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The Corcoran has a few films worth seeing this month

Here’s a small sampling…

Herb & Dorothy

Tuesday, September 15, 7 p.m.
In this award-winning documentary, director Megumi Sasaki tells the story of the Vogel’s building one of the most important contemporary art collections. I’ve written about this before here.

Died Young, Stayed Pretty

Thursday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.
This unique documentary provides a candid look at the underground indie-rock poster culture in North America. It offers an intimate look into this modern subculture, revealing the little known world of rock poster giants such as Art Chantry, Brian Chippendale, the Ames Brothers, Print Mafia, and Rob Jones. Director Eileen Yaghoobian introduces the film.

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The smiley face is the American version of the swastika

Recently I was reading the comic form review of the new movie Died Young Stayed Pretty in the Vilage Voice and that quote struck me as interesting and perhaps in it’s absurdity absolutely correct.

I quietly filed that great quote in the back of my head and just went about my day for a few days and suddenly I was seeing the smiley everywhere I really didn’t want to. The first was one of those Wal-Mart ads with the “rollback” slashing prices as the corporate behemoth swallows local culture whole with it’s army of pensioners greeting you at the door – a future they never envisioned in retirement. The next one was more unexpected – the movieThe Watchmen – which has used a smiley face as an icon for the graphic novel for years – a comic book I really enjoyed when I read it back in the eighties (that along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight were probably the most impact full titles of the eighties) and I guess I just got used to seeing the cover enough – but was shocked by how well used it was in the current movie adaptation – funny enough it’s use mostly does symbolize an approach to humanity that at time is questionable in it’s relationship with the culture around it.

After these two, examples the image just kept coming at me like a bad dream – never really being used for anything better than a cynical symbol of a desire towards consumer culture or worse as a an icon used by a sales culture that is at best dominating and at worst the future employer and cultural access point of the future poor and struggling middle class.

Have a nice day.

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There is a ton of interest in Jeff Krulik right now.

The thing is, there should always be a lot of interest in Jeff Krulik.

I would say that most people know him for the best rock documentary ever made, Heavy Metal Parking Lot. HMPL was filmed in the parking lot at the Capital Center in the early eighties before a Judas Priest/Scorpions show. The movie pretty much gives you all you would ever want as far as mullets, perms, pubestaches, and general hessian behavior. The thing is though the interest in these folks seem real and genuine. I do believe that Krulik’s work bears a interesting resemblance to one of the primary male preoccupation’s (after sex) record collecting.

What I mean in particular is that the cataloging and (nerdy) interest in the groups of people that he films seems to be overly rich in detail and cultural signifiers, he allows the subjects to simply be and in that approach his work has a biting sincerity that is far superior to the only other artist who is as interested in the “trainspotting gene” as he is, Richard Prince. I love Richard Prince, but Krulik is less removed and more in the moment and for me, that makes a big difference in the experience of the work. I guess you could say that where Krulik is hot, where Prince is cool.

Sidebar: if anyone has a vinyl version of Television’s Double Exposure let me know, the songs with Richard Hell are a bonus. The interesting thing to me is the two pre-Marquee Moon sets of studio recordings, including their very first demos with a relatively new producer named Brian Eno.

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Free Summer Movie Festival at Pace Wildenstien

Michal Rovner’s 1997 film, Border, screens at 10:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Lucas Samaras’s 1969 film, Self, screens at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

John Chamberlain’s 1968 film, The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez, (starring Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead) screens at 12:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Agnes Martin’s film, Gabriel, screens at 4:30 p.m.

The festival remains on view through August 24, 2007, Pace Wildenstien is at: 534 West 25th Street NYC.

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Al Pacino signs on for Dali movie

Al Pacino has been cast as Salvador Dali in director Andrew Niccol’s Dali & I: The Surreal Story, a movie that is scheduled to start shooting in June in New York and Spain. The script is based on Dali and I by the Belgian author Stan Lauryssens, a journalist who has written five books on the Third Reich, as well as the prize-winning thriller Black Snow. Dali and I relates Lauryssens’ experiences as Dali’s neighbor during his final years in the village of Cadaques in Spain.

From Artnet

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