Friday, July 28, 2006

A Scanner, like, Darkly

What up?

Ok, so,

Lets talk about Scanner Darkly. My pal Chris Rubin de la Borbolla seems to be smitten with it according to some Myspace messages he left me. However, Matt and I were talking the other night and it occurred to me that I like the movie because I really want to like it - and there is much to like - but it is ultimately a disappointment. Fans are hyping the film as the most faithful adaptation of Dick's work to film and that is true...too true. The movie is so preoccupied with being faithful to its source that it fails as cinema. The result is that, while Linklater captured nearly all of the text, he missed most of the heart. No one is more upset about this than I am.


Speaking of movies,my pals and I made another 48 hour film this year. For those of you in Nashville, the films are showing Saturday through Wednesday at the Belcourt. Here is our info:

Group B
"Uncovered Wagon: True Life on the Trail"

If you've never been check it out. These movies can be shockingly bad and amazingly great. Our group made a film 2 years ago and we won the award for best acting by a cast. Our approach is a loosely outlined plot with specific characters interacting in improvosational performances. I think the acting in our new film is as good if not better than in our last movie, "Super," which was about a group of superhero sidekicks on a weekend, new age, group therapy retreat.

Please go see our movie and vote us in for audience awards if you deem us worthy.

Also if any of you are on myspace, be my friend!

The new issue of Nashville Arts mag comes out next week. I reviewed the "Found" show at Belmont and interviewed Bryce McCloud for the "In the Studio" section.

Also keep your eyes peeled for a Knoxville gallery roundup I just handed in for the new issue of Number.

I am watching "Pull My Daisy" right now. "Daisy" is an experimental film that documents a lot of random interaction by Beat Generation fixtures while Kerouac provides a loopy, sweet narrative voice over. I am also reading Beat Hotel, a great book about the Beats in Paris by Barry Miles who wrote the Burroughs bio "L'Hombre Invisible."

Be humble in your sleepy hands on this world.
Be a killer in Heaven.

Love, Joe Nolan


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