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Shudder’s November 2018 Releases Include The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs: “Dinners Of Death” Thanksgiving Special, The Crow, Deadwax, Tenebrae

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Following the smash success of The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs, the legendary horror host will return to Shudder on November 22nd with The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: "Dinners of Death." Joining Briggs on Shudder's streaming slate this month are bunch of other horror titles, including five Dario Argento-directed movies, the short-form series Deadwax, The Crow, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and much more:

"New Additions for November 2018

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The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs: “Dinners Of Death” — Thursday, November 22

Joe Bob Briggs is back, just in time to save you from having to talk politics with your family on Thanksgiving Day. Feast on a selection of “deadly dinner” films hand-picked by the world’s foremost (and possibly only) drive-in movie critic, kicking off with Joe Bob’s all-time favorite drive-in classic,
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Fantasia Review: ‘Junk Head’ is a Surrealist, Darkly Imaginative Animation

After finding acclaim with stop-motion animated short Junk Head 1 in 2014, writer/director/animator Takahide Hori decided to expand its science fiction-infused world to feature length. The result is a two-hour adventure following one man’s descent through a subterranean infrastructure built by clones entitled simply Junk Head. It takes place centuries into our future and centuries more since the clone work force we created rebelled and disappeared underground. Both they and humanity have since evolved into forms neither would recognize, mutations proving to be man’s sole avenue for pushing forward after losing the ability to reproduce. So this expedition into the depths of the unknown isn’t taken lightly. If mankind’s emissary doesn’t return with the correct genetic material (from a creature photographed as still having a penis), our future is lost.

It’s a wild ride pitting the living against the alive as we meet humans,
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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children review

Ryan Lambie Published Date Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 09:52

A mad young inventor in a loft constructs living creatures from spare parts. A teenage girl wears asbestos gloves to prevent herself from lighting fires with her hands. A small boy has a right eye which can project his dreams onto a wall. These and other shunned oddments of society live in a neo-gothic house on a remote Welsh island, all watched over by the imposing yet good-natured Miss Peregrine - who you might recognise as Eva Green smoking a pipe.

There’s much in the novels by Ransom Riggs that seems tailor made for Tim Burton’s cheerfully macabre sensibility, and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children arrives on the silver screen like an X-Men comic drawn by Edward Gorey. Viewers familiar with such movies as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Dark Shadows will recognise Burton’s handiwork here; Miss Peregrine is,
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New to Streaming: ‘It’s Such a Beautiful Day,’ ‘Holy Hell,’ Quay Brothers, ‘Born to Be Blue,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Born to Be Blue (Robert Budreau)

I played jazz trumpet growing up in Oklahoma, so Chet Baker’s somber swing always brought our ensemble back to earth when Dizzy Gillespie’s flying fingers sent us noodling in quick cacophony. We thought Baker was the romantic trumpeter, the kind you’d play when you wanted to impress a date — and whose pretty-boy face on the album cover
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Color Real: On the Brothers Quay

Mubi is presenting the Brothers Quay, a 4-film program playing in the United States July and August 2016, featuring new restorations of Anamorphosis (1991) and Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987) and brand new 2k and 4k scans of The Comb (1990) and In Absentia (2000). In Absentia (2000) presents a demon in color. The creature is horned, hooved balsa wood, its room lit by a calm sun. It waves its hoof over a pile of black dust to recombine it into graphite nibs. Somewhere above, below, on the material plane, or possibly in a parallel reality, a woman scribbles in soft black and white, breaking pencils over and over. She presses the little lead bullets into a pile of dirt on her windowsill, like a garden or graveyard—an offering or a sacrifice. In her world, light pulses and skitters, glides and ricochets, sometimes across walls and sometimes across invisible planes. The sun forms impossible palimpsests in her room,
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Four Brothers Quay Films To Premiere Online Exclusively on Mubi

Four Brothers Quay Films To Premiere Online Exclusively on Mubi
From July 26th through the 29th, the online streaming service Mubi will present the exclusive online premiere in HD of new restorations and digital scans of four painstakingly animated wonders from the groundbreaking stop-motion filmmakers, The Brothers Quay.

Read More: Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan, on New Blu-Ray

These four films and their synopses are as follows:

Rehearsals For Extinct Anatomies” (7/26): Oscillating hands each hold a pen; a man made of wire has a malevolent look and an oscillating eye as he pokes at a bump on his forehead. Op-art stripes are in the fabric. Lines become jumbles that become balls that oscillate, bounce, or stay suspended in air. “The Combs” (7/27): A woman dreams of a fairytale landscape populated by ladders and sinister puppets. “Anamorphosis” (7/28): An exploration of the optical phenomenon of anamorphosis, whereby the eye can perceive images differently if viewed at an appropriate angle.
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Shudder Selects 11 Emerging Horror Filmmakers for Inaugural Lab

Shudder Selects 11 Emerging Horror Filmmakers for Inaugural Lab
There are countless programs that support emerging filmmakers in their development and now up-and-coming horror directors have one of their own. Shudder, a streaming service backed by AMC Networks that specializes in horror content, has just announced the first 11 participants of their inaugural Shudder Labs. Selected from a pool of over 300 applicants, directors are taking part in a week long workshop designed to develop, add and hone their skills as they get ready to take the next step in their careers working in the genre.

“Like a vampire, I feed off of the enthusiasm of young talent; it is invigorating to encounter new voices in the horror genre and to find out what motivates young minds to explore the art of the macabre,” said director and Master-in-Residence Larry Fessenden.

Throughout the course of the program, the fellows will be able to learn from and work with a team of Masters-in-Residence, headed by Shudder curator Sam Zimmerman, Fessenden, writer Clay McLeod Chapman and AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan. The program’s benefits, however, aren’t contained to the program alone. After the filmmakers have left the lab, they will each receive $5000 in grants and be mentored by a Master-in-Residence for an additional year.

Shudder Labs is currently running from June 13th to June 18th at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.

The filmmakers, and their projects, of the first ever Shudder Labs are:

“As the Dust Settles,” Mike Olenick

An asteroid carrying the seeds of alien life crashes down in the neighborhood where a young couple is buying a house from a dishonest realtor. When the couple settles into their new home, they unpack a secret that will change the lives of everyone in the neighborhood: the truth about what happened to the home’s previous owner.”Mike Olenick focuses on forbidden desire, reproduction, transformation, and outer space in his projects. Mike’s films have streamed on Mubi, aired on Dutch television, and won awards at the Slamdance Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. He studied photography at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and has edited films and videos with Guy Maddin, the Quay Brothers, Kelly Reichardt, Sadie Benning, and Jennifer Reeder.”“Beyond the Darkness,” Shane Wheeler

A modern sorcerer must save his friends from a dark dimension, but to succeed he must overcome his own suicidal depression.

“Trained as a biologist, Shane Wheeler wrote his first screenplay while working on a fishing boat in the Bering Sea. Since then, he’s written, directed, and produced a number of award-winning shorts, as well as features Captive of a Death Mask (2012) & Stabbing with Frank (2016). Wheeler is a filmmaker raised in Brownstown, Michigan.”

“Black Bats,” Rick Spears

Feeling cast out from society, two teens begin a relationship under the belief that they’re transforming into monsters. What begins as a fantasy ends with horrific consequences as they both lose touch with reality.

Rick Spears is mostly known for his comic book writing, having published eleven graphic novels and numerous comics including Teenager from Mars and Dead West. Rick has also written and directed a handful of award-winning short films. Black Bats will be his first feature.”

“In the Night,” Joshua Erkman

A 24-year-old running from his past starts a new job picking up the dead for a mortuary and begins to suspect powerful sinister forces are closing in on him.

Joshua Erkman is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, a USC graduate, and drummer for La punk band Lamps.”

“Lovespell,” Courtney and Hillary Andujar

A teenage girl in Hawaii casts a dark spell that unlocks something sinister within herself.

“Courtney and Hillary Andujar are identical twins who grew up at punk shows and in diners in Texas. Courtney is a writer and designer who has collaborated with artists and activists such as Yoko Ono, Paul Chan, and Julian Assange. Hillary is an art director who has worked internationally with Tim Burton, David Lynch, and The Wachowskis.”

“Polybius,” Hunter Stephenson

It’s the summer of 1984 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The only thing booming louder than the arcades is the aircraft over Fort Bragg. A hip babysitter named Tiffany is determined to show the brothers Carmack the parent-free weekend of their lives. But her reality is bleeped when the younger brother, a vidiot ‘sperger named Palmer, is snatched after encountering a pylon-like arcade cabinet. Joined by a skeleton crüe, it’s up to Tiffany to kick ass, chew bubblegum and fore’s destroy this trippy gamer-gateway to hell.

Hunter Stephenson is a Scottish punk. He is also a writer/producer based east of the Rockies. His recent Noisey doc-series Hot Sugar’s Cold World received the Honorable Mention at Hot Docs 2015, and was executive produced by David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, and Danny McBride.”

“The Eyes,” Will Forbes

In 1970’s Upstate New York, there is a local legend of The Eyes, a spirit in the woods of the Catskill Mountains that consumes the souls of the lost and weary. When the favorite uncle of three local kids dies suddenly and under mysterious circumstances at the edge of those woods, the kids set out on a mission to discover the horrifying truth.

Will Forbes has been composing and producing music for visual media for nearly a decade, until he realized the best way to achieve his goal of scoring horror films was to start making them himself. Originally from Upstate New York, he currently lives in Inglewood, CA with a cat and a tortoise.”

“The Sound of Darkness,” Melody Cooper

A blind musician and a deaf sculptor are haunted by a woman only they can see and hear, who leads them to take on an epic battle against terrifying legacy of racial violence and evil.

Melody Cooper is a screenwriter, director and producer of Horror and Afrofuturism, and Winner of the 2016 Women in Cinema International Screenplay Competition with her horror feature Monstrous, which also won Third Place at Slamdance. She is directing the supernatural thriller The Sound Of Darkness this summer.”

“Un-Seen,” Lucy Cruell

Some things once seen, cannot be unseen.

Lucy Cruell is a graduate with honors from Duke University and Harvard Law School. Lucy has also been a published short story author, film critic for multiple publications, and entrepreneur. Her screenplays and pilots have won over three dozen awards and festivals including Shriekfest. She is now a full time writer, director, and starving artist.”

What Happens Next Will Scare You,” Chris Lamartina

On the verge of losing their jobs, a group of click-bait journalists struggle to compile their scariest viral videos for a Halloween listicle, but when a cursed entry brings malevolent forces into their reality, our social media junkies must figure out they’re sharing harmful content before they become victims of their own monsters. “Chris Lamartina is a Baltimore filmmaker and has been delivering high concepts on low budgets, blending horror and comedy with such films as “Call Girl of Cthulhu” and “Wnuf Halloween Special” since 2007. With a curious knack for finding humor in the weird, Lamartina’s films have been critically acclaimed-playing film festivals across the globe, and garnering coverage by NPR, the New York Times, and MTV.” Related stories'31' Trailer: Rob Zombie Returns With Carnies Who Have Twelve Hours To Survive10 Horror Filmmakers Overdue to Make New FeaturesThe 20 Best Horror Films of the Last 20 Years
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The Quay Brothers In 35Mm This Weekend at Webster University

The Quay Brothers In 35Mm screens this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 22nd. 23rd, and 24th) at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, Mo 63119). The program begins each evening at 7:30.

Christopher Nolan has launched some of the most ambitious blockbusters of the past decade including Inception, Interstellar and his Batman trilogy. The filmmaker’s newest project has nothing to do with his own films. Screening this weekend at Webster University, The Quay Brothers In 35mm is a dazzling collection of experimental shorts from identical twin stop-motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay. Curated by Nolan himself, and including his new eight-minute short film, Quay, the program finds Nolan using his international recognition to shine a spotlight on two of the most visionary animators working in cinema today.

The program consists of Nolan’s 8-minute documentary about the Quays and three shorts by the Brothers Quay:

In Absentia
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Yves Montmayeur to explore feminism in Asian pop culture by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-01-20 15:22:20

Guy Maddin with Kim Morgan in photo booth in Yves Montmayeur's The 1000 Eyes Of Dr Maddin

The director of Michael H - Profession: Director, the documentary about Michael Haneke which features Jean-Louis Trintignant, Susanne Lothar, Josef Bierbichler, Béatrice Dalle, Juliette Binoche, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert, is off to Beijing, Taipei and Tokyo. Yves Montmayeur has his sights on Shu Qi (Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin), Michelle Yeoh and Cheng Pei-Pei (Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Zhao Wei (Ma Jingle and Dong Wei's Mulan: Rise Of A Warrior) and Eihi Shiina (Audition, Tokyo Gore Police) for his "new documentary film on 'Amazons in the Asian Pop Culture'! Or how Asian warrior women are dealing with martial arts and feminism."

The 1000 Eyes Of Dr Maddin director Yves Montmayeur Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

His latest film, The 1000 Eyes Of Dr Maddin, which stars Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Kenneth Anger, John Waters,
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The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films | Blu-ray Review

Those prone to mental disturbances and nightmares, or possess a fear of dolls, dirt or general unpleasantries would do well to avoid the Brothers Quay and the bulk of their unconscious unfurling oeuvre, but everyone else is due a hearty recommendation. Take it from Christopher Nolan, who recently wrapped a documentary, simply titled Quay, on the mysterious identical twin directors and curated a selection of 35mm prints of their work to hit the road on a new theatrical tour. Like so many others, Nolan caught a stray Quay film on British cable by accident, and unable to catch the names of its creators through the swirl of credits in beautifully stylized calligraphy, was haunted by its alluring, impenetrable imagery.

From their minutely detailed and grittily textured beginnings in the early ’80s with films like The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer, in which a professor literally empties the head of his student,
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Joshua Reviews The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films [Blu-ray Review]

There are few names in the film world that mass audiences both recognize and give some sort of connotation to. Martin Scorsese. Steven Spielberg. Michael Bay. All of these names are not only recognizable to just about 100% of any particular audience entering a cinema, but instantly bring to mind the type of picture one would expect to see come from them. However, not all filmmakers have the pleasure of being the world-changing, name brand cinematic legends that few like the men named within this paragraph are, despite deserving that (and so very much more). So, in turn, some curation may be needed as not only an introduction to a singular cinematic universe, but also a perfect entry point into a world that cinephiles may not have been introduced to.

That’s what makes the work that Zeitgeist Films, Syncopy and beloved filmmaker Christopher Nolan have done with regards to their
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Quay Brothers Discuss Collaborating with Christopher Nolan, Thematic Threads, and More

If you are a fan of traditional stop-motion animation, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some of the delightfully bizarre work of the Quay brothers. Stephen and Timothy, identical twins from Philadelphia, made their mark after directing several breathtaking animated shorts in Europe, creating disturbing worlds inhabited by decaying, hand-made puppets that often reference esoteric works of literature, music, and art. Unmistakable in their idiosyncratic visions, their unique style became a staple in art house cinema and influenced a generation of filmmakers and animators. While much of their work was difficult to find outside the festival circuit or the occasional museum retrospective, that’s changed with a new, pristine Blu-ray release of their collected shorts distributed by Zeitgeist films.

Featuring their breakthrough film Street of Crocodiles, a collection of their MTV-commissioned shorts Stille Nacht, and their most recent works, Through The Weeping Glass and Unmistaken Hands, as well as many more,
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The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films Gets a Blu-Ray Release Date!

The Quay Brothers, or The Brothers Quay as they were introduced to me, have been working in stop-motion for over 3 decades yet most horror fans do not know of them. This could mainly be because their work is in the short film format which is hard to gain a audience outside of film festival circuits. Some light was brought onto them when they made the cover for the Canadian horror magazine, Rue Morgue, back in November of 2005 – along with other stop-motion artists like Robert Morgan (The Separation from ABCs of Death 2) and Jan Svankmajer. Earlier this year, director Christopher Nolan took on the project of compiling some of the shorts from The Quay Brothers over their 30 years of filmmaking in addition to Nolan’s short documentary on the brothers. If you weren’t lucky enough to see this collection, which was only exhibited via 35mm, the good news is that
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Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan, on New Blu-Ray

Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan, on New Blu-Ray
Christopher Nolan's follow up to "Interstellar," "Quay," a documentary short about filmmakers Stephen and Timothy Quay, is but one of the many highlights of "The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films," a new Blu-ray due Nov. 24. The London-based identical twins and stop motion animators, born in Norristown, Penn. in 1947, have long-flourished outside the mainstream bubble, contributing to stage plays and paying homage to their favorite obscure directors, including surrealist Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer in a 1984 short. "Duke of Burgundy" director Peter Strickland told us in an interview that "Street of Crocodiles" is one of his favorite films, and here's why: "I don't understand it at all but that's one of my favorite films. Mood and atmosphere: you can't put a price on that, you can't put it on the page. It's really about going with those highs and lows, almost like music in a sense." Nolan, whose...
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Christopher Nolan's 'Quay' Short Film Hitting Blu-ray in November

Christopher Nolan's 'Quay' Short Film Hitting Blu-ray in November
Read More: Why 'The Quay Brothers in 35mm' is One of Christopher Nolan's Greatest Accomplishments One of the the year's biggest treats for cinephiles was Zeitgeist Films and Syncopy's "The Quay Brothers in 35mm," a 70-minute program curated by Christopher Nolan that included three stop-motion animations from brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay, along with Nolan's own short film about their production process. The collection, screened exclusively on 35mm, has been touring the country since early September and wraps up tonight at the Tiff Bell Lightbox Theater in Toronto. Fortunately, anyone that missed these must-see shorts, and Nolan's documentary "Quay," are in luck as the distributors have announced the program's Blu-ray release for November 24. In addition to the films screened during the national tour, the Blu-ray will also include 12 more shorts from the Quay Brothers. Bonus features include audio commentary from the directors, plus a 28-page booklet that...
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Daily | Wenders, Sembene, Silva

We begin today's roundup with links to interviews with Wim Wenders, Sebastián Silva, and Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, talking about their documentary about Ousmane Sembene. We also feature a new essay on Jean-Luc Godard, an assessment of the Back to the Future trilogy, and an excerpt from Terry Gilliam's new memoir. Plus Edgar G. Ulmer and Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay in Chicago, Martin Scorsese in Paris and Želimir Žilnik in Lisbon. And news of projects in the works by Agnieszka Holland, Terrence Malick, Lee Daniels and more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Wenders, Sembene, Silva

We begin today's roundup with links to interviews with Wim Wenders, Sebastián Silva, and Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, talking about their documentary about Ousmane Sembene. We also feature a new essay on Jean-Luc Godard, an assessment of the Back to the Future trilogy, and an excerpt from Terry Gilliam's new memoir. Plus Edgar G. Ulmer and Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay in Chicago, Martin Scorsese in Paris and Želimir Žilnik in Lisbon. And news of projects in the works by Agnieszka Holland, Terrence Malick, Lee Daniels and more. » - David Hudson
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Review: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks hit another historical home run with 'Bridge of Spies'

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Review: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks hit another historical home run with 'Bridge of Spies'
At some point, Tom Hanks appointed himself the official chronicler of America in the late '50s and early '60s, with occasional digressions to earlier eras in case of world wars. I am perfectly fine with that, and I particularly like it when he and Steven Spielberg collaborate on these things. I am especially fond of "Catch Me If You Can," and while I expected something more on the "Munich"/"Saving Private Ryan" end of the scale, I was pleased to see that "Spies" is not a thriller so much as an ode to both American diplomacy and the tradition of moral movie fathers along the lines of Atticus Finch. In fact, there's a good deal of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in the script credited to Matt Charman and Joel & Ethan Coen. Tom Hanks plays James B. Donovan, an insurance lawyer who is asked to do his patriotic duty
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Christopher Nolan Praises 70mm Release Of 'The Hateful Eight,' Warns Cinemas Are Becoming "An Empty Room With A TV In It"

When you plonk down your $12 at the local multiplex, the expectation is that for the next couple of hours you are not only going to be taken to another world, you are going to be part of an event that can't be duplicated at home. In theory, anyway. However, with the rise of digital prints and in some cases, even Blu-rays, being shown instead of traditional film prints, Christopher Nolan warns that the cinema experience is being devalued to a possible point of no return. Speaking at BFI London Film Festival’s Lff Connects talk, the filmmaker — who most recently shot "Interstellar" on 35mm and 70mm IMAX, and presented 35mm screenings of short films by the Quay Brothers — sounded the alarm about the state of going to the movies. “For some reason, it’s become acceptable to say — we’re providing an empty room with a TV in it for you to watch a film,
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Nyff Review: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Doc ‘Junun’ Featuring Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express

If Christoper Nolan recently borrowed a chapter of the Mayles playbook with his all-too-brief Quay Brothers documentary, quietly observing events unfolding without cinematic editorializing, perhaps one could argue Paul Thomas Anderson pulled out a looseleaf page from cinéma vérité giant Les Blank for his debut doc, “Junun.” While neither as rollicking or rambunctious as Blank’s films, there’s a spiritual connection to “Junun,” a free-form, vibrant documentary about an album recorded by a supergroup of musicians in Northern India that doesn’t feel the need for formal narrative. Maybe it’s as simple as the innate sense that, just like Blank does in his work, Anderson is sitting on the fringes, soaking up the infectious energy and loving every second of what he’s now become part of. Documenting an album recorded by Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, Radiohead multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood, and the 15-plus motley crew of Indian folk musicians known.
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