I won’t explain entirely what Pill Advised is since the video below will show that. Rather I just want to take credit for naming it and mention the coolest thing it does. If you type in a prescription or over the counter drug you are taking, it will actually recommend natural supplements that can a) either strengthen the effectiveness of the drug, and / or b) that can lessen the negative side effects of the drug.
I speak a little French, but when I watch French films, I always have to read the subtitles. So, yes, I may be more forgiving of them than English films, where I’m not constantly lowering my eyes every five seconds (some might say like talking to a girl with giant boobs). But this film, and more importantly, this trailer above, was a big influence on me.
I grew up making t-shirts to promote my bands, and then later, to promote my films. I always liked referencing a design that had, at first glance, no connection to what I was promoting (music or film), like an extinct fast food chain or obsolete computer company or Mexican vacation resort.
Devonté Hynes is a magician in my eyes (and ears.) I fell in love with him as the all denim wearing, yankee hat sporting Lightspeed Champion – an interesting enough sounding band name, which I thought, wrongfully, referenced one of those weird creatures from The Never Ending Story.
Just like the way spaceships and monsters will never feel quite as cool in CGI as they do in stop-motion animation (Mars Attacks by Tim Burton was supposed to be all stop-motion, imagine!), so the femme fatales will never feel quite as seductive and men holding guns never quite as spy-like in Mac-generated Photoshopped splendor as they did in the paintings of old posters and paper backs. The brilliant eye behind most of these drawings? Robert McGinnis.
I mention this, not because it is something I watched the whole way through and enjoyed, but because it succeeded at something I tried to do and failed. Years ago (in 2004) I tried to do this. I got cheat codes for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and turned the main character into a six foot tall stripper in a red white and star spangled blue bikini, then recorded the game-play of her with my camera, as she went running around town with a machete.
Walk On The Wild Side and Candy Says being among the most influential songs in rotation on my Walkman during my formative years, and having had a deep fascination with Warhol and the New York of the 70s and early 80s (I moved here in 85, so I caught the tail end as a kindergartener), I was drawn to this documentary and laughed and cried the whole 90 minutes.