Tag Archives: Harmony Korine

London Film Festival Diary (vol. 1)

When the lineup for the BFI London Film Festival was announced a while back – replete with an array of Australian films that I’ve highlighted over at The Far Paradise – I was left despairing that a lack of funds (and, lets face it, some rather extravagant ticket prices) meant that I wouldn’t be able to see much (if any) at this year’s festival. Thankfully, I managed to swing a student delegate pass and rustle up some spare razoos, allowing me to catch all the Aussie features (which I’ll skip here in anticipation of a forthcoming festival report for The Far Paradise) and a whole heap besides. Here’s the first of two entries in something approximating a festival diary, essentially just a round-up of what I caught (and ruminations on what I missed), as I endeavoured to squeeze in as many screenings as possible in between parenting, PhDing and, you know, having a life.
Continue reading

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS

Beautiful Losers
d.  Aaron Rose & Joshua Leonard / 2008 / USA / 89 mins

Still from Beautiful Losers

An interesting, if rather slight, contemporary art documentary, Beautiful Losers introduces a diverse group of artists/filmmakers/agitators who coalesced around the Alleged Gallery on New York’s Lower East Side in the early 1990s. Co-directed by Aaron Rose, who also ran the gallery itself, the film traces the lives, loves and careers of the Alleged gang, from graphic and street artists like Geoff McFetridge, Thomas Campbell, Stephen ‘ESPO’ Powers, Barry ‘Twist’ McGee, Shepard Fairey, skateboarder Ed Templeton and the late Margaret Kilgallen, to filmmakers and photographers like Cheryl Dunn, Mike Mills and Harmony Korine.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

TRASH HUMPERS

Trash Humpers
d. Harmony Korine / 2009 / USA / 78 mins
Viewed at: London Film Festival (Leicester Square Vue – Screen 9)

Trash Humpers is a movie that’s maybe not even a movie. I sometimes say maybe it’s something else, it works on a different logic, its more closely related to something that’s like a found artefact or an old discarded VHS tape, something maybe that you could imagine being put in a zip-lock bag and it having a a little bit of blood on it and buried in some ditch somewhere.” – Harmony Korine.

As always, films which seem to be about ‘nothing in particular’ often elicit the most in-depth responses. Trash Humpers, the latest visual utterance from US-indie agitator Harmony Korine, is no exception. Bear with me folks, this is a long one…

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , ,

MISTER LONELY

Mister Lonely
d. Harmony Korine / 2006 / UK-France-Ireland-USA / 148 mins
Viewed on: Force Entertainment DVD (Region 4)

Mister Lonely

First of all, I should probably admit to being something of a Harmony Korine fan. I’ve loved him ever since I picked up a VHS rental of Gummo, basing my selection purely on the back cover blurb and the wonderful image that adorned its front: Jacob Sewell sitting on a toilet, playing an accordian and wearing rabbit ears. Come to think of it, the first meaningful thing I ever wrote about film (that wasn’t for uni, anyway) was a little career retrospective thing on Korine for my (very) short-lived ‘zine, Incision. And in spite of all that, this was the first time I had seen Mister Lonely.

It was partly down to my general slackness, but also partly a result of circumstance: I couldn’t afford to travel to Melbourne to see its screening at MIFF 2007 and then I missed its extremely brief run in Adelaide, the Australian DVD was released after I had returned to the UK and the planned UK DVD never eventuated because Tartan went bust. An even larger part, though, was fear. After all, Mister Lonely didn’t get the most glowing notices and it certainly couldn’t stir up any sort of critical acclaim. Simply put, I was nervous about the fact that, following on from the sheer brilliance of Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy, Mister Lonely just might not be any good.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,