David Kirkpatrick

June 13, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Koyaanisqatsi”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:57 pm

I watched Godfrey Reggio’s “Koyaanisqatsi” last night for the first time in years, and for the first time in the home theater. If you’re not familiar with the film, hit the link in the first sentence for the Wikipedia page. One thing that can be said about this work of art is there are only three reactions: you love it, you hate it, it absolutely confounds you. There really isn’t any squishy middle ground there.

Watching “Koyaanisqatsi” again reminded of the subtle narrative that exists in the film, along with the occasional bits of comedy. Quite a feat for a movie consisting solely of images and music. Of course those images are beautiful and moving, and the score is by Philip Glass. It’s truly a film that has to be seen rather than written about.

I picked up my DVD back in 2002 when “Koyaanisqatsi” went back into print, you can find the DVD at Amazon here.

April 6, 2010

Tuesday video fun — forbidden film

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:04 pm

Here’s a little context:

Neatorama explains:

In the 1920s and 1930s, censorship of movies was often governed by local boards, and achieved by snipping the scenes from the film reels.  It won’t surprise anyone that those clipped film segments were sometimes saved.  Here a number of them have been assembled into a montage, which was submitted to the 2007 72 Hour Film Festival in Frederick, Maryland.

What I find most interesting about this montage is — as in any censorship — how much what was deemed too racy for the general public reveals about the censor making those decisions.

(Hat tip: the Daily Dish)

March 19, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Red Cliff”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:04 am

I’m going to go way out on a limb here and recommend John Woo’s “Red Cliff” before I’ve even finished watching the film. It’s a two-parter that clocks in somewhere in the ballpark of five hours, so I’ve only finished part one. That much is enough to highly suggest you check this out. The tale is epic in every sense of the word — the battle scene action is excellent, the storyline is great and the movie itself is gorgeous. If you don’t see an update to this post sometime tomorrow night it means part two was not a let down. I don’t expect it to be.

March 11, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Ninja Assassin”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:12 am

Caught a pre-street tonight and I’ll make this recommendation short and sweet. It’s bloody, it’s a lot of fun and it’s jam-packed with action. If you love the ninja genre, or if you just like action films with a little international intrigue, secret organizations and weapon-filled martial arts, “Ninja Assassin” is for you.

Ninja Assassin

Hit the first link for this movie on DVD and head here for “Ninja Assassin” on Blu-ray.

March 8, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Moon”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:52 pm

Moon” is the feature-length directorial debut from Duncan Jones (nee Zowie Bowie) and immediately belongs in the rarefied air of science fiction classics. The movie is essentially a one-man show, and even though the phrase is a cliche and over-used, tour-de-force perfectly fits Sam Rockwell‘s performance. The concept of the film is thought-provoking and quietly draws you into the tale, and you certainly don’t have to be a fan of sci-fi to enjoy Moon.

Even Jone’s short film, “Whistle,” included as a special feature on the DVD is worth a watch.

Hit this link to find “Moon” at Amazon.

February 27, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Gentlemen Broncos”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:56 am

If you like Napoleon Dynamite (from the same creators) or Flight of Conchords (stars Jemaine Clement) be sure to check out Gentlemen Broncos. It’s coming out Tuesday on DVD and I caught a pre-street tonight. Funny, quirky, a little bit stupid and totally worth seeing.

February 14, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Black Dynamite”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:04 pm

Had the chance to watch a pre-release DVD of “Black Dynamite” tonight. It is simply great.

Kung fu treachery? Pool hall fight? Crooked politicians? The Mob? Kung fu action from the 37th President? Count me in.

It’s touted as a cinematic satire of blaxploitation flicks from the 70s, but it goes far beyond mere satire in production and entertainment value. Michael Jai White (creator/co-writer/titular actor) is simply awesome as Black Dynamite, and period details are spot-on. The film was shot in 16mm color reversal and the film stock truly provides the look and feel of a 1970s movie.

Hit this link to head to Amazon for the “Black Dynamite” DVD.

January 8, 2010

DVD recommendation: “Watchmen”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:16 pm

I’m not going to review the film, or go into the extensive backstory of the comic (and later, graphic novel) and the cultural significance of this work of art. The link goes to the thorough Wikipedia page on the work. I will say I was absolutely blown away by this film. I had no expectations going into watching “Watchmen” (heh, heh), but simply put, it’s one of the best films I’ve sat through on DVD in a long time.

If you like comic book movies with a lot of meat in the story and depth to the characters it’s a must-see, and if you didn’t catch it in the theater, but thought the trailers and ads looked at least mildly interesting, absolutely see this movie.

Here’s an Amazon link to the version I caught, Watchmen: The Director’s Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition).

June 6, 2009

Saturday video art — passage à l’acte

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 8:47 pm

This video was linked in the comment section at boing boing from this video post of mine and it was just too cool to avoid.

Twelve minutes of “To Kill a Mockingbird” condensed.

The video:

December 18, 2008

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “The Holy Mountain”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:11 am

I watched this classic movie from 1973 last night. It’s worth the watching for sure. Odd, interesting and Fellini-esque are three good adjectives to go with.

Some of the IMDB reviews get a little over-wrought with spiritual symbolism, but the overall message is brilliant. I won’t spoil anything, so get out there and find a copy. It’s available on DVD.

Here’s the basic description of the movie:

A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to six wealthy and powerful individuals, each representing a planet in the solar system. These six, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide’s assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek out the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal.