Selected Visions / Recommended Viewing / April 2020

Sharon Andrews (Shine PR, UK)

I watched 3 things on Netflix recently:

Spy – A 6-parter with the guy who does Borat in a serious role. Unbelievably brilliant. Spy thing. Very very good.

Roman J Israel – Denzil Washington in a brilliant role, playing a savant human rights lawyer.

Unorthodox –  It`s about 8 parts. Unbelievably beautiful about a very young girl forced into marriage in the Hasidic Jewish community in Williamsburg New York.  If I’m only allowed one thing, then this would be it. 

Mark Barrott (International Feel, Ibiza, Spain)

Generally I don`t like films – they steal your imagination – but I watched this recently — Honeyland.

Honeyland

Basso (The Growing Bin, Germany)

The Sound Of Belgium 

Rob Butler (Be With Records, UK)

Music-related? I’ve really enjoyed the Ken Burns Country Music series.

Chris Coco (Melodica, UK)

Arrival. This film, about the arrival of extraterrestrials has a new resonance in these times, as the whole world faces the same ‘enemy’.

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Miles Copeland (Wonderfulsound, UK)

It’s not a film but a Netflix series.  Midnight Diner – Tokyo Stories. Everything about this series warms my heart from the soundtrack to the opening scene to the super cool and  solid ‘Master’ to the moral all wrapped up in a delicious dish. It makes me miss Tokyo / Japanese culture but it also transports me back there as soon as the opening credits begin.

Deep88 (12Records, Germany)

Ahaha wrong person to ask. Bojack Horseman, sometimes South Park.

Bojack Horseman

Max Essa (Jansen Jardin, Japan)

Orson Welles` lost masterpiece, The Other Side of the Wind.

Marco Gallerani (Hell Yeah!, Italy)

We got a TV just a couple days before the Italian lockdown, which was great timing. Before that we hadn’t owned a for 10 years – so apart from the “obvious”  pretty insane Tiger King, I’ve been watching some classics like The Big Lebowski, Groundhog Day and action movies… I can’t really go deep at the moment… only thing I really got into, if you like basketball and smoking, is All The Smoke, a series of interviews by NBA “bad boys” Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, insane hilarious (for those that don’t know Marco was poised for a career in professional basketball, before he discovered rave). 

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Chris Galloway (Kinfolk, UK)

I don’t watch that much as I don’t get time BUT…I can recommend the following on Netflix: 

Films: Uncut Gems, which is AMAZING ; The Irishman; Marriage Story

Series: Ozark; Better Call Saul; The Crown – which I suprisingly loved.

My holy trinity of TV series’ are The Sopranos, The Wire and Mad Men…you won’t get better than those, ever.

Jolyon Green (Lowlife, UK)

Elem Klimov’s Come And See is a difficult film to watch, but everyone needs to see it at least once in their life. It’s not only the greatest war film ever made but probably the greatest film ever made. When better to watch it than during a lockdown … it will certainly put recent events into some kind of context. It’s not entertaining, it’s profoundly upsetting, but it’s also a film you will remember for the rest of your life.

Kevin Griffiths (Isle Of Jura, Australia) 

28 Days Later. I watched this again last night, it`s a shade dated now but there’s a unique Britishness to it and it just oozes early noughties. Cillian Murphy and Christopher Eccleston are outstanding.

28 days later

Brandon Hocura  (Seance Centre, Canada)

I don’t really know the deep cuts on Netflix, maybe Paris is Burning, Brewster’s Millions, Okja, Lobster, The Other One, Meyerowitz Stories, Three Billboards

Can you get Kanopy there? It’s free with a library card and FULL of incredible docs, classic and foreign films. I wrote a list on my personal Instagram of faves on there, and a few friends added theirs. Definitely worth signing up if you can.

Sean Johnston (A Love From Outer Space, UK)

Film – Louise-Michel – it’s topical… A group of female factory workers are made redundant and decide to pool their redundancy to have the boss liquidated. Unfortunately, the assassin is incompetent… Hilarity ensues, french, sub-titled but one of the funniest things I have ever seen!

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Chris Kontos (Kennedy Magazine, Greece)

For Netflix I would recommend The Valhalla Murders and also all the Studio Ghibli movies are up there now. Also a British Japanese series called Giri/Haji. Also if you havn`t seen any of Edward Yang’s movies I would recommend anything by him and most notably Yi Yi.

Quinn Luke Lamont (El Triangulo, Mexico)

I have many. You may have already watched them, or others may have already mentioned them, but here are my MEGA favs: Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Narcos – particularly Narcos Mexico, Chef’s Table – Francis Mallmann, and Massimo Bottura are great starting points, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Wild Wild Country, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman – Jay-Z is a good starting point, Living with Yourself – really trippy!, Salt Fat Acid Heat, Quincy, and History of the Eagles. 

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Simon Lee (Faze Action, UK)

I’d go with Narcos – It`s a bit obvious as quite a few people have probably seen them, but if you start at series 1 and go all the way through to Narcos Mexico that should keep you going for a couple of weeks.

Lexx (Phantom Island, Switzerland)

Here’s a few of movies that I’ve enjoyed…Motherless Brooklyn; Ford vs. Ferrari – Christian Bale is excellent in this;  万引き家族 (Shoplifters) ; Dr. Sleep – The kid out of The Shining as an adult, played by Ewan McGregor. Also Life Is Fruity – a documentary about a Japanese couple with a passion for architecture and gardening.

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Lovefingers (ESP Institute, USA)

Sure mate! Here’s my film: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.

Adrian Luvdup (Eclectic Circus, UK)

The last film I watched on Netflix – which I watched without knowing anything about beforehand was Hostiles. It wasn’t universally acclaimed and sort of slipped under the radar but I really thought it was good.

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Man Power (Me Me Me, UK)

Netflix and me have an uneasy relationship, `cos I often start things and then when I go back to finish it, I find myself in another country where it`s not available. Films wise I think Netflix is shite – although they did have Brazil on there. The German TV show Dark is AMAZING however. It`s hard science-fiction draped in philosophy and theology, that`s also brilliantly written, beautifully shot, and wonderfully acted. It`s so refreshing, after years of punching down to American and UK TV shows, to find yourself trying to keep up with the intellectual pace of something. I’ve also found it impossible to predict what`s coming next, which is not something I can say for most English language TV. The third series is coming soon too.

If you want a good movie suggestion then I’d go for The Fall, by Tarsem Singh.He’s the guy whose adverts defined the 80s – he did the one that copied Burt Lancaster’s The Swimmer with Dinah Washington singing on it. Every special effect in the film exists in the real world and was filmed, he even painted an entire Indian village blue for one scene. It takes a bit from Baron Munchausen, and is your basic cock and bull story, but it just looks sooooooo good that it elevates the entire thing in to something special. He actually ran out of money before completing filming, but Spike Jonez and David Fincher were so taken with the movie that they supplied him with the remaining money just so he could finish it for them. All they asked for in return were producers credits.

Manu (Archeo Recordings, Italy)

The Martian by Ridley Scott. The film depicts an astronaut’s lone struggle to survive on Mars after being left behind, and the efforts to rescue him and bring him home. Maestro Scott brings us again a film set in space – Alien and Blade Runner are 2 of my favourite films. The Martian is a hero of unwavering willpower who can count on the help of a top NASA team. Everyone collaborates, they discuss and then reach an agreement and nobody raises his voice. Collaboration, cooperation, brotherhood. I think this film has a great message.

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Moonboots (Aficionado, UK)

Netflix – Prince Avalanche. If anyone listened to my recent 10 tunes for TestPressing`s Stay in & Chill Spotify series, then they would have heard two tracks from the OST. I love this film. It’s about two blokes repainting the lines down the middle of a road after a fire. Pretty much just those two talking with occasional people flitting in and out of their life. Wonderful. 

Paul Murphy (Claremont 56, Leng, UK)

All This Mayhem. One of the most mind bending true stories in existence!

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Martyn Pepperell (Bandcamp, Dazed, Norient, Test Pressing, New Zealand)

Sleep Dealer, by Alex Rivera. I shouldn’t be recommending future dystopia films right now, but there is something about American filmmaker Alex Rivera’s 2008 cult classic Sleep Dealer that always draws me back in. Actually, I should probably scratch the term future from the description, because twelve years later, it’s really closer to a contemporary dystopia film.

Set mostly on the Mexican side of the US / Mexico border, the film plays out in a world where a patrolled and fortified wall has ended illegal immigration into the US. Instead, quote-unquote unskilled labour in the US is now mostly conducted by robots, who are, surprise surprise, controlled through a neural network link by workers in Mexico – the thing is, being networked into the system comes at a terrible cost. Throw in a doomed love story, a revenge narrative or two, and the idea that our past had more of a future than our future does; and you’ve got a fable for the ages.

Ilias Pitsios (Into The Light, Echovolt, Greece)

Stand Up: Jerry Before Seinfled; Jerry Seinfled: I’m Telling You For The Last Time; Ricky Gervais: Humanity – and his film David Brent: Life On The Road; Aziz Ansari: Burried Alive and Live At The Madison Square Garden

TV Series: Fargo; Undercover; Easy; LOVE; The HookUp Plan; Better Call Saul; Wanderlust; Bloodline

Documentaries: Five Came Back; Losers; Hip Hop Evolution; Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened; Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Films: Touch Of Evil; Roma; Young Adult; I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore; Win It All; She’s Gotta Have It (not the series); Silver Lining Playbook; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; Superbad; Forgetting Sarah Marshall; Bridesmaids; Hall Pass; Funny People

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Salvatore Principato (Liquid Liquid, USA)

Any Hitchcock movie – like North By Northwest. Most Jim Jarmusch movies – like Ghost Dog and Paterson. Newish movies would be The Farewell – a beautiful Chinese American movie, and Parasite – the Academy Award winning Korean movie. 

Quatro Mundo (Portugal)

Miguel: Filmmaker Gary Hustwit is streaming his documentaries, free worldwide, during the global COVID-19 crisis. Each Tuesday we’ll be posting another film here. We hope you enjoy them, and please stay strong.

Mark Reid (Touch Sensitive, N. Ireland)

Fishing With John. I’m a big fan of the Downtown NYC scene but Lounge Lizard John Lurie’s series passed me by until Turbo Island paid homage to it in a t-shirt a few years back. Fishing With John is a slow-paced and slightly surreal delight featuring Jim Jarmusch, Tom Waits, Dennis Hopper and more. Definitely gonna give it a lockdown re-watch. 

Laurent Richard (Idle Press, France)

I watch a lot of movies anyway – but even more so over the last 15 days. So the list would be long. To keep it simple I`ll give you the last one I watched – Les Mains Négatives by Marguerite Duras – streamed live from Centre Pompidou website last Wednesday.  

Ruf Dug (Ruf Cutz, UK)

Primer. More science fiction and this is easily the best time travel movie ever made. Do yourself a favour and watch it the first time all the way through without looking anything up and see if you can retain any semblance of a grip on what is actually happening. After that do what the rest of us did and download the ultra complex flowchart guide to accompany you on the subsequent multiple watch-throughs you’ll need to finally get your head round what’s going on.

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Mikey Sibson (45 Turns, Elevator East, UK)

1900. Bernardo Bertolucci`s captivating 5-hours-plus epic about the lives of an Italian landowning family and their peasant farmers over three generations – with a score by Ennio Morricone. As well as being gorgeously shot, Bertolucci, with theatrical prowess, shows how war and depression in 20th century Europe reveals cracks in the thin veneer of harmony between social classes, bringing to the fore a struggle between fascism and communism that makes for viewing as poignant as it is pertinent in these uncertain times.

1900 Bernardo Bertolucci

Mark Seven (Parkway Records, Sweden)

I’m not the best to ask about Netflix..but the James Acaster standups are really original and I loved ’em. The Pharmacist was a good series, as was Inside The Mind Of A Killer: Aaron Hernadez. I think they’re pretty poor for movies but Uncut Gems was really good.

Timm Sure (Is It Balearic?, UK)

Atlanta on Fox is good. Murder Mountain on Netflix, and Guru/Haji are both good. Upright is great – I think that`s on Sky. 

Murder Mountain

Kay Suzuki (Time Capsule, UK)

I’m not sure if you’ve watched Contagion? Also if you haven’t watched this hidden classic, La Belle Verte, from 1996, you must watch right now. This film was apparently banned in most of EU and Russia when it was released. A true cult classic film which questions our social system beautifully. You can watch it with English subtitles on Vimeo.

La Belle Verte

Steve Terry (Wildlife Archive, Germany)

I just watched a great documentary – General Magic. The ideas that dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at a secretive Silicon Valley start-up called ‘General Magic’, which spun out of Apple in 1990 – with the aim of creating the “next big thing”. General Magic shipped the first handheld personal communicator – or “smartphone” – in 1994. The film combines rare archival footage with powerful honest interviews with the “Magicians” today, reflecting on the most influential Silicon Valley company no one has ever heard of.

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Jon Tye (Seahawks, UK)

Aniara. I saw this last week….quite stunning, visually and emotionally. 

CZ Wang (Mood Hut, Canada)

I don’t really dig for the gems on Netflix like I should, but some things I’ve like in recent memory are: Outbreak, The Black Godfather, Candyman, Love Death + Robots, Behind the Curve, The OA, Wild Wild Country, and Snowpiercer.

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Cedric Woo (Beauty & The Beat, UK)

I’ve enjoyed rewatching the underrated Portrait of the Artist (Le Dos Rouge): a unique work of art as far as I’m concerned and one for the dreamers out there. I’m also in the middle of rewatching the 4 masterpieces that Antonioni/Vitti made back to back in the early 60s: L’Aventura, La Notte, L’Eclisse, Il Deserto Rosso: short in action and long in the spaces in between, just like most of us today.

Wewantsounds (France)

Being There by Hal Ashby

Network by Sidney Lumet

Elmer Gantry by Richard Brooks

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Christian Zingales (Blow Up!, Italy)

The last Twin Peaks by David Lynch, the 2017 Season 3, is incredible and maybe it could be seen as a kind of sign of these difficult times, and together with that I would suggest something with a great light, like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind by Steven Spielberg. 

Dr Rob (Ban Ban Ton Ton, Japan)

I`ve actually watched a ton of films and series on Netflix – since the wife is at least 300km away most of the time, and the medicine sometimes doesn’t let me sleep. The series for me generally tend to be a miss – since they’re usually an hour of nothing happening and then a cliff-hanger ending – to try to convince you to stay glued for the next episode. A lot of style over substance. But ones that didn’t leave me feeling cheated were The Sinner with Bill Pullman, Unbelievable with Toni Collette, and Messiah – which I watched right after the Rajneeshpuram documentary Wild Wild Country. Also the leads  – Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden – in The End Of Fucking World gave it an unexpected weight that kept me caring. But it does all seem to be dystopian sci-fi and serial killers. 

As far as films go, searching for new things on there can be a bit like digging for records – and only finding doubles – so most of the stuff currently in My List are movies that I’ve already seen – ArrivalBaby Driver, Blade Runner 2049, Bonnie & Clyde, Cinema Paradiso, Easy Rider, Her, MoonlightNocturnal Animals, Old Boy (the Korean one – not Spike Lee), Shame, Taxi Driver, The Warriors, Wind River – I think all 3 of Taylor Sheridan`s stories of “the modern-day American frontier” are great – about much more than just their plot. But Todd Haynes` Carol is on there – which I hadn’t seen and I loved. And then there’s Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic – which is who I`d like to be. 

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