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And We’re Hooked To The Silver Screen: David Bowie’s High Line Film Festival

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Some of you may have heard about the upcoming David Bowie-curated High Line Festival that kicks off this Wednesday, May 9th, with a concert by Arcade Fire at Radio City Music Hall (see you there!) here in New York. The festival runs until May 19th and features concerts by Air, Daniel Johnston, Deerhoof, The Polyphonic Spree and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, among others, as well as comedy by Ricky Gervais.
What may have been overlooked, however is a mini-festival of Spanish and Latin American films, chosen by Bowie. His original goal was to have one film from each of the last 10 decades, but that clearly didn’t work out. However, I am sure you’ll all agree that The former Thin White Duke has done a pretty good job. Almost all of these are rated 8 or higher by IMDB users and we all know that those who watch foriegn-language films take these things more seriously than those who don’t!
The film lineup is as follows:
El Automovil Gris – Dir. Enrique Rosas Priego, Mexico, 1919
Limite – Dir. Mario Peixoto, Brazil, 1931 (Bonus film)
El Prisionero 13 – Dir. Fernando de Fuentes, Mexico, 1933
Dos Monjes – Dir. Juan Bustillo Oro, Mexico, 1934
Aventurera – Dir. Alberto Gout, Mexico, 1949
Robinson Crusoe – Dir. Luis Bunuel, Mexico, 1954
Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment) – Dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1968
El Espíritu de la Colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive) – Dir. Victor Erice, Spain, 1973
Oriana – Dir. Fina Torres, Venezuela/Francia, 1985
Los Amantes del Ciculo Polar Lovers of the Arctic Circle -Dir. Julio Medem, Spain, 1998
Machuca – Dir. Andrés Wood, Chile/Spain, 2004
All screenings will be at the Quad Cinemas and tickets can be bought here.

IFFR 07: Christian Bale Bookends Rotterdam

The other day it was announced that Werner Herzog’s excellent film Rescue Dawn would open the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival and today the fest’s site mentions that the closing night film will be Christopher Nolan’s well-received The Prestige. Despite being a massive David Bowie fan, I managed to miss The Prestige when it was open here in the US, so I am greatly looking forward to seeing it in Rotterdam!b0004233_19461888.jpg
Oh…the title of this post. Right. Both movies star Christian Bale.
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David Bowie On Extras…..

The episode of Ricky Gervais’ series Extras wherein David Bowie is the celebrity guest and sings a new song about Ricky called, I shit you not: “The Little Fat Man (With The Pug-Nosed Face)” has recently aired in the UK and a few kind souls have posted it on You Tube. Thanks!

A Sign We Are All Aging…Starbucks Music Is Cool

So clearly it’s because the 80’s New Wave generation is exiting our 30s and entering our 40s that Starbucks is now playing cool music through it’s Hear Music subsidiary. I just sat down at a Starbucks on east 8th st. in New York and in the few minutes I have been here I have heard, in order:
Roxy Music – “Oh Yeah”
The Smiths – “William, It Was Really Nothing”
Elvis Costello – “New Amsterdam”
Kate Bush – “Hounds Of Love”
XTC – “Senses Working Overtime”
Other pieces of my youth shrink-wrapped for your Latte-sipping enjoyment? Bauhaus, The Cure, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, David Bowie, New Order, The Pretenders, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Sound, Split Enz (and not the really good song), English Beat, Robyn Hitchcock and The Jam.
I mean, yes, I am pleased to be able to sit and work in Starbucks and not have to use my headphones to block out Taylor Hicks or another Idol “winner,” but there is certainly a sense that my youth has finally been co-opted by the masses and run through the mass-market think tank and matched to the “Caramel-Caramel Light Frappucino” generation’s demographic.
I mean really…does Bauhaus’s “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” make you want a Venti half-caf latte with a reduced-fat banana chocolate chip cake or a bottle of whiskey and a cigarette?

3rd Shortbus Cannes Video – Ça Plane Pour Moi!

John Cameron Mitchell, Justin Bond and the Shortbus All-Stars (my name) kick things up a few notches with this rollicking duet. Again, I plead for the existence of a full recording of this night!
p.s. Those of you familiar with David Bowie’s Earthling tour may see an eerie resemblance in the initial still from this video clip!

Related Blogposts:
Shortbus Party At Cannes – 1st Video Blog
2nd Shortbus Cannes Video – Shoo Bee Doo Bee Doo Wop!
Final Shortbus Cannes Video – Wig In A Box