We tend to associate our favorite auteurs with “serious cinema” — high-minded dramas that don’t delve too far into goofy genres like sci-fi, horror, or westerns. But recently, watching Kelly Reichardt’s fantastic new western Meek’s Cutoff, we got to thinking about how many important mainstream and independent filmmakers have tried their hand at the genre. Our list of must-watch westerns by great directors (excluding those who are known primarily for their westerns, like John Ford and Sam Peckinpah) is after the jump.
Last Friday, as you were packing your bags for that last beach weekend of the year or making a Labor Day barbecue shopping list, record collectors, post-rock fetishists, and other assorted serious music nerds from around the country (and no small number from across the pond) converged at Kutsher’s Country Resort, transforming the ratty Catskills hotel into a transcendent three-day rock ‘n roll summer camp called All Tomorrow’s Parties. … Read More
Earlier this week it was announced that Terry Gilliam, director of films such as Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, will helm the live stream of Arcade Fire’s August 5 show at Madison Square Garden as part of American Express’s Unstaged series. Luckily for us impatient types, Gilliam is not the first major filmmaker to use his cinematic eye to commit live rock ‘n’ roll performances to film. We’ve rounded up five of our favorite concert films by well-known directors after the jump. Check out our picks, and leave a comment with any that we missed. … Read More
Musician, indie-film star, and the man behind the TV series Fishing With John, John Lurie is a provocative visual artist, as well. Reminiscent of cave paintings, Lurie’s emotionally charged works are paired with clever and engaging narrative titles. His vibrant drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings are imbued with a disarming intensity, serving as colorfully candid meditations on life, death, and everything in between. … Read More
I call Marc Ribot and hear the sound of “4-3-2-1,” the k-os song rather than a ring. I’m calling to talk to Ribot about his upcoming live performance of his score for Charlie Chaplin’s film The Kid at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Ribot is famous for having music that runs a wide gamut from rock, free jazz and no wave to traditional Cuban. He’s also widely known for his collaborations with legendary musicians like Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, and has worked extensively as a sessions guitarist with many musicians including Brother Jack McDuff and Wilson Pickett. If he’s said to have a style, it might better be defined as a defiance of style. … Read More