Friday, November 9, 2018

THE SCHOOL OF CHANTAL AKERMAN PART 5: THE INFLUENCE ON MICHAEL HANEKE CONTINUED...


This exploration in to the visual & (sometimes) thematic similarities between the films of Chantal Akerman & Michael Haneke is a little different from part one (click here to view part one).
Instead of chopping up 2-4 seconds out of a particular scene, I went with 10-12 second long (unbroken) takes to hammer home my theory/belief that Akerman had some kind of subconscious influence on Haneke. And if not that, their films are still similar in terms of; ambiance (both directors explore the sometimes cold ambiance of Europe), color palettes (grays, blacks, dark blues, browns, etc), themes (depression & loneliness) and framing (you'll notice half of the comparisons below are centered)

I know at first glance some of these may seem vague. There's lots of movies with scenes of people sitting in the back of a car or moving around in their kitchen. You're someone who isn't in to slightly abstract thoughts and/or comparisons, perhaps some Kurosawa/Star Wars comparisons are more fitting for you.

enjoy...


Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
The Seventh Continent

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
The Piano Teacher

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
The Piano Teacher

Saute Ma Ville /
The Piano Teacher

Saute Ma Ville /
The Piano Teacher

Saute Ma Ville /
Funny Games

Saute Ma Ville /
Funny Games

La Folie Almayer /
Happy End

Toute Une Nuit / The Piano Teacher 

Toute Une Nuit / Code Unknown


And as a bonus, see how Akerman influenced even younger filmmakers like Markus Schlienzer (far right) through Haneke (middle).
For those that don't know, Schlienzer worked with/for Haneke during his Austrian period...
Jeanne Dielman.../71 Fragments/Michael 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

THE SCHOOL OF CHANTAL AKERMAN PART 4: LODGE KERRIGAN


Lodge Kerrigan’s films are all his own. All bias opinions aside (he is a PINNLAND EMPIRE favorite), I can’t think of any other director who makes the films he does. Like other great filmmakers, his work doesn’t come without influence (both direct & indirect/subconscious). If you listen to the commentary track on the criterion release of his debut Clean, Shaven, Kerrigan shouts out films like The Tenant & Repulsion on more than one occasion as a source of inspiration (inspiration not influence).

With him being so open about the films that drive his own work, it isn’t too farfetched to assume other filmmakers inspire & influence him.

Lodge Kerrigan is on record shouting out the works of Chantal Akerman. While some of these comparisons below may seem like a reach (and others are absolutely not a reach) they all fall under the umbrella of being influenced/inspired by the work of Chantal Akerman.

It should be noted that outside of specific visual moments and mild thematic similarities, Akerman & Kerrigan make very different films (performances, editing, etc). These are the kinds of comparisons I love. It’s very unique (and a little difficult) to make movies that are all your own while still tipping your hat to a filmmaker that played a role shaping your love of/for cinema & filmmaking.

Note the similar framing, editing, outfits & positioning of the actors.

Enjoy...


Les Rendezvous D'Anna / Claire Dolan

Les Rendezvous D'Anna / Claire Dolan

Les Rendezvous D'Anna / Claire Dolan

Je Tu Ill Elle / Clean, Shaven

Jeanne Dielman... / Clean, Shaven

Hotel Monterey /
Clean, Shaven

Jeanne Dielman... / Clean, Shaven

Jeanne Dielman /
Clean, Shaven

Je Tu Il Elle / Clean, Shaven

Jeanne Dielman... / Claire Dolan

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
Claire Dolan

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
Claire Dolan

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
The Girlfriend Experience Season One

Toute Une Nuit / Claire Dolan

Hotel Monterey /
Claire Dolan

Je Tu Il Elle / Clare Dolan

Monday, October 29, 2018

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: PATRICK HORVATH


PINNLAND EMIRE isn’t exactly a horror site but two of my favorite films do happen to fall under that genre. I’ve said everything I have to say about Trouble Every Day & Parents (on this site, the pink smoke and various podcasts) so I reached out to PINNLAND EMPIRE-favorite Patrick Horvath to illustrate my love for these films just in time for Halloween (in addition to being a talented filmmaker, Horvath is also a talented artist that you should all be following on twitter at @PatrickHorvath).

Enjoy & happy Halloween...


Trouble Every Day

Parents


Friday, October 26, 2018

ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 77



We chatted with the amazingly talented illustrator/artist; Ronald Wimberly about his work, life, comics, movies, rap music and so much more.
If you’re a fan of Zebras then you’ll love this episode as it’s close to two hours.

Enjoy...

Thursday, October 25, 2018

THE SCHOOL OF MAYA DEREN PART TWO: THE CONTINUED INFLUENCE ON DAVID LYNCH

In this second part of The School Of Maya Deren (mostly Meshes Of The Afternoon), we're going to take a look at some more moving imagery & themes from Deren's work that, to me, clearly rubbed off on Lynch from, framing & camera angles (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me) to violence & suspense (Blue Velvet)

Enjoy...

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Blue Velvet

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me

Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me / Meshes Of The Afternoon

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Blue Velvet

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Eraserhead

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Inland Empire

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Twin Peaks Season 3

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive / Twin Peaks Season One

Ritual In Transfigured Time / Lost Highway

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Mulholland Drive

At Land / Mulholland Drive

Friday, October 19, 2018

THE SCHOOL OF MAYA DEREN PART ONE: THE INFLUENCE ON DAVID LYNCH

I'm hardly the first person to make a connection between Maya Deren & David Lynch. Both are (primarily) L.A.-based surreal/experimental filmmakers with a lot of visual similarities (it should also be noted that both filmmakers have a fascination with black & white imagery as well).

But, like I say in my School Of Tarkovsky explorations, it's one thing to write and/or talk about the visual (and sometimes thematic) similarities between Maya Deren & David Lynch, and another thing to actually show it.

Below are some of my favorite examples of what I feel are Maya Deren's subconscious influence on David Lynch through the years (mostly starting from Lost Highway up to now).

Enjoy...

Meshes Of The Afternoon / LostHighway

Meshesh Of The Afternoon / Lost Highway/ Inland Empire / Twin Peaks: Season 3

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Ritual In Transfigured Time / Inland Empire

Ritual In Transfigured Time / Wild At Heart

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Lost Highway

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Mulholland Drive

Witches Cradles / Eraserhead

At Land / Eraserhead

Meshes O The Afternoon / Eraserhead

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Mulholland Drive

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Mulholland Drive

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Lost Hihgway

Witches Cradle / Inland Empire

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Inland Empire

Meshes Of The Afternoon / The 3 R's

At Land / Eraserhead

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