Attention you lucky New Yorkers. Today brings another rare chance to experience Ronald Bronstein's mind-blowingly brilliant debut feature, Frownland, on the big screen. Thanks to the folks at BAM—Jake Perlin, especially—it will be screening three times (4:30, 6:50, 9:30). Bronstein and Co. will be at the 6:50 show to discuss their incredible creation. Please hop over to Hammer to Nail to read my just-posted review of the film.
If you can't escape midtown, be sure to check out Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir, which has one more NYFF screening at 6pm tonight. This is one of the more original anti-war statements I have ever seen, and it is easily the most affected I have ever been by a work of animation. But that's what makes this film so impressive. Somehow, it doesn't feel like animation. It feels like you've been transported into someone else's fever dream. Max Richter's music has never found a more perfect match and while I obviously have a musical crush on the man, even the uninitiated are certain to find it striking. I will be writing much more about this in connection with its official theatrical release in December, but for now I just wanted to say that you shouldn't pass up a chance to see this startlingly affecting movie.
Speaking of Max Richter, he just released his latest record, 24 Postcards in Full Color, which is an experiment of sorts. It's a collection of twenty-four two-minutes-or-less snippets that he created specifically for listeners to employ as ring tones. Read a statement by Max and listen to clips here. Being the luddite that I am, I don't even know if my phone has the ability to download a ring tone—it's the free Sprint bunkazoid version from a few years ago—but if and when I do, I will take my phone off its usual setting of vibrate so that it will ring to the beautifully sad melody of "From 553 W Elm Street, Logan, Illinois (Snow)."
I'm gearing up for my first ever jaunt to the Woodstock Film Festival this weekend. Prince of Broadway, Prince of Broadway, Prince of Broadway!!!