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  • mono 12:28 pm on March 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , b-movie, , , , , john carpenter, , movie, the thing, vintage   

    The Thing 


    The dog, because of what grows on the inside. The radio, because to be broadcast from here is an admittance of our failure to heal. Friend one, because we don’t know what’s under the skin. Friend two, because helicopters from strange places are unwanted on the ice in front of the complex. Friend three, because mind-sinews lack visual proof, lack trust. There are more–we will be safe if we kill those we don’t want to kill. Here we are surrounded by mountains, domed sky, cold spaces to curl up in and forget that this friend is not who he says he is. The more rooms there are, the more we load ourselves to the hilt, pull stacks of guns from cupboards, use scalpels to discuss the foreign, panic, because we know we are alone without love. but we are not alone and that is the problem. The obelisk is a mutant. It is repulsive like the word, “mutant,” when we say it out loud as if Friend four is not Friend four, but a host devouring men. The mutation occurs on the inside. I’ve felt a stir, how it shrinks one to another like the dog or the foreigner. We are alone. I do not want to become a foreigner. It would take too long to convince you of who I am, you who I write this to, you who I used to pull close when the snow-wind fell horizontal like knife to chin. I have a knife in my coat held close to my heart and I will keep it for Friend five, because Friend five is not you. You are not now in the corner clawing the wall to shred my skin from my face. This cannot be you. I’m sorry. I can no longer wait for a reply.

  • mono 9:00 pm on October 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , movie, Nina Brosh, , , spirituality, trailer,   

    Vincent Gallo: “Johnny 316” Trailer 

    Vincent Gallo and Erick Ifergan are artists that I admire. I found this trailer via the Quiet Earth website. (NOTE: Vimeo has taken down the trailer)

    The synopsis, from the film’s official website is:

    “A modernized version of Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salome”, JOHNNY 316, directed by Erick Ifergan, unfurls in the boulevards of Hollywood, California. Vincent Gallo plays a penniless street preacher who spends his days giving out pamphlets and spreading the word of God. One day, he meets Sarah, played by Nina Brosh, a beautiful bereft hairdresser who lost her job. For Sarah, it is love at first sight. She follows the preacher home and tries to seduce him.

    Despite his deep attraction to her, he pushes her away. Oblivious to his rejection, Sarah continues to pursue the preacher, convinced that she can win him over. Poetic and violent, this impossible love story explores the themes of spirituality, intimacy and loss, set against the backdrop of the harsh unforgiving reality of the streets.”

    Here is a direct link to the trailer, from the film’s official website: Johnny 316 trailer

    If you have any news of this coming to DVD, please get in touch.

  • mono 7:42 am on October 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: austin, dates, , jared drake, , movie, november, october, san francisco, screening, visioneers,   

    Zach Galifianakis’s “Visioneers” Screening Dates (October/November) 

    If you are near Austin, Los Angeles or San Francisco, you may be interested in checking out director Jared Drake’s film, “Visioneers” starring Zach Galifianakis. If you have already seen this film, would like to hear your thoughts. I admire the work of Galifianakis and this film looks promising.

    The synopsis, from the Visioneers website is as follows: “George Washington Winsterhammerman lives an ordinary life. He has a wife, a kid, a house, and a boat. Every day George gets in his minivan and goes to work as a Level Three Tunt at the Jeffers Corporation, the largest and most profitable corporation in the history of mankind. It is an utterly comfortable life, but when people around George begin exploding, he fears he might be next. George visits his doctor and learns that the dreams he’s been having are a symptom of impending explosion. Unfortunately, George can’t stop dreaming, and as the explosion epidemic worsens, he is forced to question the life he’s been living.

    October 17th
    San Francisco
    Anti Corporate Film Festival

    October 18th
    Austin, Texas
    Austin Film Festival

    November 1st and 3rd
    Los Angeles
    AFI Fest

  • mono 9:42 pm on September 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Alaska, , , , Doll Underground, Eon McKai, , Film director, Logo Movie, movie, Old Man's Hands, Video art, Vivid Entertainment   

    Brand Strategy: Old Man’s Hands Productions (Eon McKai) 

    Director Eon McKai‘s production company, “Old Man’s Hands” new 2008 “logo movie” presents a change in the Alt-Vivid brand. What are your thoughts on this “logo movie?” Do you think that this new video adequately expresses the aesthetic aims of McKai and company?

    We were able to track down the older “logo movie” for “Old Man’s Hands” and compare the two. The older version shows a tattooed nude body with hands reaching out from both sides of the screen, seemingly touching the body. Also, a close look reveals the words “Eon McKai” tattooed across the woman’s stomach. When the text “Old Man’s Hands” is presented, a voice accompanies it, reading the words for us in a gritty compressed voice.

    The new video shows us a flower being fondled (or broken apart or simply being touched) by what could be the hands of an old man. The scene then suddenly shifts to a saturated frame of a film reel, while the text, neatly aligned to the left, jitters, hovers. No voice or tattooed women can be seen in the new video.

    The new brand image seems well-suited for conneisseurs of abstract visual media and video-art installation pieces. Perhaps, McKai is reaching out to a new audience or working from the influence of contemporary experimental filmwork. Whatever is behind the new brand image, it seems to me to be a positive step toward broadening the audience of his film and displaying his power as a film maker.

    Watch the 2008 “Old Man’s Hands” Logo Movie:

    Watch the old logo movie:

    Old Man’s Hands Logo Movie (old)

    Other McKai links:

    Eon McKai Official

    “The Doll Underground” Release Party @ Little Cave, 4/9/08
    ‘Hospital!’ Release Party @ Redwood Bar & Grill, 8/24/08

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