Montag, 23. März 2015

take 71: 25.3.2015

Phoenix- Kino Anders is back
door open 20h
20h15 at a new place
France 2013, 130 min. spanish with english Subs
La danza de la realidad Movie Poster 
Produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, THE DANCE OF REALITY is his first film in 23 years.

The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family.

Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Alejandro Jodorowskys philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a dance created by our own imaginations.

If you're familiar with Jodorowsky's films ('The Holy Mountain' / 'El Topo') you are already aware that your chances of fully understanding the menagerie he presents is futile; whole books can and have been written in an effort to deconstruct his symbolism and celebrate his imagery. It's very easy to focus on the humor and find distraction in the surrealism of his films – that was always the initial draw for me - but his ambitions are of substance with meanings often relevant only to the director himself. The seed of this film is an autobiographical story of Jodorowsky's early childhood in the isolated coastal city of Topopilla, Chile where he experienced alienation as a displaced Ukrainian Jew. Jodorowsky insists that reality is a subjective concept and he immediately describes his setting as a circus with an overbearing father who dresses as Stalin and a mother whose lines are entirely delivered in operatic sing-song.

The film is as much about his father's journey through life as it is his own and the performances are so passionate and over-the-top that, along with his vivid pallet of colors, there is a 'cartoon' quality to the experience. All whimsy aside, this is one of his most cohesive narratives and he refers to 'The Dance of Reality' (his first film in 23 years) as a therapeutic endeavor – or 'psychomagic' – intended to heal residual, family-related psychological distress. Films made for an audience of one will always be a challenge but it's an absolute privilege to be allowed a peek into the mind of such a unique artist.







Dienstag, 8. April 2014

take70: 9.4.2014

Tiny Worlds

Door open 20h

20h30: Japan 1987, 110min, english subs
A messy bachelor's apartment is a paradise for the huge colony of cockroaches living there: no sprays, no traps, and plenty of food. When the homeowner's girlfriend moves in, however, the party comes to an abrupt end, and the roaches must quickly adapt to a life of struggling for survival. Combines animation with live actors. 

22h30: Germany 1970, 84min. GERMAN
1970 was a busy year for Zbynek Brynych, as he managed to make Die Weibchen and Angels With Burnt Wings in addition to this psychedelic curiosity.

The German Seventeen and Anxious was also released as O Happy Day. The film's alternate title is a reference to a popular gospel song, which is performed often and con brio in the course of the action. The film's official title alludes to the coming of age experienced by its youthful protagonists. The younger actors are green but eager to please, while the veterans in the supporting cast-including Nadja Tiller and Karl Michael Vogler-help make the film palatable for those among us not politely inclined to nervous teenagers. The film's R rating is admittedly necessary, but should not suggest that the film is overtly offensive. Unfortunately, Seventeen and Anxious represents the next-to-last film effort for its talented director, Zbynek Brynych. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Dienstag, 1. April 2014

take 69: 2.April 2014


Door open 20h

20h30: Japan 1977, 90 min. with english subs

In the hands of experimental Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi, the tale of seven "unmarried" young high-school girls who, during a school break, travel to a spooky, remote hilltop house to visit the reclusive, mysterious Aunt of one of their fold only to be consumed one at a time by the Ghost-House/Aunt in increasingly novel ways, is escalated into a spastic, phantasmagorical confetti burst of avant-garde techniques and tonalities. Not a minute goes by without some kind of imaginative and spirited experimental visual manipulation or interjection; from kaleidoscopic color schemes, to frame and time altering collage montage, to wild, high-concept mixed media integration (animation, mattes, props, sets, etc), to mini-movie injections (lovingly parodying/mimicking everything from silent film stylistics, to romantic fantasies to obligatory action scenes). Any and all workings of the film form are here incorporatedly warped; from imagery and editing to music and sound to content and presentation. Even the sketches of characters and their respective performances by the actors are hemmed in time with the overall off-the-wall configuration. (Example: Each girl is intentionally drawn with their stock personalities (the musician, the over-weight eater, the athlete, etc) novelly paraded in gleeful iconic irreverence.) The moods and tones of the film are equally melodic in their own discordant tangential way; seamlessly walking the line between comedy, horror and the deadpan aloof. It all adds up to a whole lot of fun. Where else could you see a girl eaten by a piano, an upright Bear helping cook dinner at a roadside noodle-stand or a man turned into a pile of bananas because he doesn't like melons!? With all its packed in candy-colored confections and novel door prizes, "Hausu" is a cinematic surprise party all in one...just add you. 


22h10: USA 1986, 87 min. english
From Beyond is a 1986 American sci-fi/ body horror film directed by Stuart Gordon (Reanimator), loosely based on the short story of the same title by H. P. Lovecraft, and was written by Dennis Paoli, Gordon and Brian Yuzna.

From Beyond centers around a pair of scientists attempting to stimulate the pineal gland with a device called The Resonator. An unforeseen result of their experiments is the ability to perceive creatures from another dimension that proceed to drag the head scientist into their world, who returns as a grotesque shape-changing monster and preys upon the others at the laboratory.


Dienstag, 25. März 2014

Dienstag, 18. März 2014

take 68: 19.3.2014

Seldom Showed & Seen

20h30: Russia 1993, 94min. english
Elizabeth is tortured by horrible visions from her childhood. She travels to a primative island to discover the truth about her dark past. On the island Elizabeth finds a malevolent order of nuns. There seems to be no escape from the menacing evil that inhabits this strange island.  

This extremely stylish and unique horror film is undoubtedly a must-see for every true horror fan - but also for every film admirer in general. "Dark Waters" (released in the U.S. as "Dead Waters") offers everything one might expect from an Italian director: Beautifully shot sequences, uncanny settings, some relentlessly violent moments and a creepy, thoroughly tantalizing atmosphere. Not to forget the disturbing plot that leaves room for various interesting analyses.

Especially remarkable is the fact that there is very few dialogue. This makes the whole film an even more intriguing and breathtaking experience. The story takes place in a convent on a Ukrainian island, which gives gifted director Baino a lot of space to increase the ever mounting tension as the plot unfolds. Another interesting fact that makes this movie unique is that the important characters are all women; men seem to have no importance without at least one woman, or they die quickly. 

22h15: Mexico 1980, 86min. english subs

Intrepid Hells Angels-style Mexican bearded punks with inverse Mohawks, led by a silicone-implanted blonde superstripper and a masked pro wrestler in gold costume, go around robbing, blackmailing, and raping people, sometimes lighting them on fire while playing rock tunes in neighboring rooms or enjoying a casual game of Russian roulette, until they manage to upset both the mob and the authorities, who call upon a duet of uncharismatic supercops to put a stop to their reign of over-the-top terror as well as end corruption in general in rural Mexico.

Dienstag, 4. März 2014


 5.3.2013 NO SHOW


 Mittwoch findet eine Gratis Veranstaltung zum Thema "Sampling" in der Kuppel Basel statt! Black Tiger darf euch mit Freude mitteilen, dass Bruno Spoerri, welcher von Jay-Z und Timberland ohne Nachfrage gesamplet wurde, einer unserer Gäste sein wird!!! Türöffnung: 19h; Beginn: 20.30

Dienstag, 25. Februar 2014

take 67: 26.2.2014


Door open 20h

20h30: Australia 1987, 86min. 
Azaria Chamberlain was not killed by a dingo but saved and raised by said dingos. She is raised in an incestuous dingo environment and travels back to Sydney transformed as the second coming...a new messiah for a new age.

She returns home to the demented family of a perverted movie producer and his wife trying to cover up their atrocities, two Nazi dykes busy raising up little Adolph with spankings and all, David Argue as a psychic investigator and incestuous dog boy, a mad scientist trying to discover the cure for AIDS and other diseases through human experimentation, its all here folks...

22h00: Poland 2003, 89 min. english subtitles

Based on themes of Alfred Jarry’s drama „Ubu Roi“, which premiered 1869 in Paris, Piotr Szulkin created a surreal take on Poland, full of allusions to historical and modern phenomena: By manipulating the masses and promising them prosperity, freedom and democracy, upstart “King Ubu” manages to take power. His vulgar and brutal reign ruins the country. Ubu surrounds himself with flatterers and – egged on by foreign ambassadors – starts a war against czarist Russia. After his defeat, his people oust him and his wife. Confident that he will always fall on his feet, Ubu goes into exile…

Piotr Szulkin adapts Alfred Jarry's work to create a caricature of the Polish nation (or, in Ubuesque lingo, of the "Folish nation") as it enters democracy and soon suffers from the shortage of beer. In an interview given in 2006, Szulkin said that "Ubu The King is becoming reality right at [his] doorstep. Dialogs and theatrical scenes cease to be cinematic fiction and parody." Critical of Poland, the film met with negative reactions among the Poles, and was never as popular as Szulkin's earlier films. But that doesn't prevent the rest of us from enjoying it! Although much different from his science-fiction films, Szulkin's Ubu król is a masterpiece of bawd absurdity, political satire insofar as it is a satire of politics tout court, and Rabelaisian crassness.

Alfred Jarry's used here has been brilliantly translated by a Polish genius of puns, Tadeusz Boy-Zelenski, and it would be impossible to reproduce the same complexity in English. Just to give a few examples: In his speech to the nation, Ubu presents his "economic plan": turning shit into gas and using that to brew the much wanted beverage: beer. However, in Polish, "to brew beer" also means to "cause trouble"--and thus the economic "solution" is already programmed as the beginning of a new crisis. The alchemical substance, merdre, is translated as "grówno"... which in turn contains the word "równo"--"equal", thus alluding to the basis of democracy... Freedom, "wolność", on the other hand, dissolves in no less excremential "rozwolnienie", or diarrhea... (Hmm... Subtitling this definitely won't be an easy project!)

Besides Jarry's play, Szulkin uses a number of songs: from operatic arias (e.g. Moniuszko's Straszny dwór, Verdi's Nabucco), through some drinking songs, to revolutionary chants. The lines from the chorus are recited by a little girl, vaguely reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, with her prim dress and her jumping rope.