Wednesday, July 20, 2005

It's For Lubrication!

New York, New York / It's a helluva' town / Ya' know the Bronx is up / And I'm Brooklyn down!
So's I was up in da' big city, da' rotten apple, last weekend fer the test screening fer me brudder's first feature film, The Kingdom of Silence, a.k.a. The Cool Season, a.k.a. Summer in Siam, a.k.a. Elephant Becomes Foreigner. Personally, I think he should call it Menage-a-Thai but that might sound too much like a porno flick. Anywho, the movie was excellent. It just needs a little tightening up and I think it will be ready for Sundance. I won't plot spoil, but I will say this, the movie reminded me so much of real life that I nearly started bawling at the end. Ellen Burstyn looks just like my mom in the movie, down to the haircut, and acts just like her as well. It's almost scary. Joseph Sommers, who plays my dad in the movie, didn't really look or act a whole lot like my dad, he was more of goofy comic relief for a pretty heavy movie. Wait, my dad is goofy comic relief. We also went to the 2nd Avenue Deli, the Takashi Murakami exhibit at the Japan Society which was amazing, the International Center of Photography where my dad noted owning several of the photo books in The Open Book exhibit, the Cezanne and Pisarro exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, the Lee Friedlander exhibit at MoMA, the Bathing Ape store in SOHO, Kidrobot, brunch at the Williamsburg Cafe, and breakfast at Cafeteria which for some reason does not have its own website. It was a whirlwind tour of food and art, two of my favorite things. I also got to see tons of grafitti in Williamsburg, which must be where Neckface lives, because there was so much Neckface grafitti in Williamsburg it made me almost shit my pants. Okay, maybe that was from all of the food and walking and the fact that there are no public toilets in New York. Anyway, here are some pictures from the trip:

My, that's a large sandwich you got there!In NYC they use welding torches for grafsThe vans are tagged, too
Takashi Murakami's enormous bannerThe banner wouldn't fit in one pictureThe poster outside the Japan SocietyObey Giant is everywhere!
The audience is listeningScott flips the bird at CafeteriaSeth shares his burger at Cafeteria

I have more, but they are on my dad's digital camera and he hasn't put them up on the interweb yet. Also, check out Music Hurts, "A quarterly digital music magazine for now - all things from an event, to TV and radio, to print media in the future - Music Hurts is here to lay bare the truth that an online music title can be beautiful and challenging; can get involved from unexpected angles; can get to grips with the look as much as the sound of music." They sent me an e-mail, so I had to plug 'em. Also, on the recomendation of my cuz' Scott, check out Royal Groove to listen to and download the funkiest of all the funky jazz-funk that you can get your groove on to. And lastly, if you are going to be in New York between July and September and you are, like me, a huge fan of Anime, check out the Anime!! exhibit at the MoMA, with films being shown around the clock.