Townes Van Zandt — Lungs
From the latest (and this season’s penultimate) episode of True Detective. A fantastic show with a fantastic bluesy and blues-rock soundtrack.
The lyrics really shine in this wonderful track by The Zandt. Fellow singer-songwriter and good friend Steve Earle reportedly said that Townes wrote this song while sick with pneumonia in a hotel bed in NYC.
"Get the jumper cables, this motherfucker is lying."
Thanks to Elaine for getting me hooked on this show.
Wild At Heart (1990, dir. David Lynch)
I gotta say, I was kind of disappointed by this one. Maybe because I didn’t expect a comedy, but in the end, I think, it would have worked better if it were more of a comedy, actually. It could have been Lynch’s “Raising Arizona”—it would’ve worked wonderfully. And in a way it is, but too little, and often not intentionally so. Kind of like the less-than-great parts of Twin Peaks (which, one should add, came out at about the same time this film did). This leaves the film as a very superficial love story with cardboard cut out characters with a big dash of Lynch’s surrealism. And some gratuitious violence, which was the most interesting aspect of the film, together with the villains, which were the best aspect—Willem Defoe is mesmerizingly creepy and hilariously entertaining at the same time—but their screentime is unfortunately rather short. What would’ve also made the film much better is if Lynch hadn’t just dropped the intriguing secret-organization subplot he introduced and never mentioned again somewhere halfway in. The screencap shows the mysterious organization’s insignia.
More important, for an aspiring filmmaker, is reading. Read, read, read, read, read, read, read. If you don’t read, you’ll never make a great film. Not just blogs and Twitter, etc. If you do not read books, you’ll never develop a sense of story, rhythm, characters. Start with poetry like the Georgics of Virgil and go from there, all the way to Joseph Conrad and the Warren Commission Report on the assassination of Kennedy.
Winter Games in Full Effect
The Zubrowkian National Winter Games (sponsored by the Grand Budapest Hotel) began with a bang! Cast members like Willem Dafoe have also broken out their cold-weather gear to join the fun, enjoying all that winter in Zubrowka has to offer.
The insane amount of detail that went into the fictional country of Zubrowka and its history is put into great display in The Grand Budapest Hotel’s promotional material, like this ZubrowkaFilmCommission Tumblr, or most of all, the vast and beautiful Akademie Zubrowka website.
Fantastic featurette on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and its story, featuring interview bits from Wes and the cast, and behind the scenes clips.
Beck's latest creation is more than a mere sequel to 2002's brooding masterpiece, Sea Change. But, like so many descriptors flying around, it doesn’t convey much about the work itself — especially since “sequel” is often shorthand for “copy,” which this most certainly is not.
"The Double" Theatrical UK Trailer
A surreal noir comedy based on a Dostoyevsky novel, directed by Richard Ayoade ('Submarine') and co-written by Harmony Korine’s brother. So excited for this. (Also, the previous teaser trailers are all well worth a watch, as each is unique and fantastic in its own right.)