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The best movies on Netflix and other services this week are a different kettle of fish

Jeffrey M. Anderson | June 22, 2015
Sometimes you're just in the mood a different movie experience, something that takes you far from the familiar and comfortable. Different, of course, is different for different folks. For some, it could be a a good rock ‘n' roll comedy; for others, comedies about prison, kidnapping, clones, or life-size dolls. And everyone enjoys a documentary that takes you someplace you've never been, or tells you about an album you've never heard. Or it could be a hard-hitting, nocturnal drama about the seedy underbelly of TV news.

Teknolust (Fandor)

Lynn Hershman-Leeson's Teknolust (2002) might have been a Rocky Horror Picture Show-type cult classic if anyone had ever seen it; unfortunately, it was quickly marginalized and forgotten. It's exceedingly weird, but has just about everything going for it. (Make sure you have donuts on hand while watching.)

Tilda Swinton plays scientist Rosetta Stone, who has created three clones of herself: Ruby, Marine, and Olive (all played by Swinton, in an amazing performance). The clones live in her computer, but since they lack a male element, Ruby must sneak out from time to time, seduce men, and bring their "essence" back to replenish her ailing sisters.

Unfortunately, she carries a virus that leaves bar codes on the foreheads of her victims. James Urbaniak plays an FBI man, and Karen Black is a private detective. Jeremy Davies plays a copy-shop guy--his copies come out like warped artworks--who falls in love with Ruby. Shot in San Francisco, the movie has both a high-tech, multicolored look and a grubby, low-budget feel, both of which somehow fit perfectly. Monologist Josh Kornbluth has a funny role as one of Swinton's victims.

 

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