March 7, 2015
One of my favourite shots from The Second Coming Volume One. Justin Gene Gregorits as Gene Ferry on Venice Beach – Toasts the Abyss.
March 7, 2015
Venomous Vignette’s of Villainy and Vengeance is Coming! The MUFF Four V Project Announced! This year we are making our first MUFF Feature Project – entitled “Venomous Vignette’s of Villainy and Vengeance” – and we want YOU all to be a part of it. We want all the best past, present (and future!) MUFF film makers to make a special short film for this exciting up coming project. The best of which will be CHOSEN to be in the feature. We want shorts 8 to 15 minutes in length along the general theme of “Villainy and Vengeance”. It’s a very exciting project and idea. So, forgive me for tagging a few of you. Here we go: James Wan, Mark Bakaitis Kransky Hewitt Stuart Sizzler Simpson Jason Turley Bill Mousoulis Gregory Pakis Addison Heath Zev Howley Matt Burgess, Frank Howson Mark Savage Colin Savage Andrew Leavold, Richard Lowenstein Andrew Scarano Jack Sargeant Travis Bain, Glenn Cochrane Chris Mitchell Yoav Lester James VanBebber Nick Zedd Kristen Condon Sim Sim Simon Ford John Safran Paul Moder George Gittoes Michael Parle Terry McMahon Colin Downey Vän Pöyntön Bret Ellis Bruce LaBruce Tom V John V Soto John Hallford Tim Burns Hussein Khoder Matthew Victor Pastor Stu Stanton Aaron Sterns and many others! So, take a look and get in to it! Pvt message me with questions. Format and style is up to you. But be daring, be wild, be controversial and embrace your own aesthetic – or even a total NON aesthetic! This will be a true Indy Underground Genre Compilation feature. So, no hold barred. Read on here! Dead line is late June same as MUFF Call For Entries http://www.muff.com.au/the-four-v-project/
Well it’s been a Big Week. So without Further Ado Here is the Official Full Trailer for The Second Coming – Volume One. Starring Micheal Tierney, Justin Gene Gregorits, Boyd Rice / Non (official) Jerome Alexandre Peter Doherty Nina Antonia Kim Fowley Kristen Condon Jesse Merlin Jason เด็กแนว Mac Karin Buchbinder Michael Lib William Margold Larry Wessel and many others. Check it out – It will play festivals this year and be on on DVD soon after. – “What Rough Beast Sloucheth Toward Bethlehem to Be Born” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ2rbQLyBWk
Tonight on Channel 31 (44 on the Dial) – The Star Chamber has it’s Australian TV Network Premiere. Father Bob McGuire, Richard Lowenstein David Thrussell and my good self sort through the debates about religion and theology, the new atheism and the whole nexus of issues that surround this metaphysical rubric of thought and contemplation. Switch on from Midnight Tonight! The Witching Hour the next few weeks is going to be Star Chamber time on Channel 31. Get in to It!
March 7, 2015
What an elaborate and ornate pile of horse shit this was. The new Wachowski movie is to be honest a complete mess. The Universe is ruled by an Uber Intergalactic Royal family – of sorts – like some demented fashion house out of Milan – named Abraxas (reading Boyd Rice have they?) – made up of two faggy brothers who are the non threatening villains and one demented sister who wants to stay looking young forever. They secretly rule and keep Earth around – only to harvest us all for some youth serum – ala Space Vampires – or some other such rubbish. Along comes interstellar faggy space hunk Channing Tatum (who else?) with gay magic shoes to save some toilet cleaner from Russia who is REALLY an interstellar Princess, then Sean Bean turns up who used to have a pair of gay magic wings, on and on the fey exposition goes. You could not invent a more stupid story if you tried, really. It’s all lavishly done, of course – not without some style and pazazz at times – with nods to Dune (Lynch and Jodorowski’s versions) and Gilliam’s Brazil (with a cameo from Gilliam himself), etc. But it all just feels like a gigantic and uber decadent complete waste of time – both theirs and the audiences. Not a lot of fun to watch and drowning in the over use of CGI. I mean it’s almost a perfect example of contemporary Hollywood excess and decadence – that in the end does not really work or hold together. And it’s been a flop too. So there that is. Must of cost more to make than the Gross National Product of some small countries. The Wachowski’s have been off the boil even since Larry had the chop and became Lana. The film in essence lacks balls. hehe. It’s all so confusing – like their convoluted plots. Anyway, mad fans of The Matrix and their other films may like it. I did not – but it was worth seeing.
March 7, 2015
Under The Skin
Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla
The Unknown Known
An Additional Ten Favourites – in a rough order * –
Under a Kaleidoscope
Edge of Tomorrow
The Trip To Italy
Mistaken for Strangers
Start Options Exit
Cold In July
(Honourable mentions: Blue Ruin , 10,000 Days on Earth, Leviathan – a couple more to come here)
December 25, 2014
Just back from Particle Fever.
The more I learn about the Materialist Science’s current situation the more I am reminded of a Metaphysical Religion. The deeper and deeper they reach in to the basics of particle physics the further and further away the goals and models they seek seem to go. The discovery of the Higgs Boson was a major recent breaktrough and based on it’s weight point to two new theories: SuperSymmetry and the Multiverse. Apparently apart from the incredible chances of life evolving on Earth there is also a the Cosmological Constant that is like 10 Billion Billion etc – a lot of 0’s basically – that holds the Universe together. This number is apparently random, and if it was not this exact number or very close to it Nothing would exist at all. These Scientists are all desperate to avoid the Logical Conclusion that someone SET this number and holds the Universe together along with made Life and guided its Evolving and the countless other 10 Trillion to one things that have happened to give us our present Life on Earth situation. The scientists antics play out like a desperate Samuel Beckett play as they wait on Data from this Monstrous Abyss of a Machine they have created – that even when supplied with precious New Data only further pushes and pushes their required answers deeper and deeper in to an inscrutable metaphysics. This is a great film to see for many reasons – one of them being the seeming Failure of Science to fully explain The Universe – and the hidden Turn back to Theology mystery and complex interplay of a materialist and metaphysical world view.
Welcome to MUFF 15 folks!
This year has been a real struggle, juggling my own busy film career and running this festival – but, hey, no rest for the wicked, right?
First, I’m here to spread the good news! The Rebel Film Festival par excellence The Melbourne Underground Film Festival is back. Sept 12 to 19 at Backlot Cinemas – our great new venue – and future home (we hope!). We are laying on you wild new Indy Cinema – features and shorts – from both here and abroad. We aim to put the Free Spirit back in to the Contemporary Cinema scene. The Theme is Evolve or Die – the Evolution of the New Cinema – out of the Death of Film and the old paradigm – and that’s what we are about. Times are tough but through innovation great things can happen. Though we still LOVE Film, of course, and applaud the efforts of Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and others who protect it’s flame.
But for now -MUFF 15 coming at you
A bit about us: MUFF is an independent film festival running since 2000 that supports Indy, Guerrilla, micro budget, underground and avant garde cinema. It has a nationalist focus on local Australian movies with some overseas material and tries to foster a Second Renaissance in Australian independent cinema – like that of the 1970’s. It applauds genre, transgressive and aggressive genre film making, embracing controversy and flying in the face of Political Correctness at times.
We have a great selection of films that speaks for itself. From Chris Mitchell’s wonderful Start Options Exit on Opening Night through to Stuart Simpson’s confronting and innovative Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla on Closing Night. With over 50 other films in between. So get in to it!
MUFF Festival Director
P.S. The MUFF Retrospectives of cult and genre cinema of the past – that we normally program – will happen at Earthcore 2014 at a Special Outdoor Cinema from Nov 27 to Dec 1 – therefor happening outside the body of the main festival. We have a truly mad, mind bending and wild selection of cinema we’re arranging – incl past MUFF hits from our whole 15 years. The Earthcore/MUFF Special Event Program will be on the MUFF website soon – and will be a must see movie marathon and great addition to this years Earthcore Event.
August 30, 2014
on The Rover by David Michod. A complete misfire Apocalyptic musing movie from Michod after the somewhat impressive local crime drama Animal Kingdom. Guy Pearce is uber grim as a completely unlikeable main character, basically, trying to get his car back in a sad sack Mad Max universe that’s filled inexplicably with lots of Asian outback extras. Guy Pearce’s part is one dimensional and dreary – but at least he can act his part and carry it. He is joined by Robert Pattinson in an excremental role of a semi retarded American hick side kick – who for some reason is in the Aussie outback – being forced to go with Pearce. Normally just wooden, Robert Pattinson is bordering on the embarrassing in this film as his overwrought attempts at acting chew the scenario and his put on accent grates the ears and nerves. The nondescript script is also somewhat weak and meanders all over the place. Has a few nice moments of grim violence and nihilism and a new take on a local Apocalypse – but that fails to hold together and redeem this rather dull and bleak film.
January 16, 2014
My Best Albums of 2013 (for what it’s worth)
In a rough descending order –
Young Galaxy –Ultramarine
Arcade Fire -Reflektor
The National –Trouble Will Find Me
Atoms for Peace –AMOK
Momus – Bambi
Non – Back to Mono
Ministry – From Beer to Eternity
Pet Shop Boys – Electric
The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
Portugal The Man –Evil Friends
Austra – Olympia
Kirin J Callinan –Embracism
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away.
SNOG – Babes in Consumerland
Erasure – Snow Globe
OMD – English Electric
Polica – Shulamith
Pankow – And Shun the Cure They Most Desire
David Bowie – The Next Day
Depeche Mode – Delta Machine