Saturday, May 2, 2009

Terrore nello spazio (1965)

aka
Planet der Vampire West Germany
Planet of the Vampires USA
Schrecken im Weltall West Germany





A spaceship strands at a faraway planet where aliens await them to take over their bodies in order to secure their existence.

This movie is one my fondest childhood memories, it impressed me incredibly. The style is very unusual, and there's a completely unexpected downbeat ending. A classic! By the way, you can easily see that Ridley Scott's Alien was inspired by this movie.

Pier Angeli

Giulietta degli spiriti (1965)

aka
Julia und die Geister West Germany
Juliet of the Spirits USA




Giuletta is skeptical about her husband's fidelity and seeks help and solace from the spirits that visit her.

Every so often Fellini would make a movie that drifts off into a kaleidoscope of his own very personal iconography and leave the spectator scratching his head what it's all about. This movie is a perfect example. We do get a lot to see on the way, though.

Who's That Girl?

Friday, May 1, 2009

The movies I watched in April

About a Boy (2002) 6
Ai no borei (1978) 7
Beyond the Sea (2004) 6
Cet obscur objet du désir (1977) 10

Cinema de Lágrimas (1995) 6
Circle of Friends (1995) 7
Djävulens öga (1960) 5
Eagle vs Shark (2007) 8

Evil Under the Sun (1982) 5
Fright Night (1985) 4
Harem (1985) 5
I vitelloni (1953) 8

In Bruges (2008) 8
Into the Wild (2007) 8

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 7
King of Kings (1961) 6
Koroshiya & usotsuki musume (1997) 4
L'homme au masque d'or (1991) 5
Les choristes (2004) 6
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) 8

Mein Leben - Marcel Reich-Ranicki (2009) (TV) 5
Messalina (1951) 5
Monsterland (2009) (TV) 8
Saint Ange (2004) 6
Sharkwater (2006) 7
Shi mian mai fu (2004) 8

The Bucket List (2007) 6
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2005) 8

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) 6
The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005) (TV) 6
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) 7
The Unsaid (2001) 6
True Confessions (1981) 8

Virus (1999) 5
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) 8

Xi yan (1993) 10

Crystal Renn

Indeterminacy 131



We have the impression that
we’re learning nothing,
but as the years
pass we recognize more
and more mushrooms and
we find that the
names that go with them
begin to stick in our
heads.

Furthermore, we’re
still alive.

However, we must be
cautious.
Guy Nearing sometimes says
that all mushroom experts
die from mushroom poisoning.
Donald
Malcomb finds the
dangers of lion hunting
largely imaginary,
those of mushroom
hunting perfectly real.

- John Cage

A Scan a Day

In Bruges (2008)





Two hitmen are ordered off to Bruges to lay low, but their boss has other plans with them there.

A magnificent black comedy with everyone involved bringing top performances. Lots of great dialogue!

Ray: Bruges is a shithole.
Ken: Bruges *is* not a shithole.
Ray: Bruges *is* a shithole.
Ken: Ray, we only just got off the fucking train! Could we reserve judgement on Bruges until we've seen the fucking place?
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Ken: Harry, let's face it. And I'm not being funny. I mean no disrespect, but you're a cunt. You're a cunt now, and you've always been a cunt. And the only thing that's going to change is that you're going to be an even bigger cunt. Maybe have some more cunt kids.
Harry: [furious] Leave my kids fucking out of it! What have they done? You fucking retract that bit about my cunt fucking kids!
Ken: I retract that bit about your cunt fucking kids.
Harry: Insult my fucking kids? That's going overboard, mate!
Ken: I retracted it, didn't I?
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Marie: [to Ray and Harry] Why don't you both put your guns down, and go home?
Harry: Don't be stupid. This is the shootout.
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Ken: You from the States?
Jimmy: Yeah. But don't hold it against me.
Ken: I'll try not to... Just try not to say anything too loud or crass.

Natalia Vodianova

A Song a Day

Butthole Surfers - Cherub

Another favourite band of mine - to this day. The Butthole Surfers's concert were absoutely fabulous and the only ones I'd ever have felt some sense of danger. Always keep away from the stage!



Cherub
Cherub the angel
Roll back the hands of time

Cherub
Enter the angel

aaaaaaahhhh!

You walk alone now
You're never mind
The walks you've taken
have left behind
All people sideways
They look at you
may god forsake me
cause I do to

I see bodies
Maybe, maybe someone is alive
Naked we smile

Hoo-hahahahahahahah, a-hahahahahohoho

Naked

Ha-ha

ahhhh

You're right beside me
you gaze a view
your body's vacant
they crawl right through

those bodies falling
it's in the air
we're mixed so close now
but I don't care

ha ha ha

walk upon me
your body lead
you try to escape you
it's in your head


I'd better go back
I'm not over there

You walk beside me
you gaze at me
you're homeless now
or that times three

amazon
you gaze along
I'll make you talk you
there is no bong

your mind has cut you
you're bleeding now
your plans escaped
just like a bow

they walk right past you
they stop and stare
your body's lying
all over there

ha-he-he-he-he

feh

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kate Moss irrégulière

Indeterminacy 77



Once
over in
Amsterdam
a
Dutch musician said to me,

“It
must be very difficult


for you in America

to write music.



You are

so far away



from
the centers of tradition.”

- John Cage

Hilary Rhoda

Djävulens öga (1960)




The devil has a stye in his eye caused by the virginity of a pastor's daughter. To change this situation he sends Don Juan down to earth with the task to ruin the girl.

A very lightweight comedy which is actually not a bit funny at all. One of Bergman's lesser efforts.

A Scan a Day


Art Brut: Adolf Wölfli


You can find his biography here.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rosie Huntington Whiteley


ph: Greg Williams

Indeterminacy 162



A depressed young man

came to
see
Hazel Dreis,

the
bookbinder.


He said,



“I’ve decided to commit
suicide.”



She said,

“I think it’s a good idea.

Why don’t you do it?”

- John Cage

Diana Gärtner

I vitelloni (1953)





One year in the lives of 5 young men form a circle of friends who have nothing special to do in an Italian village.

Great study of everyday life in Italy, an early Fellini masterpiece.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Maureen O'Sullivan

Fright Night (1985)



A teenager suspects that his new next door neighbour is a vampire and finds out it's true.

I'm probably too old for this kind of stuff. I found the movie horribly silly and not funny at all.

Ann Sothern

Eagle vs Shark (2007)




A young woman falls for a loser and manages to win his love.

This is a wonderfully offbeat romantic comedy, it was a real joy to watch.

Lily: Do you want the big fries?
Jarrod: No.
Lily: It's free. I'll give them to you. The big size. Free. You'll save a dollar fifty. Free.
Jarrod: Um, ok.
Lily: Do you want cheese on your burger?
Jarrod: No, thanks.
Lily: It's free, too. I'll give it to you. You'll save sixty cents.
Jarrod: No, thanks.
Lily: Why? It's free cheese.
Jarrod: Can't eat cheese.
Lily: Oh, ok. No cheese.

Jarrod: I almost came as a shark actually, but then I realized an eagle's slightly better.

Jessica Alba

Circle of Friends (1995)



In the 1950s 3 Irish girlfriends go to college in Dublin and find friendship, love and some trouble.

Extremely well-made romance, one of those movies to take your date to, and you needn't feel bad about it either.

A Scan a Day

Indeterminacy 99



Dad is an inventor.
In 1912 his submarine
had the world’s record for staying
under water.
Running as it did
by means of a gasoline engine,
it left bubbles
on the surface,
so it was not employed during
World War I.
Dad says he does his best
work when he is sound
asleep. I was
explaining at the New School
that the way to get ideas
is to do something boring.
For instance,
composing in such a way that
the process of composing is
boring induces ideas.
They fly into
one’s head like birds.

Is that what Dad meant?

- John Cage

Monica Bellucci