SSS is a 1988 experimental film featuring rapid-fire clips of dancers on the streets and junkyards of New York's East Village
, "painstaking synched" to improvised music by Tom Cora (cello), Christian Marclay (turntables), and Zeena Parkins (harp). It's by filmmaker Henry Hills, whose official site is here
. More collage films here
, including Radio Adios
, the quick cut-up KINO DA!
("a manic collage film from the mid-80s when it still seemed that Reaganism of the soul could be defeated,
" with appearances by John Zorn, Fred Frith, Arto Lindsay, Ron Silliman among others), and Gotham
, one of three films Hills made for Zorn's Naked City project.
Roger Spottiswoode looks back on his 1983 film Under Fire
[Absolute Beginners] has a glossy immediacy, and you can feel the flash and determination that went into it. What you don't feel is the tormented romanticism that made English adolescents in the 70s swear by the novel the way American kids had earlier sworn by
The Catcher in the Rye. - Pauline Kael [more inside]
Under the stewardship of Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, Cannon Films
was responsible for many
of the worst
- and a few
of the best
- movies of the 1980s. Along the way it won an Academy Award
and enriched the language
. (previously) [more inside]
The House Next Door
has kicked off this year's installment of the "Summer of..." series, where they look back at the summer movies from 25 years ago. For the next few months they'll be revisiting the summer movies from 1986
, and you can check out the previous installments to relive the glories of 1985
, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
, St. Elmo's Fire
), and 1984
(including the magical day Gremlins
, and Top Secret!
The A-Team film is filled with sex and violence. Mr T pities the fools.
With Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull restarting a franchise from the 80s, this is the perfect time to consider how to ruthlessly pillage the treasured movies of our youth. So, on that note, presenting: Back to the Sequels
Here's a fine way to start a Thursday: pour a cup of joe, settle into your ergonomic chair, and enjoy 80s Ending
, a funny little film by Douglas Jordan. Six minutes long, well worth the watch.