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|SKULL WORLD (director/writer: Justin McConnell; cinematographer: Justin McConnell; editor: Justin McConnell; music: Rob Kleiner/James Zirco Fisher/Sean Motley; cast: Greg Sommer, Shane Patterson, Jason Pluscec; Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating:NR; producer: Justin McConnell; Unstable Ground Pictures; 2013-Canada)|
might work for those enchanted by the likable Greg's
passion to play fantasy games and those who like
dudes who wear Halloween masks."
by Dennis Schwartz
McConnell ("Working Class Rock Star") films this
documentary on the Toronto resident fun-loving weirdo
Greg Sommer, known as the Skull Man. Greg proclaims he
was born to rock, and we follow him for two years.
He's a 32-year-old who lives in the basement of his
mom's house, works in a cemetery as a gravedigger,
does some freelance video production (does an online Variety
Store TV) and is an obsessive hobby
enthusiast who dresses in a cardboard costume as a
warrior to engage in Box War games (a role-playing
combat sport fought with cardboard weapons). The games
were developed in Australia, and since 2004 Greg
brought the games to Canada. Highlights include
a number of the silly combatant games.
pic might work for those enchanted by the likable
Greg's passion to play fantasy games and those who
like dudes who wear Halloween masks. But the way pic
idolized its subject never connected with me, even
though the eccentric protagonist seems to be the
genuine article yet he still becomes tiresome trying
to make a virtue of never growing up.
REVIEWED ON 6/20/2013 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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