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Unboxing Video

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on May 29, 2021 by dcairns

My copy of WEIRD WISCONSIN, the Bill Rebane box set from Arrow, arrived this morning. I thought I’d honour the occasion with my first UNBOXING VIDEO, and then I thought I’d make it in a Rebanesque style.

It’s quite short.

My documentary, WHO IS BILL REBANE?, is quite long. I didn’t have time to make it shorter. But I now know that making a feature film in a couple of months is no big deal, so long as you don’t have a Tonkinese cat screaming in your face the whole time. I’d like to do it some more.

It would be delightful if the IMDb chose today to recognise the film’s existence, but no, that’ll be another blog post for another day.

Reviews (for the doc) have been good so far. My hope is that it might actually change some viewers’ minds about the whole set — they might be thinking they don’t like Bill Rebane films after watching them all, then watch the doc and decide they do. In a way. Or they might think they like them and then decide they like them a lot. I don’t want to make anybody NOT like them, though I suppose that would be a kind of achievement too.

I’ve got mine

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2020 by dcairns

Koji Shima’s WARNING FROM SPACE — the first Japanese sci-fi film made in colour — just came through my letterbox courtesy of Arrow. As I was just mentioning, I’m author of a booklet essay on the “wonderfully nerdy” subject of the film’s dubbing, which I was able to complete with the help of Arianne Ulmer and Japa Fett and with reference to Steve Ryfle’s exhaustive book Japan’s Favorite Mon-Star. Thanks to James Flower for his decisive assistance as editor.

I’m back teaching next week, so this has been a light week for blog posts as I get ready to deliver our course ONLINE — the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art have some quaint idea about not killing all their students and staff, for which I am grateful.

Crosby Stille Nacht

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on October 7, 2019 by dcairns

The Unbearable Lightness of Bing — I’ve written before about Leo McCarey’s baffling descent — or ascension — into demented Catholic mania — now I’ve made a more sympathetic video essay for Arrow Video to accompany their lovely Blu-Ray of THE BELLS OF ST MARY’S in which, with the aid of editor Stephen Horne, I attempt to burrow into that weirdness and the improvisational techniques and freeform narrative approach that McCarey employed.

You can buy it, for your own pleasure or as a gift for the Bingrid fan in your life.

And remember —