the spirit of the times
Directed by Emmy-Award-winning filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine (Ballets Russes), this entertaining and inspiring documentary nimbly maps the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. Told by the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen—Tom Perkins, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Dick Kramlich and others—the film also features the audacious industrialists behind such groundbreaking companies as Intel, Apple, Cisco, Atari, Genentech, PowerPoint and Tandem. Our lives would be dramatically different without the contributions that these venture capitalist pioneers and their entrepreneurial partners have made to the creation of life-saving drugs, personal computers and the Internet.
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Have you seen Daddy Longlegs yet? It’s not too late!
Little synopsis for ya, in case you’re unfamiliar:
“Divorced and alone, Lenny (the perfectly cast Ronald Bronstein) is the father of two young boys he gets to see a couple of weeks a year. He cherishes these days with the kids, being both stern parent and lovable buddy, inventing myths and somehow living them, all while working overtime in the big city. When the going gets tough, Lenny uses some unusual, perhaps even hazardous, techniques to keep the kids safe from the world.”
The film was written and directed by brothers Ben and Josh Safdie, based on many of their own experiences with their father. Lead actor Ronald Bronstein won a Gotham Award for his role in the film, which was an official Sundance Selection. A lot of other great stuff happened to this movie, but the most pressing of these is that Daddy Longlegs has been released on DVD! Well, sort of. Technically it doesn’t come out until December 13, but you can pre-order at this very moment, here, OR you can buy one (or seven, or twenty) of these, in person, from the filmmakers themselves:
Yep, Josh and Ben are throwing a DVD release party, and you’re invited! Yes, you!
Sure, pre-ordering online is great, and yes, you will have to put on pants (or a skirt, kilt, skort, etc) to attend the party, BUT it’s probably time you left the apartment anyway :/
No, but you will have fun. There will be a screening of the Safdies’ making-of documentary, Second Stop from Jupiter, there will cocktails, and there will be music, described thusly by the filmmakers themselves:
“Sean Williams and Jake Braff will be playing golden music on wax from their perspective fields of expertise. Come and see what that means for yourself.”
We like the sound of that. It sounds weird and fabulous… but you’ll have to come if you intend to find out, because we will (probably) NOT be describing it in any fashion for those of you who don’t come.
So. Here we have some links:
Today on DVD - The Tree! An adaptation of Judy Pascoe’s novel (Our Father who Art in the Tree), the film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Dawn, who begins to believe that the spirit of her recently (as in, within the film’s first ten minutes) deceased husband has taken up residence in the (ENORMOUS AND REAL) Moreton Bay fig tree next to her house.
She and her children (some of whom are more convinced than others) take comfort in the tree* as they struggle to make sense of their loss.
After all the press around Gainsbourg’s psychologically devastating** work with (Cannes Persona non Grata) Lars von Trier, her role as a mother coping with tragedy by talking to a tree seem downright normal - certainly more wholesome (lest you forget, the tree in Antichrist is covered in naked. All kinds of naked).
Pick up the film before you go out to see the surprisingly popular*** Melancholia, also starring Gainsbourg!
*literally. they sit in the tree.
**to Gainsbourg and to anyone who has seen Antichrist.
***surprising because of all the sad bathtub-sitting in the trailer, not because it doesn’t look fabulous and artsy and breathtaking and a little bit exhausting.