To The Maxx

May 7, 2008, 5:20 pm
Filed under: film, music

Here’s the video I made for Robert Francis. Enjoy it.

Added bonus:

Somebody put the MGMT video I directed (their first music video and my first music video) on YouTube. So here too is that.


film 2007
February 1, 2008, 10:22 am
Filed under: film

Here, now, one month into 2008, I present my favorite films of 2007.

MY TEN FAVORITE FILMS (arranged alphabetically):

The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford dir. Andrew Dominic

Black Book dir. Paul Verhoeven

The Darjeeling Limited dir. Wes Anderson

The Diving Bell and The Butterfly dir. Julian Schnabel

Great World of Sound dir. Craig Zobel

No Country For Old Men dir. Joel and Ethan Coen

Red Road dir. Andrea Arnold

There Will Be Blood dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

This Is England dir. Shane Meadows

Zodiac dir. David Fincher

AND, COMING IN AT HONORARY ELEVEN: The best film from 1977 that finally saw a proper theatrical release in 2007…

Killer of Sheep dir. Charles Burnett

Best performer of 2007:

Ben Foster
in Alpha Dog, 30 Days of Night and 3:10 To Yuma.


12:08 East of Bucharest, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Away From Her, The Band’s Visit, Black Snake Moan, The Bourne Ultimatum, Brand Upon The Brain, Day Night Day Night, Eastern Promises, Enchanted, The Exterminating Angels, Grindhouse, Hot Fuzz, In The Valley Of Elah, Jellyfish, The King of Kong, The Kingdom, L’iceberg, Last Mistress, Michael Clayton, Once, The Orphanage, Ratatouille, Rescue Dawn, The Savages, Shoot Em Up, Sunshine, Superbad, Sweeney Todd, Syndromes And A Century, The Wind That Shakes The Barley

best music video: bat for lashes
September 27, 2007, 5:01 pm
Filed under: film, music

Bat For Lashes “What’s A Girl To Do”
Directed by Dougal Wilson

video: caribou “melody day”
August 30, 2007, 3:01 pm
Filed under: film, music

i posted this track a few months back, but just saw the video on my friend julia’s blog and i had to steal it because it is excellent. thanks, julia.

if you go to her blog now you can see a picture of a very young robert francis with a pre-scandalous oj. simpson. i shit you not.

rhymes with f*ck
August 22, 2007, 7:56 am
Filed under: film, music

when i was a young max, i used to spend the bulk of my allowance on compact discs. i liked all sorts of music, but i was particularly fond of soundtracks… especially those of the “songs from the motion picture” variety. the most exciting ones were the compilations that were full of unreleased stuff, even songs written especially for the movie… like, remember the soundtrack to “batman forever”? it had so many good bands on it (pj harvey, u2, massive attack, mazzy star, nick cave, method man, the flaming lips… seal) doing a bunch of songs that weren’t available anywhere else.

that era of huge “songs from the movie” albums has kind of died out, but every once in a while you get a bunch of bands doing a bunch of new songs. and one band that keeps popping up on these soundtracks is the wonderfully prolific FLAMING LIPS. from the aforementioned “batman forever” to “suburbia” to “austin powers: the spy who shagged me” to “spiderman 3,” the lips always seem down to contribute an original jam.

the latest film to add to the list is the upcoming Dane Cook/Jessica Alba sex comedy Good Luck Chuck. director Mark Helfrich (who a few years back released the awesome photographic memoir Naked Pictures Of MY Ex-Girlfriends) has commissioned some new original tunes from the lips, the dandy warhols and the honorary title, as well as a solid batch of previously released tunes from sharon jones and the dap-kings, bauhaus, shout out louds, art brut and others.

here’s the new flaming lips track:


Good Luck Chuck comes out September 21st.
The soundtrack comes out September 18th. (link to preorder)

bonnie “prince” billy is my hype man…
July 25, 2007, 9:39 am
Filed under: film, music

Zach Galifianakis and Will Oldham (and their facial hair) star in the official alternate video for Kanye West‘s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” (via Pitchfork). MUST SEE.

THIS is the best Kanye West video hip hop video music video ever.

a quick one while he’s away
July 23, 2007, 12:08 am
Filed under: film, music

just got back from the cinema. three nice things happened.

1. on the way to the theater, I heard my pals miniature tigers on indie 103.1, must’ve been around 9:20pm. the dj played “dino damage” and mentioned the show on thursday at pershing square. be there or be square. get pershed!

2. i saw sunshine. visually amazing, sort of messy, but i thoroughly enjoyed it. i’m a sucker for impending doom and extreme heat.

3. they showed the trailer for Wes Anderson’s latest, THE DARJEELING LIMITED!

Update: here’s the trailer!

Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman together at last! I don’t remember too many details because I was kind of freaking out, but I do remember two great lines of dialogue: “We think the train is lost,” and Schwartzman yelling at Brody and Wilson: “I love you too but I’m gonna mace you in the face.”

I also remember the music. The trailer was not accompanied by music from the films of Merchant Ivory and Satyajit Ray, as the poster credit reads (where’s Mark Mothersbaugh?), but by the music of The Kinks, from the brilliant concept album “Lola vs. the Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1.” I think I heard “This Time Tomorrow” (but I can’t be certain as, again, i was freaking out) but I definitely heard my favorite Kinks songs, the Dave Davies penned “Strangers,” play for the second half of the trailer.

So, because the trailer isn’t online yet, here’s that song:


(buy cd/vinyl)