The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9 by Jake Armstrong

20.01.10
The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9 by Jake Armstrong The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9 is a wonderful short film by Jake Armstrong. Created at the School of Visual Arts, Armstrong brings an interesting twist on a recognizable narrative, referencing old sci-fi shows and comic books. The characters are charming and the design excellent with well considered drawings and a dusty warm palette. It will leave ...
The Horrors: Sheena is a Parasite

11.01.10
The Horrors: Sheena is a Parasite, directed by Chris Cunningham This promo was banned by MTV when first released in 2006, not for the gruesome content, but for the strobing imagery it contains (epileptics might want to avoid clicking on the link below). Legendary director Chris Cunningham, (famed for other nightmarish works such as Come To Daddy and Rubber Johnny), has once again created an inventive ...
Asparagus by Suzan Pitt

04.01.10
Asparagus, Suzan Pitt After only watching a few seconds of this film you can appreciate why David Lynch chose to screen it before his first feature Eraserhead and why it remains a cult classic. It’s a wonderfully unsettling and surreal animation. In summary: a listless and alarmingly faceless woman unleashes her bag of tricks on an unsuspecting audience before fellating some asparagus. What’s it about? Answers ...
Ivan’s Childhood by Andrei Tarkovsy

28.12.09
Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Tarkovsky This week’s film is nominated by APEngine Editor, Gary Thomas: “I tend to drift off to my happy place when people start banging on about the genius of Tarkovsky. I like his films and I like children, but eating a whole one, as it were, can be tough going. I mean, that candle carrying scene in Nostalgia… jeez… just give up mate.” “But ...
David Sylvian: Small Metal Gods

21.12.09
David Sylvian: Small Metal Gods, directed by Hiraki Sawa Here Hiraki Sawa illustrates the sentiments of David Sylvian‘s track Small Metal Gods with his own tiny animated deities. The video echoes the haunting vocals of Sylvian (former frontman of new wave pop band Japan) with the imagery of miniature airplanes eerily gliding about an uninhabited apartment in Sawa’s signature minimalist style. Hiraki Sawa first film, Dwelling, ...
Andy Ditzler and George Kuchar: Solstice

14.12.09
George Kuchar, Solstice It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Solstice! A time to let oneself be fondled by birdlike men in electric blue balaclavae, a time to make sacrifices to Horus and celebrate the sun’s rebirth – that, at least, is the message of Andy Ditzler’s Phil Spectoresque singalong celebration of the holidays. Solstice is a musical history lesson, revealing how Christianity collaged bits ...
Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

30.11.09
René Viénet, Can Dialectics Break Bricks? Martial Arts and Marxist aphorisms meet head on in René Viénet’s 1973 Situationist ‘détournement’ of a chop-socky Kung Fu movie. Taking Doo Kwang Gee’s ‘The Crush’ Viénet replaced all the original dialogue with lines like “Afterwards… The Workers Councils will be realized in generalized self-management,” turning a tale of warring clans into an hilarious yet thought-provoking account of the proletariat’s ...