LecterFest 2017

“Manhunter” (1986) started this love-affair we seem to have with Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter and Thomas Harris, the guy who wrote all the novels on which these three films are based. After Kubrick, Michael Mann, the film’s director, is the greatest visual storyteller I know. He reined it in after this testosterone-fuelled magnum opus. Every…

Long Strange Trip – 10/10!

Streaming on Amazon Prime now, this four(!)-hour doc about the band/phenomenon of The Grateful Dead is amazing. I’m not a Grateful Dead guy and never have been. I do think their early albums — American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead — are good, though I find the rest of their discography way too experimental and boring….

MARK LANEGAN BAND – Gargoyle – 8/10. Sounding like a love-child of Leonard Cohen and Iggy Pop, the tireless Lanegan has survived working with bands like Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age and UNKLE to croon his ass off and give you this wonderful alt-goth solo release.

More dreamy than hard, like early Cure or the last two Iggy Pop records. Not a bad song on it. “Blue Blue Sea”‘is my favorite – that synth line is intoxicating. Break out your cigarettes and pour a glass of absinthe. Highly recommended. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNc6t2QAQto&feature=share

Raw 8/10

So gross! And yet it sounds beautiful, looks beautiful…. This French (subtitled) film is set at a veterinary school (stay away animal lovers – unless you also love horror). A young woman student eats raw meat for the first time and — how can I put this delicately — she can’t stop. Simple, elegant, creepy….

The Mephisto Waltz (1971) – 7/10

Superb idea + superb score. A dying pianist uses black magic to swap bodies with a young Juliard dropout. The pianist is played by Curd Jürgens (Stromberg from “The Spy Who Loved Me”), Alan Alda — who plays the dropout (pre- and post-  body-swap) and the incredible JAQUELINE BISSET is the dropout’s wife. The setting…