Thursday, May 23, 2019

ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 93: R.A. THE RUGGED MAN



Legendary rapper, journalist, screenwriter and all around excellent human being R.A. The Rugged Man sat down with us on Mother's Day to talk about everything from Frank Henenlotter & Marco Ferreri to The Notorious B.I.G. & Sean Price.

Enjoy...

Friday, May 17, 2019

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

In this third (and ongoing) installment, I install look at some of the smaller more abstract examples of Maya Deren's influential residue on David Lynch (make sure to click here for parts one & two).

Enjoy...


Meshes Of The Afternoon / Inland Empire


Meshes Of The Afternoon / Blue Velvet


Meshes Of The Afternoon / Mulholland Drive


Meshes Of The Afternoon / Inland Empire


Ritual In Transfigured Time / Inland Empire


Witches Cradle / Eraserhead


Witches Cradle / Dream #7


Witches Cradle / Eraserhead


The Very Eye Of Night / Eraserhead


At Land / Eraserhead


Meshes Of The Afternoon / Estee Lauder commercial directed by David Lynch


Meshes Of The Afternoon / Lady Blue Shanghai


Meshes Of The Afternoon / Lady Blue Shanghai


Meshes Of The Afternoon / Blue Velvet

ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 92: CLAIRE DENIS PART TWO



Here is part two of our discussion on Claire Denis. Thanks for being patient with us for being absent these last couple of weeks. Not only did we make up for it with this episode (it's a road trip episode), but you're going to LOVE next week's episode...

Enjoy...

Friday, May 10, 2019

THE SCHOOL OF MAYA DEREN PART FIVE: MOVING IMAGERY

Part five in my ongoing series on the visual similarities between the influential Maya Deren and the filmmakers that came after her from the regular culprits (David Lynch & Claire Denis), to new folks like Abel Ferrara & Tom Noonan.

Enjoy...

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Swoon


Deren's influence on Lynch has been well documented. But for those of you who still doubt this - please check out Parts 1 & 2 of my School Of Maya Deren entries...



Meshes Of The Afternoon / Lost Highway

At Land / Sonatine

Similar shots in experimental films documenting/exploring experimental dance...
Studies In Choreography For Camera / One Day Pina Asked / Vers Mathilde

a slight variation of above...
Studies In Choreography For Camera / Vers Mathilde
Ritual In Transfigured Time / High Life

I recently saw Tom Noonan's The Wife on the big screen and while these two examples below are hardly the only two films to use this kind of division between space, I was immediately reminded of Deren's work (above) when I saw Noonan's film (below)...
Ritual In Transfigured Time / The Wife

Witch's Cradle / Tenebrae

The Mysteries Of The Chateau Of Dice / Drawing Restraint 9

At Land / The Seventh Seal

At Land /
Persona

Meshes Of The Afternoon / The Addiction

Meshes Of The Afternoon /
Hard Boiled

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

THE SCHOOL OF MAYA DEREN PART FOUR: MOVING IMAGERY

In this latest installment we take a slightly more focused looked at Deren's (possible) influence on Nicolas Winding Refn's underseen/underrated Fear X, along with a few other films that share some coincidental visual similarities.

Enjoy...


While preparing for a podcast on Fear X, I noticed a lot of specific moments in the film share a lot of visual & thematic similarities with Deren's Meshes Of The Afternoon...
Meshes Of The Afternoon / Fear X

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Fear X

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Fear X

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Fear X

Deren's iconic & most well known visual has been borrowed by many art films, but what about more popular films like Scrooged?
Meshes Of The Afternoon / Scrooged

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Scrooge

Claire Denis' mixture of abstract dance & multi-media/experimental filmmaking in Vers Mathilde is right out of Deren's The Very Eye Of Night
The Very Eye Of Night /
Vers Mathilde

The Very Eye Of Night / High Life

While the above comparison is a lot more plausible (Claire Denis borrowing from Maya Deren), I know I'm swinging for the fences on this one (and I'm probably missing). But my subconscious can't let this one go. Hulk floating through space reminds me of the figures floating in space in Deren's The Very Eye Of Night...

A Study In Choreography For Camera / Un Chant D'Amour

Friday, April 26, 2019

ZEBRAS IN AMERICA: EPISODE 91!



We were joined by a special guest; Amanda/@WMassLiberty to talk about movies, nostalgia and funny retail stories.

Enjoy...

Thursday, April 25, 2019

WE CUT HEADS: A SPIKE LEE PODCAST (SHE HATE ME)



I made an appearance on the excellent new We Cut Heads Podcast (from the same guys who brought you the High & Low Podcast).

Listen as we dig in to Spike Lee's messy problematic trainwreck; She Hate Me - a movie I strongly dislike but still love to talk about.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE EPISODE. Enjoy...


Monday, April 22, 2019

DINNER WITH LYNCH: FEAR X




I'm back on the Dinner With Lynch Podcast alongside Martin Kessler (Flixwise Canada) to talk about the Lynch-ian/Lynch influenced Fear X (Nicolas Refn's underrated/underseen/misunderstood English Language debut)

Check out other episodes of Dinner With Lynch by clicking here
Also make sure to check out Flixwise & Flixwise Canada by clicking here

Thursday, April 18, 2019

ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 90: CLAIRE DENIS PART ONE



In the first of a two-parter on Claire Denis, Scott & Marcus delve in to the first half of the legendary filmmaker's career.

Enjoy...

Monday, April 15, 2019

THE SCHOOL OF DREYER PART FOUR: MOVING IMAGERY

Here are a few more visual similarities/subconscious similarities between Carl Theodor Dreyer and some of the cinema that came after him.

Be sure to let me know how much I'm reaching or how you "don't see it"

Enjoy...

Vampyr / Jauja

The President / Pandora's Box

Vampyr / Solaris

The President / Days Of Heaven

Michael / The Exorcist

The President / Frankenstein


Vampyr / Scrooged

Vampyr / Mahler

Vampyr / Scrooged

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