And for day 7 of our 7 Days of Ozzy, I had to go with something a little bit different. Love the first Infectious Grooves album, and especially this track, which benefits enormously from Ozzy's vocals. I'd say this is similar to Sting's contribution to Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" - you just can't imagine the chorus being sung by anyone else.
Saturday night Beyondfest & the American Cinematheque held a free advance screening of Chloe Okuno's new film Watcher at the Aero Theatre. Holy smokes - a fantastic psychological thriller with a gut-punch ending. LOVED it!
The cinematography and direction in this one are fantastic, as are all the performances. The film really gives you a feel for the slow-motion paranoia that upturns Maika Monroe's Julia's life after she moves with her husband to Bucharest - a city she's never been to where most people speak Romanian - a language she doesn't speak. This isolation feeds directly into her paranoia, so you really don't have a sense of what's real and what's imagined in Julia's escalating panic, stoked by the fact that a serial killer stalks the city in the background of their lives.
Afterward, Maika Monroe and Karl Glusman did a Q&A moderated by Heidi Honeycutt. The two stars discussed filming in Romania during the Pandemic, the endless beauty of Bucharest, and how they prepared for the isolation and paranoia of the film. I can't recommend this one enough.
Distributed by IFC Midnight, Watcher opens wide June 3rd on 500 screens - the company's largest theatrical opening to date.
Then, in keeping with the themes Watcher introduced, K and I took in a matinee of Alex Garland's new film Men.
Bold Horror Statement*: If The Witch and Midsommar kicked off the current zeitgeist resurgance of Folk Horror, Men is it's apex. Not to say it's better than them, but it seems to coelsce so many of the themes and images into an entirely new thing.
I'll be seeing this one on the big screen again.
* Props to Shock Waves and Colours of the Dark!
Black Sabbath - Eponymous
Joseph Bishara - Malignant OST
David Lynch - The Big Dream
Sparks - Lil' Beethoven
Mannequin Pussy - Patience
Canadian Rifle - Peaceful Death
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell
Pale Dian - Narrow birth
Ghost - Impera
Revocation - The Outer Ones
Blut Aus Nord - Disharmonium (Undreamble Abysses)
Confirmation on an inkling for investment.