Without a doubt, my all time favorite movie has to be Santa Sangre, a surrealist horror. This description from Rotten Tomatoes sums it up perfectly "Those unfamiliar with Alejandro Jodorowsky's style may find it overwhelming, but Santa Sangre is a provocative psychedelic journey featuring the director's signature touches of violence, vulgarity, and an oddly personal moral center."
I love this movie, but I don't know very much about the director so I looked up Alejandro Jodorowsky and was surprised/saddened to see that he only made 2 other movies and a failed attempt to make a movie of Dune - which would have been amazing. He also writes sci-fi comic books. Perhaps most interestingly, "he has also written books and regularly lectures on his own spiritual system, which he calls "psychomagic" and "psychoshamanism" and which borrows from his interests in alchemy, the tarot, Zen Buddhism and shamanism." Cool.
Oh, this book! I remember the first time I read Cloud Atlas, I was completely blown away. I was like "What...you can do that?" It's a fascinating series of nested and interralated stories that spans generations, beginning in 1850 and the central story is set in post-apocalyptic Hawaii. I'm reading it for the second time right now and loving it all over again. I'm getting near the end and I find myself slowing down, so it won't too soon.
This band, fell off my radar until recently when I wrote blog post about a long lost project that I'm resurrection. I saw Acid Mothers Temple play a couple of times back in San Francisco. They're amazing live! I guess I'd describe their music as psychedelic Japanese noise rock? Anyways, it's great and when I looked them up for my blog post, I made the happy discovery that they'll be playing in Bellingham May 9th at The Shakedown. I'm there!