Hannibal Buress

Artsy, gross-out movie 'Kuso' is not for the squeamish

Artsy, gross-out movie 'Kuso' is not for the squeamish

The audience-testing art-film “Kuso” is the the first feature from avant-garde hip-hop musician Steve Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus — a man who clearly grew up watching the midnight movies of yore. There are echoes of David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Cronenberg, and even Frank Zappa’s “200 Motels” and Neil Young’s “Human Highway” in Ellison’s surreal, often stomach-turning exercise in shock and awe.

“Kuso” functions as a sort of video-album. There are through lines, mostly having to do with an earthquake in L.A., which unleashes some sort of plague of open sores. But the movie is mostly a series of sketches, united by Ellison’s preoccupation with the scatological. At times,...

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