The 2006 Hungarian film Taxidermia, directed by Gyorgy Palfi, features a flame-throwing penis, an obese competitive eater and a taxidermist who makes himself his last project (come on, any two out of those three make it a must-see). There's Morosgovanyi, who as an orderly in the war is so hot for his lieutenant's wife he accidentally has sex with a slaughtered pig. (That's the immoral part.) His son, Kalman, grows up to be a competitive eater. After years of unsuccessfully trying to get serious recognition for his sport, he gives up and just sits around eating and getting fat. Ah, maybe we should say fatter...as in morbidly obese...as in he gets so big he can't get out of his house. Kalman's son, Lajoska, grows up to be a taxidermist. After he abandons his grumpy father to his fat fate, Lajoska returns to find that Kalman's dead body has become a feast for a pack of house cats. (That's the sick part.) Filled with remorse (or maybe just really, really bored), Lajoska hoists himself up in a harness and begins to surgically remove his internal organs (don't worry; there are lots of painkillers involved). He pumps himself full of preservatives, sews himself back up, decapitates himself and becomes a human statue. (And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the just freaking crazy part.) Don't think of this as a horror movie so much as a look inside director Palfi's head (which we're going to guess is full of snakes and spiders). 8:30 p.m. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit www.domystore.com. Free.
Mon., July 26, 8:30 p.m., 2010