Boy, I'm super sad I didn't think of this, but Vulture put up this awesome post with the kind of jokes Spock would tell if he were a stand-up comedian. They are so not funny that they're actually hilarious. Read some below, and then click here to read the rest. Vulture is the best. —Katie
The Avant/Garde Diaries’ spring season is starting off with a new series entitled “The Avant/Garde Diaries Premieres.” Samantha Casolari’s film, The Cycle Revealed, a "ruminative exploration of Robert Lepage’s production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at The Metropolitan Opera," will be the first event in the series. The event will take place Thursday, May 16 from 8-11 PM at 372 Broome St., NYC. There will also be performances by Valentin Stip, and a DJ set by Dave Harrington, one half of Darkside. —Katie
I know the Internet is all OMG!! RYAN GOSLING!! like, all the time, but I think we can all agree that these Vines are amazing. Grade A entertainment. I'm kind of mad I didn't think of this idea first, but I'm just thankful these blessed little videos exist. Eat the cereal Ryan, just eat it...please? —Hazel
If you have $250 lyin' around, please buy this ridiculously awesome Great Gatsby soundtrack vinyl. They are literally coated in gold and platinum! Whaaaaat? You probably can't play them, but they sure do look cool. If you are a normal human and can't spend $250 but still want to hear the tunes, you can listen to them all fo' free on Spotify. —Katie
Good evening. I'm Ally Mullen, and this is what's happening in your world tonight. A Pawnee woman clings to life as she fights The Girlie Show's Liz Lemon and that guy from Borat. There's a few crowbars, some ripped stockings and suits so fine they make Sinatra look like a hobo.
Roger Gastman talks about everything, but the one topic he's most interested in at the moment is the underground D.C. graffiti culture of the late '80s into the '90s. Here, we discuss his vast collection of memorabilia from the time, his personal love of graffiti , and what he's doing next (which I hope includes throwing another party).
Marina and Charli collaborated on the song "Just Desserts" together and, unsurprisingly, it is super fun. Marina and the Diamonds also released a snippet of their upcoming documentary Heartcore which is fun to watch because her fans are really cute. —Katie
Laura Marling's new album Once I Was An Eagle isn't coming out until May 27th, but in the meantime she's released this short film that is backed with the first 4 tracks from the album. It's like a really long music video, and I'm totally into it. —Katie
Tomorrow night, April 30, watch and listen as Pattern is Movement unveil their new record at this week's Tuesday Tune-Out presented by the Cinedelphia Film Festival. Their music will be synched with scenes from There Will Be Blood as an album screening and listening party. The film will take you through the band's journey of the past four years, with an additional Q&A with the band members and the album's lead engineer. Plus, there's going to be free pizza from Pizza Brain. There are like, four wins here: music, film, an interview and the best food on earth. You've been warned in advance, so if you miss it, just don't come crying to me about it—I'll be busy in my bowling alley drinking milkshakes. The film starts at 7:30PM at the PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.).—Ally
The grass always seems greener on the other side of the country. While I'd give just about anything to live the Los Angeles life (I think?), MOCATV's Magic Hour, directed by Tara Subkoff, gives some insight into what it's like on the West Coast when I'm not there. Even if there's a dispensary on every corner, featured actress Chloe Sevigny ONLY sees the sunny side in L.A., which scorches you with melanoma! Stay stoned, Cali, or you'll start NYC dreaming and end up in a cold, cramped apartment all of next year.—Ally
Okay, The Great Gatsby soundtrack has been more interesting than the movie thus far, but that doesn't mean I'm not still going to pay $15 to watch Leo yell at things. Plus, I imagine this new song from The xx will have some preeeetty sexy Leo things happening around it in the movie which is an added bonus for everyone. —Katie
Nearly 10 years after directing and starring in Garden State, Zach Braff is at it again. Sort of. He's attempting to, anyway. The former Scrubs actor is following in the Veronica Mars movie footsteps and has launched a Kickstarter in the hopes of funding a follow-up to Garden State entitled Wish I Was Here. Written by Zach Braff and his brother Adam, Wish I Was Here promises to be a sort-of sequel to Garden State. Where Garden State focused on the 20-something existential crisis, Wish I Was Here promises to focus on the 30-something side of things. As long as this movie soundtrack is as good as the last one, we're sold. (DON'T ACT LIKE YOU DIDN'T LOVE THAT SHIT IN 2004.) —Katie
The new video for Disclosure's single "You & Me" features a young couple having the ultimate European adventure and getting into mischief (but not too much mischief). —Katie
I feel like I keep posting things about Lana Del Rey? I guess deep down I like her a lot? Like, her song for The Great Gatsby soundtrack was released on the 'net this week and I am all up on it. It's really pretty! You can just picture her swanning around with her lips and shit when she's singing this one. Give it a listen below. You'll see. —Katie
Get all up in this Bling Ring trailer because it is gold. Emma Watson's Valley Girl accent is really speaking to me on a deep level. The only thing that could make this movie better would be Alexis Neiers making a cameo that somehow revolves around screaming about Louboutins, but sadly I don't think that's in the cards. At least there's a Paris Cameo! —Katie
The new documentary Teenage, which premiered this weekend at Tribeca Film Festival, takes a look at how different youth subcultures scattered across the world and throughout centuries have helped define teenage culture today. Through beautiful, super-8 archive footage paired with the recreations and narrations of four different teens (a self-destructive flapper, a black Boy Scout, a Swing-obsessed German boy, a Nazi youth girl) Teenage creates a vibrant "living collage" of history in a way that no documentary film has done before. We talked to Matt Wolf, the director of the film, Jon Savage, who wrote Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture, the book that served as the basis of the film, and Executive Producer Jason Schwartzman, about the movie, what they were like as teens, and why adults forget what it feels like to be a rebellious youth. —Hazel
How did you all connect to make this movie?
Matt: I read Jon's book and I thought it was very compelling and I thought it could be a great film. He had just finished the Joy Division film and I just had just finished this movie called Wild Combination about Arthur Russell, so we swapped DVDs and started talking. We thought we could work together so we started a sort of Skype relationship. Eventually I went to Wales with a harddrive of footage and we started the process of etching out what the film could be.
Jason: I saw Matt's film Wild Combination and I loved it; I remembered watching it many times over the course of a week after it came out. One person I was eager to show it to was this friend of mine, Humberto Leon, who has the store Opening Ceremony. Humberto said that he was friends with Matt Wolf and later [Opening Ceremony] wanted short films for their store opening in Japan and he hooked Matt and I up and we made one together. It was during the shoot for that that he told me about how he was going to make a movie based on this book by Jon Savage and I was excited about it.
In terms of how you, Matt and Jon, envisioned the film, did you have a clear idea of what the film would look and feel like? Did you two know from the beginning that you would want to do use archival footage or sort of take this in a more artistic direction?
Matt: We could have done a multi-part television series with expert historians and talking heads, but early on we knew we didn't want to do that. I had accumulated about 70 or 80 hours of archival footage at some point while we were piecing together the film. I had a residency at an artists' colony, and everyday I edited a sort of compilation mix of archival footage to contemporary music and that was a really important part of the process for me. It made this "living collage" style we were going for.
Jon: Matt and I discussed early on that we didn't want the film to be from the point of view of adults, we wanted young people's own words. So Matt and I developed a narration where we took quotes from the book or wrote quotes that gave the teenage point of view—how it actually feels to be young. In general, the film is pretty much how we wanted it to be from the start. I've worked in documentaries on and off for years and you can get very bored with documentaries—you know exactly what's going to happen. And with Teenage, I think we've invented a new form.
Who is the audience for Teenage; is it teenagers?
Matt: Teenage, to me, is an art film in a sense. The film is also an incredible music experience. I see the film almost like a record, and the narrations are like the lyrics to the record. You can just sort of sit and experience it without looking at it. I hope fans of music are a fan. And the film isn't really about your typical teenager, it's about exceptional young people, people who think against the grain. I wish I had seen this film when I was a teenager.
Jon: Me too. Because then you realize you're not alone.
Jason: I almost wish they would show this in schools because I think it's exciting. Also, I remember Matt came to my house with a rough compilation and narrated it for me in person, and even when he wasn't talking it was beautiful to watch.
When you were going through all the footage and even watching the film now, was there a certain quote or piece of footage that really stood out to you?
Matt: The thing that was a big break-through for me was the color footage of German swing kids. The story of the German swing kids is the most moving to me because it was the story of how pop culture and politics collide. These young people were smuggling American music and culture as a way of expressing themselves but also as a subversive tactic to resist the Nazi regime. It's so punk. I also love the quote, "Before Pearl Harbor I was playing with paper dolls, after Pearl Harbor I never played with dolls again." And there's also this quote towards the end of the film, from a letter to the editor for Seventeen Magazine, that says, "I love being seventeen. I wish I could stay this age for awhile. Seventeen is that perfect spot between adolescence, which means you're going somewhere, and adulthood which means you're on the downgrade."
Jon: [laughs] I'm totally downgraded! I love the quote, "My world is speedy and they're old." That's from a book called Middletown, which is about this couple who went to a town in the midwest for a year in the 1920s and reported what they found. But, my favorite bit, is the footage of the Chicago swing jamboree in 1938 with 200,000 kids going mental. And it was an integrated audience, which is amazing, because black American music was incredibly important.
Jason: You know what's wild, and it just occurred to me, is that it blows my mind that you [Jon] wrote this book without seeing a lot of this stuff. The book and the movie, they're companion pieces in a way. Jon wrote this book without having seen a lot of it and Matt made that possible.
Matt: We were really rigorous in making sure that everything in the film is based on historical truths and uncovered history. We based the narration on primary source quotes and based our characters off of real people and that rigor is really important to us as filmmakers and historians.
Jason: Another great thing about the film is that it doesn't get into all the stuff you already know. These are the people and the stories that seeped through everything.
And tell me a little bit more about picking out the uncovered stories and building the narrations you wanted to use.
Matt: I took Jon into a recording studio and we tried narrating the story and it didn't feel authentic because he was an older person and a British person speaking about this global story.
Jon: I was terrible. [laughs]
Matt: A friend of mine connected me to Jena Malone, who came to the studio and experimented with doing voice-overs with tons of subjective quotes. I thought that worked and was an interesting way to tell a story. But then I thought, can an American girl carry this whole story? No. So, we ended up narrowing the film to America and England and Germany and race was an important part of the story as well so I added an African American character and I wanted there to be an equal balance between female and male narratives.
And there was a line in the press release I was really interested in about activism and rebelliousness, and how you point out that adults today sort of forget what it feels like to be a teen. In your opinion, why do you think there's that separation?
Matt: At the core, I think it's that teenagers represent the future because they're going to live in the next era, and that creates a lot of hope and anxiety for adults. They project their fears onto young people and it leads to a desire to control them. But why do adults forget this need for freedom and self-expression and revert to this need to control? I think it's out of fear.
Jon: And also people get beaten down by life, they really do. People get into habits and raising a family, if you do that. It also depends on temperament. I've always been a guy who's interested in the present and the future. A lot of my work is in the past but when I was a kid I was into stuff that were really cutting edge, which is why I'm excited about the film because it's so different. You have the everyman histories, the history of the normal people, but when I was a kid I hated the normal people. I never wanted to be normal EVER. With the book and the film I was interested in the exceptional people who make the change. Because, if there's no change there's just entropy and then everything turns to shit.
Matt: When I was a teen I was a gay activist, and I remember publishing this underground newspaper and dumping it in the middle of my quad and then going to the bathroom and just barfing. I didn't even think about it as brave, it was just this immediate need to express myself. As I get older I think about what people will think of me and I try not to think that way, but with teenagers, they just purely express in a very visceral way.
Jason: I do remember being an adolescent and feeling angry and sad and not knowing why. As you get older, adults need to find a reason for why you feel all these things. I have a daughter now and whenever I meet a parent of an older kid they go, "Just wait till she's 13!" *eye roll* and it's like, why the "just wait?"
Jon: It's part of that experience of separating from your parents and joining the world of your peers.
Matt: And when you're young, a lot of the time you're oppressed. I think with this film, it's really about a formative period in history in which young people were facing an unprecedented amount of oppression from their parents and the government. They were really just struggling for basic forms of recognition and to endure these struggles and define yourself under judgmental and high-pressure critique from adult society it leads towards revolution.
I am so pleased that Steve Buscemi and Vampire Weekend have been palling around because it gives us wonderfully awkward and hilarious videos like this. Can't wait to see the Buscemi-directed Unstaged concert for the band on April 28. (via Pitchfork) —Katie
The National is a band composed of two sets of brothers, but with five members, that means Matt Berninger, the lead singer, is the odd man out. Mistaken For Strangers is the documentary that Matt's younger brother Tom put together while on the road with the band. So, basically there's lot of brothers being brothers. The documentary is Tom's way of showing the differences between the brothers, and what he struggles with as the brother not in the band. It seems like an awesome documentary, and will hopefully have a small run in theatres after its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival this week. —Katie
Jurassic Park is nearly 20 years old, and back in theaters in 3D (not that I'd ever want to see a movie bad enough to drop $15). It's a classic, and so is Laura Dern's underrated paleobotanist style. These behind-the-scenes shots piqued my interest (Spielberg's '90s style is on-point too), so I dug through the archive, aka watched the movie again, and unearthed some dope fashion fossils (bam!). Dern is straight on-trend for summer 2013 in double denim, bucket hat, camp socks and boots, and classic glasses of both the shaded and prescriptive varieties. Girl got game even when shit hits the fan and two genius velociraptors are hunting her down. If Jurassic Park taught us anything — well, beside "Don't clone dinos!" — it's that a quality outfit will get you through most life-threatening situations. —Angelo
Oh snap! Not to be outdone, young Lex comes through with the faded paisley tank, side-braid and purple 5-panel cap.
Even in distress our muse makes a bold but smart choice with the classic yellow rain slicker.
Oh no, raptors! Don't worry though because here comes...
Sexy Jeff Goldblum! All's well that ends well.
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