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Mock up on Mu - Based around 1950's Occult circles in Cali  

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ptoner
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04/12/2009 2:03 pm  

A radical hybrid of sci-fi, spy, Western and even horror genres, Craig Baldwin's "Mock Up On Mu" cobbles together a feature-length "collage-narrative" based on (mostly) true stories of California's post-war sub-cultures of rocket pioneers, alternative religions and beat lifestyles. Pulp-serial snippets, industrial-film imagery, and clips are intercut with newly shot live-action material, powering a playful, allegorical trajectory through the now-mythic occult matrix of Jack Parsons (Crowleyite founder of the Jet Propulsion Lab), L. Ron Hubbard (sci-fi author turned cult-leader), and Marjorie Cameron (bohemian artist and "mother of the New Age movement"). Their intertwined tales spin out into a speculative farce on the militarization of space, and the corporate take-over of spiritual fulfillment and leisure-time.

Guest appearance from Aleister Crowley also.


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alysa
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04/12/2009 2:10 pm  

Ah, so it's a film.


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arthuremerson
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05/12/2009 7:03 pm  

I had the opportunity to see an early screening of this film a couple of years(?) ago. I found it to be highly enjoyable. Craig Baldwin was a blast to hear interviewed as well.


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 Anonymous
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02/03/2010 8:00 am  

I found a review for this online and searched to see if it was on Lashtal already. Since it is I'll post a link to the review.

http://www.dvdtown.com/review/mock-up-on-mu/dvd/7877/2

Has anyone else here seen this. I'm considering ordering it.


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arthuremerson
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03/03/2010 1:55 am  

As I said above, I saw a rough cut of this a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to seeing the final cut.


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 Anonymous
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08/09/2010 6:27 am  

I don't know. sounds like the usual hollywad left wing political bullshit to me. Crowley & Satanic Space corporations bad. Hippies and Agrarian non-acheivement tetnaus good.


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 Anonymous
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08/09/2010 7:48 pm  

Seems worth watching (at least once) to me.


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JNSmith
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08/09/2010 10:32 pm  

I saw this film earlier in the year along with a Q. and A. with Craig Baldwin in person.
It is a mixture of old movie clips (lots of sci-fi etc)/found footage with actors/the directors friends playing various roles including someone playing A.C. (looks nowt like him!)
Its good fun, but has a lot of homage to b-movies in both content and style/production values, so if you are looking for a serious analysis then its not for you. But it (and Baldwin) are both oddities so thats a good thing. However I dont feel the need to see it again.
REGARDS!
J


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