Friday, April 24, 2009


Looks like I will be in town this weekend, after all. Weeeeeee! So much stuff to do!

Anyways, I was surfing the internet at work yester- no, I mean I was researching upcoming events in the film industry at work yesterday and guess what? No, it's not more ceaseless Batman casting rumors, documentation of the insane cross promotion for the Wolverine movie, or on set gossip from "Iron Man II." It's actually movie news that has nothing to do with comic books. Yes, some people still make movies that are not, in fact, based on comic books. Shocking, no?


The official lineup for the Cannes Film Festival

"Up," U.S., Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

"Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky," France, Jan Kounen

"Bright Star," Australia-U.K.-France, Jane Campion
"Spring Fever," China-France, Lou Ye
"Antichrist," Denmark-Sweden-France-Italy, Lars von Trier
"Enter the Void," France, Gaspar Noe
"Face," France-Taiwan-Netherlands-Belgium, Tsai Ming-liang
"Les Herbes folles," France-Italy, Alain Resnais
"In the Beginning," France, Xavier Giannoli
"A Prophet," France, Jacques Audiard
"The White Ribbon," Germany-Austria-France, Michael Haneke
"Vengeance," Hong Kong-France-U.S., Johnnie To
"The Time That Remains," Israel-France-Belgium-Italy, Elia Suleiman
"Vincere," Italy-France, Marco Bellocchio
"Kinatay," Philippines, Brillante Mendoza
"Thirst," South Korea-U.S., Park Chan-wook
"Broken Embraces," Spain, Pedro Almodovar
"Map of the Sounds of Tokyo," Spain, Isabel Coixet
"Fish Tank," U.K.-Netherlands, Andrea Arnold
"Looking for Eric," U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy, Ken Loach
"Inglourious Basterds," U.S., Quentin Tarantino
"Taking Woodstock," U.S., Ang Lee

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," Canada-France, Terry Gilliam
"The Army of Crime," France, Robert Guediguian
"Agora," Spain, Alejandro Amenabar

"A Town Called Panic," Belgium, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar
"Ne te retourne pas," France-Belgium-Luxembourg-Italy, Marina de Van
"Drag Me to Hell," U.S., Sam Raimi

"Petition," China, Zhao Liang
"L'epine dans le coeur," France, Michel Gondry
"Min ye," France-Mali, Souleyumane Cisse
"Jaffa," Israel-France-Germany, Keren Yedaya
"Manila," Philippines, Adolfo Alix Jr., Raya Martin
"My Neighbor, My Killer," U.S., Anne Aghion

"Samson & Delilah," Australia, Warwick Thornton
"Adrift," Brazil, Heitor Dhalia
"The Wind Journeys," Colombia, Ciro Guerra
"Demain des l'aube," France, Denis Dercourt
"Irene," France, Alain Cavalier
"Air Doll," Japan, Hirokazu Kore-eda
"Independance," Philippines-France-Germany, Raya Martin
"Le Pere de mes enfants," France-Germany, Mia Hansen-Love
"Dogtooth," Greece, Yorgos Lanthimos
"Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats," Iran, Bahman Ghobadi
"Eyes Wide Open," Israel, Haim Tabakman
"Mother," South Korea, Bong Joon-ho
"The Silent Army," Netherlands, Jean van de Velde
"To Die Like a Man," Portugal, Joao Pedro Rodrigues
"Police, Adjective," Romania, Corneliu Porumboiu
"Tales from the Golden Age," Romania, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru
"Tale in the Darkness," Russia, Nikolay Khomeriki
"Tzar," Russia-France, Pavel Lounguine
"Nymph," Thailand, Pen-ek Ratanaruang
"Precious," U.S., Lee Daniels
Looks like a good year to me. So many big directors in the competition, too. Lots to talk about, but the thing that immediately popped out at me was Lars von Trier's "Antichrist." During its initial filming, von Trier issued a press release claiming he was too depressed to continue making movies and was considering retiring altogether.
Many began to label "Antichrist" as a lost film, while an equal number thought it was one of his trademark publicity stunts. Whether it was legit or not, I had a feeling he'd be back. And how we are excited about Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg getting scared shitless


Sorry, it had to be shared. Speaking of odd, mind scarring portrayals of sex, if you have somehow missed Isabella Rossellini's "Green Porno," you have not been taking advantage of having eyeballs
No, it's not Isabella Rossellini having sex, per se. "Green Porno" is a series of reenactments/explanations of how different animals have sex, made using the supplies/budget of a grade school drama teacher. It's exactly as interesting and hilarious as it sounds. Watch it! (HERE)

If you have made it through this post, you should do something to celebrate: listen to the rain fall softly, take a nap, and then wake up at 8:30 tomorrow and eat some free ice cream
There is also rumored to be art by lovely people, giant chess, music (the good kind), and a see saw. If you're going to ignore the day-long nap part of that advice, don't forget VEGA's EP release party is tonight at Beauty Bar.

If you're looking for something fun to do before that, a friend of mine (whose DJ name I don't know, eek) will be spinning and clicking and mixing up some "synthpop√ italoelectro√ darkdisco√" at Back Alley Social at 10 in the PM. He claims this is a flier:
Either way, it is fine listenings to make the dance with. Happy birthday to Charlene, too!


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