This episode Ben and Rabia review Prisoners of the Ghostland and, as always, have many references.
Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)
In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor, whose adopted granddaughter Bernice has gone missing. The Governor offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for retrieving the runaway.
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Benjamin uses Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists. 415 films watched. Favorites: Possession (1981), Immoral Tales (1973), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Crash (1996). Bio: Somnambulant-Stellarvore-Decadent Favorites change based on current recommendations. Writing as experimentation/ sometimes incoherent. Actor Connoisseur the Curious over at "The Cultured Curators" pod.
Rabia uses Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists. 5,000 films watched. Favorites: Survive Style 5+ (2004), A Werewolf Boy (2012), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Alien (1979). Bio: Pop culture expert. Specializes in Asian, Horror, and Fantastic Cinéma. Loves talking about and finding obscure titles in every genre
In this episode we handled several topics and talked about a lot of links, so here they are;
[They're somewhat in order so you can scroll along while listening to the episode]
Sion Sono [Director]
Sion Sono - IMDb
Sion Sono, Director: Ai no mukidashi. Shion Sono is a Japanese director, writer and poet. Born in Aichi Perfecture in 1961 he started his career working as a poet before taking his first steps in film directing.
Suicide Club (2001)
When 54 high school girls throw themselves in front of a subway train it appears to be only the beginning of a string of suicides around the country. Does the new all-girl group Desert have anything to do with it? Detective Kuroda tries to find the answer, which isn't as simple as he had hoped.
Production of Prisoners
Saw it last night at a sold-out show at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre. Had a blast. Wholly original, hypnotic, brutal, beautiful, trippy, etc, etc, etc... everything you now expect from Panos Cosmatos. Performances are fantastic. Andrea Riseborough is quickly becoming one of my faves. See this on the big screen.
An existentialist deconstruction of John Wick, an anti-revenge movie that plays into our expectations of the genre to subvert them, a deeply unsatisfying movie in conventional terms that is rewarding in its profoundly authentic humanism.
Colour out of Space
Color Out of Space (2019)
The Gardner family moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard, melts into the earth, and infects both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly colour.
Willy's Wonderland (2021)
What do you get when you mix Five Nights at Freddy's, some generic annoying teenagers, and a raging Nicolas Cage? Well, Willy's Wonderland of course! "You are officially on staff." Let's get straight to the point shall we?
Vincent Price - Wikipedia
Vincent Leonard Price Jr. (May 27, 1911 - October 25, 1993) was an American actor best known for his performances in horror films, although his career spanned other genres. He appeared on stage, television, and radio, and in more than 100 films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and one for television.
Ethan Hawke quote about Nic Cage
Ethan Hawke: I'm 'Obsessed' With Nicolas Cage
Despite having a long and successful career and an Oscar on his mantel, Nicolas Cage has a reputation as - well, let's say he's known as a less than subtle actor. Cage is one performer who is never afraid to ... Continue reading →
Wicker Man - Not the Bees
Not the Bees - Nic Cage in The Wicker Man
Another classic Nicolas Cage moment, this time in the Wicker Man.Not the bees!
Wicker Man 2006
The Wicker Man (2006)
I want you to imagine a world where another one of the classic psychological thrillers of the 20th century, The Silence of the Lambs, was remade in a similarly terrible fashion to this. This is how the classic 'Lambs' scene between Clarice and Lecter would pan out...
Lovecraftian horror - Wikipedia
Lovecraftian horror, sometimes used interchangeably with " cosmic horror" is a subgenre of horror fiction and weird fiction that emphasizes the horror of the unknowable and incomprehensible more than gore or other elements of shock. It is named after American author H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937).
What is German Expressionism? A beginner's guide - Movements In Film
Unlike most other cinematic movements, Expressionism doesn't solely belong to filmmaking, and existed prior to the invention of cinema. Fortunately, this helps us understand Expressionist principles and how they were utilized by filmmakers. Consider Edvard Munch's The Scream, arguably the most famous Expressionist painting of all time; you can clearly see how the concept allows moods to be expressed by creative distortion.
More Reportedly one of Adolf Hitler's favourite films. A part of me thinks he didn't quite get it... me: yeah i'm definitely smart enough to understand the plot of this movie even if it's silent my inability to tell white men apart: 👁👄👁 Decades Project: 1/2 of the 20's "But the hands that built the Tower of Babel knew nothing of the dream of the head that conceived it.
How Butoh, the Japanese Dance of Darkness, Helps Us Experience Compassion in a Suffering World
Butoh [bu-tō], often translated as "Dance of Darkness," rose out of the ashes of post-World War II Japan as an extreme avant-garde dance form that shocked audiences with its grotesque movements and graphic sexual allusions when it was introduced in the 1950s. Indeed, many people are still disturbed by the intensity and rawness of Butoh.
Conceptual art - Wikipedia
Conceptual art, also referred to as conceptualism, is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic, technical, and material concerns. Some works of conceptual art, sometimes called installations, may be constructed by anyone simply by following a set of written instructions.
Lowbrow (art movement) - Wikipedia
Lowbrow, or lowbrow art, is an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles, California area in the late 1960s. It is a populist art movement with its cultural roots in underground comix, punk music, tiki culture, graffiti, and hot-rod cultures of the street.
Lupin the III
Lupin the Third - Wikipedia
Lupin III , also written as Lupin the Third , Lupin the 3rd or Lupin the IIIrd , is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Monkey Punch. It follows the escapades of master thief Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc's series of novels.
A phenomenology of consciousness, then, explores neither the metaphysical composition nor the causal genesis of things, but the "constitution" of their meaning. Husserl employed this method to clarify our experience of nature, the socio-cultural world, logic, and mathematics, but Heidegger argued that he had failed to raise the most fundamental question, that of the "meaning of being" as such.
The Meaning of 'Brechtian' - Brecht In Practice - Free Online Resource Access
The adjective 'Brechtian' can be found in all sorts of contexts and applied to all manner of theatre and performance. It is often used to describe certain devices used in performance, such as direct address to an audience, the use of placards or signs, or showing the mechanics of a production instead of hiding them [...]
Male gaze - Wikipedia
In feminist theory, the male gaze is the act of depicting women and the world, in the visual arts and in literature, from a masculine, heterosexual perspective that presents and represents women as sexual objects for the pleasure of the heterosexual male viewer.
Set in the present where a group of ruthless gangsters, an unknown woman and an escaped convict have met, unwittingly, in The Forest of Resurrection, the 444th portal to the other side.
Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
Even though Gennosuke and Oboro are from rival ninja villages, they are secretly in love. At an annual conference with the Lord, it is dictated that a competition--a fight to the death--will take place between the five best shinobi from each village.
Meatball Machine (2005)
Capable of making bio-mechanical weapons out of human flesh, alien parasites grotesquely invade the Earth, turning their hosts into maniacal killers who seek and destroy each other to the bloody death! And yes, it s also a human love story, even though the budding romantics are infested with slimy, tumor-like globules.
Horrors of Malformed Men
Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)
Hirosuke, a medical student with almost no recollection of his past, is trapped in an asylum, despite being perfectly sane. After escaping from the loony bin, and being framed for the murder of a circus girl, he spots the photo of a recently deceased man, Genzaburo Komoda, to whom he bears an uncanny resemblance.
Global Horror: India
Global Horror: India
A list of 143 films compiled on Letterboxd, including Bulbbul (2020), Papi Gudia (1996), Kaal (2005), Kriya (2020) and Tumbbad (2018). About this list: The 10th edition of the Global Horror series! We are focusing on India and its Horror history
Global Horror: Indonesia
Global Horror: Indonesia
A list of 65 films compiled on Letterboxd, including Dead Time (2007), Sacred (2009), Because of Second Wife's Witchcraft (1988), Chased by Sins (1974) and The Queen of Black Magic (1981). About this list: A weekly trip around the world in Horror on Clubhouse.
Global Horror: Brazil
Global Horror: Brazil
A list of 41 films compiled on Letterboxd, including Embodiment of Evil (2008), This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1967), At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964), The House at the End of Time (2013) and Skull: The Mask (2020). About this list: Week 3 of our Global Horror series.
Global Horror: Thailand
Global Horror: Thailand
A list of 124 films compiled on Letterboxd, including Pee Mak Phrakanong (2013), Shutter (2004), Dorm (2006), The Unseeable (2006) and Nang Nak (1999). About this list: Week 7 of the series!
Andrew Pope - Whitlock & Pope