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My ongoing Night Train project interprets cult-classic and queer cinema from from 20+ years ago to the melodies of modern pop and rock music, with a goal of exposing current audiences to all of it.
Night Train - Turn Back Time
Jake Shears' I Used to Be In Love + Death Becomes Her 🧪 (Music Video Edit)
Robert Zemeckis' 1992 dark comedy starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, and Isabella Rossellini is edited here to Jake Shears' track 'I Used to Be in Love' from his recent album, 'Last Man Dancing.' 💽 : https://www.youtube.com/@jakeshearsofficial 📼 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElXFI9A7vi0 I always thought 'Death Becomes Her' and 1988's 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' were a very well-matched pair of Zemeckis films with a lot of overlapping themes. I sometimes wonder if he had some stuff left to get out of his system after Roger Rabbit. I made this edit because I like Jakes Shears and I figure he'd enjoy something like this. While I was working on it, I also noticed how many elements 'Death Becomes Her' shares with Noël Coward's 'Blithe Spirit,' which is a stage show I've loved since I was a kid. It is my opinion that the character of Charles is better played along the lines of Bruce Willis' Ernest, rather than the egomaniacal energy Rex Harrison brought to the role in the movie adaptation from the '40s. I've read he was horrible to work with.
Tank Girl 🦘 + Tune-Yards - 'My Country' Fan Video Feat. Lori Petty (Music Video Edit)
Just working through some things with the help of Tank Girl and Tune-Yards. This video also kicks off with a particularly wonderful Peggy Lee blooper, of sorts. The footage of the main video has been processed with Neat Video, and Topaz.
Unico (ユニコ) + Carly Rae Jepsen - Kamikaze + The Island of Magic (Music Video Edit)
This makes the third fan video I've done to Carly Rae Jepsen! I guess I love pretty much everything she does, and it always fits something else I love, so that's my explanation. Featuring 1983's Unico in the Island of Magic, which used to absolutely terrify me as a kid. Of course now I'm obsessed with it like everything that used to scare me back then. Dedicated to Cesco.
Magdalena Bay + Madame Claude (1977) - Chaeri (Music Video Edit)
I became interested in Madame Claude because of my recent obsession with Dayle Haddon. Turns out there's a lot more to love about the film than just her performance, though. Cinematography by Oscar-nominated Robert Fraisse doesn't hurt at all. I play fast and loose with some of his footage here, but you must understand it's only for fun and the benefit of this weird flight of imagination. Sincerely, I wouldn't change anything about what Fraisse shot. Of course any time secret societies or crazy opulence are focal in a '70s film, I'm into that by default. It's the extra coating of nostalgia that make it work for me. In this music video edit, some short clips of another Dayle Haddon film, as well as a couple clips of Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me appear, too. Expanding on the story a bit to give some supernatural justification.
Parker Posey + Carly Rae Jepsen - Shy Boy, Party Girl (Music Video Edit)
"Your mother was a woman with no common sense, of course your father was a man without a conscience." Sometimes a movie comes out looking like fluff, and then you revisit it later and realize you just didn't have the taste for it yet. It's a classic with something to say. Or it's a beautiful scrapbook of a time you took for granted. Or it's just fun. In the case of Daisy von Scherler Mayer's 'Party Girl,' from 1995, its all of the above. By the end of this video, you should fully comprehend the The Dewey Decimal System. If not, please re-watch. By the way, don't you think Parker Posey is doing the proto-Carly-Rae-Jepsen pose in that cover art? The outfits in Party Girl as pretty CRJ, as well. Carly posts her music here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4NAdFIP6h9BmtGUFL94Pg Check the official trailer for Party Girl here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y-TvmzQ8qA For your entertainment, here are the misspellings I came up with for the metadata on this upload: parker posing , carly rae jetson, curly ray jepsin, jespin, parker possy, karl e. ray jetspin.
Funeral Parade of Roses + Boy Harsher - Face the Fire (Music Video Edit)
If it weren't for Funeral Parade of roses, we would have very little video insight into queer culture in 1960s Japan. I've also heard that it was one of Stanley Kubrick's favorite films, and that he drew visual inspiration from it for A Clockwork Orange. The first time I watched it, I thought about this Boy Harsher track and thought It'd be fun to pair them.
Not Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, or Tammy Faye - Sky Ferreira’s ‘You're Not the One’
Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford. Reneé Zellweger as Judy Garland. Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye. Plumbing the depths. Won’t even fight, I know you’re not the one. 💽 You're Not the One by Sky Ferreira: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFCZP1Nz3Ds 📼 Judy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp40NrWR0y0 📼 Mommie Dearest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfks96rXxq8 📼 The Eyes of Tammy Faye: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goWfdyV6TWQ
Chuck Jones' The Phantom Tollbooth 🚗 + Friendly Fires & Friend Within's 'Offline' (Music Video Edit)
📼 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh2jQNNjpns 💽 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPgyvsRlIQ4 An excuse for me to admire some gorgeous Chuck Jones animation from the late '60s, for 1970's animated adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth. Like a lot of good Directors, Chuck Jones the story his own, much to the author's chagrin, I've read. I grew up loving the book and the movie, both, and thankfully without the internet I never had to know that there was any contention between them at all.
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