Monday, June 30, 2008

dude i got so many bug bites

Martin Creed is going to have this piece in the Tate that will be a runner running across a gallery every 30 seconds. I don't know anything about art and the way things are going may never see London but I am glad this is happening in the world, because who hasn't seen a huge expanse of museum corridor and wanted a little bit to slip across it faster than one ought, and because who hasn't seen Band of Outsiders, and because I just read this dull book that started with a snarky but engaging opening scene that has two aspiring teen bohemians sitting in an art museum with a pair of binoculars to observe the bourgeoisie so these lil rapscallions can read their expressions in an attempt to ascertain what the middle-aged and sensibly dressed reap from Art. Everyone sometimes turns around at the movies for a sec to look at the expressions of people looking up at the screen; at the Olafur Eliasson exhibit part at the MoMA, all everyone did was take pictures of themselves and their friends as the whites of Stephanie's eyes turned pink. The point is, the way people move through these spaces (bodies dashing through Chelsea! eyes slowly-slowly finding a way across a big Poussin painting!) is at least ridiculous in a small way, and I think this idea is ignorant, good-type.

Oh real quick fore I go to early pre-long-work-day sleep, here are the movies I've seen lately:

Celine et Julie vont en Bateau: LIBRARY BREAK-IN SCENE ALLUDING TO LOUIS FEUILLADE. DELIGHTFUL WHIMSY AT EXCESSIVE LENGTH. A++

The Little Fugitive: DELIGHTFUL VERITE DEPICTING 5-YEAR-OLD GETTING LOST IN LATE '50s/EARLY '60s CONEY ISLAND. PONIES. A++

Taking Off: LARGELY UNFUNNY SATIRE OF EASY TARGETS--PETIT-BOUGE LONG ISLANDERS AND WISPY DUMB HIPPIES--REDEEMED BY THE FACT THAT DIRECTOR MILOS FORMAN HAD JUST DECAMPED FROM EASTERN EUROPE AND CLEARLY LOOKED AROUND HIM AND THOUGHT, SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCK.

Onimasa: GENUINELY TERRIBLE JAPANESE EPIC RE EARLY 20TH CENTURY "GAMBLER" AND HIS BORING ADOPTED DAUGHTER, REMINISCENT OF A TELENOVELA IN STRUCTURE AND STYLE.

High and Low: GENIUS PACING ALLOWS THIS KUROSAWA JOINT TO SUCCEED BOTH AS SOCIAL COMMENTARY AND POLICE PROCEDURAL.