Archive for The Chiseler

Hot Mama

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , , on November 28, 2017 by dcairns

I decided I needed another project, so over at The Chiseler, in no particular order, I’m going to review Josef Von Sternberg’ six films with Marlene Dietrich. One a month, starting now with BLONDE VENUS, the duo’s off-kilter ode to motherhood, because you have to start somewhere.

A sentence I forgot to include: Sternberg not only dressed his diva in a gorilla suit, he made sure it was a gorilla suit with a runny nose.

I quite like this contemporaneous cover version of the film’s best song, especially the incompetent oboe solo two minutes in. Jazz: delicious hot, disgusting cold.


Claymation Acclamation

Posted in FILM with tags , , on November 7, 2017 by dcairns


I was enjoying a big box set of Polish animation when The Chiseler came calling, so I quickly moulded something on that the theme of Eastern European grimness in animation, which can be read here. These pics are from a film called STAIRS (1968), which is quite something.

Man in the Man in the Moon

Posted in FILM, Science with tags , , on August 22, 2017 by dcairns

At The Chiseler, a short but timely disquisition on George Melies’ film L’ECLIPSE DU SOLEIL ET PLEINE LUNE, over at The Chiseler. Contains smut.