Sick Films. Part 1

So, this past Saturday a case of an upset stomach transformed into a day of rest and watching music-minded films. My music filled Saturday happened quite by accident, but was actually very enjoyable. I had so many great finds that I had to share them on geekstar!

I started the day with a short film by Michel Gondry from the film compilation, Tokyo. Gondry is best known for his creative films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and music videos for artists such as Bjork.

I absolutely love Bjork’s video for Hyperballad which Gondry directed. It’s so digital and eery and cool and hip all at the same time. I really love that. It’s so unique…and Bjork is just so…Bjork.

Tokyo! is a film consisting of three short films by directors, Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho. Each film is inspired by and filmed in…well, Tokyo. I decided to watch this film for a few reasons. Tokyo has always been at the top of my travel wish-list. I’ve always been intrigued by Tokyo’s lights, signs, and congestion of people. This city constantly provides new fashion trends, tech, and kitschy toys such as the neon green hamster that I just bought at the Japanese toy store in the mall (Ross Park Mall).

So, far I’ve only watched Gondry’s contribution to the film. I enjoyed getting lost in the Tokyo experienced by a few Japanese 20-somethings. This film had already captivated me when it well…took a turn. You will just have to see it to understand. Gondry’s stamp is all over this short film.
(Note: this movie is available on instant view with Netflix)

Trailer for TOKYO!:

Next, I opened up my new Netflix DVD delivery. It was the 2007 Joy Division biopic, Control, directed by Anton Corbijn. Corbijn is best known for his videos and photography of bands such as U2 and Depeche Mode. I originally saw Control when it first came out a few years back. However, I recently desired to see it again. I am attributing this to recently listening to music by the Editors, White Lies, and Interpol. These bands are obviously influenced by Joy Division to some capacity.

Corbijn successfully tells the story of Ian Curtis, the singer of Joy Division, who is best known for his baritone vocals which overlay his band’s dark rock songs. If you are a fan of 80’s night, you will know Joy Division from that one song that always plays at the end of the night…”Love, Love will tear us apart again…” Corbijn films the entire film in black and white which adds to the film’s dreary UK backdrop. This is where a new form of rock music begins to emerge as the youth follows bands such as the Sex Pistols and David Bowie. If you aren’t familiar with the story of Joy Division, I’m not going to ruin it for you here. All I can say, is watch…this…movie…now. The casting is superb. The actors playing Joy Division are all actual musicians performing all of the music in the film. They do an excellent job.

Control Official Movie Trailer:

“She’s Lost Control” from the movie Control (2007):

Joy Division Performing “She’s Lost Control” in 1979:


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