Monday, September 3, 2007

Recommends is such a strong word

....but I'm certainly interested in "Mister Lonely", the first feature from Harmony Korine since "Julien Donkey Boy" in 1999. Since that time he's done a couple of stints in rehab, burnt down his house (twice) and made a few minor things for television, including a documentary on magician David Blaine. “Mister Lonely” involves a Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple and Michael Jackson impersonator traveling to the Brazilian rain forest. It features Blaine again, Samantha Morton (excellent in Lynne Ramsay's "Morvern Callar") and filmmaker Werner Herzog.

"Gummo" got under my skin and stayed there for many years and Herzog's cameo in "JDB" (taunting and hosing down his son) was incredible. Here he plays a priest who has discovered flying nuns. Not sure how that ties into the celebrity impersonators, or if it matters.

Written by Korine and his brother Avi, the film will likely be equally as divisive "Kids", "Gummo" and "Julien Donkey Boy", but worth seeing, especially if Korine is around to introduce it. Eight years ago at the Uptown he stood up to speak after debuting “Donkey Boy”, with a lit cigarette in his hand. This was long before the Sean Penn scandal, but right around the time smoking was being banned everywhere, let alone cinemas. On hand were the film's stars Ewan Bremmer (hot from Trainspotting) and Chloë Sevigny, Korine's girlfriend at the time. Chloe was trying to get Korine to extinguish his cigarette, muttering something about the fire marshal. I was in the front row, a few chairs away, a near-empty cup of Coke in front of me. Chloe nudged him and he asked if he could have the cup. I said yes, thinking he would use it to put out his cigarette, and then watched him drink what was left in the cup, most of which was melted ice.

The film plays on the 12th and 14th, both times at the Scotiabank Cinema.

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