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April 24, 2007

I’m a Conservative

Paul Trynka’s new Iggy Pop biography "Open Up and Bleed" has kept me savoring every page of description about the singer’s wild ride as the Godfather of Punk and gritty rockin’ dissent. Not since Legs McNeil’s "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" has a rock book held my interest like this one. Here’s the Ig, warts and all. Eggs on Plate.



April 19, 2007



"My Blueberry Nights," Hong Kong, Wong Kar Wai

"The Age of Darkness," Canada, Denys Arcand

"4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile," Romania, Cristian Mungiu
"Alexandra," Russia, Alexander Sokurov
"Auf der anderen Seite des Lebens," Turkey, Fatih Akin
"The Banishment," Russia, Andrey Zvyagintsev
"Breath," South Korea, Kim Ki-duk
"Les Chansons d'amour," France, Christophe Honore
"Death Proof," U.S., Quentin Tarantino
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," France, Julian Schnabel
"Import/Export," Austria, Ulrich Seidl
"The Man From London," Hungary, Bela Tarr
"Mogari No Mor," Japan, Naomi Kawase
"No Country For Old Men," U.S., The Coen Brothers
"Paranoid Park," U.S., Gus Van Sant
"Persepolis," France, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
"Promise Me This," Serbia, Emir Kusturica
"Secret Sunshine," South Korea, Lee Chang-dong
"Stellet licht," Mexico, Carlos Reygadas
"Tehilim," France, Raphael Nadjari
"Une Vieille Maitresse," France, Catherine Breillat
"We Own the Night," U.S., James Gray
"Zodiac," U.S., David Fincher

"A Mighty Heart," U.K., Michael Winterbottom
"Ocean's Thirteen," U.S., Steven Soderbergh
"Sicko," U.S., Michael Moore

"Boarding Gate," France, Olivier Assayas
"Go Go Tales," U.S., Abel Ferrara
"U2 3D," U.S., Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington

"Am ende kommen touristen," Germany, Robert Thalheim
"L'Avocat de la terreur," France, Barbet Schroeder
"El Bano del papa," Uruguay, Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone
"Bikur Hatizmoret," Israel, Eran Kolirin
"California Dreamin'," Romania, Cristian Nemescu
"Calle Santa Fe," Chile, Carmen Castillo
"Et toi, t'es sur qui?," France, Lola Doillon
"Kuaile Gongchang," Thailand, Ekachai Uekrongtham
"Magnus," Estonia-U.K., Kadri Kousaar
"Mang Shan," China, Li Yang
"Mio fratello e figlio unico," Italy, Daniele Luchetti
"Mister Lonely," U.S., Harmony Korine
"Munyurangabo," U.S., Lee Isaac Chung
"Night Train," China, Diao Yi'nan
"Les Pieuvres," France, Celine Sciamma
"Le Reve de la nuit d'avant," France, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
"La Soledad," Spain, Jaime Rosales

"11th Hour," U.S., Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners
"He Fengming," China, Wang Bing
"Retour en Normandie," France, Nicolas Philibert
"The War," U.S., Ken Burns

April 12, 2007

Essential Rolling Stone

The current issue of Rolling Stone (Issue 1024 - April 19,2007) is essential not just for its naughty cover with a very nude Rosario Dawson and Rose McGowan, but for Matt Taibbi's great interview piece on Seymour Hersh who describes Bush as a "true radical" obsessed with "permanent revolution."

Gavin Edwards' interview piece with Rosario Dawson and Rose McGowan reads like hot licorice pouring across the pages, and in the back of the book is an interview with the death-defying Iggy Pop that tells you everything you already know but bears repeating.

Cannes Buzz Begins

The Cohen Brothers new movie "No Country For Old Men" has been confirmed, and New Line’s fantasy film "The Golden Compass" with Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman (directed by Chris Weitz) will also be shown.

"Oceans 13" will give Hollywood a nod beside rumors that Quentin Tarantino’s "Death Proof," from his and Robert Rodriguez double-feature "Grindhouse," will be shown with the addition of its "missing reel."

Other films rumored to be at the festival are: "Paranoid Park" (Gus Van Sant), "Cassandra’s Dreams" (Woody Allen), "I’m Not There" (Todd Haynes), "A Mighty Heart" (Michael Winterbottom), "City of Men" (by "City of God" director Fernando Meirelles), "Mister Lonely" (Harmony Korine), "Diving Bell and Butterfly" (Julian Schnabel), "Sicko" (Michael Moore), "My Blueberry Nights" (Wong Kar Wai), "The Sun Also Rises" (Jiang Wen), "Left Right" (Wang Xiaoshui), "Triangle" (directed by Tsui Hark, Johnie To and Ringo Lam).

"Jodha Akbar" (Ashutosh Gowariker) has been confirmed, and will likely be included in the festival’s commemoration of 60 years of Indian independence, which matches the age of the festival.

Other likely titles to look for at this year’s festival are "Secret Sunshine" (Lee Changdong), "Breath" (Kim Kiduk) and "Across the Years (Im Kwon-taek).

French films "Apres Lui," with Catherine Deneuve, and "Le Secret" (by Claude Miller) promise to charm the "smoking" jackets off more than a few international journalists.

April 06, 2007

Martin Scorsese to Participate in Cannes Launch

Martin Scorsese, with several other directors, will announce during the Festival de Cannes the launch of the World Cinema Foundation, devoted to the preservation and restoration of the masterpieces of world cinema.

Martin Scorsese will give a Cinema Masterclass for the 60th Festival: following the likes of Oliver Stone and Sydney Pollack.

On Sunday May 27th, during the closing ceremony, Mr. Scorsese will present the Caméra d'or prize to the director of the best first film shown at the Festival de Cannes.

Winner of the Palme d'or in 1976 with "Taxi Driver" and President of the Jury in 1998, Mr. Martin Scorsese won Best Director and Best Film Oscars for "The Departed" (Les Infiltrés).

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