5-Word 365 #280 – Modify

These posts are going up later and later. It’s still Saturday in Hawaii though, so that’s okay.


How would you change yourself?

Explore the world of body modification with those who practise it.

This film is not for the faint-hearted. I’ll just get the disclaimer out of the way first: Modify contains scenes of surgery and close-ups of piercings being applied. If that’s not your bag, then jog on. Otherwise, welcome to the show.

This film asks the question, how far is too far? The various answers are provided by all sorts of people involved in this world from the artists and piercers, to plastic surgeons, to the folk who put hooks through their backs and hang off things.

Directors Jason Gary and Greg Jacobson aren’t setting out to shock – that’s just a sideline – but to offer a look into this still somewhat closed world, and they manage to do it inclusively, not voyeuristically. The interviewees are all very eloquent and speak with passion about what they do to themselves.

This is Bear. He wants to expand his lobes enough to wrap them up over his head. Awesome.

Ultimately, Modify is a fascinating film about celebrating freedom. The freedom to change your body in any way you see fit, whether it’s for artistic reasons, vanity, or just plain shits and giggles.


  1. mistylayne · October 11, 2012

    I’ll have to skip this one. Body modification freaks me out which is ironic but there it is.

    • Ryan McNeely · October 11, 2012

      When the film features an extended close-up of a man voluntarily having his penis split in half, I can appreciate that some people might want to skip it. Yes, that happens.

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