This weather in maryland, 70 degrees in February…theres something quite lovey and menacing at the same time. It’s unnatural. I want to enjoy this weather (and I am) and yet…I can’t shake this sense of impending doom. Like a catastrophic flood of biblical proportions on the way.
To distract your concerns about this and the decimation of democracy by the trumpians, there’s nothing like getting together in a nearly hidden pop up cinemahouse and watching a French film on hopelessness and hope. “The Fire Within” (Le feu follet) released in 1963 and directed by Louis Malle, it’s main character, Alain Leroy is a self-destructive writer who is set on killing himself within 24 hours but hangs out with friends in a bid to convince himself that he has a reason to live. Here’s a snippet from the film (switch on CC if you don’t usually dialogue in French)
“The Fire Within” screens at Area 31 Monday Feb 27 at 8pm for their Cinemondays series.
Before we get to some Frederick music scene awesomeness, Area 31 is killing it, continuing to pack the joint with their Cinemondays East screenings (“Fantastic Planet” and “Lola” just screened) and their Select Screening series latest showing of “Mifune: The Last Samurai” last weekend. They’re showing Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” as part of their experimental/cult/obscure/arthouse free series next Monday, Feb 20th.
This screening tonight 7:30pm at Area31 is something I’ve been waiting to see since I got word of it’s existence! Mifune -that is, Toshiro Mifune, the insane crazy actor that Akira Kurosawa used as his actor of choice in films like “Yojimbo” or “7 Samurai.” He’s so bonkers -yet simply perfect in such a visual medium as film. Pair him with a brilliant auteur like Kurosawa and you’ve got cinematic gold.
This is less a review and more of my stream.of.consciousness.notes from listening to Cheshi’s first EP about to drop on February 16th. I opt not for a traditional review. When I look at a Rothko painting – I just know that several complex reactions occur internally. The same would apply as I listen to this calibrated maelstrom from this band of Frederick based musicians, fronted by Ashli Cheshire and exponentially amped further by Matthew Jachowski on bass, Trevor Williams on guitar and vocals and Evan Owens on drums – having transitioned in over the past year from his now defunct band, Old Indian.
Welcome to day 12 of living in fascist america. We’ll get to the resistance part later, hard segue into some positive stuff happening. Area 31 had their 2nd rebooted Cinemondays screening of David Lynch’s brilliant 1976 debut Eraserhead last Monday evening and here’s the turnout: full house!
Thanks to everyone that packed the house for Eraserhead, and for the great intro from Richard Jefferies! Awesome screening, see you next week.
That would be Richard Jefferies, film writer and producer who had spent a large part of his career in LA. He was actually at the world premier, and according to Area 31 manager Sam Tresller IV: “He shared anecdotes from that and stories he had heard from those involved with the 5 year long making of the film.” Apparently, there was quite a story with how Eraserhead was made — to which I shudder to think what would have happened if the world if David Lynch didn’t get his break and get his film off the ground.