|Still from Cosmic Ray (1962)|
Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey
Less impressive was the Andy Warhol film projects I watched. First up was Blow Job, which despite its awesome title is simple a shot of a guys face while he’s presumably receiving fellatio. The fact that the camera never pans down and that’s all we see, it’s just the title and a sort of suggestive idea. Not a bad concept, a bit of a tease, but horribly executed. All silent and unnecessarily long 35 minutes it gets old quick. This is nothing compared to his even longer and more pointless films like Sleep and Empire which are static shots of a person sleeping and the Empire State Building for hours. He might be considered a genius in the art world, but the man was not much of a filmmaker. He abandoned directing to Paul Morrissey later on, and they made something of a trilogy with the films Flesh (1968), Trash (1970), and Heat (1972).
I’ve just recently watched both Flesh and Trash and well they aren’t terrible by some standards. After all the rather frank depiction of sex and the odd characters make them an interesting if not a horribly chaotic experience. Trash is in many ways a much, much better film than Flesh. Don’t think I’m calling it a masterpiece but it achieves something that Flesh doesn’t come close to, which is to say it accomplishes something. Flesh is a mess of a would be hustler trying to get money for a friends abortion and well it’s a bit boring, and very uneven. Trash might not have a more coherent plot structure in any traditional sense but the films depiction of drugs is incredible. Who would think that the greatest endorsement not to do drugs would come from an Andy Warhol film? Rather than preach about drugs and dramatize horrible consequences instead Warhol/Morrissey allow the film to play out matter of factly. Joe finds himself unable to get an erection despite the never ending amount of people who want to have sex with him. He lives with a tranny named Holly (yes the same one from Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”) who spends his/her time digging through trash bins and collecting various discarded pieces of furniture.
|Opening scene from Trash (1970)|
The Dark Knight Rises
Ok, of course you knew I saw this, how could I wait more than 24 hours after it came out to check out the most anticipated film of the year, or the last four years really. Unfortunately some jack ass in Colorado decided to violate everything we hold dear about the cinema and I sincerely, honestly hope that someone mutilates his genitals, peels his flesh off, and makes him eat his own dick. Unfortunately the Bill of Rights has a thing against “cruel and unusual punishment” so I guess I just have to hope for an angry mob to bust him out, but that won’t happen so whatever I’ll stop talking about it now, because it will only make me more upset.
The film itself was excellent. I won’t say anything about the plot because what rock have you been living under that you either A: Haven’t already seen the film or; B: Haven’t already read enough reviews/commentary online? Perhaps the only complaint is that Bane was about as hard to understand as I thought he'd be, gonna need subtitles next time.
|MMMMM Anne Hathaway|
There are some bright spots however. Another X-Men movie should be coming out at some point. Mathew Vaughn’s X-Men First Class showed that Marvel can make great super hero movies with plenty of subtext. I anticipate the next film should be damn good, I hope at least. First Class was instantly better than all three of the previous X-Men films plus the Wolverine movie combined. I just hope they don’t fuck it up.
We can also look forward to Christopher Nolan’s next film. Inception was damn fantastic, and Nolan has proven that he can not only create original works of art, but actually make a fortune in the process for any studio that wants to back him. So he’ll probably have James Cameron like control and budgets the next time around and I can’t wait to see what he does (provided it’s nothing at all like Avatar).
Anyways expect more blogage in the coming weeks, just wanted to post a bit here.