I don’t want to produce a work of art that the public can sit and suck aesthetically…. I want to give them a blow in the small of the back, to scorch their indifference, to startle them out of their complacency.
The school introduced me to the church, St Patrick’s old cathedral on Mott St. I found some peace there. I found a little bit of protection. Because in Queens, the house wasn’t a big house, but to a child, you could always hide out a little bit if there’s problems in the family, people coming over - you could always kind of disappear. [In the apartment in Little Italy] you couldn’t disappear, and you couldn’t say anything, because you’re the youngest. It was pretty tough.
So I go in the church and became fascinated by the rituals of the mass. I can’t tell you, inside that cathedral, the sense of peace. It was quite amazing.
Of course, my father didn’t know what the hell to do with me (I hardly saw him), so he was forced to take me to the movies. In fact, I got to see him more in Manhattan than I did in Queens. He took me to the movies all the time. And the ritual of going to the movies with your father, it didn’t even matter the movie that you saw. And there was a sense of peace there too. You have faith when you go in the church, and you have faith when you go in the movie theater too. And because of that, you’re taken on a road, you’re taken on a trip, you’re taken on a journey. The posters outside sell you dreams, you know, and you go in there and the dream is real. And then if you’re sharing these very strong emotions with your father whom you don’t really talk to very much…this was the main line of communication.
First trailer for Darren Aronofsky's upcoming Biblical epic, NOAH, starring Russel Crowe, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, and Jennifer Connelly.
Looks spectacular, and I like having Biblical stories back in today’s increasingly religiophobe Western culture. And come on, it’s Aro-fuckin-nofsky.
As we wait for The Grand Budapest Hotel next summer, here is a new short film written and directed by Wes Anderson called Castello Cavalcanti, starring Jason Schwartzman as an Italian-American racer in 1955 Italy after he crashes his car in a small town. Enjoy!
A compilation of the hilarious, Monty-Python-esque animated fine art skits by Doug Bayne, Ben Baker and Trudy Cooper, for the Australian sketch comedy series “The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting.”
Finally! The first trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive!
Still no release date yet, but it’s been picked up by Sony Picture Classics after premiering at Cannes earlier this year.
Gorillaz — Ghost Train
If you want a dark and funky Halloween better make this part of your soundtrack for today.
Happy All Hallows’ Eve everybody!