We've been getting some pretty interesting reader comments in response to the trailer of Crispin Glover's What Is It? - predictably, it seems to be a love-it or hate-it proposition. The film screens at Sundance tonight at midnight, and I can't wait to post the (surely contentious) reviews and reactions. In the meantime, I dredged up this interview, in which Darius James talks to Mr. Glover as he is in the "final editing stages" of What Is It?:
What Is It? is an outre, bewildering, unnerving, surreal, blackly comic film. It is brilliant in its sensitivity and humanity and infantile in its excess. For some, the surface narrative will seem confusing, but only because the film represents the interior life of its author. It's not a movie with speeding car chases and explosions (though it has its share of large naked breasts). It reflects how Crispin Glover processes his thoughts and feelings and how he reinterprets that information. What Is It?, like Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Special Edition, invites you inside a musical UFO, the spaceship that is Crispin Glover's brain.
The article appeared in SPIN Magazine … over six years ago.