“Mustard and Beer is a collection of short scenes, each bizarre and not intended to be seen by the public. An accidental documentary, or an experimental comedy, mostly filmed in the 80s and 90s, it is a plot less and strange mixture of videos tying together strangers from across the USA.”
A rare gem of absurdist/surreal work in the found footage arena, Mustard and Beer takes the throwaway VHS home video tapes from the last few decades and re-works them into a seemingly non-cohesive fashion, churning out a feature length piece, that somehow works.
Not an easy task but Topartzer weaves these vignettes of everyday culture of the times, taking the on the surface mundane and showcasing it for what it truly is: absolutely, and absurdly, bizarre.
Ironically, many VHS home life documents of 80’s and 90’s lifestyle, once treasured, labeled and stored inside cabinets underneath television sets, now more than ever are making their way into “free bins” at local thrift stores as homes are massively being foreclosed on, and storage unit rents are going unpaid. Which brings the next point on the relevant factor of Mustard and Beer:
If nothing else it serves as an excellent glimpse into everyday USA, during a time when worries about societal collapse were vacant in the minds of the citizens. That is, when futures want to look back and have a glimpse at the mindsets from the cheap oil overabundant times, wondering “what were they thinking”, or weren’t thinking, Mustard and Beer is a great starting point into the absurdity on tap.
You can watch Mustard and Beer full screen, online for a $1.99 right here (7 day rental) –
Or to add to your electronic permanent collection for 10 dollars, here –