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Movies that Remind You of Burningman

Post by rodent » Fri Oct 03, 2003 7:27 am

I thought this might be a fun thread and a way to turn people on to films that others might not have seen.

"Akira Kurosawa's Dreams" - just full of wonderful imagery

"Labyrinth" an "The Dark Crystal" - for the same reasons

"Mad Max" - the whole trilogy

"Fightclub" - infinitely quoteable

"Spirited Away" - what can I say, it was the best film I saw right after BM2002. Lots of parallels

"Dune" - Lynch's version is good, but go get the Sci-Fi Channel's version, especially the Directors Cut DVD. Also snag "Children of Dune". What? You haven't read the book!?!

"Amelie" - cute, fluffy, but with some great moments of creative gifting

That's all I can think of at the moment... got any others?

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Post by JezebelinHell » Fri Oct 03, 2003 7:36 am

Well, the movie's still in the very beginning stages of production, but the book Neverwhere reminds me a whole lot of bm. The whole floating market thing is strikingly similar to the whole brc community.
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Dhalgren

Post by girlie » Fri Oct 03, 2003 10:38 am

Not a movie, or a book likely to be made into a movie, but i found Samuel
R. Delany's book "Dhalgren" very Burning Man-esque. In fact, it was
recommended to me by a good friend who said it is the only story he'd
ever read that really captures the essence of the playa. Though i should
warn you that what he meant by that (and the connection that i had to
the book) was related more to chaos and anarchy then any kind of peace,
love & unity stuff.

Thoughts on Delany's view of perception and reality, as well as the fire,
chaos, and stylization of his characters often pops into my head when
wandering the open playa late at night, with great fires burning in the
distance.

A short review (i just picked the first from a google search) is here:
http://www.blacklightonline.com/dhalgren.html if you are interested.

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Post by consumer » Fri Oct 03, 2003 2:17 pm

"The Rainbow Fire Festival" videos

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Re: Movies that Remind You of Burningman

Post by Rob the Wop » Fri Oct 03, 2003 2:23 pm

rodent wrote: "Amelie" - cute, fluffy, but with some great moments of creative gifting
Awesome flick. See also "City of Lost Children" for visuals and surrealism. Gotta love Jean-Pierre Jeunet's work.
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Post by BurningGirl » Fri Oct 03, 2003 2:27 pm

"The Beach"

At the end, L.D.'s character writes an e-mail from a Net-cafe that floored me...I was totaly NOT expecting to be zapped into "playa state" but there I was with tears in my eyes wanting to be home.

*sigh*

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Post by Cooky » Fri Oct 03, 2003 2:46 pm

"Priscilla Queen of the Desert"
mostly for the costumes. It makes me dream about riding across the playa full speed on top of a school bus with big flapping wings of golden fabric.

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Post by TheJudge » Fri Oct 03, 2003 5:44 pm

Lawrence of Arabia.
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Post by Kinetic » Fri Oct 03, 2003 7:44 pm

Finally a list of DVD's to search for to finally use that HDTV / 7 Disc DVD setup I bought last year. I was so busy with BM projects that it never got used. I've watched part of The Fast and the Furious...and that was it, now I can change that.

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Post by TheJudge » Fri Oct 03, 2003 7:48 pm

Kinetic wrote:Finally a list of DVD's to search for to finally use that HDTV / 7 Disc DVD setup I bought last year. I was so busy with BM projects that it never got used. I've watched part of The Fast and the Furious...and that was it, now I can change that.

Ugh. That's like buying a Lamborghini and filling it up with gatorade.
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Post by Kinetic » Fri Oct 03, 2003 7:58 pm

TheJudge wrote:
Kinetic wrote:Finally a list of DVD's to search for to finally use that HDTV / 7 Disc DVD setup I bought last year. I was so busy with BM projects that it never got used. I've watched part of The Fast and the Furious...and that was it, now I can change that.

Ugh. That's like buying a Lamborghini and filling it up with gatorade.
I know, I know. But it's all about priorities. I mean the trailer to haul the stuff to BM came first, then it was the 3 wheeled bike, and on and on it went. I'm just now coming back to reality.

The HDTV is a small but sharp 36 inch Samsung and you know it's pretty nice now that I actually have time to watch it. I plan to start working on more projects at the end of the month so I better enjoy it while I can.

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Post by bgirl » Fri Oct 03, 2003 8:18 pm

The perfect BM movie is "Straight to Hell,"directed by Alex Cox.After a botched robbery,a band of thieves head for the desert to take shelter,only to find that the wilderness hamlet into which they have stumbled is run buy a murderous,incestous,clan of coffee addicts who are struggling for control against a small band of misfits and a greedy land developer.Highlights include spontaneous song and dance numbers and camoes by Elvis Costello(as a coffee dispensing butler) and the Pogues(as three dead brained cabelleros).Starring cast includes Sy Richardson,Joe Strummer,Courteny Love,Grace Jones and Denis Hopper.Great Desert Fic!

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Post by antron » Sat Oct 04, 2003 12:02 pm

on the book side, i really like china mieville's books, especially "the scar". it's the story of a pirate community that lives on a massive floating island comprised of every kind of captured ship, it has neighborhoods, magic, and a character playing with possibility.

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Post by rodent » Sun Oct 05, 2003 12:03 pm

Also should add, "The Neverending Story"

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Wierd enough for me!

Post by DogBoy » Mon Oct 06, 2003 10:47 am

"Six-String Samurai" Strange costumes, decent music (the Red Elvis'?), fight scenes, general strangeness.

"Shakes The Clown" How many clowns ARE there in BRC?

I will second a vote on the entire "Mad Max" Trilogy.

"Tank Girl" C'mon, they turn a tank and a jet into art cars!

"Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" Especially the Mint 500 motorcycle race.

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Point Break

Post by TawnyGnosis » Mon Oct 06, 2003 10:58 am

"Point break" reminds me a lot of burning man because of it's rough chaotic, primitive feel. Not that it's set in the desert or anything, but the punks, big fast jeeps, and stunts just put me in a similar state of playa bliss. It reminds me a lot of Dyna-Lite actually.

Of course this movie doesn't have any of the love, or gifting elements at all. It's more of an abstract association for me. Keanu Reeves is unfortunatly completely lame though even in this one.

And it was already mentioned as I would have guessed, but "tank girl" is number one for me. I love that character's style and find myself mimicking it in my costumes and attitude.

The book the little prince could be analyzed from a burner stance as well, the desert and the poignant lessons found in encounters that seem silly if you look at a surface level.
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Post by BlueBirdPoof » Mon Oct 06, 2003 11:14 am

BRC at its best can be very Wings of Desire--a magical city of angels and humans filled with perfect moments and connected to the Urvald.

For books I'd have to say Last Call (Tim Powers)--because of the Vegas setting, and last year's pirates were sort of On Stranger Tides and I have to say that even though I didn't really like the Drawing of the Dark that there's something very Burning Man about the world being redeemed through the medium of beer. Dark beer.

(Or maybe it's all the bad cartoon of Coffee, Tea or Me.)

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Post by blyslv » Mon Oct 06, 2003 11:15 am

A new Australian flick -- "Siam Sunset"

In the final third of the movie, a colorist (!) gets stranded in the desert with a bunch of wankers for a week. What they end up with by doing a lot with a little is very "burner" to me. Plus the main charecter is searching for the color 'siam sunset' because it is the color of peace. this seems like a quintessentially burn-y quest to me.

Second vote for Tank Girl.
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2nd thoughts

Post by BlueBirdPoof » Mon Oct 06, 2003 11:16 am

Actually, the sence of play can be very Swordsman II.

And the micro-group identies have a little Warriors in them.

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Post by Chai Guy » Mon Oct 06, 2003 1:03 pm

How about the movie Larry Harvey ripped off when he created BM?

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Post by TawnyGnosis » Mon Oct 06, 2003 2:41 pm

I've seen this movie before, but it was so long ago I never put two and two together, wow!
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Post by shitmouse » Mon Oct 06, 2003 3:11 pm

are you kidding???

have you seen "from dusk till dawn"???
i swear that movie was inspired by the black rock city!
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Hey I got one..

Post by Alchemy » Sat Oct 18, 2003 3:09 am

[img] Wicker Dude! I mean Man..Has aaanybody seen Rowan Morrison?

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Post by PetsUntilEaten » Sun Oct 19, 2003 3:02 pm

From A.I. - the demolition derby of robots scene - very BRC.

As well as the dance scene of Zion in "the Matrix: Reloaded"

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Post by Spokes » Sun Oct 19, 2003 4:02 pm

How about the movie Larry Harvey ripped off when he created BM?
Not a movie but another forerunner:

Anima (Alma/Soul)
1976/printed 1977
Ana Mendieta


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Wickerman...duh!

Post by Alchemy » Sun Oct 19, 2003 10:28 pm

I have been pushing Wicker Man down everybodys throat for about ayear on e-playa.I love Larry as Lord Sumerisle...
" Personaly I think it makes a lovely transmutation dont you think"quote.

Quote..." I>>I THINK YOUR ALL A BUNCH OF ....PAGANS!!"
answer lord Sumerisle " Oh Pagans MOST definatley,but not at all uncivilized.." raises wine glass and sups.

I actually brought the tape I have of it to BRC this year in hopes of getting it on the screens there.I love the drive ins on the playa.Maybe next year...
God I love the ending of that film.He was so RUDE and so lacking so superior.Its quite a shift you know,The witches burning the christian instead of the other way around!..he was a cop you know,AND a virgin!
[/u]Gives a whole NEW meaning to leave no trace!! nudge nudge wink.

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Post by jbelson » Mon Oct 20, 2003 10:09 am

"A boy and his Dog". It's a post apocalyptic movie starring Don Johnson from years ago. Lots of desert stuff, and a large amount of innocense amisdt a really screwy backdrop.
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Post by rodent » Mon Oct 20, 2003 11:11 am

jbelson wrote:"A boy and his Dog". It's a post apocalyptic movie starring Don Johnson from years ago. Lots of desert stuff, and a large amount of innocense amisdt a really screwy backdrop.
Oh, MAN... I completely forgot about that one. The faux americana preservation segments where precious in their obsurdity.
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Post by Trick Pony » Sun Nov 02, 2003 4:40 pm

Third vote for Tank Girl- she rocks!

'Holes" is a great flick, too. Looks like it was filmed on the playa, or somewhere nearby. Don't let the 'kid's movie' look of it fool you, it's really cool.
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