Azazel Jacobs at BAM

by tully
August 13, 2008 5:44 AM
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I should have written about this sooner, but better late than never, I suppose. This week marks a very exciting moment in time for those of us who love and support truly independent cinema. After only three films, Azazel Jacobs has established himself as one of American cinema's most exciting new voices. Pardon me while I simply link to Anthony Kaufman, who, as usual, says it better than I ever could.

Unfortunately, I missed my chance to see The GoodTimesKid on the big screen again, but I look forward to its eventual arrival on home video. Yesterday, I caught Aza's first selection of a film other than his, Aki Kaurismaki's La Vie De Boheme, and while I thought it was formally and narratively ambitious and had elements of genuine sadness that I don't recall seeing in his other work, it wasn't my favorite Kaurasmaki.

Tonight brings Jacobs' first feature, the stylistically ambitious and hypnotizing Nobody Needs to Know. Read my Hammer to Nail review here, then go see it tonight. Or if you don't live in New York City, take my advice at the bottom of that post and download it for free so you can see it for yourself. The further away I get from it--it's only been one day, mind you--the more admirable it becomes.

Tomorrow night at nine, a crew is gathering to watch Jacobs' second selection, Rude Boy, which I'm very excited to see. And on Friday night, to close out the retrospective, there is a sneak preview of Momma's Man. To be honest, I would recommend that everyone wait until next week to help out with the film's oh-so-vital opening weekend box office returns. In this icky, flooded marketplace, films like these need all the help they can get. Either way, get ready for Momma's Man if you haven't seen it yet. It's one of the most beautiful statements of personal expression that I have seen on a screen in years.

Oh, one final note. I just realized that something is screwed up with my comments filtering and nothing has posted for the past several weeks. I just went back and published legitimate comments, and will mind that problem in moving forward. I thought nobody was reading this site anymore. Boo hoo! Granted, I'm not giving you people my usual verbosity, but I ain't dead or nothin'. So keep the comments coming!

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