From Nation of Ulysses to The Make-up,Weird War and onward, to his work as an essayist and as an interviewer for Vice’s Soft Focus, what I’ve always liked about Svenonius is probably what turns many people off, I’m sure: his pretentiousness, his affectation and obvious intelligence. He’s full of shit a lot of the time and he knows it. Do you?
Like one guy in the comments for this vid put it, Svenonius is still “the greatest satirist Rock has to offer.”
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Love Ian Svenonius. Saw him at the Pic Pub years ago & it was an amazing show.
This is a bit of a cheeseball love story / musical that takes place in Dublin between a street musician/vacuum repairman and a piano-playing Czech immigrant. The music is inoffensive and the story is sweet enough that I feel charmed and taken in. It feels realistic which is a strange kind of magic for what is essentially a musical and a love story. The plot is thin and watered down, but I’m sure my mom would have loved this and sometimes that’s enough.
It’s hard to watch a movie where the director’s influences are worn so brightly on its sleeve. Like David Gordon Green’s George Washington, Stand By Me, The River’s Edge and so much Terrance Malik, Hide Your Smiling Face is tainted with the stains of other better movies. It’s sparse and slow but it doesn’t capture.
I wanted this movie to be so much more, considering I loved Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister, but it got too kooky for its own good. There’s no improvisational wonder here, just a stupid plot involving reiki and ecstasy. Yet, there are some wonderful actors here - the always awesome Mark Duplass pops up out of nowhere and seems tacked on, and I’m a softie for Shelton, so if I was giving this a grade it would get 65%. It tried.
This is a thrillingly strange and FUN film - it’s a homage to an old French silent adventure serial from the ’20s. There’s sexy villains in catsuits and nuns habits, science fiction sliding doors, amazing locations and architecture, bird-head costume balls and masked crusaders. It’s totally nuts, surreal and full of magic. The plot is a bit messy, but it’s a fun, fun jumble. Recommended.
This movie treads the murky waters of sex and it’s cringing and awkward but also dangerous and dark. It’s all about bodies and skin - love never enters the picture. It’s an interesting and watchable film and one that left me feeling a little squeamish and ,thankfully, old.
A 75 minute movie where a high school english teacher is in the middle of an affair with her football jock student. The score, which is awesomely unrelenting, tells you that this isn’t going to end well. It’s a decent watch, but I wanted more.