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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

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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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Industry City’s Summer Shows: Guided By Voices, Antibalas, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and More

Sure, Monday’s brief spike into warmer weather only lasted a day, but Industry City has dropped another much-needed reminder that good climes and good times are right on the horizon. The Sunset Park work-play complex just announced the lineup for its summer series of concerts and parties, and this year is going to be a doozy thanks to Antibalas, Blonde Redhead, Guided by Voices, Frankie Cosmos, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and more.

The DJ lineup is just as impressive as the schedule of live shows, what with some of our favorite selectors—including Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, and Greenpoint’s own The Lot Radio—in the mix. More →

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The Deuce Shoots Final Season On LES

Back in September, HBO announced that it was renewing The Deuce, David Simon’s gritty drama about the rise of the porn trade in ’70s and ’80s NYC, for a third and final season. Now vintage cars are lining Orchard Street between Stanton and Rivington in preparation for a shoot tonight. More →

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Relaxer and My Year of Rest and Relaxation: More Taxing Than Relaxing

It’s not often that two strikingly original works seem to have been cut from the same puke-drenched cloth, but that’s exactly the case with Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation, published last year to critical acclaim, and Joel Potrykus’s Relaxer, which premiered last year around the same time at SXSW and is now playing at Cinema Village East. The film has been called “the grossest movie of the year” while the novel will have you “cringing during every moment,” per The Paris Review. Clearly, despite their titles, relaxation isn’t exactly their intended purpose.

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