Thriller Rod Lott
Since the 2005 French thriller "13 Tzameti" was pretty good on its own,
why bother to remake it? I have a theory: Sad to say, most Americans
won't willingly watch movies that are in black and white, or have
subtitles, or don't have famous faces they recognize. And they sure as
hell won't watch movies that fall into all three categories of
"liabilities," as "13 Tzameti" does.
France reclaims a fairy tale to depict a girl’s erotic awakening.
Drama Rod Lott
Anyone who thinks the current craze of rebooting fairy tales (from
film’s “Red Riding Hood” to TV’s “Once Upon a Time”) is “edgy,” I’d like
to sit them down in front of Catherine Breillat’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” Now that's edgy.
‘Monsieurs and madams, straight from Stillwater, Oklahoma, America: Other Lives!’
Nobody from Oklahoma’s had a bigger year than Other Lives, what with the release of a fine album, successful tours across the States and Europe, and the recent announcement that they’ll be opening the first leg of Radiohead’s upcoming U.S. tour. It’s hard to believe that one of the last times I saw them, they were playing for maybe 50 people inside Opolis.
Well, they look to be building on all that success with more shows in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to the dates accompanying Radiohead. They’ll be touring with a fellow mini-orchestra that goes by JBM, which I can assure you you’ll most definitely like if Other Lives make your kind of music. Those dates are listed below.
12.05.11 - Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA * 12.06.11 - Cafe du Nord - San Francisco, CA * 12.08.11 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR * 12.09.11 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC * 12.11.11 - The Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA * 12.14.11 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO * 02.06.12 - Jackpot Music Hall - Lawrence, KS 02.07.12 - Ciceros - St. Louis, MO 02.08.12 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE 02.09.12 - 7th Street - Minneapolis, MN 02.10.12 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL 02.11.12 - The Basement - Columbus, OH 02.13.12 - Ninth Ward - Buffalo, NY 02.14.12 - Drake - Toronto, ON 02.15.12 - Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC 02.16.12 - Great Scott - Boston, MA 02.17.12 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY 02.18.12 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA 02.21.12 - Red Palace - Washington, DC 02.22.12 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA 02.23.12 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA 02.24.12 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC 02.25.12 - TBD / Pour House - Nashville, TN / Charleston, SC 02.27.11 - American Airlines Arena - Miami, FL ^ 02.29.11 - St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL ^ 03.01.11 - Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA ^ 03.03.11 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX ^ 03.05.11 - American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX ^ 03.07.11 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX ^ 03.09.11 - Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO ^ 03.11.11 - Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO ^ 03.13.11 - 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO ^ 03.15.11 - Jobing.com Arena - Glendale, AZ ^
* w/ JBM ^ w/ Radiohead
Included in the announcement was this awesome hour-long video of them performing for Le Mouv, which appears to be some sort of French radio station/media outlet. Please let me know if that’s not the case, as I do not speak French. I’ve seen a ton of these shows as they’ve played for KCRW, NPR’s Tiny Desk series and plenty of others, but few are this long and none are on such a glossy, professional-looking stage as this. Watch:
And don’t worry, Okies: Other Lives’ Twitter handle has assured me they’re looking to book a return-home show sometime in late January. Keep your calendar cleared. It’s gonna be an incredible homecoming.
Comedy Rod Lott
Comedy is hard; horror comedy is harder. Throw a foreign language in
there, and it's harder even still. And while the French film "Vampires"
is far better than our own country's "Vampires Suck" spoof, it still has
Yet another French thriller arrives perfectly on-target.
Thriller Rod Lott
Not since 2006’s “Tell No One” has a foreign-born thriller overtaken my
pulse as handily as Fred Cavayé’s “Point Blank.” Both hail from France.
Neither is a hunk of fromage. In fact, they put American thrillers to shame.
French producer Yuksek impresses with this trippy clip.
You know how Macs have that Photo Booth program?
Well, you know that one effect you can put on it where the middle of the screen splits out, showing a mirror image of whatever’s there on each side of the screen? Well it looks like Yuksek did a really, really impressive, highly trippy version of that to accompany his infectious track “Off the Wall.” It’s way cooler than that time you tried to make it look like you had two heads.
Known for painting soup cans, Andy Warhol also shot photos, some of which feature famous faces and go on display in Norman.
Visual Arts Susannah Waite The Cult of Personality: Andy Warhol, Harold Stevenson and Portraiture and Vernet to Villon: Nineteenth-Century French Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Art opening Friday, through Sept. 9 Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art 555 Elm, Norman ou.edu/fjjma 325-3272 $3-$5
OKG7 things to do Gazette staff
Talking bees, endangered children, Salma Hayek as a stripper — yep, it
sure smells like French Cinema Week over at the Oklahoma City Museum of
Art, 415 Couch. Between today and Sunday, eight films will be shown,
including comedies, dramas, thrillers, animated features and the newly
restored version of 1945’s classic wartime romance, Children of Paradise. Admission is $5-$8. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.