Trailer for Dogtooth/Κυνόδοντας (2009), dir. by Yorgos Lanthimos

I watched this brilliant film over the weekend with my pal Chris, and I don’t think I’ll be able to stop talking about it anytime soon. Analysis/discussion to follow. I am elated.

2000s / greece / prix un certain regard 2009 / film / movies / cannes / dark comedy / satire / favorite /

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In its entirety without subtitles, Uccellacci e uccellini (1966), dir. by Piero Paolo Pasolini

One of Pasolini’s lighter works, but nonetheless delving deep into the subjects of religion, family, Marxism, life and death.

1960s / in its entirety / it's all up on youtube / italy / favorite /

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Just a quick interruption from all the film stuff to say that Genesis is my goddess and idol whose work has carried me through some of the toughest years of my life. I can’t wait to see the new PTV lineup live (perhaps in Brooklyn this December?)! What a sublime group of hot, fresh, and talented artists.
genesisbreyerporridge:

Last night we did a photo shoot of the new PTV3/Psychic TV line-up. The first ever photoshoot even though we have toured Europe once and a bit and played various shows in the USA, including our annual One True TOPI Tribe celebration and invokation at Club EUROPA in Brooklyn, New York in December each y-era. Usually we manage to play on December 23rd…this y-era due to circumstances, we will be playing (we believe) on the 15th December.We have been slowly recording versions of our new songs at Jeff “Bunsen” Berner’s studio in Brooklyn old style. That means, to us, we go in without ANY rehearsals, focus inside and then, in one room the musicians play similtaneously with moveable baffles separating them for miking purposes and ME (gen) in a separate soundproofed room with a mike. We discuss the concept of the tracks. A loose, improvisedversion of a super classic track, in this case “MOTHER SKY” by CAN. We all play together, live, using only headphones to hear each other. After one take. That is it. STRAIGHT TO TAPE as they’d say, AND DO, in the sixties. We know there will be sceptics who find it impossible to believe we play once without rehearsal. We dont care. And YES, we(me) have a theme for the vocals content and structure, BUT as ever we can’t help improvising new lyrics etc. The band too are super linked consciousnesses aswe play. It amazes me, and our band, how scripted and tight the songs end up sounding. Truly it IS PSYCHIC tv…Each “cover” song has a B Side , for the next 12 inch Ltd edition single it is “ALIEN SKY” .For my SELF these songs that are resulting are my favourite tracks we have ever recorded in ANY band in any era. BUT that does NOT mean we don’t love many songs from our 34 year creation of music and songs. But we’ve NEVER been this thrilled and satisfied as with the new tracks and “Maggot Brain/Alien Brain”. We find it hard to conceive how pure and instantly these tracks appeared. No overdubs, no reruns. ONE TAKE. We even had extra studio time as a result of doing single takes, so Edley ODowd suggested we might as well play/jam for the last 10 minutes…so we did and ended up with an entirely original new song about my Beloved Lady Jaye called  ”THANK YOU”……PTV3 is, in my opinion, as hot and fresh as ANY band out there right now. COme see us if we are in your town. Theres a good chance of PTV3 playing Houston and Dallas later this year, ADELAIDE, Australia in MARCH 2012 is on!!! The photo that sent me ranting is for Australia for the big Arts Festival catalogue etc. Also we realised there wasnt really a band photo since Jeff “Bunsen” Berner joined us. Maybe even since our keyboardist Jess Stewart joined. SO here we are folks, we wouldn’t lie to you. These once were some BEEautifull men and women!!!Breyer P-OrridgePhoto by (have to ask Edley we forget!!! sorry)Left to Right:Jeff “Bunsen” Berner - Lead Guitars and vocalsJess Stewart - keyborads and flute and vocalsGenesis Breyer P-Orridge - vocals, violin and noise bass guitarAlice Genese - Bass Guitar and vocalsEdley ODowd - drums, percussion and samples

Just a quick interruption from all the film stuff to say that Genesis is my goddess and idol whose work has carried me through some of the toughest years of my life. I can’t wait to see the new PTV lineup live (perhaps in Brooklyn this December?)! What a sublime group of hot, fresh, and talented artists.

genesisbreyerporridge:

Last night we did a photo shoot of the new PTV3/Psychic TV line-up. The first ever photoshoot even though we have toured Europe once and a bit and played various shows in the USA, including our annual One True TOPI Tribe celebration and invokation at Club EUROPA in Brooklyn, New York in December each y-era. Usually we manage to play on December 23rd…this y-era due to circumstances, we will be playing (we believe) on the 15th December.

We have been slowly recording versions of our new songs at Jeff “Bunsen” Berner’s studio in Brooklyn old style. That means, to us, we go in without ANY rehearsals, focus inside and then, in one room the musicians play similtaneously with moveable baffles separating them for miking purposes and ME (gen) in a separate soundproofed room with a mike. We discuss the concept of the tracks. A loose, improvisedversion of a super classic track, in this case “MOTHER SKY” by CAN. We all play together, live, using only headphones to hear each other. After one take. That is it. STRAIGHT TO TAPE as they’d say, AND DO, in the sixties. We know there will be sceptics who find it impossible to believe we play once without rehearsal. We dont care. And YES, we(me) have a theme for the vocals content and structure, BUT as ever we can’t help improvising new lyrics etc. The band too are super linked consciousnesses aswe play. It amazes me, and our band, how scripted and tight the songs end up sounding. Truly it IS PSYCHIC tv…Each “cover” song has a B Side , for the next 12 inch Ltd edition single it is “ALIEN SKY” .For my SELF these songs that are resulting are my favourite tracks we have ever recorded in ANY band in any era. BUT that does NOT mean we don’t love many songs from our 34 year creation of music and songs. But we’ve NEVER been this thrilled and satisfied as with the new tracks and “Maggot Brain/Alien Brain”. We find it hard to conceive how pure and instantly these tracks appeared. No overdubs, no reruns. ONE TAKE. We even had extra studio time as a result of doing single takes, so Edley ODowd suggested we might as well play/jam for the last 10 minutes…so we did and ended up with an entirely original new song about my Beloved Lady Jaye called  ”THANK YOU”……PTV3 is, in my opinion, as hot and fresh as ANY band out there right now. COme see us if we are in your town. Theres a good chance of PTV3 playing Houston and Dallas later this year, ADELAIDE, Australia in MARCH 2012 is on!!! The photo that sent me ranting is for Australia for the big Arts Festival catalogue etc. Also we realised there wasnt really a band photo since Jeff “Bunsen” Berner joined us. Maybe even since our keyboardist Jess Stewart joined. SO here we are folks, we wouldn’t lie to you. These once were some BEEautifull men and women!!!
Breyer P-Orridge

Photo by (have to ask Edley we forget!!! sorry)
Left to Right:
Jeff “Bunsen” Berner - Lead Guitars and vocalsJess Stewart - keyborads and flute and vocalsGenesis Breyer P-Orridge - vocals, violin and noise bass guitarAlice Genese - Bass Guitar and vocalsEdley ODowd - drums, percussion and samples

personal / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge / favorite /

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The movie is supposed to be over-the-top. It’s supposed to be absolutely ridiculous. I can’t imagine anyone taking this film literally and not having any fun with it, because I think it’s a total riot with a kick-ass soundtrack (especially for a small-budget parody film from 1974). The character of Beef is my favorite “glam rock” character in a movie, ever, because he both desexualizes and demystifies a persona that is supposed to be sexual and mysterious. Phantom of the Paradise is not only a literary adaptation - combining Faust, Dorian Grey, Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera - it is a poignant critique on the shallowness of the music and entertainment industry, and the dangers of idol worship.
Also, did you know that the electronic room that Winslow is imprisoned in is actually one huge synthesizer?
I just can’t see any flaws in this film. The live performance of “Somebody Super Like You” gives me chills each and every time because it’s such a cool idea - it’s Frankenstein done as a German Expressionist rock opera! And seriously, this song is so good.



  
I suppose it’s a taste thing, but again, I have no idea how someone could watch this movie and not laugh at how spot-on it is as a satire, and its relevance even today.
I totally hope you’re trolling me right now.

The movie is supposed to be over-the-top. It’s supposed to be absolutely ridiculous. I can’t imagine anyone taking this film literally and not having any fun with it, because I think it’s a total riot with a kick-ass soundtrack (especially for a small-budget parody film from 1974). The character of Beef is my favorite “glam rock” character in a movie, ever, because he both desexualizes and demystifies a persona that is supposed to be sexual and mysterious. Phantom of the Paradise is not only a literary adaptation - combining Faust, Dorian Grey, Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera - it is a poignant critique on the shallowness of the music and entertainment industry, and the dangers of idol worship.

Also, did you know that the electronic room that Winslow is imprisoned in is actually one huge synthesizer?

I just can’t see any flaws in this film. The live performance of “Somebody Super Like You” gives me chills each and every time because it’s such a cool idea - it’s Frankenstein done as a German Expressionist rock opera! And seriously, this song is so good.

  

I suppose it’s a taste thing, but again, I have no idea how someone could watch this movie and not laugh at how spot-on it is as a satire, and its relevance even today.

I totally hope you’re trolling me right now.

1970s / brian de palma / favorite / phantom of the paradise / Film /

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It’s a pity you didn’t know when you started your game of murder that I was playing, too.
— Vincent Price as the conniving Frederick Loren in House On Haunted Hill (1959), dir. by William Castle and written by Robb White
1950s / quote / horror / film / vincent price / william castle / favorite /

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A belated remembrance of Tura Satana

It was on the 4th that I remembered that Filmme Fatale’s avatar was of the timeless, sultry Tura Satana. Before Tura it was a photo of me, and I realized that I didn’t want FF to be seen as a personal blog; my admiration for Satana had been cemented ever since I saw her powerful performance in Russ Meyers’ cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!!, so the choice was an easy one. I’m sorry - to myself the most, really - that I haven’t yet written about Tura’s influence on me.

Any Wikipedia search could tell you about Tura’s career and her life. It’s common knowledge that she was raped, that she grew up and tracked down her assaulters and beat up each and every one. It’s common knowledge that she was an exotic dancer, an actress, a singer, a muse, and turned down a marriage proposal from Elvis Presley.
Tura was a force, in life and in show biz. An adolescent girl-gang leader, a teenage runaway, an underage nude model. I’d say she was a bad seed if not for that strong, clear head on her shoulders. Maybe “badd seed”? People still say “badd,” don’t they? Oh - did I mention she’s a Chicago girl?

But what struck me most of all was just how positive Tura was about strong females. In her interview with Zuri Zone [link], Satana states that while she and her friends were in a girl gang, “…we didn’t go around looking for trouble. Usually we went looking to prevent trouble, especially to other girls.” She carried this sentiment with her ‘til the day she died, during a time where women (especially Asian women) had no strong female role-models who took charge of their sexuality.
Even now, we still need Tura’s rage-filled Varla from Faster, Pussycat!, and her ruthless Satana from The Astro-Zombies. Even now, Tura is revolutionary in seeing women as both strong and feminine, as capable of both integrity and sexuality, of owning their autonomy.

Though her entire life seemed to be a struggle to overcome her many adversities - growing up Asian-American, hitting puberty much earlier than her peers, brutal sexual assault, harassment and even violence throughout her entertainment career - Satana is a symbol of strength and self-assuredness in a world that remains sympathetic to men. Her humor was said to be infectious, her beauty statuesque, and her work ethic was limitless. And despite her notorious piercing glare, she was known by all to be a very fair, grounded woman.

Even now, “Tura” - a sigil to those who did not know her personally - is an incredibly powerful woman.

Though the film world mourns her death, I mourn her more as a woman. To close her interview with Zuri Zone, Tura states, “Remember that life is not like movies. There is good and bad all around. Make sure you are never a victim but always a survivor.”



favorite / feminism / tura satana / women in film /

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I’m waiting to hear back from the man himself on credits for this video - year, composer/song title, what this project was for, etc. Until then, I’m assuming the brilliant Eric Nordhauser is entirely responsible for this, music courtesy of his musical project savage planet. As the title of this video is Eric Nordhauser’s AE Reel, it isn’t a stretch to say this might be a sampler of his AfterEffects work, but obviously it stands alone as a sweet animation with a real catchy soundtrack.

For those of you who are not familiar with Nordhauser, he has been an animator, a VFX artist, a musician, a director, and is currently the owner and co-curator of SHOW CAVE in Los Angeles. You might know of SHOW CAVE if you listen to bands like //TENSE//, billie ray martin and WARSAW, or live in LA (or follow them on tumblr).

Also, he pretty much invented ~*~*\/\/y†chH▲v$*~*~, maybe.

UPDATE: In doin’ a little digging around, I’ve found that part of this reel is from the music video he directed for I Am Spoonbender’s “Replaced By Toys”. I hope he doesn’t think I’m a dumdum in the message I sent him asking wat diz vidjo waz ferr.

UPDATE 2: I’m gonna interview him.

eric nordhauser / animation / experimental / savage fantasy / awesome / favorite / so good /

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So excited to have found this!!

Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy is a masterpiece of Indian cinema, and stands as testament to what a tiny budget can do; it’s one of my favorite trilogies of all time by one of my favorite Indian directors. So beautiful, and this film, the first of the series, is online in its entirety! I’m definitely going to have to write about it soon.

Part one of Pather Panchali (1955), dir. by Satyajit Raya
Score composed by Ravi Shankar

1950s / india / so good / favorite / the apu trilogy / satyajit ray / ravi shankar /

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Trailer for Videodrome. One of my favorites~

1980s / david cronenberg / canada / debbie harry / james woods / favorite /

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Clip from Videodrome (1983), dir. by David Cronenberg

1980s / david cronenberg / favorite / canada / james woods / debbie harry /

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