‘I Fought the Law’ – The winter 09 issue of Electric Sheep looks at what makes a cinematic outlaw: read about the misdeeds of low-life gangsters, gentlemen thieves, deadly females, modern terrorists, cop killers and vigilantes, bikers and banned filmmakers.
Also in this issue: interview with John Hillcoat about his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, the art of Polish posters according to Andrzej Klimowski, Andrew Cartmel discusses The Prisoner and noir comic strips!
‘Ther’s tha devil movin’ in my blood’ – The autumn 09 issue of Electric Sheep looks at religious extremes on film from Christic masochism to satanic cruelty. The extraordinary White Lightnin’ explores the Old Testament world of demented mountain dancer Jesco White while Klaus Kinski disastrously reinterprets the New Testament in Jesus Christ Saviour, and subversives Alejandro Jodorowsky and Kenneth Anger dynamite divine myths.
Also in this issue: Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Raindance 09, political animation, and louche mariachi rockabilly Dan Sartain picks his top films!
Substitute is the theme of the summer 09 issue of Electric Sheep, with articles on the fraught relationship between Takeshi Kitano and ‘Beat’ Takeshi, the various cinematic incarnations of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley, interchanging identities in Joseph Losey’s films, the dangers of false impersonation in Danish neo-noir Just Another Love Story, the paradoxes of black and white twins in offbeat lost classic Suture, not to mention cross-dressing criminals, androids and body snatchers.
Also in this issue: interview with Marc Caro, profile of whiz-kid animator David OReilly, comic strip review of Hardware, and The Phantom Band’s favourite films!
The spring issue of Electric Sheep focuses on Tainted Love to celebrate the release of the sweet and bloody pre-teen vampire romance Let the Right One In, with articles on incestuous cinematic siblings, Fraçois Ozon’s tales of tortuous relationships, destructive passion in Nic Roeg’s Bad Timing, Julio Medem’s ambiguous lovers and nihilistic tenderness from Kōji Wakamatsu.
Also in this issue: interview with Pascal Laugier, film in Berlin from squat cinema to the Berlinale, the Polish New Wave, screen vamps, comic strip on the Watchmen film adaptation, and Ipso Facto’s top films.
The winter issue of Electric Sheep explores celluloid snow with articles on Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World, Aki KaurismÃ¤ki’s Calamari Union, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Christmas slasher movies and cult Japanese revenge tale Lady Snowblood. Plus interview with Asif Kapadia, preview of the London Short Film Festival, reviews of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Tokyo Sonata and Béla Tarr’s The Man from London, and a comic strip review of Kamikaze Girls!
Also in this issue: Interview with Jerzy Skolimowski, Lotte Reiniger’s animated fairy tales, Seeing Double review of Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom.
In our autumn issue we look at cruel games, from the politics of human blood sport in the Corman-produced ultra-violent Death Race, to sadistic power play in the disturbingly funny Korean thriller A Bloody Aria, fascist games in German hit The Wave and Stanley Kubrick’s career-long fascination with game-playing. Plus: interview with comic book master Charles Burns about the stunning animated film Fear(s) of the Dark, preview of the Raindance Festival, reviews of Tarsem’s The Fall and Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes of Time Redux. And don’t miss our fantastic London Film Festival comic strip, which surely is alone worth the price of the issue!
Also in this issue: Compass of Mystery Festival, Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr, Jan Ŝvankmajer’s Alice and a Seeing Double review of Alex Proyas’s Dark City!
This bitter earth/Can it be so cold’, laments Dinah Washington on the soundtrack of Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, a film defined as much by its stark monochrome images as by the heart-rending jazz tunes that breathe soul into them. A lost gem for thirty years, Killer of Sheep is re-released in the UK this month and to celebrate the belated recognition of one of American independent cinema’s greats, we look at the influence of jazz on film in the US with articles on Shirley Clarke, John Cassavetes, Jim Jarmusch and Beat cinema among others.
Also in this issue: Edinburgh Film Festival, Flipside: Psychedelia, How Manga Took Over the World, interviews with Charles Burnett and Tom Kalin.
The magazine is no longer in print. Selected back copies are available for reference at Close-Up Video Library