Apr
13
2014

Cinema section opened!

young and beautiful poster

With pleasure, I’m announcing you the opening of the cinema section of Illusion City! Like I wrote on the last update, the first movie to be reviewed is Francois Ozon’s Young and Beautiful, a wonderful movie about the hardship of the teenage years and many difficulties and shadows of living in the contemporary world…I’m quite happy of the analysis I’ve written, I’ve found an interesting connection between this movie and one of Louis Bunuel’s masterpiece, Belle de Jour (1967), so I invite you to read it and comment it!

I am planning to upload a new review every one or two weeks, depending on the spare time I’ve got…I hope you will appreciate them.

Mar
30
2014

Music of the Week – Francis Lai – Anima Persa (Movie OST)

Time to dwell among the best reliques of old-school Italian cinema…a psychological, eerie and gothic masterpiece by Dino Risi, Anima Persa (lost soul ; known in France as Ames Perdues), which I will probably review here in the near future. The movie is incredibly good with a stellar cast (Catherine Denevue of Belle de Jour fame and Vittorio Gassman), a wonderful trip of discovery inside the darkest recesses of the human soul.

By the way, I think I’ll open the cinema reviews section in 1/2 weeks at maximum, with more or less a new review once a week. I guess I’ll start with Young and Beautiful (Jeune et jolie) by Francois Ozon. Sorry to have made you wait!

And now, time to enjoy some very good music…

Mar
16
2014

Music of the Week – Alice Cooper – No Tricks

This week I’m offering you a rare B-side from the genius of Alice Cooper. This song was released as a B-Side of the single of “how are you gonna see me now?” off the (very underrated) 1978 album, from the inside.

Also. I’m happy to announce that the work for the cinema section is proceeding very well! I’ve written more reviews, and when I’ll have a sufficient number of them I’ll start posting slowly here on the site.

Mar
4
2014

Meet the Crooked Man…

I’ve written a review for an interesting Japanese freeware horror game, created with the Wolf RPG Editor. An intriguing psychological tale named the crooked man…read the review and leap into the abyss! You won’t regret it.

Mar
2
2014

Music of the Week – Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe

Laurie Spiegel, born in 1945, is an avant-garde musician, interested in the cybernetics, the automation and in the experimental music writing using mathematical algorythms. However, unlike many other avant-garde musician, her focus is on what automation can’t accomplish, and she doesn’t want to cut off the link with the traditional music like folk or classical music.

The track I’m presenting to you this week, the expanding universe (title track of the album from which it’s from), was released in 1980, but was written in the ’70s. The recording process itself was very pioneristic: the album was recorded with a DDP-224 computer, a computer so big that filled an entire room, and was remotely operated via a joystick and a keyboard in a room nearby.

The result is astonishing and still very fresh and original, despite the sound can result somehow dated to the modern (and often, sadly, musically illiterate) listener.

Enjoy!

Feb
18
2014

New review: Danse Macabre – Angel

I’m happy to announce that I’ve posted a new music review, the 7″ Angel from UK band Danse Macabre, released in 1983.

It’s a very obscure new-wave release, but also a very interesting one. Sadly the band, like many of them at the time, created only this 7″ before disbanding and fading into the complete oblivion.
Because of the rarity of this single, I’ve uploaded here. You can find the download link on the review’s page.

I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Danse Macabre (UK) – Angel

Feb
16
2014

Music of the Week – Vains of Jenna – Set It Off (Acoustic)

Time to come back to an old passion of mine, sleaze rock, with one of the best bands out of the ’00s: Sweden’s Vains of Jenna (which sadly disbanded in 2011).

There is nothing revolutionary here, only some very good music inspired by the old sleaze masters (Guns n Roses is the main influence that comes to mind) with a lot of attitude and energy. Enjoy!

Also I’m happy to announce that I’ve started writing some movie reviews and analysis, when I’ll have a sufficient number of titles examined (for now, I’ve written three articles) I will start posting them here on the site. For now, most of the titles are pretty obscure and underground, or covers things that haven’t been explored before, since it’s pointless, now in 2014, to write if there is nothing new to say.

And now…Vains of Jenna!

Feb
2
2014

Music of the Week – Jesus and Mary Chain – Darklands

Following up with one of the top notch British band, the shoegaze champions Jesus and Mary Chain, here charting more familiar wave territories with one of their best songs, Darklands.

Jan
19
2014

Music of the Week – The Field Mice – Indian Ocean

Time for some classy brit pop! The Field Mice were one of the best (and most loved) bands to come out from the notorious Sarah Records label, which was one of the prime movers in the British indie scene between the second half of the ’80s and the first half of the ’90s.
Their sound is melancholic and sweet, tender and very heartfelt without becoming pathetic or sugary. This song is, in my opinion, their second best along with “quicksilver”. Their full discography can be found on the “how did you learn to kiss that way?” retrospective, in 2 cds.

Enjoy!

Jan
5
2014

Music of the Week – Vince Neil – Look In Her Eyes

Happy 2014! To celebrate, here’s the killer first track off Vince Neil’s first solo album, “Exposed”, an explosion of energy, great musicianship and class.

Happy new year!