Monday, 30 April 2012

May- August 2012 programme



After the brutality of Benny's Video we thought we'd show something a bit nicer.

Ken Russell’s Busby Berkley homage is a visually stunning musical starring Twiggy and former international ballet star Christopher Gable.
Made and released the same year as The Devils, this film is Russell at his most charming and playful. Everything shines- the sets, the costumes, the script, songs and performances.

“A glittering, super-colossal, heart warming, toe tapping, continuously delightful musical extravaganza”

A film to fall in love with.

You could even bring your nan to this one.

“A glittering, super-colossal, heart warming, toe tapping, continuously delightful musical extravaganza”
A film to fall in love with.
You could even bring your nan to this one.



He Sold His Soul For Rock n’ Roll”

De Palma's Faustian tour-de-force rock Opera is the Rocky Horror it's OK to like.

Brilliantly bonkers, trashy, colourful and loud. This film is one of the reasons that we started Kino Klubb. You will never have seen anything like it before. 

Dario Argento cast Jessica Harper in Suspiria after seeing her performance in this.



“Which Side Will You Be On?”

Malcolm McDowell’s debut performance and probably his finest.

The first part of Anderson’s Mick Travis trilogy this savagely attacks the English Public School system. A beautiful film with some fantastic cinematography and a wonderful soundtrack. It is oddly surreal and at the same time brutally honest. It's also number 12 in the BFI's 100 best British films.




“How Did They Ever Make A Movie Of Lolita?”

How indeed? Kubrick Masterfully directs Nabokov’s classic with gorgeous stark crisp monochrome photography and the dream cast of James Mason, Shelly Winters and Peter Sellers. It feels both old Hollywood and also thoroughly modern. A must see, especially on the big screen.


"How did they get here, these mysterious black monoliths, void of texture or detail? A freak natural occurrence, an alien race, a "higher" power... or a manifestation of our own uncomprehending minds? As we draw near we begin to feel the pull, calling on an ancient power long lost in our ancestry. Our tonal prowess evolves out of the galaxy, and our brains are slowly destroyed - 1:4:9"

Taken from the album 'Electric Picture Palace', out now on Brew Records.

"An absolute masterclass" - Rock Sound

Video directed by Robin Fuller.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Thinking Man’s Video Nasty?

Another great guest piece, this time written by the mysterious Mr A. Fan. 

It is only fitting at a screening of Michael Haneke’s Benny’s Video (1992), to mutter the title of another psychological Austrian cinematic gem, Angst (1983).

In 1983, Angst was distributed theatrically by Cine – International, totally uncut and only in its native country of Austria. Written and directed by Gerald Kargl and starring Das Boot (1981) actor Erwin Leder, the film forces the viewer on a journey alongside a convicted killer, who upon release from a ten year stretch, immediately wishes to indulge in more sadistic and unprovoked violence towards the local community, with one intention, to kill as many people as he can.

You are presented with a cold, detached and alienating character that is only driven by the lust to kill. This un-named character is not portrayed as an unstoppable Hollywood killing machine, as in the form of Michael Myers, nor is he depicted as an intelligent and charismatic cannibal like Hannibal Lecter. Instead, he is presented as clumsy, prone to mistakes and somewhat unplanned in his mission of misery. This invites the viewer to playfully believe in him for 80 minutes; believe that he could actually exist, as his human error, is all too familiar.

The film is carried along by the internal monologue of the killer, his unnerving descriptions of past childhood events and his previous violent shenanigans are extremely powerful; mainly due to the fact they have been lifted from documented confessions of actual serial killers from the viewer’s world. From the beginning, the film moves slowly but creepily along, initially free from extreme violence and at a pace that is unheard of in mainstream violent horror movies. However, the film turns its head and snarls at the viewer, particularly in one scene, influential and comparable to the extreme underpass assault in Gasper Noe’s Irreversible (2002).

If you pray at the alter of Gaspar Noe you may be intrigued to hear that Angst has been cited by the man himself in several interviews, as an influence on his film Seul Contre Tous  [I Stand Alone] (1998). Noe saw the French distributed version of Angst in his youth (re-titled as Schizophrenia which was distributed on VHS by VDS Video). The rare opening scene of Schizophrenia (sadly edited from Angst) serves to the viewer a presentation of photographic stills (similar to Noe’s movie), comprising of the protagonist’s family portraits, and the photographic evidence of the weapons used in our character’s previous murder; all this combined, connotes a documentary style fable. The viewer of the French version is also treated to the footage of the original killing that imprisons our character in the first place, prior to his release in the opening of Angst.

But there is light?
There is a surprising four-legged presence of humour in this film, in the shape of a dachshund dog, which is owned by one of the victims, and whose performance when it comes to loyalty (and a pair of false teeth) is incredibly funny.

What helped this film stand out from the usual 80’s stalking ‘slasher’ movies, found on the DPP list, are the excellent performances delivered by all parties involved (including the dog). The camera work is suffocating, the use of a body attached camera, at times gives the impression that you are hovering above the killers shoulders, in an almost spirit fashion. The camera, attached to the actor’s waist, swings and tilts about, creating a drug induced visionary experience, not too dissimilar to the bar scene in Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1973). 

The only problem I have with this film is that it is still unavailable officially in the UK, the US and basically everywhere, except Germany. The two-disc DVD box set of Angst (distributed by Epix Media), can be picked up from the German Amazon site, however, sadly there are no English subtitles included. Also to rub salt in, I discovered on this release, there is an interview with the actor Erwin Leder and Klaus Schulze (the composer of the soundtrack, known to many as a member of the German Prog-Rock group, Tangerine Dream).

I might add that this film suffered terribly from distribution right from the start. In the 80’s, British video distributors didn’t touch it due to the video nasty fever that was sweeping the nation, and in the US it was suggested that if distributed, it should carry a XXX rating, which would force Angst on to the shelves alongside pornographic material.

I suggest, when searching the World Wide Web for more information (if you catch my drift); do consider searching under the title of Schizophrenia. You need to view the film in its original cut; and again, the official German DVD release of Angst still has the opening scene missing.

Come on Gerald, the rest of the world is ready for some Angst…

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. A Fan.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Sounds Of The Summerisle

I am going to be playing some of my favourite Soundtracks for a night at the Broadway.
Its to tie in with Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson has got a great taste and his soundtracks become there own character in his films. A nice collage of 60's pop and Mark Mothersbaugh score. I love the build up on his "Hey Jude" cover for The Royal Tenenbaums where Richie releases Mordeci on the roof.
I love soundtracks which are written by one artist so there is a real mood carried through the film. I also love soundtracks that tell a story and are one step away from being a musical as the characters are singing the songs.
I had to do an interview to promote the night.
One of the questions was "Whats your favourite soundtrack of all time?"
That's such a hard question to answer.
I said the Wicker Man by Paul  Giovani but to be honest I had a list of around 30 to choose from.
Here are six that have a special place in my heart.

The Wicker Man - Paul Giovani

Weird and wonderful collection of traditional folk songs and Giovani compositions.
The music IS the film, Its so important.
How the hell did this all come together? I want to be at that meeting when they decided to bring the songs into the narrative, We're still making a horror right?
I love the closing song "Summer Is A Coming In", its oddly uplifting and joyous with its military pomp of the brass and bass drum, some tracks have such beauty such as "Willows song".  The randomness of "The Landlords Daughter" is great, I love the delivery of line "The parts of every gentlemen do stand up at attention".
The best track has got to be The Maypole Song though, absolutely bonkers choral work, Pagan pop perfection.

The Wicker Man - Maypole Song

O Lucky Man - Alan Price

"If you have a reason to live on and not to die you are a lucky man".

A soundtrack to live by, written by poor people for poor people. Alan Price plays the part of Greek Chorus to Lindsey Anderson's masterpiece singing honest songs of misery that is reminiscent of Brecht.
I love how a lot of the scenes with Alan in are just in a practise room filled with smoke with Lindsey Anderson looking bored in the corner.
The best track has go to be "My Home Town"...Heart breaking.

Alan Price - My Home Town

Harold and Maude - Cat Stevens

This soundtrack is obviously a massive influence on Wes Anderson.
Its such a lovely collection of songs that nearly push this film into musical territory.
Its actually a kind of greatest hits of Cat Stevens as he only wrote two songs for the film.
The soundtrack was never released at the time, Cameron Crowe pressed it on vinyl a few years ago and it goes for insane prices on Ebay...Its my dream to own it one day.
Uplifting and melancholic. Just like the film. Just listening to it gives me shivers.

Cat Stevens - I Think I See The Light

Profondo Rosso - Goblin

Superb Italian prog from one of the greatest soundtrack scorers.
Its difficult to choose just one Goblin soundtrack but I think this just pips it with the amazing jazzy title track. I love Claudio Simonetti's crazy synth sounds and the ridiculous slabs of bass.
They bring something very special to Dario's films and I'm not sure how his films would work without them. Its a very Hitchcock and Herman relationship.

Goblin - Profondo Rosso

Mishima - Philip Glass

What a beauty!
Simply gorgeous work from Mr Glass, its a theme you have heard a thousand times in adverts and other films. The music packs such a punch in the film and combines with Paul Schraders direction perfectly.
Its a mixture electronic synths and string quartet. I love the delicate nature that swells in mood.

Philip Glass - Mishima (Opening Theme)

Assault On Precinct 13 - John Carpenter

I love all of John Carpenters soundtrack work, even his vocal performance on Big Trouble In Little China.
He has such a simple style, he has said that the Halloween theme is just a piano warm up exercise that his father taught him. His synths are amazing sinister and emotive, I love that analogue sound.
I have chosen the theme from Assault On Precinct 13 as its had such a massive impact on modern music.

John Carpenter - Assault On Precinct 13 (Theme) 

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Benny's Video

Our next screening will Michael Haneke's Benny's Video.
More information here.