Thrash Hits

May 9th, 2011

MOVIE TIP: Andrew W.K. on sad films (UP), silent films and some Oscar winners

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Last week we talked to the notoriously white-garmented Andrew W.K. about what the black-garmented version of him would be like and found out his views on quantum theory. This week he tells us about taking the piss out of a man with a stutter, beating up his little brother and crying at films. Standard.

What are your thoughts on silent movies?

“I have seen some of the classic ones and there’s even a silent movie theatre in Los Angeles that specialises in those films and the live musical accompaniment. That’s what I like about it all as a live musician. It’s a much different viewing experience for you. You don’t physically feel the same way. The movie seems to be framed and it gives you a distance from it which is enjoyable. It’s more like looking at a picture on a wall rather than being immersed in a movie where you lose the sense of your peripheral vision even.

“There’s something about silent pictures where the lack of dialogue and the lack of realism – also the way it looks and even the speed and all the differences from reality throw you off a little bit and make it harder to be lost in the movie in the same way but it’s certainly engrossing in equally different powerful ways.”

The King’s Speech won some Oscars. Have you ever had any experiences with a stammer?

“I have a funny story about that. I was playing at a party in downtown Manhattan about a year ago and the gentleman who had booked me in was being really nice and it seemed like he had been drinking a bit. After my performance at the end of the night he seemed really wasted – all sweaty, he could barely talk, he was slurring his words and stuttering really, really bad. But he was in a really good mood so I started joking around and started making fun of him and started stuttering but in a way that I thought was funny.

“It turned out that he had always had a really bad stutter and I had just not noticed it before and I totally mocked him and insulted him direct to his face. It was really embarrassing for everybody. Sdon’t ever mock someone with a stutter, even if you think they’re joking because they’re probably not.”

The Fighter also won some Oscars. Tell us about your brother.

“I have a younger brother. He’s four and a half years younger and that was enough of an age gap where we were very influential on each other but not that it could ever be disruptive because neither of us had any real sway. My brother would never do anything I said and I would never do anything he said but of course we had an influence and a hugh impact on each other lives. I don’t know that we ever tried to coerce each other and try to get each other into trouble but I certainly beat him up a lot if that counts for anything. I mean, I never hit him in the face…”

Could you cut your own arm off?

“I thought about that like everyone did and I’ve gone through great discomfort but it’s never been voluntary. To be able to push yourself into that realm of discomfort by choice takes a kind of focus – especially after being that exhausted – that is hard to imagine. I don’t know if that guy himself could have ever predicted what he would have ended up doing in that situation. Clearly that was the only thing left that he could do.

“He’s a very strange character – which you start to realise straight away. You don’t end up being that sympathetic to him in a way because he did this himself. He went down there and made a lot of mistakes but he goes through all of that himself. It’s basically just a guy trying not to die and there are some amazing scenes like when he’s trying to sever the nerves in his arm. There are really creative filmmaking moments where they’re trying to express moments that would be really hard to put into a film.”

What did you think of 127 Hours as a film?

“A lot of people were sceptical that this was going to work and me as well. I didn’t read the book but from the story – how could you make a feature length film about this? Give it up to James Franco for making it so interesting.”

“I was on a plane flying back from Australia when I watched 127 Hours. It was great because it was a flight which had tons of movies – more movies than you could ever watch on one flight and all different kinds of ones. We were very excited about that because it was 15 or 17 hour flight. Between the flights it was 24 hours travelling so there was a lot of time to watch movies and at one point, my bass player Blake, who loves movies – he watches them and makes them – comes over to me and was all shook up and he said, “Have you watched 127 Hours yet?” I said no and he said, “I just had to go into the bathroom and just cry.” It was just really intense. He was in-between two people in the row and he had to get out of there. I was a bit blown away by that and I watched it and it was very intense but I don’t think I had as strong a reaction as he did although I cry for movies all the time.”

What was the last movie that made you cry?

“The movie that made me cry the most recently that I finally saw is Up. The first five minutes is one of the masterpieces of film-making. The opening sequence of the man falling in love and getting old and losing his wife is just so powerful. I’ve never been let down by any of the Pixar movies. They really go for the over-the-top sentimental stuff and it’s so blatant and heavy-handed but you just can’t help but cry unless you have Asperger’s or are a sociopath or something.”

Previously, Andrew has spoken about many, many things including Bella Swan and Back To The Future. Next time, Andrew W.K. will be talking about the new Batman film, Westerns, Facebook vs Twitter and why he doesn’t like California. It’s interesting and cool, so you should come back and read it.

You can still ask Andrew W.K. your questions about movies in a comment below or you can always email your question to…

PARTY TIP: Always be wary of anyone who says they don’t like rock music.


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