Tuesday, 6 December 2016

FALLING FREE



I have lots of records, and lots of favourite records. My favourite FAVOURITE record is 'I Feel Love' by Donna Summer. I could listen to it forever. It's my 'crossing the event horizon and passing beyond relativity into the shapeless, formless, timeless infinite unknown' record.

I've chosen this 'live' appearance because it's astonishing to consider that real people are playing this music, with human hands and minds. A work of evolutionary importance. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

2016 FILM DIARY, PART ELEVEN




















From The Gamma People

Absolution, d. Anthony Page (1978)
Bloody Kids, d. Stephen Frears (1979)
Hand In Glove, d. Jon Coley (1976)
Fifth Minute, d. Jon Coley (1976)
Feline Incarnate, d. Jon Coley (1976)
Britannia Hospital, d. Lindsay Anderson (1982)
Marnie, d. Alfred Hitchcock (1964)
Family Plot, d. Alfred Hitchcock (1976)
Breaking Point, d. Bob Clark (1976)
Sucker Punch, d. Zack Snyder (2011)
Green Room, d. Jeremy Saulnier (2015)
Helldrivers, d. Cy Endfield (1957)
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! d. Russ Meyer (1965)
Angels' Wild Women, d. Al Adamson (1972)
Ouja: Origin of Evil, d. Mike Flanagan (2016)
Cure, d. Jon Coley (1977)
Stunt Sequences, d. Jon Coley (1977)
Arcade, d. Tony Sinden (1970)
Ambition, d. Tomek Baginski (2014) 
LSD-25, d. Dr. David W. Parker (1967)
For the Love of Spock, d. Adam Nimoy (2016)
Assault on Precinct 13, d. John Carpenter (1976)
The Year 01, d. Jacques Doillon, Alain Resnais & Jean Rouch (1973)
Happy End, d. Arnaud Larrieu & Jean-Marie Larrieu (2009)
The Salvation, d. Kristian Levring (2014)
Seizure, d. Oliver Stone (1974)
Schizo, d. Pete Walker (1976)
Man on Platform One, d. Jon Coley (1983)
Shadowman, d. Jon Coley (1994)
The Guest, d. Adam Wingard (2014)
Hell and High Water, d. Samuel Fuller (1954)
Excalibur, d. John Boorman (1981)
Valkyrie, d. Bryan Singer (2008)
The Hospital Nurse, d. Francis Searle (1941)
Elizabethan Express, d. Tony Thompson (1954)
Terminus, d. John Schlesinger (1961)
Pagan Island, d. Barry Mahon (1961)
The Gamma People, d. John Gilling (1956)
Watchmen, d. Zack Snyder (2009)
Loot, d. Silvio Narizzano (1970)
The Duellists, d. Ridley Scott (1977)
The Tingler, d. William Castle (1959)
The Night Walker, d. William Castle (1964)
The Las Vegas Story, d. Robert Stevenson (1952)
Underwater!, d.John Sturges (1955)
Ben Hur, d. Timur Bekmambetov (2016)
Landscape from a Dream, d. Tristram Powell (1978)
It Might Be You, d. Michael S. Gordon (1946)
Stalker, d. Andrei Tarkovsky (1979)

Exterminators from the Year 3000, d. Giuliano Carnimeo 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

THE FUTURE, 1972
























The future as depicted in a 1972 West German tv series called Alpha, Alpha: a mix of James Bond and the X Files, with lots of leather coats.

Friday, 18 November 2016

INBETWEENERS



























Yet more abstracts, transitions and vacated frames from the golden age of cartoons, specifically Hanna Barbera's wonderful Wacky Races.   

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

LIFELONG PLEASURE











































As I write this, and as you read it, there is an episode of Star Trek playing in a hundred different places in the world, and that’s how it should be. I grew up in the 1970s, where you were never more than a week away from an episode, and it forms some of my earliest televisual memories. I’m not a Trekkie by any means, but I have a deep and abiding love for the original series, partly from familiarity, but mainly because it’s just fantastic telly.

I’m just watching the third and final season now, and enjoying it enormously. The characters are so familiar at this stage that you can see what they’re thinking and the format established enough that it can be stretched and mutated and psychedelic optical effects can be inserted at regular intervals. Even the obvious budget cuts of this last series work in its favour, making it tighter and more reliant on sets, creating an occasionally surreal world of light and shadow, flat studio walls and fibreglass rocks. If some of the messages are a little heavy handed then that’s how Star Trek rolls, baby, and these were heavy times.

I humbly present some snapshots from the first few episodes of Season 3, a simple parade of images that particularly appealed to me. I’ll be back with more analysis – perhaps – the world isn’t exactly short of this sort of thing, after all.