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Films: Suture (1993)
Wired Magazine 1.01
Sex, as we know, is a heat-seeking missile that forever seeks out the newest medium for its transmission. William Burroughs, a man who understands the dark side of sexuality better than most, sees it as a virus that is always on the hunt for a new host - a virus that almost always infects new technology first. --Gerard Van Der Leun, 1993, http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1.01/cybersex.html
IntroAt the time, I was getting less and less satisfaction from old school house and techno and then the wonderful Mastercuts Salsoul and Jazz Funk compilations came along. It wasn't long before I started to appreciate vocals and a couple of years later I bought a turntable and decided to check out second hand disco/dance on vinyl.
MaurizioWhile still working at Tresor in 1993, [Maurizio] Von Oswald had formed Basic Channel Records with partner Mark Ernestus. The immediately recognizable BC sound, a ruddy take on Detroit techno with minimal changes and maximum echo-chamber droning capacity, asserted itself with nine vinyl-only EPs during the next few years, recorded as various aliases including Cyrus, Quadrant, Phylyps and Radiance, though all were presumably Von Oswald and Ernestus.
Wired Magazinehttp://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1.01/ Wired magazine is launched: "Wired was the ultimate geek magazine"
- Goodmen - Give It Up (with an Airto Moreira sample)
- Todd Terry - Jumpin
- Masters At Work - Can't get no sleep
- Romanthony - Father Help Me
- The Fog - Been A Long Time
- NuYorican Soul - The Nervous Track
- Masters At Work featuring India - I Can't Get No Sleep
- River Ocean - Love and Happiness
- Disco Evangelists - De Niro
- Jasper Street Company - A Feelin'
- Kerri Chandler - Atmosphere EP
- Hustlers Convention - The Hustler Dance EP
- Romanthony - Falling From Grace
- Martha Wash - Carry On
- Nyles Arrington - Flute Song Movin records
- Reel 2 Reel - I Like to Move It
- Classic Salsoul Mastercuts, vol 1 [Amazon US]
quality sleeve notes with liner notes by Ian Dewhirst.
1. Ten Percent [Original Walter Gibbons 12" Mix] - Double Exposure 2. Beat Goes on and On [Original Jim Burgess 12" Mix] 3. Love Sensation 4. Let No Man Put Assunder - First Choice 5. Heartbreaker - LeRoy Burgess 6. Dreaming - Loleatta Holloway 7. I Got My Mind Made Up - Instant Funk 8. Nice and Nasty - The Salsoul Orchestra 9. Runaway - Loleatta Holloway 10. Jingo 11. You're Just the Right Size - The Salsoul Orchestra 12. Bottle - Joe Bataan [...]
- Classic Salsoul Mastercuts, vol 2 [Amazon US]
quality sleeve notes with liner notes by Ian Dewhirst.
1. Dr. Love [Original Tom Moulton 12" Mix] - First Choice 2. My Love Is Free [Edited Original Tom Moulton 12" Mix] - Double Exposure 3. Ain't No Mountain High Enough [Original Larry Levan 12" Mix] - Inner Life 4. This Will Be a Night to Remember [Original Tom Moulton 12" Mix] - Eddie Holman 5. Just as Long as I Got You [Original Tom Moulton 12" Mix] - Love Committee 6. Helplessly [Original Tom Moulton 12" Mix] - Moment of Truth 7. Spring Rain [Original Tom Moulton 12" Mix] - Silvetti 8. Moment of My Life [Edited Original Shep Pettibone 12" Mix] - Inner Life 9. Hit and Run [Original Walter Gibbons 12" Mix] - Loleatta Holloway 10. Ooh, I Love It (Love Break) [Original Shep Pettibone 12" Remix] - The Salsoul Orchestra 11. Dancin' and Prancin' [Original 12" Mix] - Candido [...]
- Artificial Intelligence (1993)- Various Artists [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
The term "Artificial intelligence" was popularized in rock music by a John Cale album in 1985, but the Warp label was the first one that came up with the categorization "Electronic listening music". This is techno music rather designed for listening at home than being played in dance clubs, similar to the work of '70s bands like Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk. Unlike its follow-up "AI2", "AI1" is a compilation of previously released and otherwise available material. Best tracks here are the wonderfully floating "Loving you" by Dr.LX Paterson (an excerpt from the Orb's mega-work "A huge ever growing pulsating brain") and the two Autechre tracks, "Crystel" and "The egg". The aforementioned tracks once were on a demo tape Autechre had sent to Warp Records in order to become engaged, so I guess it's essential stuff for all fans of Sean and Rob. However, Idon't find the contributions from other artists like B12, Aphex Twin, or Black Dog (all under pseudonyms) as interesting as their individual albums. And in consideration of Autechre's "Amber" or "Tri repetae", everything here seems a bit tame. The accompanying booklet features interviews (!) with all participating bands, and I guess you're interested in all the answers to questions like, "Why did you contribute to AI?", "Top 5 electronic tracks?", "Electronic music. Where next?". --Chris Turk from Regensburg, Germany for amazon.com [...]
- The Album - Masters At Work (1993) [1 CD, Amazon US]
Track Listings 1. Give It to Me [Featuring Screechie Dan] 2. Donde Lo Conseguiste [Featuring Gringo] 3. Buddah Chant 4. Too Smooth 5. Get Up 6. Blood Vibes 7. Can't Stop the Rhythm [Featuring Jocelyn Brown] 8. When You Touch Me [Featuring India] 9. All That 10. I Can't Get No Sleep [Featuring India] 11. Buff Dance 12. It's the Way to Live
[...] And then [MAW joined forces in 1990], descending from the Puerto Rican quarters of Brooklyn and the Bronx, came Gonzalez and Vega , whose names will forever be associated with the nomadic nineties. [...]
- Short Cuts (1993) - Robert Altman [Amazon US]
If aliens came down to earth to see if humanity was worth saving, showing them Short Cuts, Robert Altman's bluesy riff on life in L.A. in the '90s, would not be a good idea. Based on the stories of Raymond Carver (adapted by Altman and Frank Barhydt), this ambitious film is a devilish valentine to living in L.A., where happiness comes at a premium. There are at least eight separate stories that crisscross, most about people who choose not to relate to the lives they are living. Seemingly by design, none of the stories (nor the performances for that matter) have more impact than the others--this is a true mosaic film. The most representative plot deals with a group of friends (Buck Henry, Fred Ward, and Huey Lewis) who decide to keep fishing even after discovering a body in the river. The story works as a morose comedy and a flag holder for the movie: the inability to take the correct action. Others would rather talk about seeing Alex Trebek than discuss their faltering relationships. A huge and talented cast twists in the wind, bumping into moments of truth, sex, and passion. Some even come out all right in the end. The accidental nature of life--a common theme in many Altman films--has never been so maddeningly persistent, or absorbing. The score by Mark Isham with songs sung by Annie Ross (also a cast member) fuels the moodiness, as does the opening number in which Medfly helicopters spray the town to the tune "Prisoner of Life." Delivering the film a year after his biggest hit in two decades, The Player, Altman proved his artistic tenacity as an aged artist with the heart of a new filmmaker: he's not afraid of risking it all. --Doug Thomas for amazon.com
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - Henry Selick [Amazon US]
For those who never thought Disney would release a film in which Santa Claus is kidnapped and tortured, well, here it is! The full title is Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, which should give you an idea of the tone of this stop-action animated musical/fantasy/horror/comedy. It is based on characters created by Burton, the former Disney animator best known as the director of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and the first two Batman movies. His benignly scary-funny sensibility dominates the story of Halloweentown resident Jack Skellington (voice by Danny Elfman, who also wrote the songs), who stumbles on a bizarre and fascinating alternative universe called ... Christmastown! Directed by Henry Selick (who later made the delightful James and the Giant Peach), this PG-rated picture has a reassuringly light touch. As Roger Ebert noted in his review, "some of the Halloween creatures might be a tad scary for smaller children, but this is the kind of movie older kids will eat up; it has the kind of offbeat, subversive energy that tells them wonderful things are likely to happen." --Jim Emerson for Amazon.com
- Body of Evidence (1993) - Uli Edel [Amazon US]
Ok, so the plot of this film may be laughable - the only person who seems to break the law is dafoe's character (who illegally has sexual relations with his client, and commits rape), but that's not the point of watching this movie. The reason I would recommend this film is simple - watching madonna, the sexiest woman ever, doing what she does best. She looks incredible, and her performance is excellent. The only criticisms I would have of 'body of evidence' are that we seem to see Dafoe naked more often than Madonna, and the sex scenes have large sections edited out of them. The film's most (in)famous scene, where madonna seduces dafoe, ties him up with his own belt then teases and tortures him by pouring hot wax onto his body is, in my opinion, the sexiest ever commited to celluloid, with great preformances from both actors. Quite frankly, I can't believe how lucky Willem Dafoe is, getting paid to film this scene with madonna. The 'twist' at the end of the movie is predictable and pretty dull, but I give 'Body of Evidence' five out of five for Madonna's unbelievable body. -- michael yorke for amazon.com
- Boxing Helena (1993) - Jennifer Chambers Lynch [Amazon US]
The movie Boxing Helena is probably better known for the court case that sprang from it than for itself. Kim Basinger was famously sued for violating her oral agreement to play the lead role; the jury ruled against her to the tune of almost $9 million. Those who felt the ruling was unjust have no better evidence than the movie itself--who in their right mind would agree to play a woman whose obsessively jealous lover cuts off her arms and legs to control her? Boxing Helena wants to be a penetrating investigation into the dark side of erotic desire. It doesn't succeed. But it does achieve the dubious but delightful status of being an entertaining disaster. Glory in Sherilyn Fenn's amazingly sincere attempt to take the script seriously! Thrill to the completely gratuitous sex scene between Julian Sands and a woman who doesn't appear at any other moment in the movie! Gaze, jaw agape, at the ridiculous ending! The movie features a wonderfully overwrought performance from Bill Paxton (A Simple Plan, Twister) and what is to date the last film appearance of Art Garfunkel. While Boxing Helena doesn't have the relentless ridiculousness of something like The Lonely Lady (with Pia Zadora!) or Showgirls, it has a giddiness that builds as it gets more and more improbable. Bad-movie fans will find it a delectable treat. --Bret Fetzer , Amazon.com
- Twenty Bucks (1993) - Keva Rosenfeld [VHS, Amazon US]
With a script that has literally been in development for fifty-eight years, Twenty Bucks follows the progress of a single twenty dollar bill as it's passed from hand-to-hand. During the course of the ninety minute journey, it gets run over by a car, stuffed in a stripper's g-string, bloodied in a robbery, and forced into a fish's mouth. Each of these incidents has its own story and a group of characters to go along with it. [...]
Don't take Twenty Bucks too seriously. Most of the script is concentrates on wry, witty character interaction. A bachelor party, complete with stripper, shows the discomfort that many feel during this somewhat-absurd rite of passage. A crime spree displays the seductive influence of getting away with something. A young woman discovers that she has more in common with her estranged father than she could ever imagine. And a bag lady learns that fate has a vicious sense of humor.
[...] The script went through a mammoth eighteen re-writes, the first draft (of which very little remains) having been penned in 1935 by Endre Bohem, the father of Leslie Bohem, who was eventually responsible for the final version. Twenty Bucks impressed a lot of people in Hollywood, and that's the reason that it has such a high-profile cast despite a budget under $6 million. [...] © 1993, 1996 James Berardinelli
- Wild Palms (1993) - Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Hewitt [2 VHS, Amazon US]
I rented this movie because I research mind control and one of the leading authorities on mind control, Fritz Springmeier (Bloodlines of the Illuminati) said that whoever wrote the script to this film knew an awful lot about it. References are made to tunnels intersecting LA (remember the McMartin preschool case? - read up on it in books by Alex Constantine) Mirror image programming and "Oz" programming themes - ("Follow the yellow brick road") as well as a satanic cult, and a power mad senator running for President (read "Trance:formation of America" by Cathy O'Brien and Mark Phillips). I gave it 4 stars because the plot is hard to follow. BTW, the device that projects images of people in hologram form may or may not exist, but similar effects have been used by Disney for years (like at the "Captain EO" show at Disneyland). --a viewer for amazon.com
- Groundhog Day (1993) - Harold Ramis [Amazon.com]
Groundhog Day is a 1993 comedy film starring Bill Murray as Phil Conners, an egocentric Pittsburgh weatherman who dreads his annual assignment covering Groundhog Day from its birthplace in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Andie MacDowell plays Rita, his new producer, and Chris Elliott plays Larry, the cameraman. The film was directed by Harold Ramis and written by both Ramis and Danny Rubin.
Phil Connors is trapped in a time loop, living the same day (Groundhog Day) over and over again in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (which, in real life as in the movie, holds a major celebration for Groundhog Day). He rapidly takes advantage of this knowledge of the events of the day to create an extravagant life of pleasures, money, and seduced women for himself. But when he attempts to seduce his colleague in this way (MacDowell) he meets with repeated failures, he begins to tire, and then to despair of his existence. He commits suicide several times, but even death cannot stop the repeating day. He opens his heart to MacDowell, and her advice helps him to gradually find a goal for his trapped life; as a benefactor to others. He cannot, in a single day, bring others to fulfill his needs but he can make himself a better man by educating himself on a daily basis. He then develops many talents and human understanding which, in return, make him an appreciated and loved man and eventually allow him to escape the magic spell and find love. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day_%28movie%29 [Apr 2005]
- Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1993) [book, Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
In this international bestseller, Peter Høeg successfully combines the pleasures of literary fiction with those of the thriller. Smilla Jaspersen, half Danish, half Greenlander, attempts to understand the death of a small boy who falls from the roof of her apartment building. Her childhood in Greenland gives her an appreciation for the complex structures of snow, and when she notices that the boy's footprints show he ran to his death, she decides to find out who was chasing him. As she attempts to solve the mystery, she uncovers a series of conspiracies and cover-ups and quickly realizes that she can trust nobody. Her investigation takes her from the streets of Copenhagen to an icebound island off the coast of Greenland. What she finds there has implications far beyond the death of a single child. The unusual setting, gripping plot, and compelling central character add up to one of the most fascinating and literate thrillers of recent years. --Amazon.com
- On Love (1993) - Alain de Botton [Amazon.com]
See entry for Alain de Botton
- Complicity (1993) - Iain Banks [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
An engrossing thriller in which all the murder victims apparently deserve, if not their cruel fates, at least a reckoning, leaving the hero (and the reader) with a guilty sense of admiration and appreciation for the clever serial killer. Scottish novelist Banks (Canal Dreams, 1991, etc.) takes as his protagonist Edinburgh journalist Cameron Colley, who smokes too much, drinks too much, plays seriously with hard drugs, and is addicted to computer games. A mysterious informant is feeding him just... -- From Kirkus Reviews
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