Film Klub

Gettin’ into the details of films: analysis, overview, clips, images and in some cases how their influence creeps into what I do.

Flash Gordon | Ming & Princess Aura

Flash Gordon

17 June 2019

A fun, camp and cult science film that bombed at the box office when it came out, it’s a hyper-stylised film with fashion and visuals that seem to be more aligned with hedonistic, high-fantasy disco than anything “science” related.

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Nausicäa of the Valley of the Wind

11 April 2019

Watching this film when I was young when it was called Warriors Of The Wind, this 80s sci-fi classic gets revisited years later in its unedited form showcasing beautiful animated landscapes and a strong, environmental storyline.

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A Zed & Two Noughts

6 March 2019

Drama, black comedy, art film or body horror? Or a bit of each? Greenaway’s second major film A Zed & Two Noughts is possibly the most abstract of the bunch from this period and not without a lot of lush visual detail.

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Berberian Sound Studio

6 February 2019

A British sound engineer starts to loose his sanity when he goes to Italy to do audio work on a film that he has very little knowledge about. A brief synopsis is also provided for another Peter Strickland film, The Duke Of Burgundy, as well.

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The Keep

31 January 2019

American director Michael Mann does a supernatural film with Nazis, and although with its flaws, it has amazing atmosphere, visuals and an incredible soundtrack by Tangerine Dream that make this one a cult favourite with a lot of fans, including myself.

Miami Vice vs. Bergerac

29 January 2019

Both Miami Vice and Bergerac were popular TV crime shows on either side of the Atlantic during the 1980s, and both shared a lot of similarities that perhaps made them the success that they were.

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The Servant

14 January 2019

The Servant (1963) packs a lot of social commentary, observations on British society at the time, good dialogue and some great cinematography.

Heart Of Midnight (1988)

Heart Of Midnight

9 January 2019

A young woman inherits a night club from a dead uncle and ends up dealing with red hallways, cynical cops, thugs, bumps in the night and giant eyeballs.

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Liquid Sky (DVD Re-issue)

7 January 2019

What brought me to giving Liquid Sky an entry here is the chance to finally watched likely how the film was intended, on a high-quality, restored version.

Billy The Kid and the Green Baize Vampire

Billy The Kid and the Green Baize Vampire

10 October 2017

So… a camp, stylized 80s musical film about a snooker match of which one of the players is a vampire you say? Billy The Kid and the Baize Green Vampire — the name alone draws up a lot of curiousity and that’s pretty much how I got around to watching it.

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Images

17 August 2017

A very subtle yet unsettling “psychological horror” by Robert Altman, Images is one of his lesser known films, released in 1972 starring Suzannah York.

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Afraid Of The Dark & Paperhouse

20 July 2017

Common themes, aesthetics and ideas run between these two films, released around the same time period, involving children battling the fine lines between reality, dreams and nightmares.

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Céline and Julie Go Boating

5 February 2017

A film in the classic French surrealist style, Céline and Julie Go Boating is a long, strange and magical film about two friends who find a strange way to enter a strange, cyclical dream-like world.

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Let’s Scare Jessica To Death

22 May 2016

An early 70’s subtle yet atmospheric psychological horror with added paranoia brought out by the film’s excellent synthesizer-based soundtrack.

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Dr. Caligari & Remote Control

1 June 2015

These two cult films are very stylised 80s films that play a lot of colour and quirky plots but also take inspiration from novelty science fiction films.

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Gandahar & Les Maîtres Du Temps

10 December 2014

This is a Film Klub entry that covers two films: Les Maîtres Du Temps (1982) and Gandahar (1987) both created by the French animator René Laloux.

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The Shout

8 December 2014

The Shout is an atmospheric 1978 film into a category I call “British folk horror”, soundtracked by Tony Banks of Genesis.

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Repo Man

6 December 2014

To kick this Film Klub section into some action, I thought I’d post a little overview about a great film in a category that I call “sci-fi punk”: Repo Man!

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The Saddest Music In The World

25 March 2014

A very stylised film by Guy Maddin, the look of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari and the inside of snowglobe with a bit of black humour in there as well.

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Altered States

20 March 2014

Altered States, while keeping a lot of director Ken Russell‘s filmic trademarks, is a more sinister science-fiction based film.