First off, I hate to point fingers--I don't even know where to begin pointing--but something needs to change with regards to IFC's presentation through Time Warner Cable, at least in New York City. It would have been painful enough to sit through HOW TO EAT YOUR WATERMELON IN WHITE COMPANY (AND ENJOY IT) on my own, with the constant barrage of image freezing and glitching, but imagine watching it with the director, producer, and editor. It wasn't even my movie and I wanted to jump out of my skin, or jump into someone else's skin with my fist. Seriously, what's the problem? Maybe Time Warner (and IFC) could assign an employee to fix it. Or maybe that's asking too much?
This week, two DVDs were released that everyone needs to revisit, or visit for the first time:
And then there's THE DEPARTED, which must be rented/bought if only to experience what might very well be the best line delivery in movie history ("I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the otha guy!").
As for this weekend, some highlights:
Tonight at 6pm, Pedro Costa's COLOSSAL YOUTH screens as part of the "Film Comments Selects" series at the Walter Reade. I'll be all up in that mugg. You should be too.
I am beside myself with intrigue and excitement for Sunday's sneak preview screening of LAKE OF FIRE at the Museum of Moving Image. Everyone I know who's seen it--as well as anyone who's written about it--has been so unabashedly glowing that I feel like I'm being dressed up for a letdown (wuddup, Richard Swift). But maybe this one will deliver. It sure sounds like it's going to. We shall see.
Lastly, I'll leave you with the song of the week, which is "Bushels" by Frog Eyes. I can't even begin to try to describe this nine-minute sprawl of manic, bursting energy. It's like Joanna Newsom and Destroyer had a sloppily beautiful hatefuck under a werewolf moonlight. But that doesn't even come close to capturing it. Listen for yourself and you'll see what I mean. Download it here.
Ahh, why not. Let's get some embed action going. Be sure not to rob any liquor stores this weekend, at least not like this (thanks to Jeff Peixoto for the link)...