Margaret Thatcher’s old toilet, “rescued” by an elderly neighbour. From Nick Broomfield’s doc Tracking Down Maggie (1994)
Sundry Sundays: THE THING Poster by Wonderbros
sometimes less is more. i’m not usually much for these minimalist movie posters (at least not anymore), but John Carpenter’s paranoid classic is one of my favorite horror films, and methinks the “less is more” / “potentially civilization-ending alien being in dog’s clothing” approach that allows the story’s action to be so sparse and significant is really nicely appropriated for this design. as for the new movie… on the one hand i’m curious as to how it’ll straddle the line between prequel and remake, on the other hand i’m pretty sure it won’t bother to mediate that divide, and will just offer empty scares and answers to questions that were never intended to have any. blah. we’ll see.
The Thing by Wonderbros
Did Akira Kurosawa’s IKIRU Directly Inspire BREAKING BAD?
…uh, apparently. funny you should ask.
Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, was recently a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air, and during the show — unprompted — he launched into this lightly reverential aside about how Kurosawa’s 1952 masterpiece IKIRU informed Gilligan’s sensational AMC show. it’s fascinating to hear him unpack the parallels between Watanabe-san and Walter White, to see how one idea was contorted and disfigured into something so sinister, but due caution to those unfamiliar with the ending of IKIRU:
“There’s a wonderful Kurosawa movie from the 50s in which a man, a mid-level, very much a Walter White-type, or rather, Walter White, I suppose, inspired by this man. This man is very much a mid-level corporate guy who finds out he’s dying of cancer. And in the last months of his life what he chooses to do is a very good thing, it’s to build is playground, a small playground in Tokyo for the children in his neighborhood.
And this haunting ending of this movie is this man swinging on a swing set in this playground that he’s managed to build after a surprisingly hard go of it. And the snow is coming down and he singing a Japanese children’s song, and it’s just haunting and beautiful. And, of course, Breaking Bad is anything but that. It’s the flip side of that. It’s a man doing terrible things once he is freed by this knowledge that he does not have long for this world.
But I think what the two stories to share in a sense is the idea that if we found out the exact expiration date on our lives if we found out when we were going to be checking out, would that free us up to do bold and courageous things, either good or bad things, hopefully good things, then I think there’s a lot of that involved in Breaking Bad.”
Stanley love kitty. Kitty love Stanley?
Whaddya mean you find me clinical and detached?
i’ve been trapped in a glorious vortex of Radiohead for the last 48 hours or so, so to compensate for my absence / the complete lack of posts (interesting or otherwise), here are some pictures of Stanley Kubrick hanging out with his cat.
we cool, now?
Kubrick. Cat lover.
The Many Faces of Claude Chabrol (1930 - 2010)
possibly the most photogenic filmmaker to have ever lived, the great Claude Chabrol will *finally* be inducted into the Criterion Collection when LES COUSINS and LE BEAU SERGE are released on DVD & Blu-ray in September.
Sundry Sundays: Bjork’s “Triumph of a Heart” (directed by Spike Jonze)
probably one of the greatest music videos ever made.
certainly one of the greatest music videos ever made in which bjork marries a cat who has a penchant for wearing wife-beaters.