In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining. Over 30 years later we are still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Rodney Ascher’s film Room 237 is an exploration of the truths concealed in The Shining.
Kubrick’s film was scored in large part with pre existing classical recordings, but the score for Room 237 has taken as its inspiration the elegant but quirky film music that accompanied low budget horror movies in the 1970s. Composers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson utilize a combination of vintage and contemporary analogue synthesizers, as well as acoustic instruments to create an atmosphere that is at once both haunting and funky.
Musicians: Jonathan Snipes - Synthesizers, Pianos, Vocoder, Percussion William Hutson - Synthesizers, Percussion David Rothbaum - Guitars & Bass Nick Murray - Drums Maryclare Brzytwa - Flute Bear McCreary - Clavinet Cristina Bercovitz - Vocal Effects
Facing Change: Documenting America - Debbie Fleming Caffery
This video is the first in a series of features on the photographers of Facing Change: Documenting America, a non-profit collective of prominent photographers and writers who have come together to explore the United States during one of the most enduring times in the nation’s history.
The work of Debbie Fleming Caffery, one of the FCDA photographers, focuses on the death of community life in the small towns surrounding the Mississippi Delta. You can read more about Facing Change: Documenting America and Debbie Fleming Caffery on the Leica blog: bit.ly/uiWuB0.
If you love dark, dramatic films you have to see this movie. By all means try to see it in the theater. You don’t want to be distracted. We just watched it at the AFI Film Festival and it was an awesome, gut wrenching experience. Snowtown will always be in our minds.
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil was definitely one of the highlights on the party. It’s got a pretty awesome plot and it’s super hilarious. This movie was another import, but I’m pretty sure that it comes out in the next few months in the States here. We couldn’t wait that long though, had to have it for the party! I’d say that this movie is a must see.
We had some cool movies that were imported from the UK at the marathon, Phenomena being one of them. The Blu-ray is so beautiful, it’s like watching the movie for the first time. This is a Dario Argento film, he’s made some pretty sweet movies and they’re worth checking out. Phenomena has some particularly sweet jam sessions throughout the movie.
Cannibal Holocaust is probably the most controversial films of all time. The director was arrested after the film was finished and released. The film itself was banned in tons of different countries. We got an imported Blu-Ray of the uncut version. It was easily the most disturbing of the films we watched, which is saying something. I don’t blame people for not wanting to watch it at all, so we watched this one when there weren’t too many people left watching. There’s a lot of real stuff in this movie and other things that are questionable, which is why the director was arrested. He was never charged in the end but you still never know exactly what really happened. There are apparently quite a few different versions of the film around and I’m not exactly sure of all the differences. This one is pretty crazy and I can’t say that I’d really recommend it based on how graphic and insane it is. I thought it was worth seeing, so if you can find it and it sounds like your kind of movie, then go for it. I’d recommend doing a little research into what it’s all about before you do though.
We Are the Night is a pretty cool vampire movie about a group of female vampires, we all really liked it. It has some pretty neat stuff in it. The trailer here is dubbed, the actual movie is in German. It’s still a good trailer either way.
Sheitan here is actually on Netflix instant streaming. It’s like a movie showcase of how creepily awesome Vincent Cassel can be. So if you like Vincent Cassel you should check it out for sure, and even if you don’t, it’s still a fun and creepy movie to watch.
Over this past weekend we had a Halloween movie marathon. About 16 people came throughout the first night. The whole deal last around 50 hours of horror movie watching straight. A small group stayed almost the entire time. By the end about 23 movies had been watched. I won’t be going through them all, but we have some special highlights at the marathon that i’m going to share in these upcoming posts here. I will list off the movies we watched just in case you want to check them out for yourself at some point. Some of them are on Netflix instant streaming if you want to watch them there.