Edward Ka-Spel‘s brilliance with The Legendary Pink Dots is to introduce us to isolated characters and then immerse us in their world-view through expansive and mysterious soundscapes. He begins with the most restricted, infinitesimal point of consciousness and then slowly expands it outward towards a state of ‘cosmic consciousness’ (to use the phrase of 1960s psychonauts). Musically, he often follows this template of expansion, with simple melody lines repeating and layering in increased complexity of texture. Much of the LPD’s music is an undertaking to help the listener (and perhaps composer) escape his/her own head. Lyrical phrases, musical motifs, album titles and themes recur across decades, but tonal shifts between albums are slow and subtle. Hopefully, The Legendary Dots Project, like the Residents and Sparks projects before, will provide the keen reader and listener with a giddy entry-point into the Legendary Pink Dots’ musical world. Fulfil the prophecy! Continue reading
In case you don’t remember, we didn’t really care much for Have A Bad Day, the soundtrack CD to the Residents‘ CD-ROM game Bad Day on the Midway. And it didn’t help that of the three of us, none had actually played the game the music came from. In fact, I’m not sure if we COULD play the game even if we had a copy of it, given how computers advanced and whatnot. The Bad Day project couldn’t die, however. After at least three attempts to turn it into a TV series (including one attempt by David Lynch of all people), the Residents — or rather the singing Resident, Randy Rose — turned the storyline of the game into a short novel. Continue reading
10. Monster (2003, Jenkins)
It may seem a little off to start this list with a film about a serial killer, as that may not be considered an especially positive portrayal of a lesbian. But I think the film handles that particular aspect of Aileen Wuornos very well, as merely incidental and not directly related to her mental instability, and just in general, the film actually paints a fairly sympathetic portrait of her character (almost to a fault, honestly). The most important thing about the entire movie, though, as far as I’m concerned, is that it boasts an incredible scene of Wuornos and Christina Ricci’s character discovering their lust for one another in a roller rink, set to Journey’s epic Don’t Stop Believin’, which is easily one of the most romantic love scenes ever put to film. Click here to watch the scene on youtube.
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Dream the First
Have you ever had a nightmare about a movie you’ve never seen, or, rather before you DID see it??
Actually, I’m not sure if “nightmare” is the right term. It was more of just creepy and unsettling.
Anyway, the film in question is David Lynch‘s Eraserhead. In the dream, I was either doing or was privy to an interview with David Lynch (who, as an aside, was obviously not David Lynch, as he didn’t speak with antiquated expressions. Stuff like “oh gosh” and “aw, shucks”.). The interviewer/me, noted that he had a rubber dog with an extended jaw, sort of like the kind you’d get at Archie McPhee’s. The gummy sort of almost translucent rubber. Like the kind the Lucky Monkey is made from. I think the dog might have been one of those rubber pencil-topper things.
Cover of Dune (Widescreen)
There are two ways to talk about movies: in absolutes/closed conversation, and in discussion/dialogue. In the first instance, for example, someone says ‘I hate The New Barbarians, it is such a terrible movie’ which closes the conversation. It states the value of the movie as a qualitative absolute – the film is terrible, it is bad, it has no merit and there is no purpose and no value in discussing the movie. There is no room for discussion, no room for dialogue.