Revanche is Neat

In director Gotz Spielmann 2008 film Revanche, Ukrainian prostitute Tamara runs away with here ex-con boyfriend Alex.  There bank robbery goes awry, as bank robberies are wont to do, and things get complicated from there.

Most crime movies come on too strong with there tough talking, jump cut editing, and overwrought soundtrack.This quiet, gritty, film noir plays it pretty smooth. You can absorb and savor what’s going on, and it’s not so loose that it’s too cool for it’s own good.

 

 

 

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Little Chachi Trendsetter

Categorizing  Charles Manson somewhere between petty thief/ career criminal/harbinger of a murderous agenda is to ignore the fact that he supported himself in the same ways that most starving artists support themselves while chasing there passion. Any popular musician has done a variety of sketchy things to get by before there big break comes.

He was convicted of the murders through the joint-responsibility rule, which makes each member of a conspiracy guilty of crimes his fellow conspirators commit in furtherance of the conspiracy’s object. It was implied in court that members of the ‘Manson Family’ committed multiple murders as a result of Charles’s influence.

Since then, his influence has been appropriated in other ways. Remember, once is a coincidence, anything more than that, one would have to suspect that  influential artists are gong out of there way to pay tribute to not only the style, but to the philosophy as well.

Charles Manson: The Playboy Interview

In this early 80’s interview with Gerlado, Manson sports a punk mullet hairdo

80's Pop duo Charlie

Grunge era Charlie

post Grunge Charlie

Club Kid Raver Charlie

The Rob Zombie template

The Andre 3000 look

showing MGMT how it's done

Charles Manson is the 99%

Does anyone believe that if these episodes took place today, in day and age where Casey Anthony can saunter about, that Charles would be convicted of anything?

Prolly not

The First Great Movie of 2012

Not only do we not know what planet the IMDB reviewers of Kill List are on, we also don’t care.

A British soldier returns home from Kiev and joins up with another ex army pal for some good old fashioned contract killings.  His demented past and shell shocked ways affect his work as a professional, and that may just be why he was hired in the first place.

What director Ben Wheatley does with this piece of genre material is nothing short of stunning. In both Kill List, and his previous film Down Terrace, he effectively  plays different moods and tones off each other and the end result is a more complete story than what the viewer expected. The actors are excellent to the point where they nearly come off as non actors in the sense that you really can’t label there character as easily as one is accustomed to in a typical movie. It’s difficult to tell where the written dialogue ends and the improv begins, with some of it almost feeling like a foreign  language. Cinematography does not get any bleaker than this, and not one frame is wasted.

This..is a rare one to say the least.

Kill List was supposed to make the film festival rounds in 2011, but was quickly purchased by IFC early into the 2011 SXSW Festival in Austin. Distributing get’s kinda sticky from there, playing a few theaters at the end of last year, it’s been rumored that IFC will air it once one there channel, before distributing it some more to indie/art house theaters in Feb and March of this year, with a push to the bigger franchise type theaters just prior to summer. Wherever and however you see it, it’s going to be more than worth your time and leave you wanting to tell someone else about it.

For now, you’ll have to get your fix by renting the less bleak but similarly themed Down Terrace, but we’re sure you’ve already done that.

What You’re Listening To In 2012: Painted Palms

For everyone who’s ever considered turquoise to be THE color, let us introduce you to Painted Palms.

This duo has drawn comparisons to every happenin’ artist that ever donned a synthesizer. What separates them from more obtuse fair is in how digestible there tracks are. They’re accessible to the point where one might feel comfortable in telling acquaintances about this band without a preamble, or testing the waters to find out one’s musical leanings.

There debut EP Canopy hints at the amount of promise yet to come, and they have thusly been playing shows with some of the trippiest groups out there. Painted Palms probably wont be headliners any  time soon, but they are well worth keeping your eye out for, especially when this years crop of music festivals are announced.

The Blackthorn Review

Genre films have a tendency to find there audience regardless of there level of promotion or quality. So we weren’t going to go out of our way to mention Blackthorn, really we weren’t. Then the unexpected happened.

Blackthorn came to our town, took up residency in our indie theater for less than a week, and…stole our heart.

It was more than implied that Butch Cassidy met his fate by rifle fire in the last frame of George Roy Hill’s excellent 1969 film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In Blackthorn we learn that he has not only survived, but is aging gracefully and living the quiet life in Bolivia under the name of James Blackthorn. Having reason to return to America after all these years, his journey is of course punctuated by drama on multiple fronts.

Sam Shepard plays the titular role, and one can only hope this man acts well into his 100’s. The cinematography of the landscape of the Bolivia is outstanding. Director Mateo Gil has done an excellent job with the pacing of this story, and has included an excellent blend of actors into the mix.

It would be a travesty if Blackthorn doesn’t get the proper recognition come Academy Award time for something, anything. This is the little film that could, this is story telling done right.

This is our latest cause.

Crispin Glover Well Worth The Price of Admission

Ol’ Crispin Glover participates in just enough mainstream big timey work to make average film goers go ” huh yeah, that guy”.

We consider the fine readers of kidmiracleshitter to be well above average. In fact, we are positive you’ve  seen 1991’s unheralded comedy classic Ruben and Ed.

Last year Kevin Smith toured with his film Red State and charged over $50 dollars for a viewing and his bullshit parade. This is something Crispins’ been doing for close to twenty years now. Minus the politicking, lies, mugging for the crowd, and at a fraction of the price.

For $15-$20 range you’ll get an intense evening of art, poetry , humor, and films. He’s very generous with his time and if you can keep up an engage him in conversation you’ll get some answers, some theories, and some ideas that will stay with you long after the night is through.

Currently Crispin is currently two films into his “It” trilogy. When he brings his unique art to your part of the world, by all means indulge.

What Is It? trailer

It’s Fine. Everything Is Fine! trailer

What You’re Listening To in 2012: Busdriver

Busdriver’s latest album isn’t going flop on down in your part of town until mid February, but that just gives you more time soak up his previous delectable offerings.

You’d be hard pressed to find a bummer track on any of his albums, with 2009’s Jhelli Beam being a veritable hit fest. With his impressive vocabulary and unrelenting delivery, you’d think he would have either exhausted himself by now, or run out of ways to be innovative.

No way, and that’s what makes this early released track so special. As much as he’s done before, he manages to push the envelope out even farther.

Hesher Didn’t Quite Get It’s Due

Hesher was to Spring what Drive was to Fall. Even if you haven’t seen it, you might want to err on the side of cool and tell people you did.

IMD says it’s about ‘ a young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. The he meets Hesher who manages to make life around him more chaotic’ An apt description for sure, but Hesher has a lot going for it. Good performances from an ensemble cast and quality writing make Hesher an amusing and emotional ride all the way through.

One of the best films to come out in 2011,don’t let this one rot on the media shelf. Put the poster up in your living room as a conversation piece and get others asking questions about it.