Top 5 shows of the weekend

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We’re in the home stretch of this wretched orbit, where end-of-year lists could read more like obituaries. Let’s try and be optimistic for a few minutes at least, and marvel at the stupendous options we have to entertain us this weekend.

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Jimmy Kimmel plays “Hipster or Hasidic?” in Williamsburg

hipBrooklyn native Jimmy Kimmel has been filming his show in town all week at BAM. In last night’s episode they went to the streets of Brooklyn for a piece [Read more…]

BAM is playing basically every great 80s indie film over the next few weeks

bluevelvetBAM’s “Indie 80s,” a celebration of independent films from “the neglected decade between the golden age of 70s New Hollywood and the indie boom of the 90s” starts this Friday, July 17. The programming is pretty impressive, and basically reads like a shortlist of my all-time favorite films. Some notables include Stranger Than Paradise, Wild Style, The Evil Dead, My Degeneration, This Is Spinal Tap, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Blue Velvet, Blood Simple, Blank Generation, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Check out the full schedule here. I think they hit most of the decade’s touchstones but NO VIDEODROME???? Come on guys.

BAM presents Unbound with Kim Gordon

Photo by Rebecca Greenfield

Photo by Rebecca Greenfield

 

“To see a seamless performance is kind of boring. I like to see things kind of fall apart.”

These are the words of Kim Gordon, after watching clip after clip of live performances gone wrong. As part of the “Unbound” series, last week BAM and Greenlight Books hosted Kim Gordon to talk about her new memoir, “Girl in a Band” with longtime friend Margaret Bodde, although not much about the book was actually uttered the whole night. At the start, Bodde and Gordon reminisced a few minutes about the early 80s and (possibly) meeting each other for the first time at CBGBs. Bodde showered Gordon with accolades for her various works, then dived in to questions, starting with one about Gordon’s relationship to an audience. Gordon talked about how music is different than other mediums of art and admitted feeling self-conscious at times. [Read more…]

BAMcinématek Hysterical Excess: Discovering Andrzej Zulawski

This month, we’ll be checking out the Andrzej Zulawski film retrospective at BAM.

Dubbed the enfant terrible of Polish cinema, Andrzej Zulawski is one of the most controversial and polarizing filmmakers in the world. BAMcinématek is proud to present the first US retrospective of the uncompromising auteur’s complete work in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute.

The series includes two rare, early shorts Zulawski directed for Polish television—Pavoncello and The Song of Triumphant Love—along with a new 35mm print of his first feature, The Third Part of the Night. A true cinematic agitator, Zulawski squeezed fervent performances from all of his actors in these films that rise to ecstatic heights yet dive deep into the nadirs of the human condition: birth, love, loss, death, and everything in between.

Here’s a taste of the campy hysterical excess to expect:

Possession (1981) – International Trailer