AND CHILL #5 -
10th May, 2020
Still from Gummo (1997)
The lockdown list continues, but for how long? This weeks Quarantine and Chill finds us visiting Tornado torn Ohio, iPhone cinematography and acid soaked reincarnation. Here are the next three:
13. Tangerine (2015), dir. Sean Baker
A hooker and her best friend set out to teach her boyfriend, and pimp, a lesson, after learning that he cheated on her while she was in prison.
Tangerine was shot entirely on an iPhone, and although it wasn’t the first, it was definitely the most successful.
The shooting of Tangerine was back to basics. The making of the film was largely guerrilla, able to offer creative freedoms not often found on large scale projects. The Duplass Brothers, who produced the film, championed Baker’s use of the iPhone from the get go and described its approach as “punk rock”.
14. Enter The Void (2009), dir. Gaspar Noé
A psychedelic meditation on life and death seen from beyond the grave, and the point of view of a young drug dealer and addict in neon-soaked Tokyo.
Noé’s experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs has often informed his oeuvre, most notably ‘Irreversible’ and recent success ‘Climax’. ‘Enter the Void’ is no exception. Its camera weaves across the screen almost to defy gravity in its movements to embody both LSD and death. The cinematography of Benoît Debie is most innovative, underrated, and not often replicated. A perfect collaboration between two artists that’s worth looking into.
15. Gummo (1997), dir. Harmony Korine
Populated by the strange, disturbed and deformed, two friends navigate a tornado-ravaged town in Ohio.
Harmony Korine’s debut ‘Gummo’, following his breakthrough penning Larry Clark’s ‘Kids’, is an absurd manifestation of modern culture. A visceral and obscure piece of art that has lasted the test of time. Little close to narrative and more like a moving scrapbook of disturbing and perverted moments, ‘Gummo’ is awfully creative in its approach. It demands its viewers question the integrity and reasoning behind some of its artistic choices, and like all good art, beckons a reaction - both good or bad.