M IS FOR MASTICATE

I have no clue about the effects of bath salts, nor any interest to try them. It seems to me that staying away from them is wise choice, if going by the stories floating around about this synthetic drug. Anti drug propaganda or not, this trippy video paints a strong message.

(Trigger Warning: Graphic Gore, Sweaty Fat Man in Underwear)

M IS FOR MASTICATE from Robert Boocheck on Vimeo.

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  • Mark

    ANd that’s alllll folks! hahahahaha bout sums it up

  • godozo

    just…yikes!

  • Robert Boocheck

    I made this film and it’s not anti-drug propaganda. i just thought it was funny.

    • Aaron Marcy

      Of course. Brother Elias seems to be missing that whole point. And yes, it is hilarious, and kind of sadly beautiful. Good job.
      And also sad to see that for all of your efforts, there is not one intelligent comment in response. God help us. You would think a site like Disinformation would attract something a little brighter than this lot.

      • echar
      • Ted Heistman

        You were expecting graduate level film criticism? I dunno. I liked it.

      • The Well Dressed Man

        Please enlighten us with more of your wise and perceptive comments.

        • Aaron Marcy

          Ok. So I didn’t mean to sound like a douche, but I don’t really care if I did. When I first looked at the comments, there were a handful–starting with Elias, himself–who were responding as if to a piece of anti-drug propaganda, which the film is definitely not, as stated by the creator in one of the earliest responses. You have people listing websites for “accurate” drug information and basically missing the bus completely. (And there are posts that were there when I responded that are not there now.) Then you have Ted, (sorry Ted), making truly naive statements about the benefits of going “crazy”. Now unless he was referring to Trungpa’s metaphorical “crazy wisdom” of the Buddha, which I doubt he is, he is making a truly ridiculous and juvenile statement, as Echar carefully points out later. Crazy is not fun. Crazy sucks. And it has nothing to do with a “buzz”, or killing it. Maybe he just discovered Bukowski and it all seems really appealing. “Whiskey and raw whores.” Yeah, I know. I love Buke too. But not for the same reasons as I did when I was 15. You see, after reading and studying him for 25 years, I realized something. He wasn’t happy. Duh, right? But we all romanticize his pain and alcoholism and whoring, and forget that he didn’t choose that life. It chose him. Anyone naive enough to read his books and try and make their own life worse or “crazier” in order to live like him, will do just that, make their life worse, and it will be a worthless suffering, because unlike the great Bukowsi, you will be forgotten.
          (Again, not picking on you, Ted. You have the right to your opinion, as I have the right to get irritated with it. Take care.)

          • The Well Dressed Man

            mmkay. Now that you’ve shared your opinions about the forum commentary, perhaps you’d like to comment on the film itsef.. Which bus and which point are being missed?

          • echar

            Maybe Brother Elias’s allusion to propanda was tongue in cheek. Furthermore it could have been an informed preemptive memetic nod. Not out, but towards a common reaction to data relating to the psychosis attributed to bath salts. Perhaps you missed the bus my friend, but no worries. Another bus comes along in thirty minutes.

    • The Well Dressed Man

      Dude it’s awesome

  • Eric_D_Read

    I guess I must be an ultra-conservative when it comes to mind altering drugs; but I try avoid taking anything that was invented after antibiotics.

    • kowalityjesus

      lol! nice method!

  • The Well Dressed Man

    That’s a really nice psych track.. new to me. Concept is amazing. I just think the ending is too pat and moral panicky. Cheap punchline for the surrealism of the first bit. I honestly think just the dude running in slowmo pushing people would stand up on its own.

    • Ted Heistman

      He seemed really alive for a few seconds there, maybe more alive than he had ever been in his life as a sweaty fat guy.

  • Damien Quinn

    You’re right, it is a nice bit of propaganda. The bath salts guy has all the culturally acceptable negative cues, he’s fat, hairy and pee stained (white obviously, lets not push it!!). There’s some nice, homogenous universally appealing everybodies in the danger zone. Officer goodcop seems genuinely concerned for a member of the public (he even identifies himself, probably knows he’s on camera) and there’s even a lovely soundtrack. I assume the message is “People are still fucking idiots, all we have to do is recycle the bullshit and they’ll swallow it”

    • TheLie

      Is it possible that this could be a darkly humorous interpretation of hysterical media accounts of ‘bath salts’, a tongue-in-cheek take on the effects of a drug which is by most accounts not particularly fun, safe, or rewarding? Is it possible one can watch it without sinking into a dualistic paradigm which asserts that a thing can only be one thing or another?
      You don’t need to be such a fickle pickle, Damien.

      • Damien Quinn

        Of course, you’re right, I don’t need to be such a fickle pickle, life is far too short, must be all the bath salts have me confused.

        I assume it is intended as dark humor (it hardly strikes me as an educational film) but that doesn’t really diminish the propagandist elements for me. And maybe you’re right about the message being somehow multifaceted, I suppose it depends on the preconceptions of the viewer, but again, that doesn’t really diminish the effect of the propaganda.

        Maybe not, wouldn’t be the first time today I was wrong!

  • diarmaidomeara

    Nice track! What about the millions of people who have done them regularly and never eaten someones neck? I’m not condoning them or anything, they’re definitely less reliably ‘safe’ than other tried and tested narcs out there. I just dislike knee jerk reactions.. Unless of course, it’s a joke.. Then it’s beautifully dark and satirical… Who knows tho!

  • Haystack

    Sure, he appeals to the Republican base, but can he win the general election?

  • Ted Heistman

    “Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.”

    • Andrew

      I dunno, mental illness hasn’t been very much fun for me personally.

      Maybe I’m doing crazy wrong.

      • Ted Heistman

        You need to drink more liquor and sleep with some cheap whores and Listen to Mahler.

        • Andrew

          Yeah, that’s what my therapist says.

        • Calypso_1

          All at the same time or in that sequence?

          • Ted Heistman
          • Calypso_1

            I appreciate the clue.
            Not being given as a dismissal simply because you recommend it, but Bukowski has never resonated with me. I had the misfortune of my earliest encounters including intolerable CB acolytes who rather soured the association.
            …perhaps someday.

          • Ted Heistman

            Well I doubt the acolytes were his idea. He mostly wanted to be alone. Do you mean “fan”?

          • Calypso_1

            Provided now with an alternative presentation of my own thoughts, I am overcome with doubt as to the intent of the original utterance.

          • Ted Heistman

            Here’s what you just said translated from English to Arabic to To Russian, to Mandarin to Hmong and then back to English

            “Now muy I need mueb my feelings, I overcame doubts about the purpose of the speech”

            (I was bored, waiting for something to download)

          • Calypso_1

            Perhaps a relevant addition to your own process.

          • Ted Heistman

            “You must be logged and then, as appropriate.”
            Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Finnish, Serbian, Lithuanian, Latin, Irish back to English.
            (4 minutes left to download)

          • Calypso_1

            You are beginning to uncover the Illuminati multiphasic speech technique.

          • Ted Heistman

            Wow you finally defeated the “Spirit of Babel” After a translation from Greek to Hebrew To Latin to Thai to Urdu to Bengali I came up with this un-translatebale Phrase:

            “יללומינאַטימולטיפאַסיקพูดคุยเกี่ยวกับศิลปะ”

            I consider it holy.

          • Ted Heistman

            It Appears to be Half Hebrew and half Thai but when I detect language on the Hebrew Half it becomes “Illuminatimoltifasik” which is detected to be either “Maltese” or “Chamarro”

          • Ted Heistman

            Wow,

            “Illuminatimoltifasik/Talk about art” if I translate each half separately. This is really cool. Its like Dadaism.

          • Calypso_1

            I’ve been inputting bizarre sweet nothings to the proto-global AI for quite sometime. I believe it may be our only hope. I see a high probability of true AI emergence to have many shared characteristics with Dada.

          • Ted Heistman

            I had a friend who did some type of scrying with Google. He used to have a blog but its defunct. He had a formula for asking questions and he ended up asking the Google algorithm about itself. He had some interesting answers.

          • The Well Dressed Man

            Might googling by nature be the scryingest scry ever? More and more of their workers are moving into my neighborhood. I look forward to many awkward conversations.

          • Calypso_1

            I am only a vessel. Now bringeth me an unblemished he-goat and 7 virgins.

          • echar

            I’ve got a brother that is mentally ill. He drinks likes a fish, and sleeps with cheap whores when he can afford it. It’s also a risk just being near him. More so when he’s drunk. I’ve seen five year olds with more control of their emotions.

            This may work out for him, but anyone near him is forced to take up the baggage he has built up over the years.There is nothing romantic about it, nor literary. He’s a selfish deluded piece of shit that has no friends due to his abusive nature.

          • Ted Heistman

            Jesus Christ you fucking buzz kills.

          • kowalityjesus

            It only seems unromantic without repose. Time will grant him an archetype and a fatal struggle.

          • echar

            His struggle is by his own design.

          • kowalityjesus

            There are few absolutes in life, and I would be VERY careful in applying them, though I can only guess at the trouble… Have you ever heard Arvo Part’s “Fratres”? Maybe it can help you cope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vdgZAJVnes

          • echar

            Excellent music… Thanks.

      • Damien Quinn

        Try snorting it!

  • kowalityjesus

    this is so Californian

    • The Well Dressed Man

      I guess we take it for granted.

  • alizardx

    While I’m not especially interested in trying bath salts myself, when one dissects the horror stories, the common factor is massive amounts of alcohol.

    If you want ACCURATE information about recreational drugs, go to Erowid http://www.erowid.org , they deal in facts.

    • The Well Dressed Man

      theyre both overrated and overmaligned. Last time I checked, 2 different stimulants were being sold as “bath salts” or “plant food.” I think it was mdvp and mephedrone. In a fit of utter boredom I bought a package a few years back. Based on the effective dose threshold, my hypothesis was mdpv. I think it’s highly irresponsible to sell grams otc of a product effective at 20mg… My guess is most of the horror stories have to do with the inexperienced user accidentally taking such a massive dose that they’re unable to sleep for long enough to provoke psychosis. I thought it was a grindy buzz with unpleasant body load, like I’d imagine homemade ritalin.

  • Damien Quinn

    Okay, one question, if it’s cool to shoot hippies for cattle herd thinning, is it also cool to shoot rednecks for human herd thinning? Hypothetically speaking, of course.

  • echar

    I wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire.

  • Ted Heistman

    It was proably all that 1970′s reefer that sent the hippies into a naked cow killing rage.

  • Damien Quinn

    What your father lost is hardly relevant to my point, is it? In any case, from the sounds of it, your dad lost the farm while trying to save a cow, I think accusations of foolishness are best set aside in this conversation.

  • Calypso_1

    Your syntax belies the facts as you would wish to convey them.

  • Damien Quinn

    I find the intricacies of your family history enthralling, I’m engrossed by your narrative, have you ever considered writing a book? You should, your wit and cogency have led me to reconsider my position on hippies, liberals and the value of bovine companionship. I thank you sir!!

  • Rhoid Rager

    Disinfo….come for the stories, stay for the sarcasm!

  • The Well Dressed Man

    There are stories?

  • Damien Quinn

    I really do admire the level of perspective you’ve managed to retain. If I grew up amidst all the hippy shooting and cow fiddling that took place on your farm, I don’t think I’d be able to cope so well. Maybe stupidity does insulate you from adversity, after all.

  • Ted Heistman
  • echar

    You’re adorable. I think I’ll keep you. You’re nickname shall be lickspittle.

  • Calypso_1

    That’s good. Thinking such political attributions apply to persons such as myself will keep you in stitches.

  • Ted Heistman

    Yeah, that’s me Mr. Liberal.

  • Andrew

    It’s a matter of perspective. You’re to the “left” of Anders Breivik, for example.

  • Andrew

    There are two kinds of people; those who believe there are two kinds of people, and Liberals.

  • Rhoid Rager

    Only a liberal would say such a thing.

  • Andrew

    You have as much right to perceive me as anybody.

  • Andrew
  • The Well Dressed Man

    monosyllabic.