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Sword of Digestive Calmness (2009)

Tristan Newcomb , Tristan Newcomb  |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tristan Newcomb
  • Directors: Tristan Newcomb
  • Writers: Tristan Newcomb
  • Producers: Tristan Newcomb
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Lumalin Productions
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LAS7LQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sword of Digestive Calmness" on IMDb

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A small, plump, food-allergic dog decides that every movie version of the King Arthur story ever made has been "too noisy" and decides to do his own, more tranquil version. However, having no production money, his only road to financing is to use the cast of his old mildly-popular television show, Live Hot Puppet Chat. Even then, he still can't afford to get all the cast members together in the same town, let alone hire a dedicated editor. The only solution: each character will use a green screen in their own far-away apartments to do their separate parts of the script, and then mail the tapes to an inexpensive post-production house in rural China.

The result....well, if you thought "The Room", or "Birdemic", or "Plan 9 From Outer Space" was bad....then welcome to the next level down. Watch as a group of dysfunctional puppets put together the most earnestly confused, ineptly produced, freakishly deconstructed and wildly inexpensive King Arthur adaptation ever. But can the movie be saved by the young idiot-savant Dobo (aka Nintendobo), as he investigates a way to absolve himself from the the death of his previous pet monkey....by recreating the crime scene with a new pet monkey?

Once again, writer/director Tristan Newcomb demonstrates that puppet movies are not merely limited to amusement and chuckles....they can also injure your attempts at systematic thinking, ontological comfort, and happiness in general.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spinal Tap of puppet movies August 13, 2009
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Or should I say the "Waiting for Guffman"? Either way, just like those flicks, there aren't obvious tv punchlines, you'll get a few here and there, but like Spinal Tap the real kick is watching such elaborately dysfunctional personalities. Even though these are puppets, do not be fooled, this isn't like the muppets or Greg the Bunny or any of that. To like this movie, it's better if you're into the Christopher Guest movies. Repeat, this isn't Crank Yankers. Anyone looking for easy comedy, look elsewhere. This movie is brilliant, though.

All the characters come from a puppet show that was on cable (?) a few years back, but it isn't necessary you know anything about them before seeing it. Welllll, maybe the reindeer, so do a YouTube search on "reducey-risk" to get the background on him. All you need to know is what gets explained by the apologetic dog at the start. It would be impossible to summarize all the ideas and weirdness in this movie, I'm not even going to try, it'd be like summarizing a Charlie Kaufman script. It's a ton of really heady yet hilarious stuff. If it doesn't hook you, just keep watching. The last twenty minutes are an entirely different movie experience, something like a sincere Twilight Zone episode helmed by a neurotic 10 year-old fatalist (named Dobo Disty, though I thought he was called Nintendobo). Another reference for other cinephiles: this is the "Day for Night" of the green screen + Sesame Street generation. This ain't for putting on at parties. This is for watching alone in a dark room when you feel like befriending some philosophical puppets and concentrating on character nuances. I predict this movie will be a cult favorite among .0000005% of the population. BTW: I saw this guy do GRRF live when I was an undergrad, so my review is heavily biased.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So strange, what can you even say about it? January 9, 2011
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So. Okay, so. If I've got this right, the characters for a cancelled puppet show are trying to do a King Arthur movie, but also trying to save money by all submitting their footage separately to an inexpensive post-production house in rural China. If that sounds like a good idea for a movie to you, go for it. But man, it is WEIRD. The weirdest puppet movie ever? Yeah, maybe. I laughed my backside off, but you have to ask yourself, how willing are you to be dragged into something THIS bizarre and insane?
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By Xander
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Blasphemy and puppetry, how could such a bastardized copulation of two seemingly incompatible subjects lead to such a grand spectacle in modern cinema? Beware, be utterly thrilled, that such a story takes the road less often taken in the telling of an outright epic and strange experience. The Sword of Digestive Calmness carries no regrets, delightfully rupturing the plot expectation, merrily defying Hollywood structure and convention in a system that rightfully exists in its own brilliant dimension of puppet mayhem. Don't be fooled by the visage of puppet tenderness, Skiddles, Al, Dobo, and the rest of the cast don't play the sing along grade school tactics, nor do they pretend to impress with mimicries of popular culture. No, these puppets are funny without trying to be, while still provoking the viewer to intellectually reconsider the basis of its comedic stance.

Never mind all that if you don't get it. TSODC is still a mesmerizing treat of intricate visual and sonic layers. Where else can you find an ex-cop, security guard puppet go on about personal delusions of stardom in a one man show called "Gabbin with God" as a small pup(Skiddles) makes a hilarious and honest attempt to find a balanced answer to the issue of spousal abuse-where else can you find all this? All this, playing simultaneously on the same screen! A definite rarity and definite treat.

At times you may find yourself lost in a psychedelic arrangement of groovy green screen visuals and puppets. But that's just part of the fun, not knowing where these characters will take you for the next ride into imaginative ecstasy. At every twist and turn this movie keeps you on your toes with the sometimes subtle, sometimes flagrant, but never typical, deliverance of comedy. A great Purchase and must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars i thought i would be the first to review this August 14, 2009
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i wasn't sure if anyone had heard of this guy or his movies so i wanted to chime in. for about a week the whole movie was available on vimeo. i wish it were still there because it should be free for everyone to see but i guess it was just a free preview. after watching it a couple times (because i like the doggie and the monkey owner boy) i started just having it run in the background while i was doing stuff at my desk. hearing them talking was good company. there's so much dialogue in this movie it is like you get an audiobook for free. but i didn't tell my friends about it because it is the sort of movie that you like a lot but don't think anyone else will like. you will either love it or hate it. i don't think you can be just eh about it. not for kids. not for most adults either. if you like most movies and tv shows you won't like this. if you think most movies and tv shows are stupid then you will probably like this a lot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this August 18, 2014
By Ken
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The amazon prime synopsis oversold this as transgressive and crazy but it's just really slow and talky. I admire the ambition but it needed to be about 20 minutes long.
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