Monday, 20 February 2017

AFTER ALL





















THE QUIET EARTH, d. Geoff Murphy (1983)


When suicidal scientist Zack wakes up and finds the world utterly deserted, he soon resorts to exactly the sort of thing we'd all do if we believed we were the last human beings on earth: walking down the high street in torrential rain, wearing a policeman's hat and playing a saxophone, for instance, or cross dressing and giving a rousing speech to an audience of celebrity cardboard cut outs, that sort of thing. 

Solitude can do strange things to the lonely mind, and so does absolute freedom.

What happened is only hinted at, but the reason that Zack (and some others, as it turns out) survived is cleverly done and almost plausible. An intelligent, understated film with some mind-bending bits and an uncertain ending, The Quiet Earth is essential viewing, if only as research for the imminent apocalypse.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

FOLKISH WAYS II



I don't have much to say at the moment, and there's a lot of noise out there, anyway. So, please enjoy this second Folkways mix, which takes in Haiti, Russia, Morse Code, Eskimo poetry, dead turtles and a whole lot of bongos and I'll see you when I see you.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

FOLKISH WAYS



Folkways is one of the greatest record labels of all time. It doesn't matter if you want Cheyenne war chants, the sound of wasps, Latin lessons, Bible stories, modern poetry, Woody Guthrie or angry speeches from Black Power activists, Folkways has an album for you.

Here's a mix of almost 43 minutes duration, featuring nothing but Folkways recordings. There isn't a track listing yet because there's just so many components, but I'm happy to answer any questions. 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2016 FILM DIARY, PART TWELVE













From Shaft in Africa

01.12.16 - 31.12.16

Wake in Fright, d. Ted Kotcheff (1971)
Long Weekend, d. Colin Eggleston (1978)
Starstruck, d. Gillian Armstrong (1982)
The Apple, d. Menahem Golem (1980)
A Short Vision, d. Joan and Peter Foldes (1956)
Cycles, d. Guy Sherwin (1972)
At the Academy, d. Guy Sherwin (1974)
Colours Of This Time, d. William Raban (1972)
Breath, d. William Raban (1974)
C/O/N/S/T/R/U/C/T, d. Peter Gidal (1974)
Focii, d. Jeanette Iljon (1975)
Fat City, d. John Huston (1972)
The Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean, d. John Huston (1972) 
Buffalo Bill & The Indians, d. Robert Altman (1976)
Blind White Duration, d. Malcolm Le Grice (1968)
Spot the Microdot, d. Malcolm Le Grice (1969)
The Accountant, d. Gavin O'Connor (2016)
The Ninth Configuration, d. William Peter Blatty (1980)
Black Dynamite, d. Scott Sanders (2009
Who'll Stop The Rain? d. Karel Reisz (1978) 
The Magnificent Seven, d. Antoine Fuqua (2016)
Swiss Army Man, d. Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (2016)
Midnight Special, d. Jeff Nichols (2016)
Images, d. Robert Altman (1972)
Sisters, d. Brian De Palma (1973)
F for Fake, d. Orson Welles (1973)
Xcitement! d. George Harrison Marks (1960)
Vampired. George Harrison Marks (1964)
The Worthless, d. Mika Kaurismaki (1982)
Cha Cha Cha, d. Mika Kaurismaki (1989) 
Shaft in Africa, d. John Guillermin (1973)
The Bamboo House of Dolls, d. Kuei Chih-Hung (1973)
Bamboo Gods and Iron Men, d. Cesar Gallardo (1974)
Black Shampoo, d. Greydon Clark (1976) 
Black Samurai, d. Al Adamson (1977)
Abar, the First Black Superman, d. Frank Packard (1977)
Guardians of the Galaxy, d. James Gunn (2014)
Our Mr. Sun, d. Frank Capra (1956)
Gateways to the Mind, d. Owen Crump (1958)
The New Centurions, d. Richard Fleischer (1972) 
Luther, d. Guy Green (1973) 
The Dion Brothers, d. Jack Starrett (1974) 
The Killer Inside Me, d. Burt Kennedy (1976) 
Street People, d. Maurizio Lucidi (1976) 
The Dark Glow of the Mountains, d. Werner Herzog (1984) 
Wings of Hope, d. Werner Herzog (1999)
Miracles Still Happen, d. Giuseppe Maria Scotese (1974)
The Vikings, d. Richard Fleischer (1958) 
Hard to be a God, d. Peter Fleischman (1989) 
Black Christmas, d. Bob Clark (1974)
Contact, d. Vladimir Tarasov (1978)
Cleopatra Jones, d. Jack Starrett (1973) 
T.N.T Jackson, d. Cirio H. Santiago (1974)
Truck Turner, d. Jonathan Kaplan (1974) 
Welcome to Arrow Beach, d. Laurence Harvey (1974) 
Vagabunden Karawane, d. Werner Penzel (1979) 
Sunenergy, d. Sean Hellfritsch (2016)
A Memory of Moholy-Nagy, d. John Halas (1990)
The New Design of the London Zoo, d. Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1936) 
Village of the Giants, d. Bert I. Gordon (1965)
The Incredible Shrinking Man, d. Jack Arnold (1957)
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, d. Freddie Francis (1965) 
Rocky VI, d. Aki Kaurismaki (1986)
Shadows in Paradise, d. Aki Kaurismaki (1986) 
Ariel, d. Aki Kaurismaki (1988) 
The Match Factory Girl, d. Ari Kaurismaki (1990) 
The World's Greatest Sinner, d. Timothy Carey (1962) 
Brewster McCloud, d. Robert Altman (1970) 
The Astounding She Monster, d. Ronald V. Ashcroft (1957)
The Brain Eaters, d. Bruno VeSota (1958) 
Nocturnal Animals, d. Tom Ford (2016)
Turkey Shoot, d. Brian Trenchard-Smith (1982) 
Hell or High Water, d. David Mackenzie (2016)

Friday, 30 December 2016

HIT BY A TRUCK






















It looks like murder, but it's actually (sort of) self defence. Isaac Hayes plays bounty hunter and Magnum toting bad ass Truck Turner in the meandering, wish fulfillment fantasy film of the same name. I don't wish to speak ill of the dead, but couldn't that pimp have found a better outfit to wear when trying to kill a man? I can't help but think if he'd have selected his clothes with more care the outcome might have been different.