'The Final Member' (Canada)

*** (out of four)<br>
Have an interest in the penises of mammals but can't find a place to see them all up close and personal? Head to the Iceland Phallological Museum, the world's only place to spot everything from a sperm whale's massive specimen to hamster genitalia, measuring less than 2 millimeters. Curator Sigurdur "Siggi" Hjartarson's life's work has failed to gather that most dangerous game, however: man. In Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math's thoroughly weird, highly entertaining documentary "The Final Member," legendary Icelandic adventurer Pall Arason and American Tom Mitchell, whose penis was dubbed "Elmo" before that name had a much different connotation, compete to become the first human donor to the museum. At times the battle recalls the superior doc "The King of Kong"--that was about video games, but feel free to giggle anyway--and captures an incredibly unique story packed with odd details. That includes the penis-shaped gavel Siggi carved and the pictures Tom sends Siggi of his penis dressed up as Abraham Lincoln, a viking, an astronaut and more. The movie doesn't fully explore who these men are and why they do what they do, nor does it discuss penis-related taboos and how the museum could break through them. Still, scenes such as Tom considering the removal of his penis before he dies and dreaming of a comic book featuring his penis as a superhero are substance enough.<br>
See it: 9:15 p.m. Oct 12, 3:15 p.m. Oct. 14
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( September 24, 2012 )

*** (out of four)
Have an interest in the penises of mammals but can't find a place to see them all up close and personal? Head to the Iceland Phallological Museum, the world's only place to spot everything from a sperm whale's massive specimen to hamster genitalia, measuring less than 2 millimeters. Curator Sigurdur "Siggi" Hjartarson's life's work has failed to gather that most dangerous game, however: man. In Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math's thoroughly weird, highly entertaining documentary "The Final Member," legendary Icelandic adventurer Pall Arason and American Tom Mitchell, whose penis was dubbed "Elmo" before that name had a much different connotation, compete to become the first human donor to the museum. At times the battle recalls the superior doc "The King of Kong"--that was about video games, but feel free to giggle anyway--and captures an incredibly unique story packed with odd details. That includes the penis-shaped gavel Siggi carved and the pictures Tom sends Siggi of his penis dressed up as Abraham Lincoln, a viking, an astronaut and more. The movie doesn't fully explore who these men are and why they do what they do, nor does it discuss penis-related taboos and how the museum could break through them. Still, scenes such as Tom considering the removal of his penis before he dies and dreaming of a comic book featuring his penis as a superhero are substance enough.
See it: 9:15 p.m. Oct 12, 3:15 p.m. Oct. 14

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