Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Pirates, Rainbows, and visual feasts.

The Boom Operator watched and thoroughly enjoyed the new Aardman Animations film Pirates! Band of Misfits, which provoked our perennial discussion and preference for tangible, non-digital effects ad nauseum. We also saw the obscure and soon-to-remain-obscure Panos Cosmatos film Beyond the Black Rainbow, one of the weirdest films ever made, and a true masterpiece of retro-futurist artsanity pastiche: Kubrick, Tron, Tarkovsky, THX 1138, Dark Star, Jodorowski and Kenneth Anger set to a Valerie Collective soundtrack and a mescaline addiction. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. I can't recommend this film at all, and I can't recommend it enough. That's one for the vault.

We heard music from the following:

Blade Runner, 1982 - Vangelis
Cutthroat Island, 1995 - John Debney
The Hobbit, 1977 - Maury Laws
Irreversible, 2002 - Thomas Bangalter
Monkey Island Series, 199x - Various


Here's a show that you won't forget, unless you take that pill...

Another dreary week where neither of us could be arced to see any of the new releases. With such future-Criterion contenders as Think Like a Man and Hasbro's Battleship, who can blame us? For an alleged critic on a show allegedly meant to digest film culture, I certainly do hate much if not all of its representations as they appear in wide release every feel. It's not just that the movies coming out are bad; I find them beneath even consideration, perhaps an idiosyncratic (OK, fine, snobby) view, but in my mind, really becoming appreciative of film involves an archival mindset of digging and exploring the many frontiers not found or represented by the production machine in Los Angeles. If and when you do that, how in the motherfucking fuck can something like the 2012 The Three Stooges even be worth your time or interest except in the most abstract way?

Anyway, we spiffballed our way around two hours of tonight's show on varying topics. It got so obtuse I can barely remember what was going on, save we talked about the upcoming monolithic (in every sense) Prometheus. Have you guys seen the ad campaign behind this? Somebody wants to be Kubrick real hard, but then, I'm anti-hype.

We heard music from the following

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004 - Jon Brion
Gone Fishin', 1997 - Randy Edelman
My Name is Nobody, 1973 - Ennio Morricone
The Omega Man, 1971 - Ron Grainer
Planet Earth, 2006 - George Fenton