Kinda like a snapshot taken a long time ago (& it was) where everything looks that much more possible & then its done & its real & there it is & now you wonder where it is. Whack those ideas down, point the camera, do something, figure out how to do it, do it. A treat to see how it all worked out
Una selección de cortometrajes diversos (documentales, videos musicales y experimentales) relacionados con la música punk y el new wave. Particularmente, disfruté los trabajos delirantes e imaginativos de Graeme Whifler para The Residents (sobre todo, las películas de 1 minuto) y Renaldo and the Loaf (vibrante puesta en escena y uso del color rojo)
One of the best projects restored by NRW. An amazing statement of what it was like to be part of the punk movement in the early 80s. It starts really strong with The Residents as these surreal video clips truly are outstanding little gems. After that it starts to lose steam a bit, slowly picking up again towards the end. Some great music every now and then, but the quality varies (as expected, I suppose).
God I love the S.F punk rock scene so damn much. I saw the Avengers earlier this year and to see them here just upped my love for them even more. Perfect use of celluloid, collecting all these weird shorts, music videos, curating a nice flow, transitioning from one to the next with the lingering feeling only a art-punk to weird punk can give ya. The Residents= best directed music vid out of the bunch. LOVED MX-80.
The films by The Residents are wonderfully, delightfully weird, with an aesthetic that is sometimes like Bertrand Mandico and sometimes The Forbidden Zone but predating both and their songs are amazing too! The longer works drag the experience down (often the way with short film compilations) but it was amazing to get a stronger grip on a subculture I don't know much about.
Huge thanks to NWR for starting this project and undertaking the restoration of these short films. This compilation is easily the best thing I have seen in a while. They encapsulate zeitgeist, social situation, political background, and show the raw emotion and power of the United States at the turn of the 70s. What I admired most was deep character studies that you can see in ‘In The Red’ and ‘Debt Begins At 20’.
As it collects nine movies about or with punk music in the States, any fan should be in ecstasy with this collection. Nice for it’s historic value and a surprising change of pace in the Refn project after numerous lowgrade Z movies of various exploitive quality.