Posts tagged ‘Michael Stipe’

March 17, 2011

Have I been living under a rock or in a K-hole? R.E.M. Videos I’ve Missed

by Accidental Bear

Have I been living under a rock or in a K-hole? How did I miss this amazing song and even better nutty video of R.E.M. I often give Micheal Stipe a hard time and talk about the time we rubbed elbows here in SF at Tranny Shack back in the 90’s and the way he smelled like a homeless guy. I promise not to mention that again. What’s important is his music and his pure, raw entertainment. I love the fact that Stipe does not use bells and whistles in his videos , he keeps it basic and yet BRILLIANT. So, STIPE be as stinky as you wanna be. Just keep filling my ipod with great catchy tunes.

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February 23, 2011

JAMES FRANCO / GUS VAN SANT; My Own Private Idaho , Relived

by Accidental Bear
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I lived, breathed, worshiped , emulated this film. The thought that I can breathe some fresh air through this film project has me all in a fuss. LA here I come.

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UNFINISHED
FEBRUARY 26 – APRIL 9, 2011

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JAMES FRANCO / GUS VAN SANT
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Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Gus Van Sant and James Franco.

“Unfinished” features two films, Endless Idaho and My Own Private River, which are collaborations between Van Sant and Franco. After casting Franco in the award-winning film Milk (2008), Van Sant showed him the dailies and other footage that he had shot many years before for My Own Private Idaho (1991), which starred River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as street hustlers in Portland, Oregon. Much of this material did not make it into the final cut, and so Franco decided to fashion it into two new films, riffing off the original title.

For Endless Idaho, Franco edited outtakes, deleted scenes, alternate takes, and behind-the-scenes footage from My Own Private Idaho into a 12-hour film. Endless Idaho provides an unprecedented look into the workaday process of making a movie, from location scouting to repeated takes. Like many of the films of Andy Warhol, a major influence on Van Sant’s own auteur style, it is a provocative, often riveting blend of documentary and fiction. Interviews with actual hustlers who played secondary characters inMy Own Private Idaho are intercut with shots of River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves improvising and refining their performances under the direction of Van Sant and his crew. The music for Endless Idaho was composed by Luke Paquin and Tim O’Keefe. By contrast,My Own Private River consists largely of shots of Phoenix ‘s character, Mike, woven into a compelling portrait. Franco describes being mesmerized by Phoenix ‘s “uninhibited acting” in this unreleased footage, and his edit captures the gifted actor at his most emotionally expressive and physically dynamic. The score is by Michael Stipe, who is an art school drop-out.

The films are accompanied by eight works on paper by Van Sant, which translate his acute directorial sensitivity with regard to human nuance and gesture in film into the immediacy of watercolor. With the same subtle powers of observation that distinguish his filmmaking, he has created portraits of young men who recall characters in My Own Private Idaho — defiant, circumspect, and devil-may-care insouciants. Working from photographic images found on the internet, Van Sant has created vivid impressions of his incidental icons, employing brushwork that alternates broad, limpid strokes with an assiduous attention to detail and a varied palette of both washed out tones and dense, electric hues.