Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rattle and Hum

Hadn't seen this in a while. Okay, the band can be a bit too full of themselves, you wish they would shut up and Bono sometimes feels more like a method actor who has overdosed on Jim Morrison rather than a real singer, but I still prefer selfimportant U2 to ironic U2, and whatever problems I have with the film, everything is forgiven at the end when they do Sunday Bloody Sunday and Pride.
Top 5 U2 albums:
1. Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. War
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Rattle and Hum

Monday, July 21, 2014

Originals for sale

I recently sent a number of sketches and some comic book pages to The Beguiling for sale at their website. They will soon be available there. If you can't wait that long, Peter Birkemoe will bring them along to the San Diego Comic Con. He will be present at the Drawn and Quarterly booth. Among the sketches is this one of Hellboy.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wings of Desire

Angels walk around in Berlin. One of them falls in love with a woman. Starring Adolf Hitler and Columbo, directed by Wim Wenders.

Some films you should first see in your early 20s for them to make the biggest impression. Eraserhead, Stranger Than Paradise and... Wings of Desire. If you've grown up with Star Wars and American films, it's something quite different. It's in black and white, not colour. It's arty, not mainstream. It's serious, not a single decent joke. It's even got Nick Cave! Re-watching it now, more than 25 years later, it's still a good film, it looks stunning, but it's also a bit pretentious, trying a bit too hard to be poetic. But once in a while that's okay. The angels overhearing people's thoughts was probably an inspiration for my story Tom Waits on the Moon. I haven't caught up on Wenders' films. This and Paris, Texas are the only films I've seen. I haven't seen The American Friend. I have the impression his films can be too arty, but I might be wrong.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Vanishing

Woman disappears. Man looks for her. Directed by George Sluizer.

Finally saw it! Yes, it's pretty good, but still maybe a slight disappointment. That doesn't really have anything to do with the film itself. I wish I had seen it when it came out. It's just that I've read about the film and the remake and the different endings, so I knew how it would turn out. And, not to give too much away, the ending has a Tarantino connection. This might even be the film that gave Tarantino the idea to put a similar sequence in one of his films. It's a bit like the shower sequence in Psycho. I had seen parodies and homages of the scene before I saw the scene itself. An image, when re-used, can lose power.