Indulge in reminiscence – The Crispin Glover Experience

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In 2009, as part of Night Visions Film Festival in Helsinki, I went to see what was titled as The Crispin Glover Experience. It consisted of

Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show

It was essentially a very intense hour of Crispin Glover discussing his art and life. I have very litte memory of what was said, but it was intense.

– A screening of What is it?

I think he was originally supposed to show It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. but it was changed for some reason that I can’t recall. I remember watching the trailers for both films before the show and thinking “Well, I’ve seen avant-garde films and pretty weird stuff before, at least it’ll be interesting.” I was not prepared for what ensued.

–  A Q&A session

I think this went on for an hour or maybe two. It certainly felt like forever. Glover is very good at directing the conversation to where he wants it to go, so people asked their questions and Glover steamrolled to what ever aspect of his life or art he felt like discussing further. In a very polite manner, of course.

– Book signing/ meet & greet

I did not stay for this, I wanted to, but I was physically and mentally spent at this point. The line was insane and four hours of the experience was enough for me.

The details of the event escape me, but I will never forget it nor will I ever forget what Crispin Glover was like in person. I’m really glad that I went, it was a unique experience. It was also one the most exhausting things that I’ve ever experienced in my life and I would never do it again. That being said, if you have a chance to see one his shows, go & see it. It is, after all, your density.

In the meanwhile, I suggest you watch episode #15 of No Small Parts featuring Crispin Glover. It is as entertaining as it is educational, another fine episode in the series.


Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and Your Favourite Band Has Disappeared

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I straight up love Bill Drummond. Hands down. Or up, which ever way you prefer. My love for him dates back to the days of The KLF. Obviously my understanding of what he and Jimmy Cauty were trying to do was pretty limited at the time as I was in my early teens but I read every interview I could get my hands on and bought the music. This was still pretty early days for internet, as you might or might not remember and I lived on the outskirts of an outskirts country.

However, I have a strong recollection that even then, at least on some level, I realised Bill and Jimmy were doing something very different. Same in some ways as some other bands but different in a very fundamental way. Their meta level of recognising what they were doing and how they were doing it was mindblowing for my teenage brain. And I loved their music and all the mythology they had wrapped around it. And then, of course, they burned the million pounds and pretty much called it quits. Look it up or watch the film. I was devastated.

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Recently I had the chance to see Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared. The documentary follows Bill Drummond as he travels around for his latest project, The17. I might not completely share Bill’s views on how the accessibility of music destroys the value we place on the experience of listening to music, but I get it. I get what you’re getting at, Bill.

If you haven’t seen the film, go and see it now. Or at least listen to some KLF.

I love you, Bill.


Sunday Classic of Love

A weekly appreciation of classic film and television soundtracks.

Christina Ricci as Layla tap dancing to “Moonchild” by King Crimson in Buffalo ’66. Don’t forget to look at the sky tonight!


Colour In Storytelling

Check out Channel Criswell for more of his video essays on film.

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In The Fridge

Personal favourite: Ghostbusters POV shot. You can watch the entire scene below.


No Small Parts – highlighting the character actor

No Small Parts is a documentary web-series about character actors in the entertainment industry. It is the labour of love of Brandon Hardesty, a self-proclaimed character actor himself. Each episode serves as a comprehensive biography for one particular actor. In addition to the longer biographical episodes, there are also short episodes focusing on more specific topics, like cop roles played by Dean Norris.

The second episode in the series features one of my favourite character actors, Vincent Schiavelli. For over 40 years Vincent pretty much acted on every television series ever and numerous films. He is the archetypal ‘that guy’ or character actor – an actor who everyone recognises but hardly anyone remembers by name. His real passion in life, however, was the town of Polizzi and his Italian heritage. The documentary mentioned within the documentary, “Once upon a time in Polizzi“, is every bit as good as Brandon says it is and well worth a watch.

You can support Brandon and his amazing series here.


Sunday Classic of Love

A weekly appreciation of classic film and television soundtracks.

I love Sparks and “Eaten by the Monster of Love” and  “Angst in My Pants” are just a couple of my favourites by them. You can hear both on the Valley Girl (1983) soundtrack and watch a clip with the former above. Slightly NSFW, blurry shower scene and 1980’s fashion.