Tuesday, 18 March 2014

UNDER THE SKIN GETS UNDER THE SKIN


 
Most have drawn analogies with Roeg, Kubrick and Lynch and for those that thought Only God Forgives was the most divisive film of recent times Jonathon Glazer's Under The Skin takes over that mantle in what is certainly a cinematic experience. In recent weeks I have seen 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle and The Wolf Of Wall Street: all intelligent mainstream movies so this independent was viewed as an opportunity for a sample of nontraditional structure and narrative.

Most are aware of the plot which sees Scarlet Johansson as an extra terrestrial predator but what reviews don't quite get across is the atmosphere that pervades the film. Much credit goes to the score which is compellingly jarring. It's naturalistic and stylised, its irritating and fascinating, its dull and intriguing but above all its unique.


I left not knowing what to conclude but I enjoyed the experience much in the same way I have with the work of Roeg, Kubrick and Lynch so in that sense I await the directors future work with anticipation.

Echoes of Roeg
Echoes of Kubrick
Echoes of Lynch
 
 



Monday, 3 February 2014

A Bloke Walks Into a Bar...

I'm looking for Taffy Lewis
Feet picking in Poughkeepsee
Remember the Alamo
Trust me
Ends with a whisper
Luca Brassi sleeps with the fishes
Burnt offering
In a straight glass
Choose Life
I'm a Peacock, you gotta let me fly
 
You eat one lousy foot they call you a Cannibal
Devotchka with firegold

Friday, 24 January 2014

FULL LEATHER JACKET


Paul Simonon & Steve Jones
Having recently acquired a fine Belstaff Biker jacket I now fancy myself as a rather cool fellow when I'm wearing it, which got me to thinking of how the Bike/Leather jacket combo is ingrained in popular culture with a certain swagger. Here are some examples.
McQueen

Brando-Wild
Gina Carano

 
Faithful
Johhny Blaze
A fine example of the Bikesploitation movie
Elvis

Phil Stern's great photo of James Dean
Old School mate Eddie Kidd