Lisa Nesselson, our guest correspondent at this year's Cannes Film Festival, graces this blog with her account of what's transpired so far, including the long awaited appearance of "Antichrist,"the latest opus from self-confessed "world's greatest filmmaker," Lars Von Trier.
We're, like, five days into the 62nd Cannes Film Festival,
and I gotta tell you, "Agora" rocks and "Kinatay"
I was about ten minutes into the Criterion DVD of "The
Friends of Eddie Coyle" (1974 | $29.95 | it will be coming out tomorrow)
when it occurred to me that every film
worth seeing involves crime, the mob or neighborhood gangs. Is that the city I
live in? What happened to the Freedom Trail, the Red Sox, stuffy Brahmins,
Henry James, the Kennedys, the Blue Laws or "Make Way For Ducklings?"
Also: sex. [Part 1 of this interview appears here.]
PK: It's sort of like a repository of the subconscious of
everybody who is using it.
Every new film by Atom Egoyan is
a cinema event. Some are masterpieces -- "Exotica" (1994) and
"The Sweet Hereafter" (1997) are two of the best films of the 90s, and the latter I would put on my top ten
for that decade. Even when they do not totally satisfy -- I had some
reservations about his new film "Adoration"--
they inevitably provoke thoughts about such issues as identity, innocence,
guilt and the role of technology.
Perhaps in order to combat the juggernaut of "Star Trek" which probably will be dominating the screens when her film "The Girlfriend Experience" comes out next month, Sasha Grey made this porn parody. I say, more power to her. She will go far.
PK: One of the things, in the other interviews I've read,
that really bugs you, is when people think that all people in your line of work
Sasha Grey has said that before she settled on her current
name she had considered calling herself Anna Karina, after Jean-Luc Godard's
muse, lover and star of his own take on the prostitute experience, "Vivre sa vie
I find her more on the tough cookie side a la Julie Christie in "McCabe &
Mrs. Miller "(1971).
Twenty years ago Steven Soderbergh started his career and
rebooted Independent Cinema with a film about a lonely guy who got his jollies
by watching videos of women talking about their sex lives. This depiction of
sex at three degrees of separation, of media engendered narcissism, voyeurism
and onanism, was called "sex, lives and videotape
Having called it so well when it came to Iraq,
John Podhoretz turns his acute neo-conservative analytical mind to something
else he knows nothing about -- movies. In "Thinking on Film," his apparently ironically
titled column in "The Weekly Standard," Podhoretz tells us why the end of the film criticism profession is a good
Most people get annoyed when I try to read politics into
popular movies, so I'm somewhat relieved that I'm not the first one to notice
the Spock/Obama connection made clear in the latest "Star Trek." Such as: both
are mixed race, both are logical, both have funny ears and are in love with an
African American woman.
What would an interview be without an annoying digression
about misogyny? In this case it might be more germane than usual, what with
Tyson spending time in prison on a rape conviction. Toback, though, proves more
than up to the task. We don't even get a chance to talk about ear-biting.
PK: One of the criticisms of the movie is
that you don't offer any other point of view than that of Tyson when it comes
to the accusations of abuse in his marriage to Robin Givens and his conviction
for raping Desiree Washington.
At the end of round one he was telling how Mike Tyson, the
subject of his new documentary, choked up as he explained his willingness to kill
A sensitive guy
PK: In your 23 years knowing [Mike Tyson], have you ever
felt physically intimidated or threatened?
Confirming the blockbuster story that OTD broke on Tuesday, Cave-In confirmed their reunion plans in a post to their long-dormant MySpace account, officially ending three and a half-years of inaction. Wait, let's just let them say the same thing:
Dear friends,After 3 1/2 long years, Cave In has decided to end its hiatus.
After 3 1/2 long years, Cave In has decided to end its hiatus.
The last time I interviewed somebody at the Liberty Hotel it
was known as the Charles Street Jail. That was about 25 years ago and the
subject of the interview was a white-bearded, sleight, elderly fellow known to
some as "The Globe Man" -- not for any journalistic reason, but because he used
to ride around Harvard Square in an old station wagon inscribed with countless
cryptic writings and surmounted by a huge, papier maché world globe, about eight
feet in diameter.
Yesterday I saw two films about critics.
The first, Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience," is ostensibly about a high-priced Manhattan call girl (played by Sasha Grey, a real life porn actress). To promote her business the woman agrees to meet with an "erotic connoiseur" (played by Glenn Kenny, a real life film critic, in a creepily hilarious break-out performance) who arranges to sample her wares for free in exchange for a rave review on his web site -- I guess it's kind of a Rotten Tomatoes for the sex industry.
Here's two more that didn't make the cut:
Aliens Among Us:
Did I mention that if you punch "Lou Dobbs" and "Antichrist" into Google you get 19,000 hits?
He just might want to take note of the fact that aliens -- extraterrestrial for the most part
and most likely illegal -- are in Hollywood right now taking jobs away from
earthling movie premises.