John Cassavettes Retrospective

cassavetesrowlandsBetween 17 September and 4 November, the Filmmuseum is  having a retrospective on everyone’s favorite indie film icon, the writer/actor/director John Cassavetes.

“What would life be like living in a John Cassavetes film? Well there’s one advantage: you’d almost always have a strong drink in your hand. But alas there’s a catch: you will eventually get drunk. Stupid drunk. In fact, chances are that you are an unsympathetic middle-aged alcoholic simmering with raw emotion but forever incapable of expressing it. And that’s always a bummer…

“Life would seem fragmentary, unpolished and often overlong (if not downright boring). There would be few easy answers and plenty of open endings. Many things will be in close-up – especially when you are moaning after being punched, bleeding from getting pricked or experiencing loneliness like a kick in a place where it hurts the most. The dubious lighting will either have you glowing in over-exposure or disappearing into a shadow. The equally shitty sound quality would only have one advantage: background noise may sometimes cover up the fact that you are continuing to talk even though you have nothing to say…” [Read more here.]

Posted: September 15, 2009 at 10:56 am.

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Klik Animation

klikteethy1Animation fans should definitely check out the Klik Amsterdam film festival that is taking place 17-20 September. One of the organisers Luuk van Huet was  a writer for Amsterdam Weekly, and as such I sometimes had to work  to calm his smartass tendencies (my older friends will recognise the absurdity of such a situation). It’s the festival’s  third edition and is screaming with ambition.  A related exhibition, Animation Chiellerie, has already opened with prints and animations by the inspired locals likes of  Erik Kriek,  Lamelos, Martin Draax and Jeroen Blankert

Posted: September 14, 2009 at 8:08 am.

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Sculpture Route


Until 26 October it’s worth heading into Zuid for ArtZuid 2009. Apollolaan and Minervalaan have been filled with some great sculptures by the inspired likes of Joep van Lieshout (BikiniBar), Paul McCarthy (Bronze Blockhead), Panamarenko (Brazil) and some guy named Rodin (Le Penseur). Pack yourself a bronzed picnic and go and hang out a while…

Posted: August 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm.

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Parade down to Utrecht

Parade-FestivalThe wacky theater festival De Parade is coming to Amsterdam on 31 July. But since this edition has been taken over by armies of rosé-drinkers over the last decade, why not head to Utrecht? It retains more of the old-fashioned vibe and is conveniently located under a crashed UFO in a huge tree-filled park beside Utrecht CS.

Pips:lab  has an entertaining show: Archie & the Bees combines Goethe colour theory, cod pieces and light graffiti – along with whining about how they have to stay together as a collective for another four years since getting a structural subsidy. Does this make sense? No? Then just check out their website.

But I missed Wereldband, which everyone is highly recommending. So I guess I’ll be hitting the Amsterdam edition after all. Luckily, I have already worked through most of my rosé issues.

Posted: July 20, 2009 at 8:54 am.