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Sunday, October 30, 2011

CLOWN VERSUS MONKEY: 10 Things You Must Know About Clown Versus Monkey

CLOWN VERSUS MONKEY: 10 Things You Must Know About Clown Versus Monkey: 1. It's Halloween and the movie is finished! 2. Just kidding. 3. I did my traditional last week of October vacation and locked myself in a ...

10 Things You Must Know About Clown Versus Monkey

1. It's Halloween and the movie is finished!
2. Just kidding.
3. I did my traditional last week of October vacation and locked myself in a small room, ignored telephones, friends, family, and hygiene, and now I am please to announce that I am a whole half scene closer to being finished!
4. Note to self: This is not operating in mind time, but in sticky reality time. Clown Monkey Time goes by a lot faster then People Day Job Time.
5. I spent the week animating baby clowns in an aquarium.
6. Borrowing a new scanner that is like a wand I wave over the pictures and upload them, and then my computer crashes and I drive to Sonic and drink a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake and then fill the empty cup with tears and sadness.
7. I am seeing the film not as a film, but as a slow stream of visuals based on a them that will eventually be collected and arranged in a film and book. But it isn't about the traditional "finishing the movie" How boring. What the hell is a movie anyway? It is about the moments that condensate onto the idea. Like a cold bottle of coke. Coke = Clown Versus Monkey, Updates = wet glass, Finished movie = sponge bath.
8. This whole thing is sort of inspired by the terrible movie Speed Racer, where I sat there going "what a terrible movie" while simultaneously going, "what an awesome series of Trapper Keepers".
9. Look they still make Trapper Keepers. Maybe I can release this movie as a series of Trapper Keepers.
10. To the true believers who have bought a copy of the movie, don't fall into despair and disillusionment yet, Clown Versus Monkey grows stronger by the day, and it's love for you with it.

BONUS - I had another "moment" uploading on YouTube, but it got chunked up, so it's coming, baby clowns in a collection aquarium coming soon.

Friday, October 07, 2011

thanks marc

… im so excited. Damn you public domain!

CLIPS! Speaking of Psychos

So first of all, looking through the clips has revealed them to be more late 80s early 90s, so some of my older ones must have been in another folder, so I'll try to stick with the good stuff.

Yesterday was Psycho remake, and so to continue the theme, ANTHONY PERKINS! The first movie I remember seeing in the theater was The Black Hole, and his death in that is really badass. But if you watch the movie now, his whole character is awesome. He's like this creepy little fan boy to Reinhardt. It's like me when Carpenter has a new thing coming out and I go, "the trailer doesn't mean anything, JC knows what he's doing". I'm usually right. Perkins (I think his name was Durrant in Black Hole), was super wrong.

Then my dad showed me Psycho when I was in elementary school. And the scene in the parlour where he talks about "going a little mad sometimes", I wore that scene out. I watched that scene everyday. Got home, turned it on. Psycho replaced Star Wars and Raiders in my ritualised viewings. The shower scene is great, but that quiet parlour scene, man that stuff is why people even try to make movies.

So flash forward and we have a spat of really weird Perkins 80s horror films. I remember sitting down with my Grandmother to see Ken Russel's Crimes Of Passion, and that was on about 15 seconds before I had to turn it. Perkins is really in full on wacko mode in that. And then there is Edge of Sanity, made by Harry Alan Powers, who makes really cheap movies in South Africa. I used to have the clipping of that one. He plays a coke crazy Jack the Ripper. Never finished that one, they keep breaking the forth wall on it, and if you ain't Jonathan Demme you shouldn't mess with that too much. He's also great in I'm Dangerous Tonight, a Tobe Hooper made for TV movie where he is a nut who wants this evil red dress. The last shot in that one is great. No one does twitchy like Perkins when he's cashing a check.

And that lands us on Destroyer, 1988. Saw this at Atlanta's Lakewood Twin on Stewart Avenue (now Metropolitan). That theater was a pit. Holes in the ceiling, springs sticking out of the seats, classy joint. Perfect for these movies though. Destroyer fits in two types for this period in the genera, HAUNTED PRISON movie and CREW RETURNS TO THE CREEPY LOCATION TO FILM A MOVIE movie. Deborah Foreman is in it. Lyle Alzado is in it (has the best part of the film, in the last moment he eats something cool), and Anthony Perkins shows up as the twitchy director of the bad movie they are making. So this goes right in with The Horror Show and Shocker as movies about supernatural killers who survived the electric chair. It's a fun little movie, and Perkins dies really well in it.

But the best thing about Destroyer is the artwork. Check it! Lightning veins, that crazy face, the laser sight on the jackhammer, the cool lighting bolt on the "O". All of that is top notch and very metal!
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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Opem mind

CLIPS! The begining of a bad idea

So I have a junk load of movie clippings, dating back to the mid 80s, it was something I collected obsessively. Back in the day, you didn't have fifty websites telling you every detail or showing hundreds of bts pics. Movie stuff was more of a trickle, and usually were puff pieces. 98, i didn't have a computer, still using a typewriter. The remake of Psycho foretold the current trend of remaking EVERYTHING good and putting Vince Vaughn in it. At least Gus Van Sant tried something interesting, doing it shot for shot. Just proves the lighting in a bottle theory. It's the x-factor that makes movies great. You can't plan it. Your movie is either touched by God or it isn't. This will be an ongoing thing when I get around to doing it.
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