Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

“This is your wilderness? Detroit?” “Everyone left.” A couple of people left midway through the advance screening we caught. Perhaps they were expecting Thor pyrotechnics. Already a fan of Jim Jarmusch’s work, I knew the sort of film I’d be getting—in fact, I was eager for it. Only Lovers Left Alive hooked me from the…

Review: Fashion Beast

Drop over to A Knife & A Quill to read my review of the Malcolm McLaren/Alan Moore film-that-never-was, now a graphic novel, Fashion Beast. Fashion Beast Writers: Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren, Antony Johnston Cover & Artist: Facundo Percio MR, Color, 256 pages ISBN 9781592912117 Blurb: ALAN MOORE has redefined the graphic novel with his seminal…

TOA/V: Volcano Saga

Thanks to Nicholas Currie (on Facebook, but he linked to his Tumblr site) I was delighted to see “Volcano Saga” yesterday. It’s a performance piece by Joan Jonas, whose fairytale-inspired installation “The Juniper Tree” I wrote about when it was at the Tate Modern. What could be more wonderful than bringing together two things I…

In Development: The Superfluous

The Superfluous They weren’t just expendable: they never should have been there in the first place! “It’s like The Expendables but with broads, magic, werewolves and machine guns!” says our PR team. Synopsis: When a heroic young woman speaks truth to power, she winds up in a secret prison behind the Oz curtain, where no…

TOA/V: Adèle Blanc-Sec

We watched The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec the other night: I had been looking forward to it coming out but when it did, life was chaotic and so I’ve not seen it until now. I was intrigued when I heard a couple papers on the film at the comics conference in Glasgow. I’m happy…

TOA/V: One, Two, Three

The seldom-trumpeted comedy One, Two, Three may be best known as the film that made James Cagney leave the movie business until his swan song in Ragtime two decades later. The 1961 film had several touchstones which put it in a difficult position: spoofing the Eastern Germans and the newly erected Berlin Wall, and worse…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: The Hudsucker Proxy

I haven’t had time to do a TOA/V in a while, but after some dissing of this film on Twitter, I decided it was a sign. I love the Coen’s films in general. Most of them I love a lot. I think Raising Arizona might be one of the funniest films ever made, Blood Simple…