Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is less an adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling horror novel than a complete reimagining of it from the inside out. In King's book, the Overlook Hotel is a haunted place that takes possession of its off-season caretaker and provokes him to murderous rage against his wife and young son. Kubrick's movie is an existential Road Runner cartoon (his steadicam scurrying through the hotel's labyrinthine hallways), in which the cavernously empty spaces inside the Overlook mirror the emptiness in the soul of the blocked writer, who's settled in for a long winter's hibernation. As many have pointed out, King's protagonist goes mad, but Kubrick's Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is Looney Tunes from the moment we meet him--all arching eyebrows and mischievous grin. (Both Nicholson and Shelley Duvall reach new levels of hysteria in their performances, driven to extremes by the director's fanatical demands for take after take after take.) The Shining is terrifying--but not in the way fans of the novel might expect. When it was redone as a TV miniseries (reportedly because of King's dissatisfaction with the Kubrick film), the famous topiary-animal attack (which was deemed impossible to film in 1980) was there--but the deeper horror was lost. Kubrick's The Shining gets under your skin and chills your bones; it stays with you, inhabits you, haunts you. And there's no place to hide... --Jim Emerson
1. The Shining (Main Title) (03:27)
Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind
2. Rocky Mountains (03:01)
Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind
3. Lontano (10:11)
Gyorgy Ligeti/Sinfonie-Orchestra des Sudwestfunks/Conducted by Ernest Bour
4. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (08:07)
Bela Bartok/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
5. Utrenja (Excerpt) (03:33)
Krzysztof Penderecki/Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic, Warsaw/Conducted by Andrzej Markowski
6. The Awakening of Jacob (07:55)
Krzysztof Penderecki/Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki
7. De Natura Sonoris, No. 2 (08:56)
Krzysztof Penderecki/Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki
8. Home (03:09)
Henry Hall and the Gleneagles Hotel Band
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The Thing is a science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. Ostensibly a remake of the 1951 Christian Nyby film The Thing from Another World, Carpenter's film is a more faithful adaptation of the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr., which inspired the 1951 film. John Carpenter has always expressed his love of so-called b-movies and creature features from the 50s and 60s. An undoubted classic if this era was The Thing From Another World, directed by Christian Nyby and produced by JCs favourite director, Howard Hawks. This black and white film is a great example of 50s sci-fi and those films claimed to have been particularly influenced by the reds-under-the-bed hysteria surrounding the McCarthy era. The film manages to transcend it's man-in-a-rubber-suit origins and succeed in scaring the audience.
After the successes of Halloween and EFNY JC was definitely Hollywood's horror movie director of choice to remake this classic movie. The original heavily distorted the original source, a short story entitled Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell. In the B&W version the shapeshifting qualities of the alien are replaced with a simple, though effective, monster movie. With the state of the art in special effects Carpenter brings the paranoid qualities of the original novel to the screen.
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Fantastic Planet (French: La Planète sauvage, lit. The Savage Planet) is an animated film directed by René Laloux. The film was an international production between France and Czechoslovakia and has been distributed in the United States by Roger Corman. It won the special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. The story is based on the novel Oms en Série, by the French writer Stefan Wul. This film takes place on a faraway planet where giants rule, and tiny humanoids must fight for their lives and their equality. A metaphor of class struggles. La Planète sauvage AKA Fantastic Planet is a surrealist story based on the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Set in a far distant world human beings or "Oms"have been domesticated by the gigantic Draags. Wild Oms however are a problem and are exterminated by the dozen. One domesticated om Terr is able to escape his masters with a headset that puts information directly into the brain. Armed now with the Draags technology he leads the Oms in an attempt to make life better for them...But will the deomizing destroy them? More...
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Monday, March 23, 2009
Widely regarded as the one of the very best animated film ever made, Skazka skazok is a stunning, semi-autobiographical story of a young boy whose life is damaged by the onset of World War II.
Constructed in an elliptical, non-linear fashion, it contains many of the themes and images that have become synonymous with its creator, the brilliant Russian artist and filmmaker Yuri Norstein. His style is unique and instantly recognisable, using stunning depth effects, sepia toning and dense, often claustrophobic imagery to quite stunning effect. Like so many of his films, Skazka skazok draws heavily on traditional Russian folk stories and art, featuring animals as leading characters and depicting a way of pre-Soviet Russian life that made his work unpopular with the pre-perestroika administration in the Kremlin. Skazka skazok is steeped in nostalgia for a way of life that has long since been eroded by oppression and corruption.
Norstein has claimed that only those who truly understand the psychology of young children can successfully make films aimed at that audience. And it is perhaps his insistence upon listening to the views of his own children before making a film that has leant Skazka skazok its childlike qualities. Simply by changing his style of animation or by subtly altering the tone and mood of the music, Norstein is able to switch effortlessly between the idyllic existence of the story's young hero (whose childhood echoes Norstein's own) and the horrors of the war that ultimately robs him of his innocence.
Yuri Norstein is one of the very few filmmakers who appreciates the full potential of animation as a medium in its own right and not as one which exists simply to mimic the live action cinema. His films (other works include Lisa i zayats / The Fox and the Hare (1973), Tsaplya i zhuravl / The Heron and the Crane (1974) and the intensely moving Yozhik v tumane / Hedgehog in the Fog (1975), which is actually preferable even to this masterpiece) are a stunning blend of fantasy, myth, realism and memories from his childhood that combine to create something that would be impossible to produce in live action.
Skazka skazok perhaps deserves its exalted place as one of - if not perhaps the - most impressive animated film ever made. It's clearly a labour of love from an artist who truly believes in what he's doing, one who has hailed animation as new form of art, one that continues to be misunderstood and badly used. As an example of how animation can be used, effectively, to create mood, atmosphere and emotion, Skazka skazok is one of the very best achievements in its field.
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π (also known as Pi or Pi — Faith in Chaos) is a black-and-white psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky, who won the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Gotham Open Palm Award. The title refers to the mathematical constant π (Pi). The film "Pi'' is a study in madness and its partner, genius. A tortured, driven man believes that mathematics is the language of the universe, nature can be expressed in numbers, and there are patterns everywhere in nature. If he can find the patterns, if he can find the key to the chaos, then he can predict anything--the stock market, for example. If the man is right, the mystery of existence is unlocked. If he is wrong, the inside of his brain begins to resemble a jammed stock ticker.
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Saturday, March 21, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
La Jetée (The Jetty and The Pier) is a 28-minute black and white science fiction film by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. The survivors of a destroyed Paris in the aftermath of World War III live underground in the Palais de Chaillot galleries. They research time travel, hoping to send someone back before the devastating war "to summon the past and future to the aid of the present." The traveler is a male prisoner; his vague but obsessive childhood memory of witnessing a woman (Hélène Chatelain) during a violent incident on the boarding platform ("The Jetty") at Orly Airport is the key to his journey back in time.
He is thrown back to the past again and again. He repeatedly meets and speaks to the woman who was present at the terminal. After his successful passages to the past, the experimenters attempt to send him into the far future. In a brief meeting with the technologically advanced people of the future, he is given a power unit sufficient to regenerate his own destroyed society. On his return, he is cast aside by his jailers to die. Before he can be executed, he is contacted by the people of the future, who offer to help him escape to their time, but he asks to be returned to the time of his childhood. He is returned, only to find the violent incident he partially witnessed as a child was his own death as an adult.
As a side project to Monty Python, one might want to critique the Miracle of Flight in comparison to the even shorter animation sketches in the Python episodes. But it's actually one of Gilliam's most hilarious and successfully tasteless inventions, where a running gag is not taken lightly, and the old adage 'if at first you don't succeed, try try again' is taken literally against all odds. We're given the history of man seeking flight, however not by the channels of 'do-it-yourself': men jump off of cliffs while trying to flap their arms, be them in armor or other outfits. Even with the assistance of birds, it doesn't help, as the birds go in the blink of an eye to dart at the crumbs scattered by an old lady. Then, of course, is the true highlight of the episode, where a king in 1643 gets people on top of the tower, and proceeds to kick all of them off to their deaths in attempting flight. By the end, of course, man has sought flight through airlines (Spam-Air on one of the ticket stubs), yet as a man tries to enter the airplane, he falls off the tower all over again. Nothing truly of intellectual significance happens here, but that's exactly, brilliantly how Gilliam achieves his goal of perfected crudeness. Even the voice-work is put together in cheap style. But it's a rarity I wouldn't dare of missed- and it's now available online!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
01. Naked Lunch (02:29)
02. Hauser And O'Brien/Bugpowder (02:39)
- "Bugpowder" written by Ornette Coleman.
04. Centipede (02:04)
05. The Black Meat (01:25)
06. Simpatico/Misterioso (01:34)
- "Misterioso" written by Thelonius Monk.
08. Interzone Suite (05:13)
09. William Tell (01:44)
10. Mujahaddin (01:56)
11. Intersong (03:48)
- Written by Ornette Coleman.
13. Clark Nova Dies (02:05)
14. Ballad/Joan (02:40)
- Written by Ornette Coleman.
- "Midnight Sunrise" written by Ornette Coleman.
17. Welcome To Annexia (03:35)
18. Writeman (03:53)
The second video, Za ginipiggu 2: Chiniku no hana is said to be based on a snuff film sent to the director Hideshi Hino by a crazed fan. In it, a man dressed as a samurai drugs a woman and proceeds to cut her apart, and finally adds her body parts to an extensive collection. The snuff film rumour has been shown to be a contemporary legend; the film was in fact based on a manga about a florist who kills women and uses their dismembered parts as the seed of his beautiful flower arrangements. Most of this element of the story is cut out for the making of Guinea Pig due to the low budget and need of shock value. In fact, the actor playing the killer is the creator of the 1970s manga from which the story is derived.
After viewing a portion of this film, actor Charlie Sheen was convinced the murder depicted was genuine and contacted the MPAA, who then contacted the FBI. FBI agent Dan Codling informed them that the FBI and the Japanese authorities were already investigating the film makers, who were forced to prove that the special effects were indeed fake (similar to what Italian film director Ruggero Deodato had to do with his film Cannibal Holocaust). The band Skinny Puppy wrote the song "The Mourn" after discovering the video and believing it authentic. When they later learned it was a fake they incorporated clips of it into their live stage show.
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Monday, March 16, 2009
In a world with an alternate history, a great war finally comes to an end leaving the earth diseased and polluted. The geneticist Dr. Azuma vies for support from the government for his neo-cell treatment that he claims can rejuvenate the body and regenerate humankind. The government leaders, guarding their own deeply entrenched powers, turn down the professor. Driven to complete his work, Dr. Azuma accepts a secret offer from a sinister faction of the powerful military. After an incident occurs in Dr. Azuma's lab, a race of mutant humans known as the Shinzo Ningen are unleashed upon the world. Now only the warrior known as Casshern, reincarnated with an invincible body, stands between the Shinzo Ningen and a world on the brink of annihilation.
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Sunday, March 8, 2009
Like the film, the BULLITT soundtrack is both slick and action-packed, with lots of rhythmic, jazzy themes, burbling basslines, and brassy horns used to enhance the drama. These sections are counterbalanced by softer, more traditionally orchestral pieces, and the contrast makes for a rich and varied listen. Along with John Berry and Ennio Morricone, Shifrin is one of the few film composers whose music truly stands apart from the film, and BULLITT is no exception.
01 Bullitt (Main Title)
02 Room "26"
03 Hotel Daniels
04 The Aftermath Of Love
05 Music To Interrogate By
06 On The Way To San Mateo
07 Ice Pick Mike
08 Song For Cathy
09 Shifting Gears
10 Cantata For Combo
11 The First Snowfall
12 Bullitt (End Title)
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Friday, March 6, 2009
An Andalusian Dog is a sixteen-minute surrealist film made in France in 1928 by spanish writer-directors Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali, and released in 1929 in Paris. It is one of the best known surrealist films of the French avant-garde film movement of the 1920s. It is also considered one of the most prominent films in spanish surrealism. It stars Simone Mareuil and Pierre Batcheff as the unnamed protagonists.
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"Devil's Experiment" is the first in the controversial Japanese "Guinea Pig" series. Eschewing any form of story, it is 42 minutes of three mysterious Japanese men torturing a helpless woman. From the get go you should be able to tell if this is your bag or not, but I will press on. The film is divided into segments, each one detailing a different form of torture and severe pain inflicted on the woman. It starts off simple enough, with the first two sections being titled "Hit" and "Kick" respectively. It's easy to guess what goes on in these portions, but for the slower to draw, the woman gets slapped in the face a couple hundred times, then kicked while writhing on the floor and being yelled at. Nothing too severe. At this point, I realized I was surely up to the task at hand, and bravely pushed myself forward.
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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wicked City (Yôjû toshi) is an animated horror neo-noir directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, based on Hideyuki Kikuchi's novel of the same name. In a sense Wicked City is a fascinating title to revisit for those interested in the evolution of Japanese animation. For starters it represents the conjunction and culmination of several strains of 80s fantasy cinema. Phallic tentacles sprout from chests plunging into flesh, bodies twist and split in two, heads fly off and eyeballs explode from their sockets. In an early scene, a raven-haired temptress picked up casually from a bar writhes in post-coital bliss, her limbs elongating and entwining her victim as she assumes the form of a spider before they part to reveal a Venus Flytrap-like vulva arrayed with fangs, the overt manifestation of Freud's most deep-rooted and primal male fear, the vagina dentata. They certainly don't make them like this any more, and certainly not as feature-length cartoons...
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Fahrenheit 451 is a film directed by François Truffaut, in his first color film and first and only english-language film. Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Guy Montag is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. People in this society including Montag's wife are drugged into compliancy and get their information from wall-length television screens. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse, he begins to read confiscated books. It is through this relationship that he begins to question the government's motives behind book-burning. Montag is soon found out, and he must decide whether to return to his job or run away knowing full well the consequences that he could face if captured.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Angelo Badalamenti's score for The City of Lost Children finds him utilising his orchestration skills to their full extent. His use of the string section in particular is extremely accomplished, with his lyrical writing helping to emphasise the often-melancholic tone of the film. Highlights of the soundtrack include the song "Who Will Take My Dreams Away?" (written with Marianne Faithful), and Badalamenti's sinister organ grinder music composed for the scenes featuring the trained fleas. Overall a very evocative and moving score, and a must for any serious fan of Badalamenti's film music.
01. Générique - Contains "Who Will Take My Dreams Away?" by Marianne Faithful
02. L'anniversaire d'Irwin
03. Les Enfants Sauvent One
04. Mort De La Pieuvre
05. Opium Prince
06. Le Ra...Radicateur
07. La Clé De La Victoire
08. Le Voyage Du Rêve
11. Les Puces
12. La Foire
13. Cerises Pour Un Dîner À Deux
16. Theme - La Cité Des Enfants Perdus
The City of Lost Children (French: La Cité des enfants perdus) is a dystopian french fantasy/drama film by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet released in 1995. The film is stylistically related to the previous and subsequent Jeunet film Delicatessen. In a surrealistic and bizarre society, children have been abducted by a mad and evil scientist, Krank, who wants to steal their dreams and stop and reverse his accelerated aging process. When the gang of Cyclops kidnap Denree , the little brother of the former whale hunter One, he is helped by the young street orphan girl Miette, who steals for the Siamese Pieuvre, to reach the platform where Krank leaves with his cloned dwarf wife Mademoiselle Bismuth, his six cloned sons and a brain, and rescue the children.
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Monday, March 2, 2009
Wings of Desire is film by the german director Wim Wenders. Its original German title is Der Himmel über Berlin, which can be translated as The Heaven (or Sky) over Berlin. Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry partially inspired the movie; Wenders claimed angels seemed to dwell in Rilke's poetry. The director also employed Peter Handke, who wrote much of the dialogue, the poetic narrations, and the film's recurring poem "Song of Childhood."
...When the child was a child, it didn’t know that it was a child, everything was soulful, and all souls were one.
Set in West Berlin in the late 1980s, toward the end of the Cold War, it follows two angels, Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander), as they roam the city, unseen and unheard by the people, observing and listening to the diverse thoughts of Berliners: a pregnant woman, a painter, a broken man who thinks his girlfriend no longer loves him. Their raison d'être is not that of the stereotypical angel, but as Cassiel says, to "assemble, testify, preserve" reality. In addition to the story of two angels, the film also is a meditation on Berlin's past, present, and future. Damiel and Cassiel have always existed as angels; they existed in Berlin before it was a city, and in fact before there were even any humans.
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