Friday, February 15, 2008

Tea of Crimson, Distractions & Life

As someone with background as both a Unitarian and former journalist, I have a horrible, typically North American flaw of knowing a smidgen about millions of things and inability to focus in depth on anything (or anyone) for very long. Unless I get obsessed, and then I gnaw on it like a dog devouring a bone until there is nothing left.

That's been the case with my now six week hiatus with Junk Thief TV. I get crazy about making little opuses and then seem to get distracted. I really would like to get back at it in March post Ecuador, especially to return to the Junk-mation approach. Not surprisingly, I've heard no outcry over the fact that there have been so many weeks with no new episodes.

A real inspiration is the above Blood Tea and Red String that has such a simultaneously quaint and sinister feel to it. Has anyone seen the full movie? The music feels almost like Vashti Bunyon to me.

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At 5:22 AM, Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

The ebb and flow of the creative force is legendary. When it's time, Junk TV will thrive again.

The little film is truly sinister, mysterious, as if made on another planet. Love it!! Thank you for sharing.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Gary said...

JT when are you getting out here so we can collaborate on an epispde of Junk TV on location? That'll get the creative juices flowing again. I say you, me and Joy and a bit of VOTD and some American Sign Language.

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Reya - Thanks for the support. It will happen when it needs to.

Gary - I've not set a date, but I feel over due since I've not been in Manhattan since June. VOTD with American Sign Language sounds great -- with BIG gestures for all that drama.

At 9:20 PM, Blogger kimy said...

I'm with reya on this things do happen when the will happen. just call me grasshopper!

never heard of blood tea and red string but given that it appears to feature mice you bet your whatever I will be hunting it down!


At 9:44 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Kim/Mouse - The more I learn about the woman, the more I am intrigued. I think she is misrepresented as being "dark". I love that she presents animals as they are -- complex, emotional, intuitive, connected to the earth not just cute, cuddly playthings for humans' entertainment.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

Wow. How did I miss this one? I found a copy and will have it sometime this week. It seems to have the same tone as "Neco z Alenky" done in 1988.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

Holy cow. I just checked and Netflix has it. Go figure. Its at the top of the list.

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gavin -I look forward to your review.

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

I'm torn. On one hand I am impressed by the filmmakers ability to create images that are both touching and ominous at the same time yet I found myself disappointed by her lack of reasoning behind the images. I shouldnt be yet I was. It was as if the filmmaker plucked images from other places and incorporated them into her work. Video decoupage. I'm was stunned it took so long to make. I worked in animation for a short time in the 80's and know the process. I was impressed that she would encounter a problem and work thru it instead of reshooting the scenes. I came away feeling she didn't know what she was making and therefore the story meant nothing. The commentary confirms it. But then again she could be a shy person who simply cannot explain her visions.
I enjoyed it as far as the music and images go. The pacing was nice and dreamlike yet clocking in at 109 minutes it felt a little too long. I felt it was trying too hard at times to be creepy. The Skull-Crow was the "I'm trying too hard" element for me.


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