Saturday, April 18, 2009

Lena Lomkova

A Song a Day

Sugarloaf - Don't Call us, We'll Call You

This is an oldtime favourite. In the 70s it was played endlessly on the AFN radio station here in Germany. The song has lost nothing of its appeal.

A Long distance directory assistance, area code 212
Say hey, A and R this is mister rhythm and blues
He said hello, and put me on hold
To say the least the cat was cold
He said, don't call us child we'll call you

I said, you got my number
He said yeah, I got it when you walked in the door
Don't call us, we'll call you
Don't call us, we'll call you

I got your name from a friend of a friend
who said he used to work with you
Remember the all night creature from stereo ninety two
Yeah I said could you relate to our quarter track tape
You know the band performs in the nude
He said uh huh don't call us child we'll call you

Listen kid you paid for the call
You ain't bad but we've heard it all before
And it sounds like John, Paul and George

Any way, we cut a hit and we toured a bit
with a song he said he couldn't use
And now he calls and begs and crawls
It's telephone deja vu
We got percentage points and lousy joints
And all the glitter we can use, Mama
So, uh huh, don't call us now, we'll call you

Listen kid you paid for the call
You ain't bad but I've heard it all before
Don't call us, we'll call you
Don't call us
Don't call us, we'll call you

Carole Bouquet

Indeterminacy 55

There’s a street in Stony Point in a
lowland near the river where a number of
species of mushrooms grow abundantly.
I visit this street often.
A few years ago in May I found
the morel there, a choice mushroom
which is rare around Rockland County.
I was delighted.
None of the people living on this street
ever talk to me while I’m collecting
mushrooms. Sometimes children
come over and kick at them before I
get to them. Well,
the year after I found the
morel, I went back in May
expecting to find it again, only
to discover that a cinder-block house
had been put up where the mushroom had
been growing. As I looked
at the changed land, all the
people in the neighborhood came out on
their porches. One of
them said, “Ha, ha!
Your mushrooms are gone.”

- John Cage

A Scan a Day

The Unsaid (2001)

After his son's suicide a psychiatrist's family falls apart, and he himself refuses to accept patients until he is confronted with the case of a complicatedly disturbed young man the age of his own son.

Above average psychoanalytical thriller with some suspenseful moments.

Ángela Molina

Cet obscur objet du désir (1977)

A middle-aged bourgeois falls for a young woman, who alternately tempts and rejects him.

Bunuel's final work is an ingenious and very ironic variation on amour fou and the femme fatale. He famously added an additional irritation to the story by casting the female lead with two beautiful actresses: Angela Molina and Carole Bouquet.

Natalia Vodianova

Friday, April 17, 2009

Koroshiya & usotsuki musume (1997)

A young woman is freed from kidnappers by a man obviously hired for the job. On the run the intentions of her liberator remain unclear till the end.

And unfortunately, that's it: we'll never really know what it was all about. This is a trashy and incoherent actioner only interesting, if you want to see Vivian Hsu.

Sigrid Agren

New stuff

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2005)

A great recreation of the classic movie using the original sets, but with present-day actors and a wonderful soundtrack 'modernizing' the expressionism of the original.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Scan a Day

Femme fatale: Ishtar

From Wikipedia:

Ishtar is a goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. In the Babylonian pantheon, she "was the divine personification of the planet Venus".

Ishtar was above all associated with sexuality: her cult involved sacred prostitution; her holy city Erech was called the "town of the sacred courtesans"; and she herself was the "courtesan of the gods". Ishtar had many lovers; however, as Guirand notes, woe to him whom Ishtar had honoured! The fickle goddess treated her passing lovers cruelly, and the unhappy wretches usually paid dearly for the favours heaped on them. Animals, enslaved by love, lost their native vigour: they fell into traps laid by men or were domesticated by them. 'Thou has loved the lion, mighty in strength', says the hero Gilgamesh to Ishtar, 'and thou hast dug for him seven and seven pits! Thou hast loved the steed, proud in battle, and destined him for the halter, the goad and the whip.'

Even for the gods Ishtar's love was fatal. In her youth the goddess had loved Tammuz, god of the harvest, and — if one is to believe Gilgamesh — this love caused the death of Tammuz.

Ishtar was the daughter of Sin or Anu. She was particularly worshiped at Nineveh and Arbela (Erbil).[2]

Her symbol is an eight pointed star.

How about this:

The Babylonian Ishtar, Imperial Rome’s goddess Libertas was Papal Rome’s “MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” and the template for America’s Statue of Liberty. To ensure a prosperous growing season, Pagans rolled eggs decorated with bright colors of Spring on their fields, hoping to imbue fertility. These eggs were then hidden from “evil spirits” in rabbits’ nests, another symbol of fertility. The US Federal government does this very thing on the White House lawn every year on Easter Sun-Day. “Easter” is the name of the Babylonian “Mother of Harlots”, Rev. 17, and her image stands as the sun-goddess “Lady Liberty” in New York Harbor. This Colossus statue even has the “tower” headpiece, as seen worn by Artemis. The Hebrew TaNaKh (O.T.) calls her ASHERAH. The 7 horns or sunrays should be a strong indication of her true identity. Her emblem is the flower of the lily, seen illustrated with her on this page. An American society, the Easter Seals Society, uses the fleur-de-lis (French, flower of the lily) as their logo, and they have no religious affiliations whatsoever. (At the Statue of "Liberty", there is a plaque dedicating the image to the Earth Mother, Ishtar).

Piper Perabo

Indeterminacy 2

You probably know the one about the two
monks, but I’ll tell it
anyway. They were
walking along one day when they came to
a stream where a young lady was
waiting, hoping that someone
would help her across.
Without hesitating, one
of the monks picked her up and carried
her across, putting her
down safely on the other side.

The two monks continued walking along,
and after some time,
the second one,
unable to restrain himself,
said to the first,
“You know we’re not
allowed to touch women.
Why did you carry that woman
across the stream?”
The first monk replied,
“Put her down.
I did two hours ago.”

- John Cage

Dolores Del Rio

Monsterland (2009) (TV)

A very informative documentary about monsters in cinema by the renown German horror film director Jörg Buttgereit, an acquaintance of mine. We played all of his works, and each time he came down to our town to accompany the screenings.

Jörg has also published a book on Godzilla movies where I had the honor to write a short something to one of the movies:

Just now I have found that this same book has been planned for a release translated into English, but it seems it never happened. However, they did have the cover ready:

Magdalena Frackowiak

ph: Sølve Sundsbø

The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005) (TV)

This is an above average TV thriller about the investigation and arrest of the notorious BTK killer. Chillingly well played, but the most remarkable aspect to me was the great and quite unusual soundtrack by Tree Adams.

A Song a Day

Joy Division - I Remember Nothing

Joy Division are one of the giants of my youth, and they will accompany me for the rest of my life for certain.

This live version is so amazing touching onto industrial, it's pure genius. I recommend to play it loud as possible.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Indeterminacy 37

It was a Wednesday.

I was in the sixth
I overheard
Dad saying to Mother,
we’re going to
New Zealand Saturday.”
I got ready.

I read everything I
could find in the school
library about New
Saturday came.

Nothing happened.
project was not even
that day
or any succeeding day.

- John Cage

A Scan a Day

Messalina (1951)

I was very much looking forward to seeing this Maria Felix vehicle. However, besides some her and some optical candy, the movie was rather static and talkative.

Maria Felix

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

Another Hollywood movie version of the New Testament, this time much longer (4 hours), and with more artistic pretensions and some fancy camera work.

Lily Donaldson

ph: Nick Knight

King of Kings (1961)

Easter holidays are always a treat on TV with a large quantity of Biblical epics on offer. As a kid I loved to watch them and I still do for nostalgic reasons. This one I have in fond memory, as I first saw it at the age of 8 or 9 in the States. It was Easter, and we were invited to a befriended German family. Their son was slightly younger than me and a rambunctious outdoors kind of boy. I actually managed to convince him (and his mom) that this was an important must-see movie, so he grudgingly had to watch it with me...

Yeah, it's the New Testament told in a comic strip manner, but the Salome part is still very cool - and devious!

Kate Moss irrégulière

Mein Leben - Marcel Reich-Ranicki (2009) (TV)

This is a TV biopic of Germany's most famous and controversial literature critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki. The film is well done in a TV fashion, but limits its story to how he survived the Warsaw Ghetto. I expected to hear more about his literary beginnings in West Germany.

A Scan a Day

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Indeterminacy 172

One of Mies van der
Rohe’s pupils, a girl,
came to
him and said,
“I have
difficulty studying with you
because you
don’t leave any room for

He asked her whether
she had a pen with
She did.

He said,
“Sign your name.”
She did.

He said,
“That’s what I
call self-expression.”

- John Cage

Rie Rasmussen

New stuff

Marilyn Chambers R.I.P.

Porn star Marilyn Chambers dies at 56, you can find an eulogy here.
We actually did play Behind the Green Door very successfully at our club cinema.

In David Cronenberg's Rabid:

And as the Ivory Snow mom: