Sunday, January 31, 2016

Liquid Sky

The Early-’80s Glam Sci-Fi Masterpiece Could Disappear Forever

The influential film's original stock is deteriorating, right when it should be poised for a revival

“Liquid Sky” has a pre-apocalyptic feel of the Cold War sci-fi with the slickness of much more expensive films like its contemporary “Blade Runner,” but the budget (about a half-million) nearly sparked a mutiny. “The crew was paid very little and they did revolt at one point over the food,” Carlisle says. “They were worked day and night. We worked terrible hours. That the film got made at all was a miracle. It was really — at one point, I was arguing with them, we’re making art here and you’re worried about food. And he said you’re making art here. We want pizza!”

Unlike Ridley Scott’s film, “Liquid Sky” was shot through with a kind of self-deprecating, New York Jewish humor. A rumpled, hapless professor (the lanky Otto von Wehnherr) is on the trail of the alien spacecraft and bumbles his way through the jaded world, where few believe or even care that there might be visitors feeding on the heat of human sexual climax. They’re fixated on their next score, or on Chinese take out.

The film, released in the summer of ’82 at media-heavy film festivals, beginning in Montreal, quickly became a minor sensation. This was the height of the second British cultural invasion (Culture Club, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran) which was of a piece with Carlilse’s androgyny and gear. It played at the Waverly Theater in New York City for about four years and Carlisle became a star, posing in and out of male drag for (warning: link NSFW) one of Playboy’s strangest photo shoots.

However, neither Carlisle nor Tsukerman let go of Margaret. Carlisle wrote a novel based on her character and Tsukerman began piecing together material designed to document the making of the film, whose status as both a prescient New York story and a fashion touchstone has grown over the years (a Liquid Sky boutique on Manhattan’s Lafayette Street operated for a while). The soundtrack by the un-trained Tsukerman — loud, atonal but funky — inspired the more abrasive elements of the Electroclash movement of the late ’90s.

Innovative and influential as it is, one would assume that Liquid Sky is in the queue to become part of the permanent collection of the Criterion Editions or even MOMA, but in reality the original 35 mm film stock is decaying. “We need money,” Carlisle says. Tsukerman is racing time to raise the funds to restore the film, planning both a crowdfunding endeavor and completion on the documentary. Meanwhile there’s a sequel in the works — its working title is  “Vagina Warriors.”

“We’re writing the script,” says Tsukerman. “We’ve stayed friends.” Carlisle is guarded about the story, but will say, “Margaret comes back and she changes other women.”

Note: Click Here For Complete Salon Article by Marc Spitz



The Awl: Liquid Sky Sequel Is Coming

Liquid Sky is one of the most visually ambitious films ever made about fashion, heroin, New Wave clubs, UFO saucers, ordering Chinese food and having them put it on your tab, the Empire State Building, androgyny, neon and tin foil. The 1982 cult classic may be the perfect embodiment of camp. Unlike contemporary low-budget cinema, which prizes an aesthetic of apathy, Liquid Sky makes its efforts visible. Judgmental fashion reporters cackle straight into the camera. Catwalk scenes take place in rooms both comically small and accurately sized to real New York spaces. And the slang-heavy dialogue, which the director Slava Tsukerman credits largely to the main actress and co-screenwriter Anne Carlisle, is bold and delightfully stilted:
"So I was taught that I should come to New York, become an independent woman. And my prince would come, and he would be an agent, and he would get me a role, and I would make my living waiting on tables. I would wait—till thirty, till forty, till fifty. And I was taught that to be an actress, one should be fashionable, and to be fashionable is to be androgynous. And I am androgynous not less than David Bowie himself. And they call me beautiful, and I kill with my cunt. Isn't it fashionable? Come on, who's next?" --Margaret 

Note: Click Here For James Ramsay Interview / Chat With Liquid Sky Director Slava Tsukerman

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Listicle Listening - Recent Music

(*) Lots of Guided by Voices

(*) Lots of Yes

(*) Led Zeppelin - All 8 Studio Albums plus Coda

(*) Pink Floyd - Animals, The Wall, The Final Cut

(*) Rush - A Farewell To Kings, Hemispheres, 2112, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures,
Caress of Steel, Fly By Night

(*) The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed, Beggars Banquet, Black & Blue, 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!', Aftermath (British Version)

(*) Elvis Costello - Get Happy!!, Taking Liberties, Imperial Bedroom

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Saturday, Jan. 23rd

4 pm - Philadelphia: View from Hahnemann University Hospital, 15 Fl.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cookie Gate

Except for a 2-3 week period spent at the rehab facility "Power Back," I have mostly been a bed-ridden patient @Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia following the surgical removal of a cancer tumor directly underneath the right-side jaw joint the day before Thanksgiving, 2015.

Anyways, the Nurses just voted (Tues. & Wed.) to unionize, and the results were not really surprising. They voted yes, pro union. Congratulations.

Note: Click Title Link for Humorous "Cookie-Gate" & Anti-Union Action by Hospital Administrators.  

Monday, January 18, 2016

(*) [Name Redacted] Update

[Name Redacted] Update: Had two surgeries today. First removed a remaining wisdom tooth that had been bothering me for last few years ie lotsa swelling & probable cause of "30 day lock-jaw" episodes. Real relief to finally have that prob fixed. 2nd surgery was installation of a "port" which makes treatment easier. Will start radiation soon. Daily sans wkends for 6 wks. Chemo is once a wk for 6 wks too. Am sure will be a struggle but cancer was found very early so I expect to be a "cancer survivor" like my sister Kimberly, the Warrior :-) Also, I miss you all, the good people! Take Care & Best Regards - [Name Redacted]

(*) Thursday, Jan. 14th, 8:17pm

Friday, January 15, 2016

(*) New Phone #, Txt Conversation, Other Stuff etc.

Allan Smithee: "Hello. [Name Redacted] here. This is my new phone/txt number. As with all things you love, please use responsibly. Thanks."

Debbie: "Wow what happen to the other phone"

Deb: "Hello"

AS: "Ha. Good news. I was gifted an iPhone recently :-)"

AS: "I'm still a little slow though"

Deb: "Lmao"

Deb: "When are you coming home"

AS: "Seems like never. Am at hospital again. Blacked out yesterday at Doctors office"

Deb: "On no hope you are OK"

AS: "I'm fine now. Seems if something can go wrong lately, it will."

(*) Tues, Jan. 12th, 7:40pm

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016

Daily Specials - Facility Menu

Today's Lunch Special
Friday 1/8/2016

Bean & Bacon Soup
Shepherds Pie
Dinner Roll
Golden Carmel Cake

Thursday, Jan. 7th, 2016
French Toast
Southwest Beef Vegetable Soup
BBQ Pulled Pork on a Roll
Baked Beans
Fruit Cocktail
Oven Fried Chicken
Lyonnaise Potatoes
Country Vegetable Blend
Dinner Roll
Cookies and Cream Delight
**Menu Subject to Change due to Dietary Restrictions**
Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 2016


Orange Juice
Scrambled Eggs
Cheese Danish


Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
Stuffed Green Pepper
Butterscotch Pudding with Cherry


Maple Sage Turkey
Cranberry Maple Glaze
Savory Stuffing
Coconut Cake

**Menu Subject to Change due to Dietary Restrictions**

Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 2016 

Apple Pancakes
Sausage Links

Beef Barley Soup
Chicken & Dumplings
Seasoned Peas
White Bread
Frosted Brownie
Cider Glazed Ham
Roasted Potato Medley
Sliced Carrots
Dinner Roll
Fruit Cocktail
**Menu Subject to Change due to Dietary Restrictions**

Monday, January 4, 2016

Daily Specials - Facility Menu

Today's Dinner Special
Monday 1/4/2016
Meatloaf w/ Brown Gravy
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Italian Green Beans
Dinner Roll
Snickerdoodle Cookie
Today's Lunch Special
Monday 1/4/2016

Cream of Broccoli Soup
Italian Sausage Sub w/ Peppers & Onions
Tater Tots w/ Ketchup
Cheesecake Tart

Today's Lunch Special
Saturday 1/2/2016

Cream Of Potato
Hot Dog on Bun w/ Mustard & Relish
Power Pickle
Baked Beans
Mandarin Oranges

Today's Dinner Special
Saturday 1/2/2016
Country Smothered Chicken
Herbed Green Beans
Dinner Roll
Spiced Cupcake

Today's Lunch Special
Friday 1/1/2016

Bean & Bacon Soup
Hot Turkey Sandwich w/ Poultry Gravy
Fresh Mashed Potatoes
Peaches & Cream Bar