11-14-18 I watched Les Blank’s “The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists” (1995). It’s a 54-minute documentary about Gerald “The Maestro” Gaxiola, a working man who turned to art in his later life. The maverick artist used his cowboy persona to entertain the public and never took a penny for his prodigious output. OK but I like the music and cooking documentaries better. #americancinema#independentcinema#documentary#lesblank#1995film
11-14-18 I watched Les Blank’s “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe”(1980). First-time documentarian Errol Morris told director Werner Herzog he wanted to make a film but lacked the money. Herzog told him money doesn’t make films and encouraged him to just start. As an incentive, he promised he would eat his shoe if the film were released. Morris’s documentary Gates of Heaven was one result.
The other was this short documentary of Herzog making good on the wager. #americancinema#independentcinema#documentary#wernerherzog#lesblank#filmstruck#1990film
Continuing my Les Blank/FilmStruck binge, I watched the director’s “A Poem Is a Naked Person” (1974). This feature-length documentary tracks two years in the career of rock star Leon Russell. Aside from the awesome music, Blank took plenty of time to focus on happenings big and small on the fringes. Russell, who financed the film, was not amused and refused to allow the film to be released during Blank’s lifetime. The film is actually pretty great. FilmStruck also offers an interview with Russell and Les Blank’s son about the eventual release of the film. #americancinema#independentcinema#documentary#rockumentary#musicdocumentary#lesblank#leonrussell#1974film
😳Anarchic satire 'Wobble Palace' screens tomorrow night @triskel_cork 💕
Couple Jane and Eugene split their apartment over one Halloween weekend so that they can pursue other options 💘 Will they succeed? 👀 -
Friday 16th November | 20:15 | @Triskel_Cork
More information and tickets 🎟️👉 corkfilmfest.org
11-13-18 I watched Les Blank and Maureen Gosling’s documentary “Yum Yum Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole cooking. I was so impressed by Burden of Dreams (1982) that I decided to do a binge of Les Blank films on FilmStruck. These will all be unavailable except through the library service Kanopy (which I don’t get) after FilmStruck shuts down. (sob). I love good food and good music. This 31-minute film is a feast for all the senses. #americancinema#independentcinema#documentary#creolecooking#cajuncooking#lesblank#filmstruck#1990film
Halloween, David Gordon Green, 2018
Il nuovo Halloween è esattamente ciò che mi aspettavo: un omaggio al primo film, che cita, rifà e talvolta ribalta l'originale. È divertente e, seppure lo stile visivo di Gordon Green mi risulti un po' indigesto, tiene sulla poltrona sino al bel finale. Poi si esaurisce in questo, e vive totalmente del dualismo Michael/Laurie, all'infuori del quale non esistono personaggi verso i quali si possa nutrire il benché minimo interesse. Insomma, un discreto horror non privo di cadute di stile anche grosse ma che ha pure i suoi momenti riusciti. Ragionando però al di là delle logiche di mercato, il problema vero è che l'Halloween di Carpenter è un film che non può avere un sequel reale, se non snaturando la figura di Michael Myers. Cosa che infatti accade qui. Michael è sì l'incarnazione del male, ma lo è idealmente: non è un'entità sovrannaturale venuta dell'inferno bensì un essere umano in tutto e per tutto. Quando in quel grandioso finale trascende la propria natura umana lo fa, letteralmente, scomparendo, e diventando tutt'uno con il mondo, a testimoniare la presenza invincibile del male in esso. Se lo si ripresenta come personaggio lo si deve fare nella sua nuova forma, quella di superuomo (e così è nel nuovo Halloween), cioè ciò che Michael in sé non sarebbe nel momento in cui è separato dalla realtà che lo ha accolto come parte nascosta ma inevitabilmente presente di sé. Insomma: Halloween di Carpenter è un film concluso e concluso sarebbe l'arco narrativo di Michael Myers, sebbene il finale sembrerebbe aperto.
Ma sappiamo come funziona l'industria cinematografica, e sono comunque discorsi fini a se stessi: Halloween di David Gordon Green intrattiene e tanto basta. E poi, quando sui titoli di testa parte quella musica...
American Horror Story è una serie televisiva statunitense di genere horror trasmessa dal 5 ottobre 2011
Richiamando caratteristiche delle serie antologiche, la fiction venne concepita in modo che ogni stagione avesse trama, ambientazione e personaggi diversi. Al suo debutto, la serie raccolse un'accoglienza positiva dalla critica e un ottimo riscontro di pubblico; la première risultò la più vista di sempre sulla rete FX
Tra i numerosi riconoscimenti ottenuti, la serie vanta sedici Emmy Awards e due Golden Globe.
Prima stagione: Murder House. 🏠 •Seconda stagione: Asylum. 🏫
•Terza stagione: Coven. 🔮
•Quarta stagione: Freak Show.🎈
•Quinta stagione: Hotel.🏢
•Sesta stagione: Roanoke.🏜
•Settima stagione: Cult.🐝 🤡 •Ottava stagione: Apocalypse.✈️💉🔮 💣 💥
11-11-18 I watched Steven Soderbergh’s “And Everything Is Going Fine” (2010). It’s a documentary about the career of actor/monologist Spalding Gray made six years after Gray’s suicide. There is no narration, just many excellent clips from monologues and interviews. I love Gray and loved this film. #americancinema#documentary#spaldinggray#stevensoderbergh#2010film
11-11-18 I watched Les Blank’s Burden of Dreams (1982), perhaps the best “making of” documentary ever made. I could listen to Werner Herzog talk endlessly, even when he is raving. In addition, we get beautiful shots of the jungle and the indigenous people. If you have ever seen or plan to see Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo (1982) or have an interest in dreamers, this is a must see. Really deserves to be on the 1001 movies list. #americancinema#independentcinema#lesblank#documentary#makingof#makingofdocumentary#wernerherzog#1982film
Some of my favourite creatives and cinephiles share a favourite movie experience: the film that left a mark on them, they changed them, that influenced them personally, creatively or both. Today on the site, Heidi Wellington @heidiwelli talks about Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation". Link in profile. #favouritefilm#lostintranslation
Perdidos na Noite // Midnight Cowboy
▪️Um drama melancólico sobre pessoas largadas no mundo, sobre amizade, sobre encontrar seu lugar e tentar ser feliz. Melhores atuações de Jon Voight e Dustin Hoffman no cinema. A música ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ do Harry Nilsson é de partir o coração .
▪️A melancholy drama about abandoned people, about friendship, about finding our place in the world and try to be happy. Best career performances by Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. The song 'Everybody's Talkin' by Harry Nilsson is heartbreaking.
▪️ by Marcelo Palermo @marcpalermo
11-10-18 I watched Julie Taymor’s “Across the Universe” (2007) on FilmStruck. It is approximately 1968. A Liverpudlian merchant seaman winds up in the USA where he falls in love with a wealthy beauty and gets mixed up with her radical friends. The whole thing is set to the music of the Beatles, which is sung by the actors. I’d actually rather listen to the soundtrack album than watch the film to be honest. It is beautifully made but there was no CGI in MY 60’s and the liberal use of it here was a turnoff to me. #americancinema#femaledirector#julietaymor#beatles#moviemusical#2007film
I’m a big western fan but I gotta admit I never really got into John Ford. I like some of his films but I don’t really respond to his kind of western that much. That’s why it took me some time to see ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ starring James Stewart and John Wayne – and it turns out I liked this one a lot. I love both Wayne and Stewart and they do a good job here (even though shooting under Ford was apparently not fun) but the performance that really made me fall in love with this film is Lee Marvin as Liberty Valance. There’s just something about Lee Marvin that makes him a perfect western villain for me - he’s great at being a mean sob. I also love that one of his sidekicks is played by Lee Van Cleef (who I think has one line here) two years before Sergio Leone discovered him. It seems that Ford didn’t want Wayne to be in the movie and both hated making it, but I would actually say the Duke does some pretty damn good work here. Also great to see Woody Strode in this – another actor who worked with Leone later and did a number of spaghetti westerns and other Italian films I like. John Carradine comes into the mix pretty late but is just as memorable and fun as Major Cassius Starbuckle. I still think Jimmy Stewart made his best westerns with Anthony Mann, but this is a pretty great movie. #TheManWhoShotLibertyValance#JohnFord#JohnWayne#JamesStewart#LeeMarvin#VeraMiles#LeeVanCleef#WoodyStrode#JohnCarradine#EdmondObrien#AndyDevine#60scinema#western#outlaw#classicmovies#classicwestern#cultmovie#cinephile#filmbuff#blackandwhite#oldmovies#theduke#gunslinger#classiccinema#americancinema#libertyvalance
Womanhood pneuma-enriching enlightenment, FOR ALL THE FEMINISTS AND THE NON-FEMINISTS OUT THERE.
This is an encyclopedic visual documentation about media-related female ill-depicted disempowerment throughout American History.
Capitalizing how the multibranches of the digital climate has been ascendingly overruling contemporary consumerism and in return anatomy-moulding the receiving eye's societal expectancy of the the preassigned female bodily ,and sociopolitical dehumanization.
An all-knowing statistically documented coverage , spelled out in an eye-opening wakeful revolt against underpining patriarchal oppression. It disentangles the primary threadlike entailment of the dwindling media-related female mischaracterization and how it reiterated back in numberless ill-founded stronium leghorns ( such as women's psychological health mirrored back at the unrequited ideal physicality [ Read : Body image and prevalent fat-shaming in proportionate parallelism to worthwhile self-image , and how approximately 7 million girls , adult women , 1 million boys and men currently suffer at the overriding surging hand of an eating disorder, interassociated with ongoing depression , it also conversely altercates how Hollywood is a male-dominated industry , how only 5% percent of females are featured movies , how females rarely get published within literary merits , how female political leaders are reduced to mere misdirected physical scrutiny instead of regrouping assessed scopes at their political aspirations / achievements and how anti-the-flow vocal female icons within political dominions or non-political realms are usually ill-famed with the 'bitch' terminology.) And most importantly what to do about these historically and universally prolonged fatalistic humanism. It doesn't just extend an unsavory flood of factual and statistical bombardments , it also suggests applicable and reasonable solutions.
The Fall (2006)
Self-drawn walking museum within the whims of mythical fairy-tale telling.
Wherein the spatial migratory realms of myriad visual narrative , interfacially overlaps with the dwindling atrophy of existential realism .
To conclude that the equivocal command of weary realism could be in twinning equiposition with the fictionalized migratory dominion (since multiple philosophers hypothesized that earthly existence is nothing but a self-generating dreamlike limbo/perpetuity , self-coloring itself according to conscious-elasticity , i.e is all we see or seem but a dream within a dream ? ( Hutton's Paradox) )
The same way when gauzelike threads of recent happenings / lived realities , are repieced and visual-cadred in ilked exactitude along with the new visual scenario you're placed before in your dream.
So in philosophical practicality ,it's how the viewing eye perceptively assimilate its surrounding consciousness or lifelike existence .
You can reduce your notioned reality to the lower mental frequencies of contemporary ennui and foretelling partialities of the mind or you can upswing it to higher self-chronicled migratory cognitive states.