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Working for a three year period with close friends and associates, financed and produced by his wife Lisa DeLucia Lewnes, Mr. Lewnes has concocted a primal scream into the vortex of the subconscious, a delusional kaleidoscope in circular thinking. Loop I must say was a very bizarre endeavor, an almost pretentious minimalist avante garde piece of film making...

I liken this piece of work to Edvard Munch’s The Scream, a dizzy array of fear, isolation and existential angst, all composed within a kaleidoscope of bleeding colors. This was a tough film to sit through, and at times I sat wondering is this really working? Or is this some man’s paranoid manifestation of a life out of balance, or did someone put something in my drink?

Rowan Harrison Indieexpress.com

Loop is one of the most ambitious and brilliant hand-made films in recent memory-- a terrifying sci-fi involving a man desperately seeking a sense of reality and sanity while trapped either in his own madness or an Orwellian nightmare. His journey takes him on an exploration of the different aspects of his psyche-- Or does it? The revelation at the end is mind-blowing and reminds us that the inner workings of our minds are perhaps indistinguishable from those of our society, or even the universe at large. In this light, government conspiracies are a reality and a sickness no different from other forms of human psychoses. Lewnes’ film brings to mind the works of Tarkovsky, Wong Kar-Wai, and David Lynch. Loop is truly a tour de force of a ferociously intelligent mind.”

Maria Giese Award Winning Feature Director of Hunger

You must be some kind of mad poetic genius to have crafted this! Clearly a work of passion and mind-bending insight. The only kind worth anything. I really enjoyed it as it unfolded layer by layer and it kept me fascinated and open. Surprising, bizarre, sensual, brave, politically bold and personal. Everything I love. Like you said of our film, I think I know what this must have taken on your part, a "guerrilla masterwork".

 

 

Pericles Lewnes knows, I believe, that he has not created something with mass appeal. I don't think he cares though. In my guess, only about 10% of the people will enjoy LOOP, but let me say this: those are the most intelligent, sensitive, patient and insightful 10%.

(Yeehaw, did you watch me dance my way to turn "limited mass appeal" into a compliment, cowboy? But if it works it is because I mean it).

If you watch LOOP, you must be ready to open your mind to a universe not unlike those films McKee classifies as European "Miniplots" where the laws of causality are - apparently- skewed, and the inner turmoil of the characters is in the forefront, even as the turmoil of the setting, which caused it, remains in the background. Noticed I said "apparently". Like the best directors, Pericles saved the best for last, and the third act is one of those rare things that makes you feel the first and second act stronger, even though they already passed. Kinda like.. EMPIRE STRIKES BACK made STAR WARS feel complete. LOOP's third act is something you will watch from the edge of your seat, and your mind (if you're in the 10%) will overclock with all the loose ends that suddenly tie and the bridges that suddenly build, like so many synapses in the protagonist's brain.

The first few minutes after LOOP ended, I remained at my desk staring into space, as
understanding, kinda like a tsunami, slowly receded to the shoreline leaving a changed
landscape behind. Then I laughed it off :)

Got Rats?

I liked this movie, its a thinking kind of movie, and more than once, Pericles is able to
build a very powerful mood, a sensation you'd best understand if you were to type
"Uncanny Valley" into google, and then somehow twist the concept to apply it to a film.

Somewhat disturbing, but definitely brain-food, strong at that.
That said, the movie is not for everyone.

Marco Leon - Karmacritic


"This is exactly the film I wanted to make," said the director after the screening I saw. I got the exact same impression while watching the movie. It's so different that I can't quite pitch it, but what amazed me was that I couldn't decide whether it was extremely chaotic or extremely precise or somehow both simultaneously. The only other time I felt that way was when I sat in a theater watching Pi for the first time. It's definitely not a popcorn flic, and it's quite obviously made for pocket change, as the filmmakers told us. But if you're willing to engage your brain for a while, you'll definitely leave the theater with new ideas in your head. And that's a hell of a compliment.

Timothy Honigman Screenwriter of the Award Winning ART OF SUICIDE

 

The present film, which Lewnes offered after reading and appreciating my review of Redneck Zombies, will not benefit from association with that older title. There are no zombies in Loop, nor rednecks. There is no camp and precious little humor of any kind. It's a serious, sincere, mindbender of a feature; the only other movies reviewed on this site that might be considered its kin are Darren Aronofsky's Pi (1998), or possibly Reflections of Evil (2002) minus its pop-cultural musings...

...and it's very impressive; using admittedly primitive technical means, Lewnes has constructed an illogical (or meta-logical) narrative with the off-kilter visual and audial consistency of a fever dream, almost flawless in every respect...

...I will say this, though; any movie, especially one of such impoverished means, which forces me to open the dusty vaults of my academic past in order to criticize it properly is a movie which lives up to the oft-mouthed and rarely-realized ambition of being "thought-provoking." My criticism of the latter half in no way should dissuade anyone with the opportunity from watching Loop; in fact, I hope it intrigues viewers enough that they will be doubly encouraged to watch and dissect it on their own. Political stumbles aside, it's a powerful piece of visual narrative (or "visual imagery in sequence," if the former term implies too much causality), which works almost perfectly within its material means to maximum effect.

Nathan Shumate Cold Fusion Video Reviews

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