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...