Chris Wilson is a Wellington office worker who makes a lot of music and watches a lot of movies in his spare time. Chris is one third of Wellington electropop band, Gold Medal Famous. Chris is also one half of experimental duo Selective Yellow along with James Noble. Gold Medal Famous are playing two shows this weekend with Mucus Kids and mr sterile Assembly. On Friday 6 November they’ll by joined by Valerie at Snails in Palmerston North. On Saturday 7 November this trio of bands will joined by EJ Thorpe to play The Cabana in Napier.
Gold Medal Famous released their fourth album for Powertool Records “Deep In The Heart Of Saturday Night” in September this year.
Here are five movies that have stayed with Chris…
The following are five movies I really like. I couldn’t go as far as saying they’re my favourite movies of all time because this list will change on a regular basis.
1 – Godzilla vs Ebirah: Godzilla films are great and this film really shows Godzilla’s personality. Godzilla doesn’t just wreck the place, sometimes he just sits on a mountainside and thinks. The plot involves a man looking for his brother missing at sea, stealing a yacht, natives enslaved by a terrorist organisation, a benevolent giant moth and a sea monster. The models and special effects are lovely to watch and there’s exciting monster battles.
2 – Enter the Void: Gaspar Noe is one of the very few directors doing something new with the medium of film. This Enter the Void is a torrid journey through Tokyo shot from the first person perspective of Oscar, a young western drug dealer. The movie goes beyond life and death and has incredible imagery and sound design. “Enter the Void” is bleak but is one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had at the cinema.
3 – Polyester: John Waters was described by William S. Burroughs as “The Pope of Trash” and you couldn’t get a more wonderful and apt description to describe the person who made Pink Flamingos (1972) and Cecil B. Demented (2000). Polyester stars Divine as distressed Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw who has a no good husband who runs a porno theatre (much to her embarrassment when their house is picketed by protesters from the religious right). Her best friend is Cuddles, formerly her cleaner before a large inheritance makes Cuddles rich. Her children are out of control and her mother is scheming against her. What follows is a hilarious soap opera of deviant behaviour and deception. I only wish I could see it in “Odorama” with the scratch and sniff cards available at the original theatrical release.
4 – Victoria: I went to about 22 films at this year’s film festival and Victoria was one the best ones I watched. Famous for being shot in entirely one take, this stunt pays off as what follows is 140 minutes of real time in late night/early morning Berlin. This increasingly taunt thriller follows Victoria (Laia Costa) as she leaves a nightclub and starts to hang with a group of dodgy friends who claim to be “real Berliners”. You feel like you’re hanging out with these characters. Events get more and more unhinged.
5 – Tangerine: Another festival film I saw later on its mainstream release. Set on Christmas Eve in West Hollywood, the film follows two transgender prostitutes Sin-Dee and Alexandra. Sin-Dee has just been released from jail when Alexandra lets slip that her boyfriend/pimp has been cheating on her with a “fish” (pejorative term for a biological female). Sin-Dee decides to track her down with an exasperated Alexandra trying to stop any “drama”. Meanwhile an Armenian cab driver who’s their biggest admirer is having a tough time too. This is gritty comedy that takes you to the street in LA where everything for the hustle. An excellent feel good Christmas movie.