Archive for the ‘Films’ Category

The Bones Go Last

29082010

Some friends of mine are making a documentary about the visionary artist Austin Osman Spare, who spent most of his career in and around South East London. It is entitled ‘The Bones Go Last’ and you can follow their progress and learn more about Spare here.

Around the time that Spare was creating some of his most seminal works, in Paris, Maurice Ravel was writing his ‘String Quartet in F’, a piece of music that has utterly enraptured me over the last few weeks. Here is the third movement from it; ‘Tres Lent’.

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Ravel – String quartet in F – III – Tres lent

Stop Making Sense

09082010

Hands down the best live music DVD I have ever seen.

This is the opening.

Buy it now.

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Talking Heads – Born Under Punches

Byrning down the House

15062010

Here’s a fascinating talk by David Byrne on the simbiotic relationship between architecture and music that’s recently been published on TED. If you haven’t come across the TED talks, they are a great and enriching thing and well worth checking out. The site is full of fascinating lectures from some of the world’s foremost thinkers on Techonology, Entertainment and the like.

Introductions

19092009

Here is a short introduction to two of the best films I have watched recently.

Both have the most wonderful and fascinating opening sequences.

The Conversation, directed by Francis Ford Coppola is an exploration into the paranoid mind of a surveillance expert. If you had any doubts about Gene Hackman’s acting ability, this film will go some way towards negating them.

The sound design on this film is particularly amazing. I think this opening sequence is some of Walter Murch’s best work.

A Touch Of Evil, directed by Orson Welles was finished in 1958. A friend recently lent me this on DVD and I was completely blow away again by the opening sequence, shot in one from a crane. The story of how Welles fought to retain the integrity of this masterpiece is a long one, with Welles being fired from his role of director during the post-production process by  and can be best explained by reading this. A Touch Of Evil is said to have inspired both Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut into  beginning their illustrious careers [having previously been working as judges and critics]. The use of devices such as radio-transmitters, jukeboxes and pianos as sound sources within the film particularly enthralls me. You can watch the whole thing below on youtube [in stages].

Heavy

30072008

Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc, are you trying to tell me that my mother has got the hots for me?
Dr. Emmett Brown: Precisely.
Marty McFly: Whoa, this is heavy.
Dr. Emmett Brown: There’s that word again; “heavy”. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth’s gravitational pull?

The actual board can be yours for £15,000

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King Tubby & Prince Jammy – A Heavy Dub