Our friend Ryan made a short video called “Pleasure Garden”, dudes from SIRS and LVL UP in it - check it out! Features music from Dusk Warrior!


18th Century fabrics at the Museum of London

"The wind will move them every now and then," he explained. "That way, it won’t look like we took them off."
“But won’t it look weird? Us staying in one place for so long?”
“It is a pleasure garden.” Zane laughed. “I’ve spent my share of time in here.”
A nasty ping went through Tally, but she didn’t let it show.
—  Pretties

Open Culture added Alfred Hitchcock’s very first feature film, ‘The Pleasure Garden’ (1925), in their collection of 22 free Hitchcock movies online. “Clearly the 26-year-old Hitchcock arrived with his skills and sensibilities in place, but when he took on this project in 1925, he’d already had a bad experience in the film industry: 1922′s aborted ‘Number 13’ would have given him his first directorial credit, but that production ran out of money when photography had only just begun. ‘The Pleasure Garden’ itself wouldn’t get publicly screened until 1927, after Hitchcock had already had some success with his third feature ‘The Lodger.’ But the picture that will always remain his first has accrued a good deal of respect over the past 86 years, and it received a BFI restoration this year. If you can’t find a showing of the restoration yet, watch the earlier version right here. You can also watch the trailer for the restoration.” Colin Marshall

This BBC documentary was broadcast in two parts in 1999: ‘Alfred, the Great’ and ‘Alfred, the Auteur,’ and focuses on the important parts of Hitchcock’s career. It starts off with his early life and work experience at the German studio UFA, which moves into his first features such as ‘The Lodger,’ ‘Sabotage,’ and ‘The 39 Steps.’ It then moves into his initial Hollywood work, with classics such as ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Rope.’ There’s also a look into his failed production company Transatlantic Pictures, who made ‘Rope’ and ‘Under Capricorn.’ —vaughanography

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The Pleasure Garden (1925)

This is the 1000th movie I have watched and rated. To celebrate this milestone I wanted to watch something special, and I picked The Pleasure Garden, Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial debut, to have the honor, at 2 am in the morning. This is also (except for The Artist) the first silent movie I have seen. The story about two chorus girls and their troubled relationship is entertaining, but these two leading ladies look to much alike and therefore make it slightly hard to follow. It could have been an deliberate choice by Hitchcock, but I find that hard to believe, since it is just confusing. However, the fact that already in 1925 the focus and main attention is on two female actresses is special and noteworthy. Alfred Hitchcock’s presence as director is hardly noticeable, but it is still nice to have seen his (official or not) first movie.


Summer Lovin': Pleasure Garden

Pleasure Garden from Ryan Schnackenberg on Vimeo. (Part I)


Pleasure Garden is the ambitious and action-packed short film series of Ryan Schnackenburg. The reason this is completely relevant is not only because it is so awesome, but because the whole thing is musically driven. It’s like Kill Bill meets West Side Story. That being said, I love the Tarrantino and Japanese cinema influence on this series. It is deeply rooted in themes of betrayal and revenge, telling the tragic story of two brothers whose ideals were ultimately torn. And you gotta love the classic “simultaneous slash” cliche that is common in Samurai narratives.

The music is perfectly woven into the series as well. The soundtrack is taken directly from the album Overdrive Sunrise bythe band Dusk Warrior (Nicolas Sharpiro and Michael Osso). Overdrive Sunrise  was already an album that was so cinematic and epic in it’s own right.It definitely feels fitting when put to this kind of atmosphere. It complements Pleasure Garden greatly and never feels overbearing.

Not only is the movie driven musically by it’s soundtrack, but nearly all of it’s actors are musically inclined as well. You might recognize some of these faces as members of some popular Purchase bands. In the videos are members of LVL UP and SIRS, and the writer and director himself is an active member in the new hardcore band, JEAN JACKET.

All things considered, Pleasure Garden is a fun and entertaining experience. Though they are short films, they have a strong ability to stick with you. I think this is mostly due to the attention to small details in characterization. Every character, even if they have less than a minute on-screen has an interesting quirk about them that makes them stand out. It’s not incredibly deep, but it’s not trying to be. It’s something that is just really fucking cool. I hope there will be more to this series, because all of these characters need their stories to be told. In the meantime, check this out. I guarantee you’ll be entertained.