"6 Sick Hipsters is a wild, poignant, twisted, bitterly funny page turner with dead-on dialogue and a wonderful ensemble cast. Rayo Casablanca has written the big novel the hipster generation has been waiting for. "
This comes from Jason Starr, NYT bestselling author of eclectic noir like The Follower, Lights Out, Slide and Bust. Awesome.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Monitorpop, Crippled Dick Hot Wax's DVD arm, has released David Cronenberg's early shorts "Stereo" and "Crimes of the Future." If you haven't seen any of Cronenberg's early stuff, this is a nice place to start. Used to be that David was obsessed with "body horror." His early films, like "Crimes of the Future" and "Shivers," meet at the freaky intersection of medical science and revulsion.
Here's his 1967 short "From the Drain." Sketchy transfer but try and watch for the tendril:
2 EARLY FILMS BY THE MASTER OF BODY HORROR: DAVID CRONENBERG
Stereo – In a scientific institute, a group of carefully selected subjects is submitted to experimental surgery, various drugs and longterm isolation in order to increase their potential for telepathic communication.
Crimes of the Future - Millions have died from Rouge’s Malady – a disease caused by cosmetics and discovered by mad dermatologist Antoine Rouge who has subsequently dissapeared. In his clinic, patients’ bodies start producing mysterious, functionless new organs…
In Gary's autobiography (I had to shell out 40 pounds for that bad boy, but it frequently goes for $150) he says that right around "Warriors" he started getting hair plugs done. Yea, you read that right. And no, he's not ashamed. Every night of the Warriors tour he had to bleach his "new" hair and it almost wrecked his head. Ah, but you can't have the Mad Max look without a blonde mullet. Right? Cheers and rock on, Gary.