800s]
derp (plural derps) (slang) A person who acts stupidly or foolishly; a person who derps. (slang) A stupid mistake, stupidity. (uncountable) The constant repeating of an opinion after facts have proved it incorrect, especially as a rhetorical tactic.What is it called when you have dirt on someone? ›
singular noun. If you say that you have the dirt on someone, you mean that you have information that could harm their reputation or career. [informal] ...a sleazy reporter assigned to dig up dirt on Jack. Synonyms: scandal, rumours, gossip, goss [informal] More Synonyms of dirt.Who did Tommy marry in The Dirt? ›
Tommy Lee married Anderson in 1995 after knowing her for only four days. The couple had two children together. They made a tabloid-hyped sex tape and Lee served six months in prison for assaulting her.Did they lip sync in The Dirt? ›
Although they did learn to play all the music in the film, what viewers actually hear on screen is a little more complicated. Tremaine explained to Thrillist that the actors did sing and play and that the film did record their performances.Why was Doug Thaler cut from The Dirt? ›
The Role of Doug Thaler
As Vince becomes further estranged from the group, Vince writes that “if Doug had more been more than a yes-man, he could have saved the band.” Eventually, Doug is fired when Mötley Crüe initiates a total staff turnover after the tour promoting their sixth album, Mötley Crüe, fails.
The 72-year-old rock legend, whose battle with alcoholism and drug addiction began in the 1970s, has been sober for about seven years. “I thought I'd be drinking to the day I die,” says Osbourne, who took the first of his many trips to rehab back in 1984.Why did Ozzy get sober? ›
The former Black Sabbath frontman explained that it was less a sense of willpower keeping him from drinking and doing drugs, and more of an overall acceptance that this is the way his life has to be now if he wants to stay alive for his wife Sharon and three children Aimee, Kelly and Jack.What did Ozzy do at the pool? ›
The scene in The Dirt depicts the four members of Crüe lounging poolside at a hotel one afternoon when Ozzy (played by Tony Cavalero) arrives. After exposing himself to some hotel guests, Ozzy sidles up to Crüe asking for cocaine.What is the monster in The Endless? ›
The Monster's primary objective is to trap people in an endless time-loop to witness how these folks behave given the knowledge that they are stuck perpetually in their time-domes. From the movies, it is pretty clear that the Monster can reach out to anybody in the city through pictures and videotapes.Is something in the dirt a sequel? ›
This follow-up to their first feature, Resolution, is a sequel of sorts, but functions fine as a standalone story of 2 brothers who venture back to the cult from which they once escaped, to find closure in their lives.
The Endless are a family of beings who appear in American comic books published by DC Comics. The members of the family include Death, Delirium, Desire, Despair, Destiny, Destruction, and Dream.What does face in the dirt mean? ›
When someone has his/her face down in the dirt, it means he/she has experienced a failure, a big disappointment. He/she could also be the victim of other people that made him/her feel that way. They really put his face in the dirt for weeks because he didn't score at the last game...What does digging in dirt mean? ›
Meaning. If you dig up dirt on someone, you try to find details from their past to make them look bad in the present.What does it mean to be as old as dirt? ›
DEFINITION. Extremely old in age. If you think that dirt has been around since the beginning of the Earth, this phrase means someone or something is very,very old.What does it mean to put someone in the dirt? ›
to treat someone very badly.What does put him in the dirt mean? ›
Slang to do something vicious to (someone) 10 ♦ dish the dirt. Informal to spread malicious gossip. 11 ♦ eat dirt. Slang to accept insult without complaining.What does hit in the dirt mean? ›
Definitions of hit the dirt. verb. fall or drop suddenly, usually to evade some danger. “The soldiers hit the dirt when they heard gunfire”What is the significance of dirt in the Bible? ›
According to the Bible, God played in the dirt one day. From the primal clay, God formed first humanity, whom he named Adam. The Hebrew word, “Adam,” “man”, comes from “Adamah,” which means “earth.” It means early dirt. God shaped humanity from the dust, and God breathed the spirit of life into us.What does it mean to have your head in the dirt? ›
to refuse to think about unpleasant facts, although they will have an influence on your situation: You have to face facts here - you can't just bury your head in the sand. SMART Vocabulary: related words and phrases. Neglecting and ignoring.What does the term nitty gritty mean? ›
: what is essential and basic : specific practical details. get down to the nitty-gritty of the problem.