…’where have you been all of my life?’ is what I was asking myself – surprised I had never heard of him and being such a French film fan and now planning to see all of his lowbrow slapstick comic roles – after making a rare cinematic pilgrimage to LA’s Cinerama Dome to get a ..
…opened this evening with a packed Frieze Fair week art crowd filling the mezzanine overlooking the massive film projection of ‘Film’ created for the space (which is about 20,000 times bigger than last night’s art destination of the White Cubicle Toilet Gallery) by Tacita Dean as the latest edition of the much anticipated annual Unilever ..
…American Academy-style involved an Americanissimo coleslaw, homemade potato chips, grilled hamburger with fixins, potato salad, and watermelon lunch (making for a strange greeting for newly arrived guests who heard so much about the amazing seasonal local Roman RSFP cuisine) followed by the dramatic arrival of an elaborate patriotic blueberry and strawberry decorated American flag cake ..
…is in now in theatrical release, coinciding with my my short U.S. visit, which was welcome news since it is the film that I have been waiting for months to see – so off to the local Portland theater (the ‘Living Room,’ where the audience tucks into a full-on dinner while watching the movie, which ..
…is on my mind again – as he often is while contemplating the materially impoverished, but joyous, lively, celebratory, marginal, scrappy, hard-working, essential, common, quotidian, local, humane, modest, austere, resourceful, diverse, connected, localized, sensual, civilized, defiant, earthy, bawdy, slow, simple aspects of Italian culture that are being steamrolled – and then I always remember those ..
…is the 95 year old newcomer/up-and-coming actress who plays Gianni Di Gregorio’s mother in his new film ‘Gianni e Le Donne‘ (a follow up to his 2008 low budget hit ‘My Mid-August Lunch‘, or ‘Pranzo di Ferroagosto‘ in which she also plays his mother) which we just saw this weekend at the cute Testaccio theater ..
…the short film featuring Totò and Ninetto Davoli from the 1968 collection ‘Capriccio all’Italiana‘ – is actually bringing some tears to the eye tonite – especially the last moments of the last scene as Ninetto, a marionette version of Othello, looks up at the sky from the garbage pile where he has been dumped, exclaiming ..
…the 1968 film by the singular Italian genius and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini is what we were up late watching tonight, reminding me of another Italy not too long ago – and now I want nothing more than to descend into a Pasolini marathon and watch or rewatch everything. (..
…a fellow American Academy fellow this year – was a real pleasure, the highlight of the day, a 3.5 minute video she made in 2009 inspired by one of my favorite films, and described by Karen as “…a drawing animation based on a scene from Robert Bresson’s film ‘Au Hasard Balthazar.‘ It is a close-up ..
…the amazing documentary that tells the story of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard was shown to us tonight by the director Laura Poitras, also in residence here at MacDowell Colony. (website) ‘The Oath’ tells the story of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Prison and the ..
…is someone I am going through a little obsession with, having just watched lots of his choreography including the “Rich Man’s Shrug” from the 1969 film Sweet Charity, and how remarkable to see the source for so much of Michael Jackson’s movements. (Bob Fosse on Wikipedia and video of “The Rich Man’s Shrug” from Sweet ..
…“a new biannual publication looking at film from a different perspective. It is a direct move away from the traditional method of reviewing all current and future releases towards a more selective and eclectic focus on films that inspire alternative discourse.” …celebrates tonight (7pm) at London’s Bistrotheque (23-27 Wadeson Street) the release of issue No.1 ..
…the 2008 film by Pascal-Alex Vincent featuring handsome twin brothers Alexandre and Victor Carril, which I just watched last week is a very slow picturesque film with almost no dialog – and at the moment I’m actually feeling like it is one of my all time favorite French films &#..
…is such a great story – just watched it last night – about the librarian and postal worker who gradually and obsessively amassed one of the great collections of late 20th Century New York art, completely filling their Manhattan rent controlled one bedroom apartment, only to donate it to the museum they visited on their ..
…in The Unbearable Lightness of Being reminded me of how awesome she is – and now I’m having a Juliette Binoche moment – watching Damage (1992), Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (2007), Paris (2008), Caché (2005), and Chocolat (2000)… ..
…just sent out this exciting announcement: Last week, production began on a new feature film based on Dr. Sacks’s essay “The Last Hippie,” in An Anthropologist on Mars. Jim Kohlberg is directing the indie film, which stars J. K. Simmons (“Up in the Air” and “Juno”), Julia Ormond (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and ..
…looks just great – like a superhero’s mom from the future. This is from an interview with QueerSighted: She was a fan of mine during season four of Project Runway. She actually was a guest of mine at my finale show. Then recently, for the Golden Globes, she called and asked if I would make ..
…is the title of an upcoming documentary directed by friend Wu Tsang, which is described as “…a hybrid documentary/narrative depicting Latina transgender women who build community with queer performance artists at downtown Los Angeles bar the Silver Platter.” We can’t wait to see it!..
…is a classy romantic publication by French New York photographer Nicolas Wagner (who shot the sexy images for the Animal Scores cards for the 2008 Whitney Biennial Animal Estates project) with a current issue called Acting French which is really exciting because we like French actors…a lot. (Crush Fanzin..
…has what appears to be a crowded open market in the Central Plaza – which we are passing through on our way to Via Cafe for lunch today – but it soon becomes apparent that all the shoppers are just extras, and all of the “market” displays of apples, plants, and crafts are fake – ..