Monday, August 08, 2005

Mamo #8: How you doin', Bill Murray?

We return from the countryside today for an urban installment, wherein the clouds of summer blockbusterdom finally lift, and a few smaller, more character-driven films peek through. The gem of the lot is Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers, starring Bill Murray, who seems to be going through a kind of career renaissance lately.

And a reminder: we will again be guest-hosting Frameline this Friday afternoon at 2:00 Eastern Daylight Time, on CKLN 88.1 FM in Toronto. You can stream the show live on the web at


Anonymous Leo Stableford said...

The more and more indie films I come across the less ad less involving they seem to become. The last indie flick I really connected with was Cypher...

Except of course that Cypher was an indie genre flick, it didn't really fit what we expect from an indie flick so maybe that doesn't count. The last meandering character piece I felt really engaged with was probably Clerks.

I really dug Mystery Train, and from that period I also really liked the Tom DiCillo movies Living In Oblivion and Johnny Suede, I used to really like David Lynch movies but feel he's never really had an artistic agenda that is suited to feature length movie making. The scene from Mulholland Drive where the two guys discuss a dream one of them had in the diner is fantastic, the movie never attains that height again, for example. I've been watching all this stuff like I heart Huckabees (not Napoleon Dynamite yet) but I often find that the effort to make some postmodern comment supersedes any other consideration in the agenda of indie cinema at present.

I would go so far as to call this condition a malaise and these movies that redefine genres, or comment upon them are the worst symptom. I'd like to see a movie like Johnny Suede or Three Businessmen which are in the world but not really of it. Maybe I'm just experiencing the fact that I have so much more access to indie flicks than I did when I was younger but I feel that there are more indie misses than indie hits. Especially compared to the big generic blockbusters which fulfil their own agenda and win on their own terms far more often.

As for the renaissance of Bill Murray. I am a huge Murray fan but I find it kind of bizarre. I think his reinvention is deliberate and canny, I just can't believe anyone bought it but me. Long may it continue.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous mr.six said...

Man, looking above, my comment is gonna come across as quite juvenile...

The Joker is SOOOO gay! If there has been any comicbook super-villian with more of an effeminate than the Joker, I've never read them.

I think Alan Cummings would be GREAT in the role...and agree with Matt in that while we wish Nicky Brendan's not for him.

Good work boys. Ambiance achieve. Six is happy.

1:07 AM  
Blogger Tederick said...

I agree with the effeminate angle, although I do concede to my partner that there is more than one way to play this part. I also concede that Cumming might be too old at this point... but I still REALLY want to see him do it.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

Great show and I think it was the best sounding one yet! During the last show taped in the cottage, it sounded like the volume on the mics was up too high putting it into the sound into the red (if that makes any sense). This one sounded a lot better and the background noise was barely noticable.

In the Nicky Brendan versus
Alan Cummings Joker debate, I think that Nicky Brendan would make an INCREDIBLE Joker. Unfortunately, I expect Warner Brothers will be looking for a bigger name to play the Joker. In a perfect world, Mark Hamill would play the Joker, but not only does he not have the name power, he's definitely too old now for the part.

Speaking of which if you haven't already heard the Batman Begins sequel is a go and they are just waiting to see if Chris Nolan is going to direct again or if they will have to find a new director:

4:43 PM  

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