Movies

  • Brooklyn Underground Film | Jake Magher's Energy Music

    Trailer to Jake Magher's new film, Energy Music. Jake is the Dark Lord of the Greenpoint loft-film scene, which now moved to Bushwick. It's basically like the New York Free Jazz scene in the 60's, only freak-outs are done with celluloid instead a saxophones. If this film is half as good as his last three, it'll be bloody beautiful.

    Categories: Music, Movies, Jazz
  • Danny Plotnick

    Danny Plotnick is an underground filmmaker from San Francisco who made such masterpieces as Skate Witches, I, Socky, Dumbass from Dundas, Death Sled II, Sugarbutts, Pillow Talk and so many more that have been compiled and released on the Warts and All DVD. Plotnicks films have been screened at The Museum of Modern Art, IFC and other notable places.  He's currently still making films, blogging and running the excellent Podcast Nest of Vipers that's This American Life meets The Best Damn Sports Show.

    Here is a clip from 1986's Skate Witches, in which a gang of female skaters and their pet rats terrorize a group of male skaters.

     

  • Exit Lines & Quips: A Gentleman's Resource

    "This blog is so good it makes me want to dump a whole box of Mr. T cereal all over it then jump up and down laughing maniacally." - Rich Awn

     

    Igmar Bergman's Office

    "Write the whole plot on a postcard. We do the rest."  Buster Keaton

    "You can sweat out beer and you can sweat out whiskey but you can't sweat out women." Sam Langford

    "Dressing, like painting, should have a residual stability, plus punctuation and surprise." Richard Merkin

    "If I could say it in words, there'd be no reason to paint." Edward Hopper

    She loves me. I can tell that through her screaming. Barrymore & Lombard in 20th Century

    "If I ever bore you it will be with a knife." Louise Brooks

    "Blondes make the best victims." Alfred Hitchcock

    See anything you like? The Lady Eve

    "It's not true I had nothing on. I had the radio on." Marilyn Monroe

    If an actor asks, "What's my motivation?" I say, "Your salary." Alfred Hitchcock

    "A good detective never gets married." Raymond Chandler

     

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    Pull up a chair. Sit down. Smoke a cigar. Enjoy Exit Lines

    Categories: Quotes, Movies, Fashion
  • From Kenneth Anger to Bobby Beausoleil to The Wizard of Oz

    In the sixties Kenneth Anger, who's often called the "Godfather of experimental cinema", lived in San Francisco in a house referred to as the Russian Embassy, probably because it was the ex-embassy of Tzarist Russia. Bobby Beausoleil... you know the guy who Love named their band after... who then went on to murder people for Charles Manson, and then wrote the music to Anger's Lucifer Rising while in prison after Jimmy Page failed to turn in the score on time... well...he lived in that house too. Below is a picture of him in front of the house.

    I'm sure you can imagine the type of wierd shit that went on in this house. One of the things I find most interesting about it is the library, which was stocked with hundreds of books on magick and volumes and volumes of fascinating stuff including the collected works of L. Frank Baum's Oz books.  This collection would later inspire Beausoleil to start the band, The Magick Powerhouse of Oz, which would set the foundation for the tunes he would later re-work in prison for the film. The record is a fucking amazing psych album that appears regularly on "Best of" lists. Below is the album cover and two songs from the recordings, all of which can be downloaded here.

     

     

    To read more about this project, the Embassy and Beausoleil's account of his time spent with Manson you should read this interview with Beausoleil here.

     

      

    Above are recent photographs of Anger, taken nearly 40 years after the Embassy episodes described. The photographs were taken in and around Hollywood by journalist and photographer, Mark Barry, who met up with Anger for a story that appeared in Bizarre Magazine. The story reads a little bit like Interview with a Vampire.

    “Don’t disobey me. Do as I say and don’t talk back!” waspishly screamed the author, artist and filmmaker,
    waving his fist and practically foaming at the mouth. This was not really an interview; this was more like a strange brief encounter with Kenneth Anger. “I can be charming,” he explained staring straight into my eyes, “but I’m not going to be!” This is a man whose volatile temperament is renowned and recently due to a rare medical condition hadn’t slept for six months. I had been warned though…

    “He is Mr. Anger,” cautioned a neighbour of the cantankerous director while I awaited his arrival in the lobby of his apartment block. Actually, the author of the Hollywood Babylon books – insightful, salacious and scandalous tales behind the real film industry – and experimental filmmaker described by the American Film Institute as “the magus of cinema”, should be addressed fully as Dr. Kenneth Anger, since he was recently bestowed an honourary doctorate in humanities. Those that do not observe his wishes are risking the very nature of their existence – he is renowned for placing hexes and curses upon those that cross his path, his own beliefs surrounded by the Thelema religion and the black magick rites of Aleister Crowley.

    My questions were pitched during car journeys, a trip to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, a tour of his youthful haunts in Hollywood – populated by many black magicians it seems - and a light lunch off Sunset Boulevard. All were interlaced with wonderfully detailed tales of old Hollywood, incredibly elaborate factoids, stories about his long list of celebrity friends and a politically incorrect stance on California’s black and Mexican communities.

    The rest of the story and more images can be found here.

    Categories: Music, Movies, Books
  • Good Movie

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    Directed by Barbet Schroeder
    Soundtrack by Pink Floyd
    Image sourced from Jah Sonic

  • Good Movie | Chappaqua

      

      

    Chappaqua is a 1966 cult film written, directed by and starring Conrad Rooks. It is based on Rooks' experiences with drug addiction. It includes cameo appearances by a host of famous names of the 1960s: author William S. Burroughs, guru Swami Satchidananda, beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Moondog, and Ravi Shankar, who co-wrote the score with Philip Glass. Rooks had commissioned jazz artist Ornette Coleman to compose music for the film, but his score, which has become known as the Chappaqua Suite was ultimately not used. Coleman too makes a cameo appearance in the film.

    The film briefly depicts its namesake, Chappaqua, New York, a sleepy hamlet in Westchester County, in a few minutes of wintry panoramas. The hamlet is an overt symbol of drug-free, suburban childhood innocence, and is also one of the film's many nods to Native American culture. The northern Westchester area had been heavily inhabited by Native Americans; the word chappaqua itself derives from the Wappinger (a nation of the Algonquin tribe) word for 'laurel swamp'.

      

     

     CAST & CREW

     

    Conrad Rooks, Ravi Shankar, Ornette Coleman, The Fugs, Allan Ginsberg, Phillip Glass, William S. Burroughs, Moondog, Jean-Louis Barrault, Guru Swami & More...

     

      

      

      

     

    THE AMAZING TRAILER
     

  • Good Movie | Girl on a Motorcycle

      

      

     Sourced from everywhere but mostly Verdoux & London Lee

    TRAILER FOR THE FILM

     

    The Girl on a Motorcycle or better yet, Naked Under Leather (as the film was called in France), was a British / French film directed in 1968 by Jack Cardiff. The film starred Marianne Faithfull and was due to air at Cannes but due to the May 68 riots it never did. The plot is fairly simple: A woman leaves her husband and zips away on her motorcycle to be with her lover.  Plenty of sexual and psychedelic experiences happen along the way.

    Categories: Sex, Movies, Good Movies, Bikes, Babes
  • Good Movie | Going Places

    Going Places
    Directed by Bertrand Blier
    Starring Gerard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Jeanne Moreau, Patrick Dewaere
    France, 1974
     

  • Good Movie | Jeu de Massacre

     

    Jeu de Massacre 1966
    Directed by: Alain Jessua
    Starring: Claudine Auger, Jean-Pierre Cassel & Michel Duchaussoy
    Artwork by: Guy Peellaert
    Images sourced from Will Kane

    Two cartoonists meet a playboy who lives out the fantasies created in their cartoons. He hires them to create a new comic strip. As they work on the new strip, the playboy begins to live it out. Unfortunately, the new strip deals with murder.

      

    Video sourced from Lollipop Mind

    Categories: Movies, Good Movies, art
  • Good Movie | Jubilee by Derek Jarman

    Jubilee
    Director: Derek Jarman
    Starring Toyah Willcox, Adam Ant, The Slits, Siouxie & The Banshees, Wayne Country, Nell Campbell
    England, 1977
    Score by: Brain Eno

    A pointless yet genius film by the brilliant Derek Jarman featuring butt loads of punk icons and Malcolm McLaren proteges. Queen Elizabeth I is transported forward through time and arrives in 70's punk England. Vivienne Westwood hated it.

    Categories: Good Movies, punk, Movies
  • Good Movie | The Collector

    The Collector
    William Wyler
    1965

    This movie is creepity, creep, creepy. Wyler passed on the opportunity to direct The Sound of Music to direct this.

    Categories: Movies, Good Movies
  • Good Movie | The Hunger

      

      

    The Hunger was Tony Scott's 1983 directorial debut that starred David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and a smoking hot Susan Sarandon.  The film is a fashionable vampire flick that drew from the then, full formed Goth subculture, and opens immediately with "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus. Roger Ebert hated it, but in retrospect it's actually pretty good. There's a number of steamy sex scenes, including a lesbian scene between Sarandon and Deneuve, and for whatever it's worth, Premiere Magazine rated the movie #5 on their  "Hottest Sex Scenes of All Time" list.

    A few others on that list include:

           

  • Good Movie | Throw Away Your Books

     

    Throw Away Your Books
    Japan
    1971
    Dir: Shuji Terayama

    Sourced from the Japan Society

  • Good Movie | Wonderwall

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

    via the groovy Musselsoppans Vanner
    Categories: Movies, Good Movies
  • Good Movie | Zabriskie Point


    Zabriskie Point
    Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
    Soundtrack by Pink Floyd, The Youngbloods, The Kaleidoscope, Patti Page, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones
    The lead actors Mark Frechette & Daria Halprin were members of Mel Lyman's Boston Commune (a somewhat Manson-like / MOVE-(ish) cult)

  • Good Movies

     

    Two great mind fucks from one great mind...

    Don't Look Now
    Bad Timing

    All about the great Nic Roeg

    Categories: Movies, Good Movies
  • Good Movies | The Radley Metzger Collection

    Radley Metzger was a New York filmmaker who made most of his films in Paris. His films were loved by a wide range of artists and directors that run the gamut from Andy Warhol to Orson Welles. The plots were typical Euro-Sleaze sexploitation that were kind of cheesey, but absolutely great.  For the most part, they were beautifully shot and artistically stylized with impeccable set design. These films will appeal to fans of the genre, as well as photography buffs, film buffs, furniture & design enthusiasts, soundtrack collectors, and of coarse, perverts.

     

      

         

     

     

    The Lickerish Quartet Trailer

     

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    Carmen, Baby Trailer

     

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    Camille 2000

     

    Sourced from Visions of Excess

  • Krautrock Documentary Coming Soon

     

    Nearly a decade and half after Julian Cope's seminal Krautrock book, Krautrocksampler, BBC 4 is releasing a documentary on the German genre entitled, Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany. Expect to hear interviews from the usual suspects, Neu, Kraftwerk, Faust, Can, Cluster, etc.  You can watch the trailer over at Electric Roulette and watch a video from La Dusseldorf, Klaus Dinger's band (former member of Kraftwerk & Neu) below.

     

    Categories: Music, Movies
  • Movie Posters from Ghana

    Ephemera Assemblyman has assemblyed quite a collection of movie posters from Ghana. In the words of his great blog...

    "In the 1980s video cassette technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from town to town and village to village creating temporary cinemas. The touring film group would create a theatre by hooking up a TV and VCR onto a portable generator and playing the films for the people to see.

    In order to promote these showings, artists were hired to paint large posters of the films (usually on used canvas flour sacks). The artists were given the artistic freedom to paint the posters as they desired - often adding elements that weren’t in the actual films, or without even having seen the movies. When the posters were finished they were rolled up and taken on the road (note the heavy damages). The “mobile cinema” began to decline in the mid-nineties due to greater availability of television and video; as a result the painted film posters were substituted for less interesting/artistic posters produced on photocopied paper."

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    Categories: Movies, art, Movie Posters
  • Perfect Exposure | A German Collection of Film Stills & Posters

      

      

      

      

      

         

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

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  • Rene Daumal

     

    La grande beuverie (A Night of Serious Drinking)

    “Words are made for a certain exactness of thought, as tears are for a certain degree of pain. What is least distinct cannot be named; what is clearest is unutterable. “

    “It is still not enough for language to have clarity and content … it must also have a goal and an imperative. Otherwise from language we descend to chatter, from chatter to babble and from babble to confusion.”

    “Common experience is the gold reserve which confers an exchange value on the currency which words are; without this reserve of shared experiences, all our pronouncements are cheques drawn on insufficient funds.”

    These are the words of Rene Daumal, spiritualist, poet and inspiration behind Jadorowsky's epic film The Holy Mountain.

     

    René Daumal  was a French spiritual surrealist writer and poet.  In his late teens his avant-garde poetry was published in France's leading journals, and in his early twenties, although courted by André Breton co-founded, as a counter to Surrealism and Dada, a literary journal, "Le Grand Jeu" with three friends, collectively known as the Simplists, including poet Roger Gilbert-Lecomte . He is known best in the U.S. for two novels A Night of Serious Drinking and the allegorical novel Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing both based upon his friendship with Alexander de Salzmann, a pupil of G. I. Gurdjieff.

    Daumal was self-taught in the Sanskrit language and translated some of the Tripitaka Buddhist canon into the French language, as well as translating the literature of the Japanese Zen scholar D.T. Suzuki into French.

    Daumal's sudden and premature death of tuberculosis on May 21, 1944 in Paris may have been hastened by youthful experiments with drugs and psychoactive chemicals, including carbon tetrachloride. He died leaving his novel Mount Analogue unfinished, having worked on it until the day of his death.

    The motion picture The Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky is based largely on Daumal's Mount Analogue.

    poems

    One cannot stay on the summit forever -
    One has to come down again.
    So why bother in the first place? Just this.
    What is above knows what is below -
    But what is below does not know what is above

    One climb, one sees-
    One descends and sees no longer
    But one has seen!

    There is an art of conducting one’s self in
    The lower regions by the memory of
    What one saw higher up.

    When one can no longer see,
    One does at least still know.

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    I am dead because I lack desire,
    I lack desire because I think I possess.
    I think I possess because I do not try to give.
    In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;
    Seeing that you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;
    Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing:
    Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become;
    In desiring to become, you begin to live.