All ads should be ads that are made in Japan.
Is that too much to ask for?
Missed Badlands at the Astor in February, so I’m stoked to see it lovingly restored for Bluray by the Criterion Collection.
Go read Michael Almereyda’s new essay:
It’s a terrifically restrained, persuasive performance, and worth savoring—a glimpse of the visionary filmmaker, twenty-eight years old, at the start of an unconventionally brilliant career, before he took the Kubrickian high road and disappeared into a strict vow of silence and invisibility, allowing no further cameos, interviews, photographs, or even the slightest public evidence that his films emanate from a knowable human source. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. This edict, we can hope, allows the wizard to get on with the more essential business of living his life and making his movies. Still, here he is in Badlands, plain as day. The worried, humble man carrying the rolled blueprint can seem, at this juncture, to be looking back at us and through us, like the figures locked in Holly’s stereopticon, like the mysteries and miracles unfolding throughout Malick’s best work—a presence on the way to becoming an absence, offering intimations of a future that will engulf us all.
This is pretty darn adorable.
WBE: In 1974, students in a Greenwich Village elementary school were asked to write essays on what they would say to Muhammad Ali if they ever had the chance to meet him. As part of a hidden camera show skit, Ali snuck into the classroom dressed as a janitor, disrobed into only his boxing shorts, and surprised the kids.
Another example of an auteur migrating from film to television, here’s the trailer for Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake. Nice to see Elizabeth Moss doing something of some substance while also pulling off a pretty good down under accent.
“Moss stars as Robin Griffin, a big-city cop whose visit home to her cancer-stricken mother gets upended by one of those horrific cases that consume the lives of mystery-fiction heroes,” explains Alan Scherstuhl in theVoice.
“First, a 12-year-old girl named Tui (Jacqueline Joe) turns up pregnant and unwilling to identify the father. Not long afterwards, Tui herself goes missing, possibly a runaway but possibly not, with hundreds of acres of bushland to hide (or be hid) in. Robin tries to rally the all-dude police department to devoting serious resources and manpower to the case; when one local lug argues back that women in primitive societies have long gone into the wilderness to give birth, Robin gives him a dressing down so thorough you’ll probably want to play it back—especially if you would relish seeing Mad Men‘s Peggy delivering the same speech with the same confidence.”
“The mood of the series is so taut and eerie, I couldn’t tell if the story would stay grounded in reality or shift into bizarre Twin Peaks territory,” wrote Jada Yuan forVulture from Sundance, where the entire series premiered over the course of a single day. Scherstuhl, by the way, has more on how Top of the Lake is reminiscent of Twin Peaks.
This series is already up to episode three in some countries.
(Click HD on y’all.)
Here’s the trailer for the feature film Machotaildrop written and directed by Corey Adams and Alex Craig. It features Rick McCrank, John Rattray, Anthony Amadori, James Faulkner, Lukacs Bicskey, Vanessa Guide, Fred Mortagne, Frank Gerwer, Steve Olson.
Check it out in full here.
Seen on Tattface’s Instagram: DY3065
Super Wild Horses’ Alligator
Clip by the ‘Powers of Ten’.
Shot and cut by my pal and true blue Aussie kingpin Tim Hillier