Anonymous asked: Did you happen to receive my question regarding the list of movie directors i named? if it didnt go through i'll ask again because I'm very curious of your opinion. i'll name these directors and please tell me what you think of each one of them, here is the list.... Alejandro Jodorowsky, Federico Fellini, John Waters, Roman Polansky, William Friedkin, Russ Meyer, Larry Clark, Dario Argento, Stanley Kubrick, Ruggero Deodato, & Meir Zarchi.. i know its a long list, but please take ur time with it
No, I didn’t get it.
Alejandro Jodorowsky is my favorite director of all time. Holy Mountain is the best film ever made. He is a wizard and has an actual cult. I follow him on twitter, he tweets esoteric shit in Spanish every day. I’m fluent in Spanish and can read it (but not write) but I have to google translate a lot of what he writes because I never learned esoteric Spanish, he uses a lot of big words I’d never heard of before. I really wish he could make another movie before he dies but he can’t because he doesn’t have enough money to which is fucking maddening since tons of shit movies with huge budgets are made every day. His films are visually stunning, with huge shots and perfect alignment which I love. And his themes are surreal and philosophical. He loves tarot and metaphysical ideas and believes in magick. Holy Mountain sums up all human existence.
I went to film school and took tons of filmmaking courses in community college and Fellini is what I call a “film school director.” Every class would show 8 1/2. I think he’s boring. I don’t like Jodorowsky’s Fando Y Lis because it reminds me of Fellini. Not my style. Just seems like a bunch of fluttery bullshit for the sake of being surreal. If there was porn or violence in his films I would like them a lot more, at least I’d be able to sit through them. But the whole “life is absurd let’s dance around like retards” shit is dumb and boring.
I fucking love John Waters! Definitely one of my top 5 favorite filmmakers of all time. He’s a HUGE influence. I remember when I first watched Pink Flamingoes, my mind was blown. I first watched it in the film library in UCLA which had an awesome movie collection. I got to meet him once when he was doing a radio interview in Pasadena, California and I was shooting my God commercial next door. I told him I love “Female Trouble” and he laughed and was like “oh no!” He is sexy as hell, very witty, great taste in everything, and just a very amazing man who has a really good grasp of pop culture and life. I love that he became mainstream and does commentaries for mainstream shows and films now. He was even interviewed for The Little Mermaid DVD special feature because Ursula was based on Divine! I don’t think the movies he made after Divine died are anywhere near as good as his earlier films but they are still funny.
Roman Polansky is a rapist who should be in jail but I do like his films. He isn’t in my top favorites but he is very talented. Rosemary’s Baby is a part of my annual Halloween horror movie marathon. I still don’t like that the fact he raped a child got swept under the rug and Hollywood licks his ass just because he has a lot of power in the business. Fuck that.
I had to google who William Friedkin was. I see he did The Exorcist and The French Connection as well as some random tv shows and Twilight Zone episodes. I thought The Exorcist was boring and I watched the French Connection in film class and don’t remember anything about it.
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is one of my favorite films of all time! I love big tits and sexploitation films. My cat is named Varla because Varla/Tura Satan (RIP) is my fucking idol! She is the perfect woman: hot, big tits, and can fucking kick ass! I adore her and Russ Meyer.
Love Larry Clark. I’ve watched all of his films. I love the voyeuristic feel of his movies. He toes the pedo/kiddie porn line since all his films are about young boys but he does a great job reflecting the reality of what it’s like to be a teenager. Kids was my favorite movie as a teenager because that was my life: partying, fucking, drugs, skater boys, no AIDS though thankfully.
Dario Argento, one of those directors where I need to take a night and have a film festival because I haven’t seen any of his movies. I know I know, I don’t know why I haven’t yet. I tried watching Susperia once a few years back and thought it was boring but sometimes I just have ADD or am not in the right state to enjoy a movie I might enjoy at another time. I love his daughter, Asia. She a beautiful and talented actress and filmmaker.
Kubrick is a fucking master. A Clockwork Orange is one of my favorite films. I also love Full Metal Jacket, The Shining Lolita...his films are epic. He was a crazy perfectionist and his films always have this very aligned, flawless look about them while having disturbing thematic elements that you do not see in any other films. I even enjoyed Eyes Wide Shut, it wasn’t his best film but there were some very beautiful scenes in it, the masked orgy scene especially, and I think it’s Tom Cruise’s best role second to Legend. Crispin Glover pointed out that Kubrick makes films that exist “beyond the realm of that which is good and evil in a corporately funded environment.” He’s the only director to accomplish that. I fucking hate Spielburg for fucking up A.I. as well as for being a general fucking asshole who single handedly stupified and destroyed the art in mainstream films, I really wish Kubrick had made A.I. before he died. They were supposed to be really good friends but I think he just took advantage of Kubrick since he has a fuck ton of Hollywood power and money. Crispin loathes Spielburg since he royally fucked him over when he acted in Back to the Future because in the following sequels, Spielburg did not want to pay him the salary Crispin wanted and totally deserved for that excellent and historical performance and used another actor and gave him a prosthetic nose so he looked like Crispin. This is now illegal since Crispin sued the cunt over it and got a settlement. I love Crispin Glover so much and can see Kubrick’s influence in his films What is it? and It is fine! Everything is fine. You can read about Crispin’s hatred of Spielburg in his essay What is it? which was an article he wrote for Apocalypse Culture. Also to get back to Kubrick, I recently watched this great interview with the sexy Malcolm McDowell about working with Kubrick and reveals some great insight on A Clockwork Orange.
Cannibal Halocaust is a classic. I started watching exploitation films in my late teens because of this awesome torture/gore message board called torture.net that was my internet home. The people on that message board actually influenced me a lot in terms of opening me to the wonderful world of exploitation, hardcore horror films. Cannibal Halocaust was one of those films I learned about through torture.net and I loved it except for the turtle scene since it’s real and I can’t watch animals really being harmed or killed. I haven’t seen any other Ruggero Deodato films though, do you recommend any?
I Spit on Your Grave is another exploitation classic that I learned about through torture.net. I loved every moment of that film when I first watched it as a teenager but now the rape/torture scenes make me squirm. I can still watch it but it’s interesting how now rape & extreme torture scenes affect me now that I’m older when I was desensitized to it when I was younger. I haven’t watched any other films by Meir Zarchi. I have a lot of rape scenes in Clown Goes Mad, my first feature length film that I’m shooting in Los Angeles this summer. Those scenes are more fetishy though and I envision shooting it in a more abstract way since it’s a surreal, modern-day Western as opposed to a sexploitation flick.
Thanks for your question. I love films!