This Week on Fandor: The King of Bad Taste, Our Lady of the Lemonade, a Spaghetti Western, the Bard and More!
That’s right: We (still) can’t stop talking about Beyoncé’s Lemonade! And, really, can you blame us? Over on Keyframe, our beloved David Hudson put together a great collection — that’s been updated throughout the week — of takes on the supreme pop empress’ new visual album. Did you know that a total of seven directors worked on this epic project? They include award-winning filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund, who just happens to have a dance film called Place in the Fandor library. Star Mikhail Baryshnikov is no Beyoncé, but he’s got enough gravitas that we can forgive him. So hey, if you need something to watch in between replays of Lemonade, we’ve got you covered.
In the world outside the BeyHive, which we promise still exists, we’ve been both observing the 400th “deathaversary” of the Bard of Avon William Shakespeare and celebrating the King of Bad Taste (Baltimore’s own John Waters) who just turned seventy! Somehow, we think that if these two had been alive at the same time, they would have gotten on smashingly.
To mark these occasions, we put together a small movie list of Shakespeare on Fandor
featuring some of our favorite adaptations (including Derek Jarman’s The Tempest and Orson Welles’ Othello, pictured at right). We’ve also been getting into a different side of birthday boy Waters: the nonfiction one! In these wild and weird documentaries, he both narrates strange-but-true tales and is interviewed for profiles on other boundary-pushing artists.
And that brings us to this week’s New Releases. With over a dozen films coming into the library each week, it can be easy for a few to slip under the radar — that’s why we like to round up a few we feel warrant a special highlight:
It just doesn’t get grungier than alt-rockers Mudhoney, whose decades-spanning career has inspired a tidal wave of gloriously dirty, fuzzy sound. Band chronicle I’m Now will inspire you to break out your flannels as you hear from Mudhoney’s contemporaries Sonic Youth, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam and take in plenty of 90s concert footage.
If you’re craving a quick fix, why not try something from our ever-growing treasure trove of short film — superbly crafted cinema that fits your busy schedule? New titles Beyond Enchantment (pictured right), a recent offering from animator/magician Lawrence Jordan, and Even the Walls, an account of one neighborhood’s grappling with the inevitable creep of gentrification, are just two of our most recent short-form additions.
And last but certainly not least, we’ve been showing a lot of love for Italian Cult Cinema lately, and that love is still very much in the air. Needless to say, we’re thrilled that Carlos Lizzani’s Requiescant, a Spaghetti Western par excellence and source of this post’s featured image, is one of this week’s new films! This flick has everything; the acting, the action, the killer score and even a rare on-camera cameo by Pier Paolo Pasolini! Apologies to our Northern neighbors: This film is only available in the U.S.
We’ll leave things there for this week, since that’s probably already more than plenty. But never fear! We’ll be back with even more new films and film news (see what we did there?) to share. Until then, happy watching!