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Mary Herron On Cults, The ’60s, and Her New Manson Movie, ‘Charlie Says’

Mary Herron (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Between Wild Wild Country, “The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence” (now becoming a film), and the start of the Nxivm trial, cults are most definitely part of the zeitgeist these days. Mary Herron—director of one of the many Charles Manson movies coming out— shared some theories about them last night after a preview screening of Charlie Says, which hits theaters Friday following runs at the Tribeca and Montclair film festivals. More →

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‘Framing John DeLorean’ Is a Wild Ride With the Elon Musk of the ’80s

“It’s a DeLorean!”

With those three simple words in Back to the Future, the DMC-12 solidified itself in the mind of every ’80s kid as the coolest car ever made. With its iconic gull-wing doors and geometric stainless-steel exterior, the DeLorean is right up there with the Concorde as one of the most visually stunning vehicle fails of all-time, and its infamous creator finally has a documentary that’s as ambitious as the car itself. More →

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Werner Herzog On ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ Critics: ‘The Stupids Do Not Die Out’

Werner Herzog (right)

When Werner Herzog took a seat in front of the audience at Cinema Village East on Friday, following the Tribeca Film Festival screening of his new documentary, Meeting Gorbachev, he said he was still in a rage over a question he had recently received. Someone had asked him how he let Mikhail Gorbachev get away with the “lie” of saying “we tried,” regarding Gorbachev’s self-described attempt to turn the Soviet Union into a democracy (albeit a socialist one). More →

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A Hidden Movie Theater and Underground Cruising Spot Has Left the East Village

Abel Ferrara’s The Projectionist, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, is a scrappy love letter to New York’s independent cinemas, as seen through the eyes of Nicolas Nicolaou, the owner of some of the city’s oldest and most beloved theaters: Cinema Village near Union Square, Cinemart in Forest Hills, and the Alpine Cinemas in Bay Ridge. But the documentary somehow fails to mention what might be Nicolaou’s most intriguing theater, the Bijou, an underground cruising spot that was one of the East Village’s best-kept secrets until it closed a week ago. More →

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Other Music Documentary Reveals the Noble Gatefold Path

(Photo: Rob Hatch-Miller)

If you’ve ever picked out an Einstürzende Neubauten album and headed to the front counter in mortal trepidation of not being able to keep up your end of the conversation with the checkout clerk, Other Music will give you some serious PTSD. The hotly anticipated documentary, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week and screens again Sunday, takes us right back into the beloved indie record store’s cramped aisles for a bittersweet look at its final days.  

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Bret Easton Ellis Thinks It’s ‘Delicious’ to Trigger Millennials, So Why Does He Want a Safe Space?

When Bret Easton Ellis strode into a Midtown auditorium for his TimesTalk last night, I was almost surprised to hear the enthusiastic applause. After all, his just-published first collection of essays, White, has provoked reviews with headlines like “Bret Easton Ellis’s Non-Fiction Is Lazy, Boring” and “Bret Easton Ellis’s Book ‘White’ and Why You Don’t Need to Read It.” Add to that, a New Yorker interview about Trump that was so awkward that a friend forwarded it to me with an “Oof.” For a moment, it seemed like the author of American Psycho—the writer who “was canceled before cancelling was a thing,” as fellow provocateur Bari Weiss recently put it— was about to truly be canceled in much the same way his most famous novel was ditched by its original publisher.

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Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival: Neoliberal Disaster or Neo-Fascist Catastrophe?

(Photo via @luciuswok on Twitter)

Everyone in the train car looked up in comic bewilderment as the E train glided past the platform of Roosevelt Island Station. “Due to police activity, the E train will not stop at this station,” the conductor announced. Confused and in a futile, panicked hurry, the passengers rushed out at the next stop to beat the growing crowd to the opposite platform; they would try again. It was already 3:36pm, and the Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival was well underway.

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