Compelling movies this year are proof against the myth that a good movie requires a villain. Good movies can be made without a villain or forced antagonist. Bell Hooks once said that she preferred “difference” over “conflict” and cited A Dry White Season as an exemplary film that accomplished that. Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are examples of compelling and meaningful movies completely bypassing the need for a conventional villain.
This is truly amazing. I love how classics (or texts) can be reinterpreted many years later into a new text that serves as a re-imagining and an homage to the original. Case in point is artist Anders Ramsell’s paraphrased, unique take on a seminal film.
BLADE RUNNER – THE AQUARELLE EDITION follows the original movie´s storyline but I have taken the liberty to change a lot of things. It was never my intent to make an exact version of the movie, that would fill no purpose. Instead I wanted to create a something different and never before seen — “The Aquarelle Edition”. Read more...
Lou Reed died today at age 71, the details of his death undisclosed.
I was sixteen when a friend gave me a mix tape with a few Velvet Underground songs on it. I listened to “Venus in Furs” and “Heroin” and “Run, Run, Run,” and felt my mind being pried open with a razor sharp can opener.
It’s like someone just showed me that a rainbow has more than two colors in it. His haunting solo work – “Perfect Day,” for example – picked up where the Velvets left off, and cemented Reed’s legacy as an auteur. Read more...
Yesterday I didn’t want to be guilty of false modesty. Today I want to be guilty of unalloyed egoism. In fact, from here on out, I want every female who runs into me to address me in the exact same tone of voice as Ms. De Palma. You’ll hear why. Ciao!
You think you know indie film? You don’t. In 1984, the band Redd Kross helped put together “Desperate Teenage Lovedolls,” shot on Super 8, about a couple of girls who run away from home to form a rock band. Red Kross got George Harrison and Ringo Starr to show up in the movie – that’s how cool they were (and still are: they’re still making music). Oh, and the other thing about Redd Kross: they were one of the first bands to loudly champion yesterday’s Shonen Knife.
There was a minute there in the early 90′s when Shonen Knife was on every college playlist in the country. Their happy, naive, power poppiness just grabbed the gloom of grunge and stuffed it full of rainbows and teddy bears and, of course, Barbies. Saw them in SF – how I got home without 13 DUI’s is a miracle on par with the Virgin Mary crying blood tears.
Far as I know, “Shonen Knife” means “cute boy knife.” That right? Or is that a colloquialism that means something else?
These guys remind me of The Libertines from yesterday. Julian Casablancas, the lead singer of The Strokes, has the same attitude and body language of Libertines’ front man Carl Barat. Fact, they look like they could be twinsies, no? (well, Barat’s the slightly cuter of the twins, IMHO)
It’s nice to see that snotty British punk attitude didn’t die off with the Sex Pistols and The Clash. Here come the Libertines. Saw them live in S.F. – the lead singer just has that certain IT. Produced by – surprise, surprise – Mick Jones of the Clash.
Yesterday we heard from Brit Poppers Pulp. Today it’s the Dandy Warhols, who I always think of as American Brit Pop – decadent, bored, catchy. And as you can see in this video, they’re every bit as ambiguously polysexual as any British schoolboy. And as skinny, too.
“And then in 30 seconds time, she said, ‘I wanna live like common people. I wanna do whatever common people do. Wanna sleep with common people. I wanna sleep with common people like you.’” Brit Pop at its finest: jaded, decadent, the frisson of the bourgeois louche.
“They dance and drink and screw ’cause there’s nothing else to do.”
By the way, is that a young, airbrushed Ray Liotta in the purple shirt?