Morning Dose of Look At My Sh*t

Forever.

Weekend Watching: Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

Directed by Werner Herzog

Morning Dose of Exploding Actresses

by Simone Rovellini

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Morning Dose of Phase IV

The trailer for the 1974 Saul Bass film.

When Art Shows Act Like Hollywood Blockbusters

The trailer for Francesco Vezzoli’s The Trinity

Morning Dose of Filipino Predator

The Director’s cut.

Weekend Watching: Mister Lonely

Harmony Korine’s 2007 film about a lookalikes commune in Scotland.

Bottle Rocket

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The original 13-minute black & white short film made by Wes Anderson in 1992. It was shown at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.

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Anchorman 2

The official trailer

“It’s fiction but inspired by true events.”

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Richard Prince and Sofia Coppola talk about lawyers and Coppola’s new movie The Bling Ring in this month’s Interview.

photograph by Craig McDean

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by Martin Scorcese, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Generation X (1996)

A made-for-TV film based on the Marvel Comics series Generation X.

Printables

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The Menace That Missed by Thomas Golianopoulos

Twenty years ago, Menace II Society was supposed to make Tyrin Turner a star. So why have you never heard of him?

Weekend Watching: Sleeper (1973)

Directed by Woody Allen

“A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government.”

Lunchtime Laughter

‘The Internship’ Poised To Be Biggest Comedy Of 2005

I’ll Have a Glass of that 2009 Star Trek

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Yup. Star Trek wine.

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Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie

The upcoming film gets a well-deserved Red Band trailer.

In theaters and On Demand this Friday (6/7) from Magnolia Pictures

Weekend Watching: Rad

The 1986 BMX Classic

Road Warrior: Zal Batmanglij, Director of The East

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As a film-obsessed pre-teen growing up in France, Zal Batmanglij’s dream was to export the children’s program Choudenshi Bioman to the States. “People ask you when you’re a little kid, ‘Do you want to be a fireman or a ballerina or something?’ I said, ‘No, I want to bring Bioman to America,’” recalls the 32 year-old director at the Crosby Street Hotel. “But someone beat me to it. They called it Power Rangers.” Luckily, Batmanglij got a video camera when he was 12, and never stopped making movies — though he never finished one until he met his future best friend and fellow filmmaker, Mike Cahill, at Georgetown.

The two collaborated on their first two shorts, Substance and Lucid Grey, the latter of which Batmanglij notes was “about a couple who goes to a college party and has various sexual encounters separately, and then come together and break up realizing all sorts of things about their lives.” It won the top prize at the university’s film festival, and attracted the attention of then-17-year-old aspiring actress Brit Marling, who gave them a standing ovation from the front row.

When Batmanglij, an anthropology major, was later accepted into the American Film Institute he brought Cahill and Marling out to Los Angeles with him. “I just didn’t want to go to school by myself and they were my best friends,” he says. “It seemed crazy to move out to LA from the East Coast but we did it and then we became other’s family.”

This familial connection bled into the work, which started with Batmanglij’s thesis film, a 35mm short called The Recordist, which starred Marling. “We had such a healthy, fun experience, it just seemed right, so we were like, ‘Let’s just keep going,’” he explains. Marling and Batmanglij wrote their first feature, Sound of My Voice, about a cult-leading, basement-dwelling Angeleno woman “from the future” who becomes the obsession of an undercover documentarian and his girlfriend. When they couldn’t get it made the two hit the road on a 2009 summer odyssey — catching out on trains, dumpster diving, joining collectives, taking rideshares across 14 states — that would change the way they approached the film industry.

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