Archive for the film Category

Halloween Countdown: House (Hausu), 1977

Posted in 70's, absurd, film, horror, japan, surreal with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

In the history of this blog, I don’t think I’ve ever had more to say about the topic of a post than I do about about the movie House (Hausu).


The film company approached director Nobuhiko Obayashi about making a film similar to Jaws. And he did…if Jaws were about the horror laden psychedelic journey of 7 giggling Japanese schoolgirls visiting a cannibal recluse and her demonic witch-cat. Did I mention the girls are named Gorgeous, Fantasy, Kung Fu, Melody, Mac and Sweet?


They proceed to get devoured one by one in the most absurdist fashion imaginable (well, nothing about this movie is actually “imaginable.” It clearly sprung forth from the deepest wellspring of the director’s haunted unconscious). It’s not just as if the movie were made by someone on acid, but as if the movie itself then came alive…and took acid.


I’ll be going back and creating a GIANT album of incredible screen shots from the film (the ones online don’t do any justice), but I needed to share this with you guys immediately.


Believe it or not, I’m put off by a lot of “weird for the sake of weird” films. But this is some next level awesomeness. I hesitate to discuss my favorite scenes because I’m holding each and every one of you accountable for seeing this film, and I don’t want to spoil the fun surprises, which come roughly every 6 seconds.


Yes, that image above is indeed a flying Kung Fu kick from a dismembered lower half of a human body.

Are you running to find this movie yet?

Jan Svankmajer’s Final Film

Posted in animation, film, stop motion with tags , , , on July 1, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

The legendary Jan Svankmajer is crowdfunding what is to be his last feature length film (hopefully not…a girl can dream).

A local pub in a small town. It’s Monday and the bar is closed, chairs are turned up on the tables. The pub is empty except for six amateur actors sitting in a corner. They’ve met to rehearse “The Insect Play” by the Čapek brothers. On a raised platform across the room we see a stage, set for Act II of the play. As the rehearsal progresses, the characters of the play are born and die with no regard to time. The actors slowly become one with them and some of them experience frightening transformations…

The campaign has already reached its stretch goals, which makes me so happy. See much more here.

Sausage Studios

Posted in animation, film, stop motion with tags , , , on June 23, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I just discovered Sausage Studios and I’m really, really digging these films.

Sausage Studios 1

The characters have a particular aesthetic that always appeals to me (not sure exactly what one might call it, but I recognize it when I see it)
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There are two full short films available as of this posting. Check them out!

Sausage Studios

Butterflies: A Stop Motion Short by Isabel Peppard

Posted in animation, film, stop motion with tags , , on May 16, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Has anyone seen Isabel Peppard’s stop motion short film Butterflies? It looks amazing!


A young artist sits on the sidewalk, struggling to make a living. She makes drawings for the passersby. A businessman recognizes her talents and offers her a paying job. The prospect seems inviting but the reality threatens to kill her imagination…


Watch the official trailer:

I believe it’s available on iTunes. I can’t wait to see this!

Documentary of the Week: Finder’s Keepers

Posted in film, humor with tags , on April 25, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I watched a rather unconventional but excellent documentary the other night: Finder’s Keepers.


From Rotten Tomatoes:
Recovering addict and amputee John Wood finds himself in a stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from Southern entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant, who found it in a grill he bought at an auction and believes it to therefore be his rightful property.


I wish I had taken screenshots during many of the news headlines during this film. It was absolutely hilarious, but not without substance and depth of human feeling. I recommend it. Watch the trailer:

Desktop Goodies 4/10

Posted in absurd, anatomy, art, clothing, fashion, film, humor, japan, photography, retro, sea, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s start with some sea inspired fashion…


And a gorgeous octopus ice sculpture:

A stunning still frame.

I like the way this woman thinks. Pizza will never break your heart.

A beautiful soul is made of rabbits.

Oh thank you, Rachel, for this…and your other invaluable contributions to this post.

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I’m sure it’s happening somewhere…

Traveling in style.

I approve of this progression.

Yep, it’s a wig made of countless earbuds on strings…for people who want to have listening parties and don’t care about personal space.

Who remembers this?

All of my outfits are based on various diaphonized specimens. Fashion at its finest.

The Life of Death

Posted in animation, film, video with tags , , on March 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

*Sniff sniff* Oh…what…a cartoon made me a little misty-eyed? *Ahem* Of course not!

Check out Marsha Onderstijn’s beautiful hand drawn animation short about what happens when Death falls in love with life.