Archive for the 'movies' Category

Vegas in Space

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

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Here’s a movie in which I found the visuals (especially the hair and make-up) really inspiring and it has a bit of that Dolltopia feel. Vegas in Space! It’s on netflix instant now!

“House” awesome Japanese horror movie!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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I just saw House aka “Hausu” a Japanese movie from 1977 and loved it! It has many of the movie “ingredients” that I adore. A fluffy cat with powers! Giant floating heads! (I love those in my comics too). Bright colors! Written by the director’s 11 year old daughter, it is completely bananas and over the top slapstick horror comedy movie. Like Suspiria but way less frightening and way more wacky and psychedelic! The New York Asian Film Festival added another showing on July 2nd and I’m sure it will sell out. Check it out!

Fun times!

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

I went to the WFMU record fair today. if you get the chance I recommend it. It’s held every fall and in addition to the records and CDs for sale there are performances. Somehow for me the highlight is always the AV Lounge where they screen rarities and pop strangeness. For instance a few years ago they screened The Apple, a crazy futuristic rock musical. It’s tough to describe but if you like campiness you must see it! Today I had a few treats, first I caught the tail end of a collection of bubblegum videos, just in time for Yummy Yummy! Love that bubblegum pop and it was neat to see the videos. Then I saw The Beaver Trilogy, another one that must be seen to be believed. It’s a trilogy of movies: first a documentary, then two shorts one starring young Sean Penn, one starring young Crispin Glover about a guy in a small Utah town who impersonates Olivia Newton-John. If you get the chance you must see this film! It was simultaneously funny and mortifying and wonderful. Plus seeing Crispin and Sean Penn do Olivia Newton-John impressions (or rather portraying someone doing that) is awesome. They both did great jobs, I thought! Then we got treated to an episode of Wild Record Collection, a Manhattan public access show by my dear friends Tony and Ron. It’s basically stuffed animals dancing to awesome vinyl records and is a total hoot. Coincidentally this episode featured Xanadu! Something tells me I’ll be dreaming of Olivia Newton-John tonight. They also screened Ghoul A Go-Go, another great show, but I had a hair appointment so couldn’t stay.

Speed Racer love!

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I finally saw Speed Racer (IMAX) and I loved it! I am sad about all the bad reviews – those haters! Please see it if you get the chance, it needs to be experienced on the big screen. I loved the colors, campiness, and giant heads floating back and forth across the screen. Giant heads! Plus cute guys and girls ^_^ The whole movie was delicious eye candy. I also loved the car racing, which I wasn’t expecting to like. Swoon!

Glitter Never Fades

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Last night I went out and saw the Squeezebox movie at the Tribeca Film Fest. Squeezebox was a pansexual weekly rock and roll party with great punky drag queens and go-go dancers that I went to regularly for several years at the turn of this century. The party ended in 2001 and and since then this documentary has been in production. Anyway, finally seeing it was so much fun and it was wonderful to share with my friends who had experienced the great times there with me. I definitely felt sentimental watching it and happy too. The other cool thing was that so many of the people in the movie were in the audience and the after-party with us and they were all people we used to dance with weekly. People like Michael Schmidt, Mistress Formika, Miss Guy, Lily of the Valley, Jayne County, Deborah Harry, Justin Bond, Michael T, John Cameron Mitchell, Theo, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and so many more were all there and performed at the after-party. We got comped in, we used to always get comped at Squeezebox when it was going, it’s nice to be treated as a “regular” even at a party that’s been gone for 7 years! It was so great to see Debbie Harry, she sang X Offender (my fave Blondie song) and looked amazing in a tight pink dress). I will love her and all of these performers forever! Definitely a sentimental time, but so much fun. I also happen to be in the movie for about 3 seconds of footage total and there is a great segment with my friend Mr. Tim (a wonderful friendship which I owe to Squeezebox) showing the Squeezebox comic which I did the cover for. So i felt part of the “history” as it were. I’m not sure how people who weren’t a part of it will feel about the movie, but I enjoyed it.

Interdimensional Travel

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

I’ve been trying to catch up on my netflix queue and ended up with 2 movies in a row with interdimensional travel themes. I enjoyed both of them . First I saw the horror movie by Stuart Gordon, From Beyond. I enjoyed Re-Animator and I think this was a good follow up movie. I liked it way better than Bride of the Re-Animator anyway. It reminded me (thematically) a little of Hellraiser too since it featured a man (in this case a scientist) who is a pervert and wants to explore other dimensions for his personal pleasure. Of course, it all goes terribly awry and there is a lot of goo involved. I thought Jeffrey Combs, who plays the scientist’s ill-fated assistant and is really the star of the movie did a great job here. Fun, gross, and silly.

I also saw The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (for the 2nd time). I was able to follow the story a lot better this time. It is a really cool concept: genius scientist/ neurosurgeon / rock star / comic book hero fights interdimensionally traveling aliens along with his rock band (all geniuses in their own right) The Hong Kong Cavaliers. It’s a lot more complex than that, but I recommend it for a fun watch.

And then of course there are the latest, and most dashing travelers Dr. Who (David Tennant) and Captain Jack of Torchwood!

Stardust

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

I rented Stardust over the weekend and it was really great! I’d meant to see it in the theater but time flew by. It had a similar vibe to The Princess Bride and was purely enjoyable. Check it out!