The Great Gatsby
This was my favorite book for a long time when in high school and part of college, so this is a soft spot for me.What troubles me quite a bit is that Baz Luhrmann's addiction to making things look surreal to the point of cartoonish is going to suck the gravity right out of that story. Just because it's based in the flapper years doesn't mean it has to be just "excess porn" as I call it -- champaign, tits, and a man with a certain vision of the world getting his way until someone puts a stop to it. There's a serious tale of class, love, introspection and desperation at the center of that story, a story that moves not unlike a hurricane; big, wide, crazy, raucous and dark, pulling the reader in toward a center that is peaceful only because there's love at the core. I hope they captured that much. I really do. But that trailer looks weak. What do you think?
I've become addicted to the VICE channel on YouTube. I'd known about it before but now I love it. If you're up in the middle of the night like me, these are some good things to watch to keep your already-turning mind turning. For those of you unfamiliar with the channel, they put out some very gritty, interesting material, especially their documentaries. Perhaps the most famous one is the Inside North Korea documentary when founder Shane Smith "snuck" some cameras into the isolated nation. Fascinating stuff. I even cried at one point.
Russia's Underground Film Industry
Expressionism meets punk, porn, horror, comedy, action, drama, art, avant-what, and everything inbetween.
This is Soviet Parallel Cinema. If you dig part one below, get cozy for the next 2 parts.
Prostitutes of God
Sarah Harris delves into the Devadasi tradition, where pre-pubescent girls are essentially dedicated to a goddess and remain sex slaves in the goddess' temple for the rest of their lives. It's so sad to watch, especially as the devadasi women go through town with the cameras and the women from upper castes treat them like garbage. But beyond its emotional pull, this documentary is exceedingly well done and educational.
The Rise of Psychedelic Truffles in Amsterdam
Hamilton's Pharmacopeia takes us through wonderful Amsterdam ... on shrooms. Truffles. Whatever. Apparently it's an insane high, multiplied by the insanity of lots of tall Dutch people wearing orange on Queen's Day. Yes. You will laugh.
My interviews continue, with Anja Salomonowitz, Ivana Todorovic, Lauren Rosenfeld, and more. And more! Modern classics reviews Bringing Out the Dead, Fight Club, and Cematary Man. And whatever else comes up that I can nerd-out with you on. So stay tuned, April is going to be a lot of fun!
See you in the dark.