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September 26, 2014
Well fall is here, and movie-lovers know what time it is -- when the heavy hitter slate of films start to roll out. Many of the most anticipated will be shown at the More exciting than all of these films is the fact that tonight begins the 52nd NY Film Festival which starts today (9/26) at Lincoln Center. Always an exciting and vibrant festival which is loaded with great films this year both large and small. For our first part of coverage, I'll give you the skinny on the films that have been shown to the press up to now. Many of the biggest films we have yet to see, so reviews of those will come later. Reminder as well, while most of the films are sold out, there are always stand by tickets day of and always people selling extras outside. You can get in!
Let's start with the films I absolutely loved. My favorite film so far and one of the best I've seen this year is '71. (Saturday, Sep. 27 @ Alice Tully Hall, 6 PM.) British TV director Yann Demange, helms his first feature and it's a doozy. A thriller set in 1971 Belfast, it stars Jack O' Connell, fresh from a starring role in the very good prison drama Starred Up. Here he plays a young British soldier who gets separated from his unit in hostile territory on some pretty mean streets. From there, he has to navigate his way out being chased by the IRA as well as secret thugs from his own side with an agenda all their own. No side is clean in this battle. With a perfect mix of tension and relief, Demange makes all the right directorial choices. The timing in some of the set pieces are so perfect, it's hard to believe this is his first feature. I noted a bunch of audible gasps during the screening and when you can get that from a jaded room of critics, well you are doing something right. Simply put, it is sensational.
We'll have more NYFF coverage to come. The trailer for '71, and capsule reviews of more films playing (including Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind, David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and more) below...
Legendary DJ Goldie had been talking about recording an orchestral version of his perfectly named 1995 album Timeless for a while now, and earlier this year he performed it with an orchestra for the first time ever during the Meltdown Festival. An official video from that performance (dir. Lyle Lindgren) is out now and that can be watched below.
Goldie's in the midst of a short US tour as we speak with two dates left, San Diego tonight (9/26) and NYC this Saturday (9/27) at Verboten with Dieselboy, Empress, Jakes, Double Dragon and Dave Shichman. Tickets for that one are available. Remaining dates are listed below.
In other news, Goldie's ex-fiance Bjork's tour documentary Bjork: Biophilia Live begins its run screening at NYC's IFC Center tonight (9/26) through October 2. Her 2013 documentary When Bjork Met Attenborough will screen at these as well. Tickets are on sale now. Then Biophilia Live will also screen in NYC from October 10-16 at Nitehawk Cinema.
List of Goldie dates with the video, below...
September 19, 2014
The 14th Annual Coney Island Film Festival runs from September 19 - 21, 2014. Things kick off tonight with an opening night party and a single screening, and then you can spend all day Saturday and Sunday watching movies in Coney Island. Titles include "Brooklyn Slice", "Keep It Real: Banksy NYC", "The Birth and Death of the BTK Band", "Passage To Coney Island", "Last Night in Astroland", "Samuel's Game", "Famous Nathan", "Looking For Johnny", and of course "The Warriors".
Looking For Johnny is a documentary about the late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, and it will be making its NYC premiere at the Coney Island film fest. $8 will get you into the Saturday, 3pm screening AND Q&A with "some of the punk period musicians who appear in the film."
Clips from the film with more information below...
September 2, 2014
While on tour this summer, Nick Cave held special screenings of the film Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth with solo live performances, like at NYC's Florence Gould Hall. He'll be back for another special screening in NYC at Town Hall on September 20 that will include a performance and a Q&A with the film's directors and special guests. Tickets go on sale Saturday (9/6) at noon with a presale happening Friday (9/5) at noon.
Additionally, Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth will have a two-week run at NYC's Film Forum from September 17 - 30. Tickets for Film Forum screenings are on sale now.
The acclaimed film, made by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, intermingles dramatic elements and documentary footage for an idiosyncratic look at the iconic performer. Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth trailer below...
August 28, 2014
by Ian Chainey
GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Style Weekly dug deeply into GWAR this week and for good reason: the band have had a year like few others. Certainly, the sad news of Dave Brockie's passing will be the lasting memory for many, but after their downs, GWAR also had their ups. They've released a mountain of atypical merch and marketing ideas -- some good, some not so much. They're going back out on the road with Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity, and American Sharks. When they've played Oderus-less, they've looked in good form. And now there's going to be a GWAR documentary.
The nine minute trailer for Let There Be GWAR details the band's beginnings, showing how frustrated art school castaways built a band to fit their fantasies. It's actually a rather inspiring story and a clever piece of cinema, utilizing a picture-in-picture talking head technique to great effect. Of course, GWAR aren't just any band, but their origins are similar to other lifers that keep on doing it out of love. If you've winced at their recent capitalistic streak, it's a nice palette cleanser. A date and other release information for the Don Drakulich-directed documentary hasn't made the rounds yet, but you can watch the full nine minute trailer below.
Speaking of GWAR-related documentaries, you can catch them in Riot on the Dance Floor, the new film about Trenton, NJ rock club City Gardens, which makes its BV-presented NYC premiere TONIGHT (8/28).
Let There Be GWAR trailer below...
David Lynch, whose foundation is hosting two benefit shows at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn this fall, meanwhile got involved with the charity of the moment, as you can watch in the video below...
There's been plenty going on for the Ramones 40th anniversary (and in the wake of the passing of Tommy Ramone, their last original member). NYC has already had one anniversary celebration and there's another coming. A new 'best of' is on the way and Morrissey is compiling the tracklist. And they were just honored in NYC this past weekend by Arcade Fire.
Now, a new Billboard article reveals that even more is coming. Influential filmmaker Martin Scorsese is planning to make a film on the band, and there will also be a theatrical play, a book, and a documentary with footage from the '70s and '80s shot by George Seminara. Remastered music and new apparel are planned as well.
As previously discussed, Richie Ramone (member from '83-'87) is playing NYC with The Queers soon, and CJ Ramone ('89 to '96) signed to Fat Wreck Chords and is touring Brazil as we speak. Marky Ramone is also touring Brazil and other South American countries with Michale Graves in November.
Watch the "I Just Want To Have Something To Do" scene from Rock n Roll High School below...
August 27, 2014
The BrooklynVegan-presented NYC premiere of "Riot on the Dance Floor, the Story of Randy Now & City Gardens" is happening this Thursday, August 28 at AMC Loews Village 7 in the East Village. Tickets are still available, and they include an after-movie Q&A with Director Steve Tozzi, and City Gardens booker-and-subject-of-the-documentary Randy Now, and Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Sim Cain (Rollins Band), John Joseph (Cro-Mags) and Howie Abrams (co-founder of In-Effect Records).
Gibby Haynes is also DJing the free afterparty at Bowery Electric. See you there?
Want to go to the movie for free? We're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. Details on how to enter to win, and a video of Butthole Surfers playing the club in 1985, below...
August 26, 2014
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Time to Smell the Glove at NYFF 2014
This year's New York Film Festival is shaping up to be the biggest ever. The festival scored not one but three major coups in the programming department, snagging premieres of perhaps the three most-anticipated films of the fall and winter season: David Fincher's Gone Girl, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's Birdman, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. With these extremely well-pedigreed films, NYFF has vaulted itself to the top of the North American fall festival heap above the likes of Telluride and Toronto. It also features Cannes favorite Foxcatcher, Life of Riley, the final film by the late Alain Resnais, and Mike Leigh's biopic of the English painter J.M.W. Turner Mr. Turner, among many other exciting titles. The festival runs from September 26 - October 12, and Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 7 at noon (if you're a Film Society of Lincoln Center member, you probably already know that tickets are already available).
There are a number of cool music-related films screening during the festival, perhaps the most exciting of which is a 30th anniversary screening of arguably the greatest rock 'n' roll movie ever made, Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap with Christopher Guest, Nigel Tufnel himself, in attendance. The fest will also feature Damian Chazelle's New York set drumming drama Whiplash, which got rave reviews out of Sundance, and features Miles Teller doing all his own jazz drumming and JK Simmons as a drill-sergeant of a drum teacher. In addition, Mia Hansen-Love (who's married to Olivier Assayas, who also has a film at the fest) will be showing her new film Eden, which chronicles the French electronic music scene in the 90s and will premiere at Toronto earlier in September.
You can check out the full NYFF main slate lineup below.
August 21, 2014
In 2009, Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch released God Help the Girl, a musical project that featured the band and guest vocalists telling a rock opera of sorts. It's now become a motion picture musical written and directed by Murdoch, which begins its North American release on September 5 and stars Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones, Skins), Olly Alexander (of the band Years and Years), Emily Browning and Pierre Boulanger. The story is about a lazy summer in Glasgow, as Murdoch explains:
A better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.Check out the trailer for the film below. There's a private screening of God Help the Girl this Monday (8/25) at 6:30 PM at Nitehawk Cinema with Stuart Murdoch and cast (Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray) in attendance. We've got two pairs of tickets to give away. Details on that are below.
Average joes can catch the film in NYC when it opens September 5 at Village East Cinemas. All North American screening dates are listed, along with contest details and the trailer, below...