I’ve spent the last few days working on the book, hence the lack of time for longer, more sustained blog posts (and, yes, I should probably stop apologizing for that fact). But here are a few random bullet points that could very well wind up becoming longer blog posts.
- Just found out that the Cameo will be getting Sicko one week earlier than I originally reported. The theater’s owners cut a deal with the distributors and the film will begin its Fayetteville run starting this Friday (July 6). I mention this because I’ve been getting several hits per day from people here in town looking for information on Sicko, so I’m glad we’ll be getting the film a week earlier than I expected, which is certainly great news.
- But even with Sicko playing in Fayetteville, I need to find an excuse to travel up to Cary, a suburb of Raleigh-Durham, to check out the independently-owned and very international art house, Galaxy Cinema, which was apparently revived after the Madstone art house chain collapsed a few years ago. The Independent Weekly review of the theater suggests that it’s a pretty cool place. Lots of international and interesting indie films, with an emphasis on Bollywood. Worth noting: it looks like the concessions on weekends feature samosas, so it might be worth hitting the theater on a weekend just for that.
- I’m working up a review of Jacob Septimus and Anthony Howard’s documentary, B.I.K.E., about the anti-consumerist bike subculture, the Black Label Bicycle Club. Among other activities, the group frequently participates in tall bike jousts, known as “Bike Kills,” and often joins in activities such as Critical Mass. I wrote a fairly tepid review of the documentary when I first saw it at Silverdocs last year, but I liked the film much better this time and definitely have a lot to say about it. It was nice to be given the opportunity to revisit the film and my initial impressions of it.
- Like pretty much everyone else (except, of course, David Brooks, who would have lost all credibility with me if he hadn’t already), I’m angered and frustrated by Bush’s decision to commute Scooter Libby’s jail sentence. I guess it’s OK for public officials to lie to get us into an ill-conceived war, after all. I haven’t been writing as directly about political issues here, but if people like Brooks continue to write such misleading columns, I might just be drawn back into the fray.
- Nick Rombes has an interesting post on the New York Times article on the Sundance Channel’s space in Second Life. His big question: “When I watch a Sundance movie in Second Life, am I watching the movie, or am I watching myself watching the movie?” Almost makes me want to go into Second Life.
Update: Wow! This is very cool news. I just learned from Film Snob that Jem Cohen’s Chain will be playing on the Sundance Channel several times this month. Chain is easily one of my favorite films of the last five years or so, and I can’t recommend it enough. Set your DVRs now. For my New York readers, Cohen’s Building a Better Mousetrap, which I also liked quite a bit, will be having its New York premiere on July 24. You can also watch Cohen’s one-minute short, Free, commissioned by the col folks at Renew Media to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Media Arts Fellowships.