A SURREAL mix of b-movie, CULT and EXPLOITATION CINEMA graces this week’s film club, COURTESY OF Marseille based artist, skateboarder & TATTOOIST, Chloé bernarD.
HAVING GROWN UP INFATUATED WITH FANTASTICAL COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS, Chloé has a strong love for the weird, the WONDERFUL AND THE DOWNRIGHT SURREAL.
From Burton to Gondry to Mr Oizo, immerse yourself in a vortex of bat-shit crazy cinema.
1) Beetlejuice, Tim Burton, 1988
One of my favourite movies of all time. The cinematography and set design back then had way more impact. The aesthetic surrounding the theme of death is powerful, creepy and colourful.
2) Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill!, Russ Meyer, 1965
This black and white exploitation movie follows three girls, sexy and fearless as they drive across the desert in the US. They’re fucking mental and aren’t afraid of anyone who gets in their way. I’m sure Tarantino took some inspiration from Meyer. He could easily be the 90’s version of him.
3) Big Tits Zombies, Takao Nakano, 2010
Z series are the best. I love the DIY aspect of the design. This Japanese movie is about a group of hot, badass striptease girls on tour. They end-up in a weird town and find a book of death.. I guess I love movies with strong females characters who destroy zombies.
4) Rubber, Quentin Dupieux, 2010
First of all, the director is an electronic music maker (Mr Oizo). He made the “house flat beat” track. He also worked with Michel Gondry – one of my favourite directors ever.
This movie is so surreal. It’s about a telepathic-killer tyre, in the Californian desert . It’s crazy how Dupieux managed to personify a wheel as a dangerous psychopath. It’s a very bizarre sense of humour. You’re not even sure that’s there is something funny about it. It makes no sense but you can’t stop watching.
5) – The Science Of Sleep, Michel Gondry, 2006
It’s about a man who dreams a lot and has issues separating reality from dreams. He creates his own reality. All made by hands, it’s a real journey in of the imagination. Gondry recently made another movie called “L’écume des jours”. It’s an adaptation of a book written by Boris Vian, a surrealist French writer.
*bonus: Castle In The Sky, Hayao Myazaki, 1986
Just the best director of Japanese animations ever. Everything he does is magic.