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Groening VS Kubrick

Simpsons Kubrick

Casting about for another spooky October post, this one didn’t take long.

The Simpsons annual “Treehouse of Horror” episodes have become an American Halloween television tradition given the show’s ridiculously long run and the intense creativity highlighted in these seasonal creep-fests. Often, the “Treehouse” episodes are among the best of a given season and if you’re wondering why the show is still on the air, a glance at their most recent tribute to Stanley Kubrick proves that the show continues to have relevance — and references — to spare.

Here’s the episode’s big scene courtesy of Vulture— it incorporates nearly the entirety of Kubrick’s weighty oeuvre. How many references can you catch?

I wonder what Rob Ager will have to say about this?

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Vampire’s Kiss, Uncaged!

Vampires Kiss

This scary October post recalls a subject many of you likely find terrifying: the career of Nicolas Cage. Cage has done a lot of cash cow trash since he won the Oscar for Leaving Lost Vegas. That said, he’s also brought the wild edge to films like Bad Lieutenant, reminding me of the strange brilliance that illuminated his earliest roles.

One of my early Cage faves is the fang-toothed film Vampire’s Kiss, which is celebrating a 25th anniversary this year. Here’s an outrageous collection of crazy Cage scenes from the movie…

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Coincidence Control Network: Episode 74

This week: The great Idaho chicken heist of 2014, stoner mice, Boffins discuss aliens, Michael Bay’s already done it, Titantastic titillation, Dracula News: The new craze sweeping the nation, Edgar Allen Poe’s wet dream, Colombian cons his way into Isla’s heart, and much more.

PersonnelJoe Nolan, Frater Isla, Kim Monaghan, and Ken Eakins

Links:

  • Nice job – Link
  • Marty The Marijuana Mouse Link
  • NASA gets boffins into talk Aliens Link
  • Diary date – Link
  • What is this strange object in the ocean on Titan? – Link
  • Dracula News: Vlads prison discovered Link
  • Some Lady Might Have Possibly Been Buried Alive Maybe Link
  • Colombian Con Man is Isla’s Hero Link
  • Missing the point - Link
  • Ghost News: Black Eyed Child is back! – Link

Music:

Dan the Automator - Ganges A Go-Go

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The Immortal Ed Wood

Ed WoodContinuing our string of spooky October posts, this month we celebrate the birthday of filmmaker Ed Wood who was born on October 10, 1924. Wood passed away prematurely at the age of 54 due to a heart attack. During his short life, he made a series of science fiction and monster films that weren’t so much scary as they were scary-bad.

Wood also challenged social taboos like transgenderism way back in 1953 with his first film Glen or Glenda which was based on the life Christine Jorgensen and Wood’s own predilections for transvestism — if Wood’s monster movies failed to spook his sympathetic treatment of LGBT issues at the dawn of the Eisenhower Era it would have been a true shocker.

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Pope Lick’s Goatman

Goatman

Continuing my spooky posts for the month of October, here’s a story about a cryptid monster who’s said to inhabit a location near Pope Lick, Kentucky — it’s almost too good to be true.

Check out this take on the legend from this Impulcity post…

Okay, to be fair, this place should always be abandoned. What caught our attention here, though, is the local legend of the Goatman, who has apparently taken up residence below the train tracks. Many claim that they’ve seen this legend, but it seems to be one of those things that have just become a myth, but some people still cling to the fact that they’ve definitely seen something strange beneath there.

Whether the Goatman exists or not still remains in speculation. Either way, venturing below that trestle at night will definitely creep you out enough to not venture around and find out. Cars rarely pass through the area, and every little noise seems to be intensified.

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Arcade Anthems

Ronnie James Video Games Last Thursday night Antonia and I were watching the video for Lana Del Rey's "Video Games." Antonia pointed out that it was one of the first earnest video game songs she could recall — as most songs about arcade attractions are parody's or novelty songs; campy cantos to clanging coins. So, we Googled "video game songs." While not every song or video on this Kotaku list is as compelling as the next, I recommend sampling every one of these finds — they range from early rap to Kraftwerk-ian synth scores to disco funk to...er...Joe Walsh. To get you started, here are a few of my favorites... Check out this mysterious 1980's duo with their take on "Video Games."
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Jodorowsky 1.0

Jodo

Nashville, TN is experiencing a Alejandro Jodorowsky renaissance this month with the Belcourt Theatre’s screenings of some of the auteur’s most important works, leading up to the local premiere of his new film, Dance of Reality.

My fellow local film writers and I all respect the master’s outlandish visuals, his passion for the surreal and his esoteric spiritual explorations, but, of course, his movies aren’t for everyone. After last week’s screening of The Holy Mountain I kept thinking about the film — I’ve watched it many times and this most recent viewing was the second time I’d seen it on the big screen. I came away wondering if I’d seen any other films that paved the way for Jodorowsky, and while early surrealist cinema certainly deserves a nod, if you want to know where Jodo’s roots really dig in, you have to look to the stage, not the screen.

Here’s what the Mutantspace site has to say about Jodorowsky’s Melodrama Sacramental performance piece from 1965…

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The Photographs of William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs Photography

In a recent post I mentioned the January opening of the new photography exhibition Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs. I’ve just received a copy of the catalog and I’m planning a review of the volume in an upcoming post or on an episode of Coincidence Control Network.

In the meantime, here is a very insightful little overview of the show featuring the curators at The Photographers Gallery, London. While Burroughs’ paintings are well-known, his work as a photographer is just beginning to be examined and understood. This interview was shot during the installation of the exhibition and it reveals Burroughs’ work behind the camera to be both an extension of the cut-up techniques he developed with the artist and writer Brion Gysin, and the even earlier aesthetic lessons Bill learned as a boy studying the flower arrangements his mother created for their St. Louis home.

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