Friday Mega-Mix: Safdie in Cannes! Shotgun Stories in LA! New R. Kelly Video!

by tully
April 25, 2008 3:28 AM
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Josh Safdie's The Pleasure of Being Robbed was the only American film selected for this year's Director's Fortnight in Cannes. More than that, it's the Closing Night Film! Congratulations to Josh and the Red Bucket Films team.

If you live in Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and go see Jeff Nichols' masterful Shotgun Stories, which opens today at the Sunset 5. It is as ambitious and perfectly executed and hauntingly beautiful as a film can be, no matter the budget. See this movie!

Lastly, no matter where you live, do yourself an even bigger favor and watch the new R. Kelly video for "Hair Braider." To quote the honorable Craig Zobel in an email yesterday:

The more I know about him, the more I don't understand. Is he like Andy Kaufman? Are we gonna find out in ten years, that R. Kelly was just an elaborate character. That he's actually a guy named Thomas who went to the experimental theater program at Yale?

Seriously, there is no need to parody this man. He transcends parody. One day scientists and geologists and historians and psychotherapists will be able to explain exactly what he meant to the planet, but for now, just watch this thing and be glad that you are a 21st Century human being who has the power to appreciate it...

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  • Paul Cannon | April 28, 2008 9:26 AMReply

    How has R. Kelly not written, directed, and starred in a feature film yet?

    R. Kelly is R. Kelly in "R. Kelly: Sexerator"

  • craig ceravolo | April 28, 2008 7:19 AMReply

    The way she strips, I have to tip her.

    R. Kelly. Class act.

    Does he have ground effects on his shoes?

    i love him so much.

  • tully | April 27, 2008 5:47 AMReply

    different Josh, actually.

  • Mark Rabinowitz | April 27, 2008 5:45 AMReply

    Wow! Seeing first hand Josh's reaction when he won the Red Star award, I'm guessing this news pretty much exploded his head.

  • kelly | April 26, 2008 1:05 AMReply

    wow! when i first saw that you wrote something about a new r.kelly video i immediately assumed it was gonna be a trapped in the closet follow-up. imagine my surprise when i realized this was a whole new debacle. i found it kinda reminiscent of you remind me of my jeep for some reason.

  • Josh | April 25, 2008 10:25 AMReply

    Netflix just sent me a recommendation for Trapped in the Closet. not sure what this means.