Posts Tagged ‘film’

“Suits weren’t more stylish then, there’s just less stylish people now”

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I love Alan Price who, among other things, was the founder of The Animals in 1962. He wrote the soundtrack for Lindsay Anderson’s 1973 film O Lucky Man! with Malcolm McDowell. The film was a political satire on capitalism and pre-Thatcher Britain. This song is called “Look Over Your Shoulder” and the title song O Lucky Man!

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Koolhaas Houselife

Monday, August 9th, 2010

While on the topic of buildings that don’t always function the way we want them to, I was reminded of the quite hilarious 2008 documentary Koolhaas Houselife, in which a housekeeper talks about the difficulties of cleaning one of Koolhaas’ houses. Segments of the trailer above and below.

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Bobby Deerfield, 1977

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Proof that the 70s and 80s meet in 1977. In the Hollywood film Bobby Deerfield, Al Pacino plays a troubled race-car driver who leaves his girlfriend, a weaving artist, for  a dying European jetsetter whom I found annoyingly shallow, juvenile and capricious. And that’s all you need to know about the vanquishing of the 70s by the 80s.

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Malcolm

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Malcolm is an Australian film released in 1986. I’ve been thinking about it for years. Maybe it automatically rates because it is full of homemade Rube Goldberg machines and nerd contraptions, because I grew up around those, but there’s also the enjoyable fact that they’re all produced by a naive and strangely appealing mechanical savant played by Colin Friels.

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Log Driver’s Waltz and The Big Snit on your iPhone

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Almost everyone in Canada knows this animation from the National Film Board of Canada. It’s by John Weldon, 1979, with music by The McGarrigle sisters. The NFB has always been a brilliant organization, and now they’re offering Canadian films and animations for free in their iPhone app. Watch this and The Big Snit on your phone.

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Valley of the Dolls, 1967

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

The movie version of Valley of the Dolls was based on Jacqueline Susann’s 1966 novel of ambition, drug addiction and dissipation in the mid-60s entertainment industries of LA and New York. What is it with Hollywood film’s predictable bias that modern decor, or lofts, or any kind of contemporary design will go hand and hand with dissipation, dysfunction and general immorality?

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