Flesh and Bone by Julia Gfrorer. Shock and awe debut comic recently published by the class acts at Sparkplug. Reads like a Hans Christian Andersen sex nightmare…in a good way. Link.
The Staircase by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. Six hour documentary mini-series following the trial of a wealthy writer accused of murdering his wife. The story itself, coupled with unlimited access and astonishingly candid participation from all involved parties, combine to make this one of the more engrossing real crime docs I’ve ever seen. The hours will fly by. Link.
Girlfriends/Bonezone at Charlie’s Kitchen. Good local bands are hard to come by. These two more than fit the bill. Girlfriends play taut, melodic garage rock. Bonezone are an art punk three piece from Western Ma. I’m sure they’ll both be moving to Brooklyn any day now…
Salad Days by Minty Lewis. First three chapters of a new graphic novel from the comic world’s pre-eminent fruit humanizer. Can’t wait to read more. Link.
Morvern Callar by Lynne Ramsay. Flawlessly photographed, obliquely constructed film about tragedy and denial. Samantha Morton gives a brilliant performance. I also strongly recommend Ramsay’s first film, Ratcatcher. Link.
Islands at Harper’s Ferry. Criminally under-attended show by one of the better pop groups going. Could’ve maybe done without the capes, white jeans and rhinestones, but great music has a way of validating questionable fashion choices. Link.
4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu. Palme d’Or-winning Romanian film about an illegal abortion. Not for the squeamish, but the acting and film-making are outstanding. Link.
I'm sorry it's been so long since I did one of these. I'll try to do better.