HowlerCafe turned 4 today!
And I have done a horrible job updating. More posts in the coming year and not all sad obits either.
Lost another great, right on the heels of RSJ. I gave my daughter the “Velvet Underground” complete when she turned 12 or 13. Love the Rock n’ Roll Animal phase and the Red Joystick times too. Apparently has been making my favorite Laurie Anderson happy these last few years. Big loss for “the New York” scene and the world.
Jazz and funk and rock lost a great player today. I was reminiscing about trying to find a Lenny White track, “12 Bars from Mars” which led me to think about the force of nature that was Ronald Shannon Jackson. Hit the Goog and found out he died today.
My intro was, as usual, through Laswell, with the band Last Exit. I naturally went on to collect his vinyl and bought a solo drum album that was a masterpiece, “Pulse” somewhere in the late ’70s early 80’s. Then there was “Power Tools” with Frisell and Gibbs and/or Reid.
Saw him live a couple times mid 80’s and man he made the skins talk. 73 isn’t young but man he was good. Look him up, listen, marvel.
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Del Toro has another masterpiece on his hands! Stil from the Wire, Mac from the Unit and Hellboy himself are just 3 reasons to enjoy this movie. Soundtrack, scope, story and giant robots might just be other reasons..
Remarkable attention to detail and the unmistakable taste of his vision keep Del Toro films on my radar and “must see big” my mantra. We saw the 2d version, and I spent much of the film in awe at the edges..the weathering of the ‘bots/suits/buildings…no clunky exposition to get us in the fight.
Some comic relief, some homage(s) unquestionably some Cthullu, and big Gundam ‘bots kept me distracted enough not to miss gratuitous T and A, and damn if I don’t wear a pair of gold wingtips! Recommended.
Yes Michel Gondry seems French, yes this BR Cover is in French but the film is in English and it is a certifiable Gondry Hit! He makes the inside of a bus alternately jubilant and hard to watch all at once.
This is a terrific after school special for when you are too old for after school specials..
This is the end of the school day and the bus ride home in NYC for 2 hours, and, if you can take the harsh cruelty we all meted or endured (mostly alternately), caught unflinching in this brave fiction, the rewards are sublime.
You should know Gondry from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” at the least or perhaps “The Science of Sleep” and in so knowing know what to expect..tricks of scale, thought provoking imagery and a subtext left for you to figure it out.
Bring your own spoon, but don’t miss this one!
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This 2012 Czech film is “Tinker Tailor Spy Good”. It is not an espionage film but a hard-boiled detective tale set in a corrupt system under corrupt state control.
Terrific muted color palette (though not as muted as the pic above would suggest) tasteful camera and a great performance by the lead, Ivan Trojan. We as filmgoers have seen all of these story elements before, but this film has history stirred in.
Like in the “Hamilton” film the United States is a player, not the focus, of the film. It is a film about a dark period in another country told in the space around the plot. The director trusts the audience, not panders, and the results are something to see.
Got these in the mail. 1 traditional, 2 gate-folds. The Eno came with 4 prints/postcards. 2 of these three are by consummate musicians, one by Eno, which is, for all intents and purposes, and, like his name, 3 letters: Art.
When I purchased these from Amazon I was able to add all of them, immediately, to the “sound cloud” of which I have a piece reserved for me and can purchase more space if I so choose, ostensibly to have “my music” available to play “anywhere”. Having returned from a place with no connectivity - to which I would return in a heartbeat if I had the venture capitol to set the space up again - I really value the dead tech of physical media.
Never mind how good it sounds.
Listening party @ Westview tonight, hopefully a review of these before the 3rd Hamilton movie hits!
"Man on Fire", "Deja Vu", "Domino", "Unstoppable" - just 4 of my personal favorite Tony Scott films. It is a shame to lose him, but we will have his films, as we have Ray Bradbury’s books. He will be missed, his mark on the film world is indelible. My condolences to those he left behind.
John LeCarre would be proud of this perhaps too handsome spy…the angst, motivations, flashbacks and storyline of inter-crossed and twisted motivations are certainly worthy of the master!
This will most likely not be released in the states - a pity - as it rivals a genre that, in spite of “Tinker Tailor..” performs at the BO. Check this one out!
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