sâmbătă, 18 noiembrie 2017

Malcolm Young RIP

Malcolm,Young 2nd man in AC/DC, co-founder of the band in 1973and Angus and George Young's brother gone Today. He was 64. Was battling dementia for a long time. Left the band in 2014 for health reasons.
Rolling Stone article here 
For those about to Rock (the highway to ...) we salute you !

my first AC/DC gig-Budapest 1991, the whole adventure told here (1st draft), got published in last summer's SUNETE magazine updated and edited.

vineri, 17 noiembrie 2017

Happy Death Day


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5308322/


S-a zis că anul acesta e excepţional pentru horror, cel puţin la capitolul încasări. It, după Stephen King, mega-succes mondial, noi episoade din francize: Annabelle 2, Jigsaw, Leathrerface. dar la fel ca Get Out /Fugi !, Happy Death Day / Zi de naştere mortală este un film original, de data asta amuzant, cu elemente de comedie neagră. Este Groundhog Day / Ziua cârtiţei, varianta horror, după reţeta narativă a comediei clasice din 1993, de Harold Ramis cu Bil Murray în rolul principal. Regizorul Christopher Landon (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) se joacă cu convenţiile genului şi actriţa Jessica Rothe ţine filmul pe umerii ei, carismatică, bitchy, sardonică, sexy, victimă sau eroină. Succesul filmului pentru spectator depinde de modul în care empatizează cu ea. Muzica lui Bear McCreary (autorul peisajului sonor al serialului The Walking Dead) este foarte eficiantă şi citează din toate registrele genului. Cea mai bună glumă este din genericul de început, pe logo-ul de la Universal, care pregăteşte senzaţia de deja vu.

3 stele din 5
Happy Death Day Poster

sâmbătă, 11 noiembrie 2017

miercuri, 8 noiembrie 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

cronica mea in zile & nopti aici 
sau:
Ragnarok, al treilea film cu Thor este cea mai amuzantă producţie Marvel de pînă acum*, peste Gardienii Galaxiei ambele volume (despre vol. 1 aici & vol 2 aici). Şi asta se datorează regizorului şi actorului  neoeelandez Taika Waitiki (aici în rolul lui Korg), autorul falsului documentar What We Do in the Shadows/Tribulaţiile unor vampiri moderni (2014, alături de Jemaine Clement) şi a comediei Hunt for the Wilderpeople/Oamenii Gnu (2016), o opţiune cel puţin ciudată pentru o asemenea superproducţie. Waitiki spune că inspiraţia sa de bază este Big Trouble in Little China, filmul-cult al lui John Carpenter din 1986. Un menage a trois Thor-Hulk şi Loki stă la baza structurii poveştii, plus o planetă colorată, Saakar, condusă de excentricul Grandmaster -Jeff Goldblum, excelent. Pe Aasgard o goth Cate Blanchett este zeiţa morţii Hela, negativa flamboiantă. Pe lângă muzica eclectică a lui Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) Thor are 2 secvenţe ilustrate energic de "Immigrant Song" de Led Zeppelin.
3 1/2 din 5
posibil sa merite un sfert de punct in plus...
si pentru Taika si pentru Led Zep dar mai ales pt umor(al lui Taika surely)
*oups, forgot about Deadpool > but somehow this is better Marvel movie franchise juggling !




sâmbătă, 28 octombrie 2017

John Carpenter's Christine

Halloween Treat, the new album by JC, Anthology, 
his movie themes rescored, from 1974 to 1998. 
And he directed a a new video, a 4 minute short of Christine, starring Rita Volk and... himself.
happy Halloween...Have a good one !

miercuri, 11 octombrie 2017

Pale Fire...

Cells interlinked within cells interlinked 
Within one stem. And, dreadfully distinct
Against the dark, a tall white fountain played.
more clues here
Image result for the wooden horse in blade runner 2049
the wooden horse as the new unicorn (via Gladiator) follows the pattern of Rosebud from Citizen Kane -a model in the design of BR2049 imo

luni, 9 octombrie 2017

Jean Rochefort RIP

Au revoir Jean Rochefort
:(.
Hier...
il avait 87 ans.
articol  Variety aici -

The man who was supposed to be Don Quichotte...par Terry Gilliam (see doc Lost in la Mancha),
also we lost John Hurt, another Don Quichotte recently...:(

marți, 3 octombrie 2017

Tom Petty RIP

just now...
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Tom Petty, 66. Heart attack. Tru Heatbreaker :(
saw him in 2012 in Lucca.
Hoped i'll see him again, played a lot of his music these last few years and recently, including Mudcrutch 2 (his album in 2016)....
on the trip to Pirate's Cove ?





luni, 2 octombrie 2017

Norman (2016)

Norman Poster
Joseph Cedar a fost de 2 ori nominalizat la Oscar pentru filmele sale isralenie. Debutul sau american este un alt film semi-israelian (co-productie), NORMAN sau  Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, distribuit de Sony Classics, o fabula evreiasca care are de-a face cu pantofii si bancul cu rabbi de la Mehedinti. Un film asemantor dar mai bun pe aceiasi tema este A Simple Man al fratilor Coen si aceiasi tema dar povestita in mod traditional in filmul lui John Frankenheimer din 1968, The Fixer, cu un excelent Alan Bates.
Richard Gere caeeer best, mi-a adus aminte de Woody Allen ca postura si atitudine si chiar accent newyorkez iddish, alaturi de unul din cei mai buni actori ai momentului, israelianul Lior Ashkenazi (care ajucat la noi in Romania in Wanderers). Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Harris Yulin, Michael Sheen si Charlotte Gainsbourg ii secondeaza cu brio.
vazut la cinema in Cagliari.
XXX out of 5

joi, 28 septembrie 2017

Roger Waters - Us + Them Tour 2018

la bulgari da, la noi nu. great country Romania....pai normal, a mai fost ;)
Zagreb sau Sofia ? Is this the Live we really Want ?
da, cinta si de pe noul album, so you can smell the roses !
the European Tour aici 
sau
https://rogerwaters.com/tour.php




miercuri, 20 septembrie 2017

Un pas in urma serafimilor (2017)

Highly Recommended.
Un film de vazut in cinema.
sa nu va sperie durata, merita !
"cronica" mea in Zile si Nopti de Bv de miine. Zice:
"Un pas in urma serafimilor e un pas inainte in filmul romanesc "
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Ambițiosul debut în lungmetraj al lui Daniel Sandu (autorul scurt-metrajelor „Numărătoarea manuală” și „Cai putere”) este unul din cele mai interesante filme românești de după 1989. Inspirat de elemente autobiografice, Sandu a scris scenariul și a încercat mai bine de 10 ani pentru a-l transpune pe ecran. E un film despre credință și prietenie, despre oportunism și trădare, un bildungs film, despre cum se construiește sau distruge un caracter. Vlad Ivanov este fabulos ca părintele Ivan, pedagogul-șef al unui seminar de băieți care vor să ajungă preoți. Este un career best și un rol de întindere, mai mult ca cele cu care ne-a obișnuit, un monstru cu fața umană, un zbir absolut, care le face viața infernală elevilor, pleiada de actori tineri de care veți mai auzi: Ștefan Iancu, Ilie Dumitrescu Jr., Ștefan Mihai, Cristian Bota, Ali Amir, Alfred Wegeman. Cu o muzică atmosferică care schimbă filmul, bravo Marius Lefterache, filmat liber-mișcat de George Dăscălescu (acesta fiind cel mai important proiect al său de până acum), „Un pas în urma serafimilor” e un pas în față pentru cinema-ul românesc.
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Să nu vă sperie durata-mastodont de două ore și jumătate, odată intrați în atmosfera Serafimilor nu le veți simți, ba vă veți dori să dureze mai mult!

  • 4 stele din 5 / 8 din 10



sâmbătă, 16 septembrie 2017

Harry Dean Stanton RIP

Paris, Texas, Alien, Repo Man, Christine, Escape from New York, Cool Hand Luke, Wild at Heart. Over 100 films. Country troubadour. Heavy smoker. Jack's buddy, Coppola's friend, David Lynch's man. He was 91. And  in the new Twin Peaks.  Goodbye Harry Dean...Image result for harry dean stanton
My Homage to HDS at  Cinemateca Patria in Brasov through October (all cult films on Tuesdays).
Harry Dean was made famous also by this song from 1989 by Debbie Harry: I Want That Man
                                          "I want to dance with Harry Dean
                                            Drive through Texas in a black limousine
                                           I want a piece of heaven 'fore I die"

marți, 5 septembrie 2017

Walter Becker RIP

just two weeks ago was listening to Steely Dan on the way to Smida...
"Do it again"
didn't hear the song in years...or not on my own choice.
....
Steely Dan is an aquired taste. I thought when i was young and snotty they were a metal band (steely ?). so, when i listened to their songs for the 1st time i was like "ouch". no.  in 1996 i was in Oslo and heard them on great speakers. i was blasted. "Do it Again"
 Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies".
Steely Dan was founded in 1972 by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. They rocked, they ruled, they grooved.
Becker died on Sept. 3d. He was 67.
Image result for walter beckerLast nigt after the Nighlosers gig in Vama Veche the bass player played Steely Dan. Baby Don't lose my number, etc. Very mellow, very cool. Thought I should write a few lines about the man. 
RIP Walter Becker....
rememebrance in Rolling Stone...

joi, 31 august 2017

What Does This Button Do ?

Bruce Dikinson is many things except Iron Maiden. A swordsman, a plane pilot, a fillmaker (Chemical Romance), an author. And now he wrote his autobiography, out in October. Yes, Bruce, what does that button do ???

luni, 28 august 2017

Tobe Hopper RIP

was in Smida on Sunday. Opened imdb and again, sad news...mr. Texas Chainsaw, Tobe Hopper went away. He was 74. Just 2 months after George A. Romero, two of the most significant filmmakers in horror are gone. We will honor both of them at Dracula Film Festival this October (18-22).
my thoughts on Eaten Alive, here !
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miercuri, 23 august 2017

John Abercrombie RIP

Chitarist american genial de jazz, John Abercrombie a murit pe 22 august. Avea 72 de ani. L-am vazut de 2 ori, odata in 2009 la Garana si pe 17 octombrie 2015 la sala Radio in Bucuresti. Au fost si singurele dati cind a cintat in Romania. Tocmai l-am vazut pe Billy Cobham, care are aceiasi virsta, la Oristano. Cobham a fost unul din colaboratorii lui Abercrobie, sau viceveersa, avind in vedere ca acesta a aparut pe trei discuri ale tobarului, intre 1974 si 1975.

  RIP   John Laird Abercrombie (December 16, 1944 – August 22, 2017)

luni, 21 august 2017

sâmbătă, 19 august 2017

Atomic Blonde (2017)

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Highly recommended !!!
Based on the graphic novel The Coldest city (2012), Atomic Blonde is a 1989 cold war Berlin and a spy yarn on the back of the fall of the Wall. Cult soundtrack included.
David Leitch's (John Wick) third film and best. Chatlize Theron is amazing and ultra hot as the best (and lethal) blonde Debbie Harry playing David Bowie as a bisexual Bond in neon decadent & violent lights. also with shades of Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, and i could see Anita Pallenberg and Nico in that iconic platinum blonde hair, also Bowie's Like a Gigolo and the Dietrich Berliner connection.
Is what Salt and Wanted should've been and Theron is way better and kinkier and colder then Jolie.
The film is imo a homage to Tony Scott, it's constructed like Spy Game (shot on the same Budapest streets with a similar sequence of crossing the Checkpoint Charlie) and two riffs to True Romance.
The famed staircaise fight in on-shot it's actually a trick, it has about 40 cuts into it. Digital age and day !
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The Bowie connection goes also further than Berlin which was the city of Low and Heroes, into Cat People, song used also by Tarantino in Inglorious Basterds but made (in) famous by the Paul Schrader film from 1982. The filmmakers spoke to Bowie shortly before his death and offered him a part which sadly it was not to be. The soundtrack includes Under Pressure, the Bowie/Mercury hit partnership and a Peter Schilling song entitled "Major Tom".
The soundtrack also includes a cover of Falco's Der Komissar, but by the british band After the Fire, who made that a hit in the US in 1983.
But why weren't they using the Blondie song "Atomic"? maybe cos it was remixed in Trainspotting ?
 Here's an article about the tough (and expensive) job of song clearance for the film. And about the songs that got away.
**** out of five
Atomic Blonde 3 Jonathan Prime Focus Features final
"This movie has a ton of action but we've made it at the independent price. So it's sort of a catch-22. It is a thinking person's action movie. We released it at a time when people are used to seeing big spectacle movies and it's kind of in-between."
David Leitch

sâmbătă, 5 august 2017

Comrade Detective (2017)

"What would Lenin do ?"
I do not know yet, I am conflicted about this. Was waiting with anticipation for:
Comrade Detective aka Tovarasul militian (previously named Iron Fisting, good riddance of that title that sounded like brutal porn)
6 episodes for Amazon. A police show spoof, shot in Romania in Romanian. Then all dubbed in English.

When you get Florin Piersic jr.(Gregor--- Gregor ???! Anghel) to be dubbed by Channing Tatum, there's reason to be proud. For Piersic, who's doing a real serious job.
And his partner, Laurentiu Ulici (Iosif Baciu, who's name makes for jokes of him being a Goat Fucker, wtf ?, dudes could've used Cioban as that is more of a shepherd....) dubbed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. You get a supporting female character to be voice played by Kim Basinger ? Yep.

But the screenwriters of this novelty concept series (as novel as Woody Allen-s 1966s Whats up with Tiger Lily  whre he spoofed a Japanese film), haven't done their Romanian/RSR / 80's communism homework seriously. At all. So for Romanians this might be offendable and bad or just dumb. Of course we're just the stand-ins of this spoof series, and I don't know if the American audience bought that it "was discovered" and dubbed after 5 years of digging for it and with the cooperation of "Romanian Film Archive". And yes, it would have been cool to have a series like that in those years. But we didn't. And if we did it sure wouldn't look like this.
RULE #1 of parody/spoof- Know thy subject (and like thy subject as well).
And yes, we're happy this is not Comrade Detective from Moscow but Nikita, Joseph, Ivan and other names are just poor bullshit (all credits of Romania crew is made out of Animal names, up to director Bebelus Pisicuta, -Baby Pussy more likely, or Puss), sorry but in Romanian it spells & sounds just like crap ..and NOT funny) and the captions in Romanian look like they are done with Google Translate. It's obvious their references were Russian (USSR) and any other than Romanian. Plus the buddy cop influences of 80's flicks- 48 Hrs., Red Heat, even Seven (a dinenr scene is lifted directly from there).
Production values are great -and there's a catch, that is where the professionals in the film industry had greenlight and it worked, and btw, who gives a shit in America if it's Dacias with the 4 numbers licence, or b&w TV's and the right uniforms, but they could hire a consultant to improve the accuracy of the plot and names and other anachronisms or goofs- (remember the case of War Dogs last year and Albanian being spoken in Romanian ?, the Bucharest /Budapest syndrome- yep but Holly wood doesn't give a fuck, right?) and it's cool to see Gabriel Spahiu in a white suit with a big white hat (Cuban Fedora !)- an extended cameo and a reminder that great talented Romanian actors have made a career (and money to built houses and shit ;) in playing whatever 9th banana in whatever production is thrown here by any company-and yes, we'll take it. No shame in it, also no glory...
The Cool stuff- The Reagan mask (via Point Break ?), well it adds up to the Reagan era (was it really a Reagan mask on the time of his administration ?), the surreal Jordache jeans plot, the Marx Communist party  book (signed by Marx -probably Groucho ;), the Monopoly game, the mention of Nadia Comaneci and the obsession of gymnastics and...wrestling, the music of Adrian Enescu (from Ringul 7 more).
-Va urma=to be continued...(there are 6 episodes to watch, anyway, ep.2 a vast improvment over ep. 1)
conclusion:
-it gets better and better and finally,  its a subversive surreal little gem. And funny.

vineri, 4 august 2017

Sam Shepard RIP

as col. Garrison in Black Hawk Dawn (2001).
Sam Shepard -gone on July 27th. 73 years old. The writer of Paris Texas, Fool for Love and other indie drama plays. Debut in Bob Dylan's Renaldo and Clara, which he co-wrote (1978).
Last great part: Blackthorn -2011. Last great bit part: Cold in July -2014.
Don't Come Knockin' (as i was talking about this 2005 Wenders film he also wrote in relation with Can't You Hear Me Knocking, the Rolling Stones song from 1971), this so/so song written by U2

Cold in July. Paulo Villagio, Martin Landau, George A. Romero, Elsa Martinelli, Claude Rich, Chester Bennington, John Heard, Jeanne Moreau, Shepard. Too cold. July Mourning.

luni, 31 iulie 2017

Jeanne Moreau RIP

Orson Welles called her:  "the greatest actress in the world".Image result for jeanne moreau
La grande dame du cinema francais avant et apres Nouvelle Vague, madame Jeanne Moreau, l'amie de Jules & Jim est partie. 89 ans deja. Prix d'interpretation a Cannes pour Moderato Cantabile de Peter Brook en 1960.
Jeanna Moreau“Living is risking.”
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La femme de Billy Friedkin entre 1977 et 1979 qui a ecrit sur Twitter:
France has lost a national treasure, as have we All. Her spirit will live forever. Au revoir Jeanne
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Homage de Todd McCarthy -J.M., Woman of the Worldici 
with Miles Davis (who made the music for Ascenseur pour  l’échafaud -1959) and they had a romantic entanglement.
on this a cool article entitled J.M. and the Birth of Cool ici

luni, 17 iulie 2017

Martin Landau RIP

Start the day with Romero :(, continue with Martin Landau, then what ? Landau who was Rollin Hand in the original Mission:Impossible series (1966) won an Oscar 30 years later for his portayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, Tim Burton's biopic. Terric performance. But a cold and menacing one he did when he was very young in Hitchcock's masterpiece, North by Northwest. Landau died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 89.Image result

George A. Romero RIP

He was supposed to be Grossmann's main guest rhis year. He cancelled less than a month ago for health reasons. Sunday the 13th Grossmann was over. Sunday George A. Romero, the father of the Lving Dead as we know it has passed away. He was 77.
George A. Romero Picture

joi, 13 iulie 2017

Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stunt Man

Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stunt Man is the most FUN i've seen in a while, an offensive comedy from Netherlands ser in satirical movie world and introducing a far out character which is like Kenny Powers done by Will Ferrell combined with the essential loser character from Kaurismaki films. Directors Steffen & Flip take fun at their own New Kids series and the whole Dutch film industry and society. Cameos from Dick Maas and other directors and actors, a parody of 80's classic pop cheesy hits by the wonderful German 70's singer Dennie Christian (incl. Scarface's Pushing to The Limits) and the soon to be classic

Ik Leef Niet Meer Voor Jou (video here).

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Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman Poster
Awarded special mention at the 13th Grossmann Film Fest (where I had the priviledge to see it)..

joi, 29 iunie 2017

Baby Driver -the soundtrack & Hocus Pocus

Step aside Quentin ! beware Guardians of the Galax-yyy ! Here comes BABY DRIVER, the mother-F of all soundtracks, 71 songs no less ! and th gretest excuse to play all of them in the film, as the biggest plotpoint ! Baby Driver it's actually an action musical, with incidental music instead of  moviescoring from the outside (though the film has his own composer, Steven Price)
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The list of the released soundtrack as follows:

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – ‘Bellbottoms’
Bob & Earl – ‘Harlem Shuffle’
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – ‘Egyptian Reggae’
Googie Rene – ‘Smokey Joe’s La La’
The Beach Boys – ‘Let’s Go Away For Awhile’
Carla Thomas – ‘B-A-B-Y’
Kashmere Stage Band – ‘Kashmere’
Dave Brubeck – ‘Unsquare Dance’
The Damned – ‘Neat Neat Neat’
The Commodores – ‘Easy (Single Version)’
T. Rex – ‘Debora’
Beck – ‘Debra’
Incredible Bongo Band – ‘Bongolia’
The Detroit Emeralds – ‘Baby Let Me Take You (in My Arms)’
Alexis Korner – ‘Early In The Morning’
David McCallum – ‘The Edge’
Martha and the Vandellas – ‘Nowhere To Run’
The Button Down Brass – ‘Tequila’
Sam & Dave – ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’
Brenda Holloway – ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’
Blur – ‘Intermission’
Focus – ‘Hocus Pocus (Original Single Version)’
Golden Earring – ‘Radar Love (1973 Single Edit)’
Barry White – ‘Never, Never Gone Give Ya Up’
Young MC – ‘Know How’
Queen – ‘Brighton Rock’
Sky Ferreira – ‘Easy’
Simon & Garfunkel – ‘Baby Driver’
Kid Koala – ‘Was He Slow (Credit Roll Version)’
Danger Mouse (featuring Run The Jewels and Big Boi) – ‘Chase Me'   
                                                 
My biggest surprise and fun was to knock myself off with Hocus Pocus by Dutch band Focus (from 1971's Moving Waves aka Focus II), one of my favourite songs (and one of the best of alltime) since back in 1982/3 when i heard it for the 1st time (also one of the Free Europe Metronom show anthem)-so a song that purely expresses Freedom for me, now for the second time in a film, after the Robocop remake in 2014.
-The story of the song is told here by Focus' Tjih Van Leer on the verge of the Nike World Cup commercial which put the song on a new map in 2010. And you can see the band in its greatness. Saw it live with Jan Akkerman four times, eversince back in 1995. Yep. When i got to interview him in Brasov in 2013, I told him that I always thought this song will make a great film sequence, and yes, I saw it now. A shoot-out Heat (M.Mann) style, edited on the music and a bullet ballet, emphatic and overdramatic. Kudos, Edgar Wright !
 *I still have my own shot with Iron Maiden's cover of the song :)
Here a mega-interview with Edgar Wright about his  influences & the songs in the film !!!
and here some more and specifically he talks about this one:
"I found out about Focus from this music show that ran in England for ages called The Old Grey Whistle Test – they did a performance of that song on there that blew my mind. I'm not a big prog rock fan, but I do love fast prog – the sheer musicianship you need to play that kind of stuff that fast is impressive. I think this was a Top 10 hit in the U.S. … which is pretty unusual for an instrumental track that features yodeling. The studio wanted to cut it. I had to use my own money to pay for two extra days of shooting so we could get it – and it's my favorite bit in the film. I always thought it'd be great if you made a car chase movie, and then have one of the most explosive scenes in the movie be a foot chase. People have asked how I picked the tracks for Baby Driver, and this is a good example. If you had a dance track or a rock track that had a similar tempo all the way through, it's actually not that helpful. Whereas the reason that something like "Hocus Pocus" ends up becoming a key track in the film is because you can hear that, Ok, this is part of a running scene – it's like your best cardio track ever. But it also has these stop-start intervals in it, so you can let a scene dictate itself according to the track: Ok, here are the fast guitars, he's running. Wait, there's yodeling breakdown here, so this is where he's hiding behind a tree, catching his breath. Wait a second, we're gearing up for another guitar part – so here's where he starts running again, and in the next breakdown, he's hiding in a mall. Hold on, there's an accordion breakdown – so now he's breaking into a car. You're able to take a 1970 song like that and write a complete action sequence in 2017." (Edgar Wright)
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Go see Baby Driver on the big screen with the sound cranked at max !  It's a clasic !!!

duminică, 25 iunie 2017

Bad Batch, The (2016)

"All of us here, We weren't good enough, smart enough, young enough, gulpy enough, wealthy enough, SANE ENOUGH. Freaks. Parasites. This here is The Bad Batch. We ain't good. We're BAD."
The Dream


The Bad Batch is a UFO as i haven't seen in a long time. Mad Max by Jodorowski (El Topo, Santa Sangere) meets Burning Man fest in this futureal story of love and redemption by writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home at Night). A dream of survival in the desertic post-apocalyptic America.
Even shades of Lynch (The Dream character-an unbelievable Keanu Reeves, closer to the new Kyle MacLachan persona of Dale Cooper-Dougie : plus the Escobar's moustache), mixed with a weird sense of Southland Tales (Jason Momoa standing in for The Rock), cannibalism (more Hills have Eyes than Texas Chainsaw). Weird cameos -Jim Carrey !!!, Jim Carrey ? if you recognise him you'll get a prize, glorified cameos on LSD -Giovanni Ribisi, plus a very hot mangled young heroine -25 year old Londoner Suki Waterhouse -up and coming surely, here standing effortless as a BAD batch girl (those stamped as garbage/futile/punks/derelict, ex cons), WITHOUT AN ARM AND A LEG (again Mad Max: Fury Road's Furiosa). Also the pregnant brides and the little girl from Max II. Gorgeous widescreen cinematography by Lyle Vincent, who shot also Amirpour's A Girl Who Walks Home at Night.
The film took the Special Jury Prize at last year's Venice Film Festival and it's found a hard way to the theatrical distribution, as it's easy to see why. But its reputation will grow in the future, as a cult movie. Annapurna, Neon and Vice (the magazine) are co-producers.


Ultramusic (again Federale-the superb All the Colors of the Dark -a tribute to Tutti li colori del buio?), as in her previous film, Die Andwoort, Darkside -(Nicholas Jaar and guitarist, Dave Harrigton), Nicholas Jaar with his hit-Mi Mujer, White Lies), a rendition of karma Chameleon as an ironic juxtaposition on a gruesome scene...
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A somehow feeling of Dust Devil and other cult curios stands into it. Would've loved to see it on the big screen....
an interview with Ana Liliy here. She says: "The Bad Batch is how I see America."

**** / 8 out of 10.

marți, 20 iunie 2017

John G. Avildsen RIP

zice Relu, ieri la tel:-"mi-a zis fii-miu de dimineata, s-a dus tata lui Rocky." da, si al lui The Karate Kid. si, nah la finale un Yojimbo cu JCVD !-Inferno...
John G. Avildsen-Oscar de regie pentru Rocky !
The Formula. great thriller -1980 cu George C. Scott, Marthe Keller si Brando.
Oscar pentru Jack Lemmon in Save the Tiger (1973).
breakthrough film: Joe (1970) cu Peter Boyle.
Avildsen avea 81 de ani. Fiul sau Anthony a facut un documentar despre el, John Avildsen: King of the Underdogs, care va avea premiera in august.
necrolog in Time aici
il omagiem la Cinemateca Patria luna viitoare.


"I owe just about everything to John Avildsen. His directing, his passion, his toughness and his heart — a great heart — is what made 'Rocky' the film it became. He changed my life and I will be forever indebted to him. Nobody could have done it better than my friend John Avildsen. I will miss him."
Sly Stallone 



vineri, 16 iunie 2017

Fargo season 3

" The problem is not that there is Evil in the world , the problem is that there is Good....because otherwise who would care ...?..." 
most villanous Varga in last night's Fargo


miercuri, 14 iunie 2017

Anita Pallenberg RIP

Anita Pallenberg, nascuta in Roma ocupata de nemti (25 ian.1944), model, actrita (Candy, Barbarella, Performance,Dillinger is Dead), muza Rolling Stones, mama (3 copii cu Keith Richards, din care unul a amurit la 10 saptamini).
A fost initial iubita lui Brian Jones, care a cunoscut-o la Munchen in 1965 pe cind facea modelling.

Apoi Keith i-a suflat-o in Maroc in 1967 si au ramas impreuna.

In timpul filmarilor la Performance (1970) se pare ca a avut o aventura cu Mick.

Marlon in bratele lui KeithMick J.

A stat cu Keith pina in 1979.
Keef with Jack -rightBowie -right

Anita Pallenberg a murit pe 13 iunie 2017. Avea 73 de ani.
                                                     Tough day for Keith, Marlon & Angela :(

luni, 12 iunie 2017

Alice Cooper-Paranoiac Personality- SOTD

The Coop's  new album PARANORMAL out on July 24th. produced by Bob Erzin (as he uses too, see new Deep Purple records as well).
6 years after Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011) ! Alice is 69 and still highly Paranormal :)
1st official clip:
The album is featuring guests like ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover and also sees the highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members on a very special bonus CD. Consisting of two brand new studio songs written and recorded together with Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce, the bonus disc also includes 6 killer live versions of some of The Coop’s greatest hits, such as “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “School’s Out”, recorded in Columbus, Ohio in 2016 and performed together with Cooper’s current band.

“PARANORMAL” TRACK LIST
1. Paranormal
2. Dead Flies
3. Fireball
4. Paranoiac Personality

5. Fallen In Love
6. Dynamite Road
7. Private Public Breakdown
8. Holy Water
9. Rats
10. The Sound Of A

Bonus CD
Studio recordings with the Original Alice Cooper Band

1. Genuine American Girl
2. You And All Of Your Friends

Live in Columbus with the current Alice Cooper band
3. No More Mr. Nice Guy
4. Under My Wheels
5. Billion Dollar Babies
6. Feed My Frankenstein
7. Only Woman Bleed
8. School’s Out

duminică, 11 iunie 2017

Adam West RIP

Mr. Adam West,  Batman in the series and the 1960 camp film is gone too :(
He was 68.

Found out via Alice Cooper on twitter;
So sad to hear of the passing of the one TRUE ! He was a true American icon and a lovely man.

sâmbătă, 3 iunie 2017

Top filme Cannes 70 pour ALD

Top trei filme ALD pe 2017 la Cannes, din selecţia oficială. 
                                        

                                                    2. Good Time
                                              
 şi...3. Okja –hai să exclud și eu deși mă bucur că l-am văzut pe ecran mare (pe 28 iunie intră pe canalul lor), 
so, 3b.     Killing of a Sacred Deer,
                                                         

plus: 
Wind River în UCR -premiul de regie pentru Taylor Sheridan
                                              


și documentarul din Quinzaine, Nothingwood.
                                         


un interviu cu Alexander Nanau, DOP-ul filmului, si grupajul meu de Cannes, 70 de ani in 70 de momente, in revista CINEMAP vara 2017.