Well, I had already appeared in my short films in the central roles doing this kind of Buster Keaton stone face thing. Really, I just kept going with what I thought had been working for me - John Paizs, notcoming.com
|Steamboat Bill Jr / Crime Wave|
My fascination with John Paizs’ Crime Wave has bled over in to 2022 (I guess you could also say the same thing about modern Canadian cinema on a whole as I have pretty much been posting/writing about Canadian films for the last few months).
After posting my thoughts on his feature debut last year (which you can read by clicking here), I discovered even more direct & indirect visual similarities that I thought I’d share with you all.
|Crime Wave / The Kids In The Hall|
Bruce McCulloch (and the other Kids) really dug CRIME WAVE, and wanted to see whether my style might mesh with theirs in some of their sketches - John Paizs, theskinnymag.com
*BONUS* a similar moment between an earlier John Paizs short film and a kids in the hall sketch...
|The International Style / The Kids In The Hall|
Bruce McCulloch is the reason I got involved with The Kids in the Hall. He saw CRIME WAVE on pay TV and really liked it, so he got their producers to find me. And it was very lucky for me. It really changed the course of my life - John Paizs, canuxploitation.com
|The Three Lives Of Thomasina / |
60s live-action Disney films also had their impact, in particular THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA and THAT DARN CAT. I drew heavily from them for CRIME WAVE! - John Paizs, notcoming.com
|That Darn Cat /|
I loved the Technicolor look of Rear Window , Leave Her To Heaven  - John Paizs, Slate
|Rear Window / |
|Rear Window /|
|Rear Window /|
|Leave Her To Heaven /|
Quite possibly Fellini's 8 1/2. I'd certainly seen it before writing Crime Wave, and it may well have influenced me, subconsciously anyway, in that regard. It does have similar kinds of fantastical interactions. And hey, it's also about writer's block! - John Paizs, Slate
|8-1/2 / Crime Wave|
Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt was a big influence, no question - John Paizs, brooklynrail.org
If Uncle Charlie had murdered prose instead of widows it would have been almost the same movie! I got the whole darkness-in-a- small-town framework from that movie, plus the two Charlies' relationship has a definite parallel - John Paizs, matchboxcineclub.com
|Shadow Of A Doubt / Crime Wave|
Meet Me in St. Louis has always stood out for me as a particularly evocative use of Technicolor - John Paizs, notcoming.com
|Meet Me In St. Louis / Crime Wave|