“Interplanetary Revolution” (1924)
If you think that sounds like a Sun Ra tune, you’re not far off. If you like Russian futurism and constructivism, you’ll likely enjoy this small gem originally made to be a part of another fantastic film Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924). The Soviets send Marxism to Mars!
Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)
A quirky film that combines elements of Argento, Don’t Look Now (1973), and ‘70s TV movie aesthetics and somehow manages to still be worth watching. One of my favorite killer kid movies.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Though I was shocked by how flat the ending is, James Brolin and Margot Kidder are fantastic to watch and really sell the young couple trying to move up in the world and provide for their newly constructed non-nuclear family. The American Dream, or maybe its death spasm, is the true nightmare. Feels like an American precursor to films like The Babadook (2014) and Under the Shadow (2016). While the score doesn’t seem to go beyond anything Herrmann did, it still sounds “classic” and is worth a listen, especially for the hot disco version of the theme.
Mystics in Bali (1981)
The Reef (2010)
John Berger or The Art of Looking (2016)
Just discovering what I’ve missed by not knowing John Berger.
I like red peppers and Jan Švankmajer movies.
1. Current Listening: Lots of soul from Muscle Shoals
2. Current Viewing: A Hard Day's Night (1964).
3. Current Reading: H.G. Wells: In the Days of the Comet