Watched – June 2016

Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (1972).
Soylent Green (1973).
Addio zio Tom (136 minutes version, 1971).
Addio zio Tom (123 minutes version, 1971).
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).
Игла (1988).
Città violenta (1970).
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005).
Appropriate Behavior (2014).
Pride (2014).
Butter on the Latch (2013).
Wadjda (2012).
Passage à l’acte (1993).
Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998).
Outer Space (1999).
Instructions for a Light & Sound Machine (2005).
Michael Kohlhaas (2013).
Lifeforce (1985).
Barefoot (2014).
The Three Musketeers (1948).
Go (1999).
Stage Beauty (2004).
The Nice Guys (2016).
En kort en lang (2001).
October Gale (2014).
The Doom Generation (1995).
Sei donne per l’assassino (1964).
The Hitcher (1986).
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976).
Winter’s Bone (2010).
The Raspberry Reich (2004).
Two Moon Junction (1988).
Green Room (2015).
The Conjuring (2013).
Sinister (2012).
Television Delivers People (1973).
Oculus (2013).
Bloodsucking Bastards (2015).
Get Real (1998).

Psycho 60/98

WARNING: This film contains flashing images.

“Psycho” (1960) by Alfred Hitchcock and “Psycho” (1998) by Gus Van Sant collide in a frame-by-frame editing that assaults the eyeballs and assassinates the normative consciousness of the viewer. The footage seem to penetrate us, as though it was a knife or a threatening phantasmagorical entity. The fast succession of single frames and extremely short audio files produce afterimages and aftersounds—entoptic and endaural phenomena—creating a film that does not happen on the screen, but in our brain cells.

*Just a technical note for those interested on how things are made, this film consist just of both shower scenes fragmented in frames; the odd frames are the shower scene from the Hitchcock movie and the even frames are the shower scene from the Van Sant remake. No image or sound effects of any kind, just the frames. Sense-destructive cinema, enjoy! :)

It takes two people to make a murderer

“‘No man,’ said Birkin, ‘cuts another man’s throat unless he wants to cut it, and unless the other man wants it cut. This is a complete truth. It takes two people to make a murderer: a murder and a murderee. And a murderee is a man who is murderable. And a man who is murderable is a man who in a profound if hidden lust desires to be murdered.'”

Women in Love, D. H. Lawrence.

Hybristophilia

“Hybristophilia ‘is a paraphilia of the predatory type in which sexual arousal, facilitation, and attainment of orgasm are responsive to and contingent upon being with a partner known to have committed an outrage, cheating, lying, known infidelities or crime, such as rape, murder, or armed robbery.’ The term is derived from the Greek word ὑβρίζειν hubrizein, meaning ‘to commit an outrage against someone’ (ultimately derived from ὕβρις hubris ‘hubris’), and philo, meaning ‘having a strong affinity/preference for’. In popular culture, this phenomenon is also known as ‘Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome’.”

Wikipedia

A tomb for some booby

“As for the Pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs. … it is much the same all the world over, wheter the building be an Egyptian temple or the United States Bank.”

Walden, Henry David Thoreau.

Seconds (1966)


When a film starts like this, it must be good (Saul Bass, of course). A paranoia, a dystopian history about who we are and who we would like to be. And, like all good science fiction films, with a lot of reflections between the lines.

92 Films I Like in Alphabetical Order

This afternoon I wrote this list with 92 films that I like to make a short video.

01. A History of Violence
02. A Simple Plan
03. A Zed & Two Noughts
04. After Hours
05. Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution
06. Arrebato
07. Back to the Future
08. Barton Fink
09. Blow-Up
10. Body Heat
11. Bubble
12. Buffalo 66
13. Cotton Club
14. Crash
15. Crimes and Misdemeanors
16. Cry Baby
17. Charade
18. Dangerous Liaisons
19. Dead Man
20. Dersu Uzala
21. Die Hard
22. Down by Law
23. Dracula
24. Drive
25. Drowning by Numbers
26. Ed Wood
27. Everyone Says I Love You
28. Exotica
29. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
30. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
31. Fight Club
32. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
33. Godfellas
34. Half Nelson
35. Heathers
36. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
37. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
38. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
39. Kick-Ass
40. L’année dernière à Marienbad
41. L’atalante
42. La pianiste
43. Lars and the Real Girl
44. Leningrad Cowboys Go America
45. Looking for Mr. Goodbar
46. Lost Highway
47. M. Butterfly
48. Manhattan Murder Mystery
49. Match Point
50. My Beautiful Laundrette
51. My Own Private Idaho
52. Mystery Train
53. Night on Earth
54. North by Northwest
55. On connaît la chanson
56. Paris, Texas
57. Peeping Tom
58. Persona
59. Point Break
60. Raiders of the Lost Ark
61. Rashomon
62. Schizopolis
63. Secretary
64. Seven
65. Sex, Lies and Videotapes
66. Simple Men
67. Singing in the Rain
68. Some Like it Hot
69. Splendor In The Grass
70. Star Wars
71. The Adjuster
72. The Age of Innocence
73. The Belly of an Architect
74. The Brown Bunny
75. The Conversation
76. The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover
77. The Empire Strikes Back
78. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
79. The Last Seduction
80. The Living End
81. The Matrix
82. The Moderns
83. The Pillow Book
84. The Princess Bride
85. The Social Network
86. The Usual Suspects
87. Three Colors: Red
88. Underworld
89. V for Vendetta
90. Velvet Goldmine
91. Walkabout
92. Zodiac

Fiction and paper on a summer’s day

[just ten, in no particular order]

The Toy Collector, James Gunn.
The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi.
The Monk, Matthew G. Lewis.
Vurt, Jeff Noon.
Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl.
Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
On Murder Considered as one of the Fine Arts, Thomas De Quincey.
The Cutting Room, Louise Welsh.
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, Italo Calvino.
Leviathan, Paul Auster.

Watchings

Fringe, Seasons 1-2 (2008-2010)
J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

• Человек с киноаппаратом / Man with a Movie Camera (1929) [watch]
Dziga Vertov

• Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly

• The Ghost Writer (2010)
Roman Polanski

• El Abecedario de Gilles Deleuze. A de Animal (1988) [watch]

• Some Like It Hot (1959)
Billy Wilder

• Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Sidney Lumet

Silent but deadly [or why I can’t think clearly]

—So you think that music killed these people?
—Not music per se. Could you help me with this please, my dear?
—What about this? Would that work?
—Figaro? Perfect!
—We’ve known for some time that different sounds affect the brain in different ways.
—Look at my brain waves on the monitor.
—They’re smoothing out.
—Harmonic music reduces neural activity.
—Which is why we think more clearly when we listen to it, as opposed to this… Dissonance. Look… Look at my neurons.
—We get it, Walter. Can I turn this off now?
—Oh, sorry. You see, the point is this, that with this type of auditory phenomenon, taken to its ultrasonic extreme, can be fatal, and the way it affects the brain, it could well have induced some type of vegetative trance before death.
—Which would also explain the trauma to the inner ear.
—So we’re looking for some kind of deadly music box?
—No, it’s ultrasonic, so you wouldn’t be able to hear it, the frequency’s too high.
—Silent but deadly.

Fringe, episode 2 season 3.

Incivility and procrastination

“Si uno empieza por permitirse un asesinato, pronto no le da importancia a robar, del robo pasa a la bebida y a la inobservacia del día del Señor, y se acaba por faltar a la buena educación y por dejar las cosas para el día siguiente”.

Del asesinato considerado como una de las bellas artes, Thomas De Quincey. Alianza editorial

“For if once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.”

Second Paper on Murder, Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey