Archive for Film & Video
Well, Banksy has done it again. This time, he has taken his political commentary to a television show that often holds up a mirror facing back at the viewer. Although, The Simpsons has been up and down over the last few years, they always seem to poke fun at Fox broadcasting and that makes this liberal-commie-Marxist-socialist-elitist-wacko San Franciscan smirk every time. You betcha!. The Simpsons creators let Banksy direct the opening sequence with a two-way mirror that must be unsettling to the Fox executives because they have been on a rampage of removing the video from sites left and right. It needs no explanation here because it’s what all of us know every time we shop for cheap goods but try not to think about.
I’m glad I never had to endure social engineering films as a kid, although I have watched quite a few as an adult because I find them funny and often creepy. Ashleigh Nankivell takes the creepy to a whole new level revealing something more sinister in both the collective belonging as well as the individualistic identities in her remix of the short film “Helping Johnny Remember” which was originally from 1956.
Chocolate Bunny – a film by Lernert Engelberts & Sander Plug
Turn the music down on this one, it’s awful. Silence would have been more effective.
A subversive take on the casting process directed by Georgie Greville of Legs.
Alex Roman’s The Third & The Seventh. Amazing!
WARNING! Turn the music down, the song with this video is just AWFUL. But, the video is an amazing recreation of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Netherlandish Proverbs.
Poster board nipples are hot! Stop frame animation, from Rob Diaz, shot with a Nokia XpressMusic 5800 smart phone.
Between, a a short film by Tim Bollinger.
“The Seed” by John Kelly uses stop motion with papercraft and 2D animation.
A two-minute animated voyage through nature’s life cycle, following the trials and tribulations of a humble apple seed.
The video “We Have Decided Not To Die”, by Australian director Daniel Askill, is visually stunning. The film projects a feeling of distance with its eerie soundtrack but compels you to watch for its bizarreness of motion and beautiful cinematography. The film is told in three parts or rituals and reminds me of works from Doug Aitken and Mathew Barney, but not as obsessed with it’s own mytholgy as Barney’s work.
Now showing at SFMOMA, a total dystopian love fest. With the current crop of awful science fiction movies over the past few years. It’s time to revisit the good old days of tomorrow. And not that I’m suggesting taking mind altering substances for viewing of these films, but one has to wander what was in the water back then and where can I get some now, and does it come bottled? There are some fantastic worlds of despair that have a viscerally visual pleasure that seduces you into watching a grim forecast of the future today. Read more »
Koyaanisqatsi (1982) is a visually arresting and culturally relevant film today. It’s scored with a pretentious soundtrack from Phillip Glass and is probably the ending is probably a little too obvious, but it’s way more entertaining than an Al Gore Power Point presentation and not as thrilling as LA being ripped apart by tornadoes in The Day After Tomorrow. Read more »