Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I have wanted to see Philip Ridley's Reflecting Skin for as long as I can remember. I first saw the cover on someones Amazon.com list under the tag"Bizzaro Films" Definitely bizarre but it's also emotionally draining if you can get past some bad acting.
Set in 1950's rural Idaho A boy named Seth Dove becomes obsessed with Vampires and fixates his obsession on the widow Dolphin Blue. His father commits suicide after he becomes a prime suspect in the death of one of Seth's friends, based solely on the fact that he was caught kissing a young man years before. The sheriff attributes his reasoning to "Kissing leads to Killing". Seth believes his friend was killed by the vampire after he mistakes a baby Jesus replica in an old church for his dead friend returning as an angel stuck in our world because he was murdered.
Seth soon fears that his brother, fresh from WWII and played powerfully by Viggo Mortensen, is in danger after he starts to have an affair with Dolphin. His world becomes even smaller when another friend turns up dead.
The performances in the movie are hit or miss due in part to the main child actor. It always looks like he is two seconds from bursting into laughter, especially if it's a dramatic scene. Viggo gives a fantastic performance with a lot of range in this film, especially with anger. He'll often times go from zero to full on rage in a single scene.
The story has all the musings of a Flannery O'Connor book and reminds me of another great auteur's work. A sheriff who has lost his hand, an eye, and part of his ear to animals, set pieces decorated in dead sea animals and small town politics all echo elements of Lynch's work in Twin Peaks.
The music is an exceptional mix of droning, ethereal, orchestra and keyboard work. Combined with striking and unconventional cinematography of the barren, rural, Idaho landscape, makes for a truly unsettling and eerie experience. I highly recommend this film. If you can get past the child actors performance this film will reward you.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I am a huge fan of the MUTANT SOUNDS blog and if you haven't checked it out do so now. They find the most rare vinyls, record them into the computes, and make them accessible to everyone with a computer. Many a nights I have poured over that blog... and I couldn't believe that a band like Warning could exist. A German band that mixes hard rock with some serious cookie monster vocals over pseudo disco beats from the early 80's? They dress up like crazy Star Wars characters on the cover of the album? Sign me right the fuck up! The album is pretty amazing in its cheesy goodness but it wasn't until I decided to pop their name in YouTube that I truly fell in love with them. I want to pour liquids into a glass and have a half naked woman magically appear and start dancing! Behold. WARNING!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Ah yes Wally Badarou. This man knows how to work a synth brotha! Wally was the keyboard wizard on Close to the Bone by The Tom Tom Club and if you've heard that album you know how amazing those synths sound. He released a great solo album called Echos in 1983 that has some fantastic synthesized African sounds and then some really drab " this could be in a bad Robin Williams movie from the 80's" tunes. This cut i think is the best. Its groovy, funky and those keyboards just gel. The video is everything I want in a music video circa 1980's MTV, all kinds of mediums mixed into the fold to make something truly unique and fun.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Found these awesome videos last night and they are certainly creepy. To be honest I don't truly understand what is going on, but the feeling of it reminds me of "The Devils Backbone" mixed with a Jan Svankmajer film. The Luis film is unsettling and I love that face on the wall. The two parts are connected, so watch in order.
Found this artists over at kurutta, one of my favorite blogs at the moment. Sekitani Norihiro is a Japanese artist who specializes in gruesome, odd, collages. You can check out his work as his website here. I like the collages but its this video that he directed that makes me laugh so hard i have tears in my eyes. Its as if Tim and Eric were Japanese, died, and went to hell. I dare you to enjoy.