On the first day of June 2014, I attended the New York City premiere of Jellyfish Eyes, the directorial debut of artist Takashi Murakami at the Film Society at Lincoln Center. It had long been a desire of mine to meet Murakami and the universe gave me a freebie as I arrived for the premiere to find Murakami standing in the lobby of the venue meeting fans, signing autographs and taking photos! (and see below for a really awesome photo of Gail getting Murakami’s autograph). Thanks Universe! Murakami was wearing a Kurage-Bo hat and after seeing the film, you realize that Kurage-Bo (translated into English – “Jellyfish Boy”) is one of the main characters of “Jellyfish Eyes.”
Kurage-bo and Geoffrey Dicker. Photo by Gail.
Set in a post-Fukushima world, “Jellyfish Eyes” follows young Masashi who, after his father’s death, moves with his mother to a small city in the Japanese countryside. But when he discovers that their new apartment is already inhabited by a pint-sized, gravity-defying creature that he names Kurage-Bo, Masashi begins to pull back the curtain on this sleepy town and finds that very little is what it appears to be.
Luxor and Geoffrey Dicker. Photo by Gail.
The kids all have cellphone like devices that control these strange creatures called F.R.I.E.N.D.s and before long, you realize that a battle of good vs. evil is about to unfold. I won’t tell you what happens, but I will tell you that during a Q&A with Murakami after the screening, he revealed that this story will be part of a trilogy, so look out for those to hit theaters in the future.
Without further delay, an awesome photo of Gail getting Murakami’s autograph!
What you are about to see is another new song entitled “Sad Angel.” It rates up there with the classic Fleetwood Mac sound that made the world fall in love with them and you will also hear Lindsey Buckingham tell the world that the song will be released (along with “Without You”) imminently! This is great news. The Mac is back! Enjoy this new song by one of my favorite bands of all time – Fleetwood Mac!
On a night that will live on in G history for quite a long time, I met one of the queens of rock and roll, Joan Jett! Joan attended the New York premiere of Led Zeppelin’s concert film “Celebration Day.” Joan Jett, looking totally rock and roll, was extremely nice! I love her! Her music has never stopped rockin’ and she was super friendly. Love that! Now THAT is what I call rock and roll! Thanks again Joan!
Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” – One Night Only at the Ziegfeld in NYC.
You’d think after meeting Morrissey, my night would not get any better (or hell, the decade for that matter), but it did. Thanks to a tip (much obliged, Joe!) I found out that Led Zeppelin was in New York to attend the premiere of their concert film “Celebration Day” at the Ziegfeld Theatre, which is footage of their one off 2007 reunion gig. Knowing (and I was right) that the band would be utterly mobbed, I still decided to stick around to see them in person because how often do you get to see Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in the same place at the same time? Not very often! Unfortunately, all the members of Led Zeppelin were surrounded by bodyguards and ran straight to their cars, so these are possibly the worst quality photos I’ve ever posted, but what can ya do?
Also spotted at the premiere were artist Jeff Koons, Paul Stanley from Kiss, Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks. Whoa! What a night!
During the 2012 New York Film Festival, actress Nicole Kidman was being honored for her achievements in film (yeah, I was just as surprised), prior to a screening of her new film “The Paperboy.” While I thought Nicole was a good speaker, I think most of her films suck. Don’t get me wrong, I loved “To Die For” and “Moulin Rouge” was good for one viewing only, but “the Hours” seemed to drag on for that amount of time and when on a retrospective reel of your career, they highlight your performance in “Batman Forever,” it reaffirms why I stick with music and art over movies. She expressed her worst career moment was that she’d seen “Eyes Wide Shut” for the first time the night before director Stanley Kubrick died and instead of calling him, she decided to wait until the next day. Turns out, it was too late because he croaked. She didn’t address the topics that would have been most interesting – her massive amounts of plastic surgery or her marriage to Tom Cruise, so while I am grateful for the experience, I am billing Nicole for 3 hours of my precious time the next time I see her.
Richard Pena and Nicole Kidman
The discussion was followed by the New York premiere of Nicole Kidman’s latest film “the Paperboy.” It was directed by Lee Daniels, who also directed the highly overrated “Precious.” Here’s the basic plot of “The Paperboy”: A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. Sadly, it doesn’t get more exciting than that. However, one of the stars, Zac Efron, who is mega-buff – almost to the point of overkill, is shirtless and in his underwear for almost the entire movie. Nicole Kidman wears some spicy little numbers that show off her great legs and she smokes cigarettes A LOT. There’s a scene that is sure to make headlines because people are very small minded, where Zac gets stung by a jellyfish and Nicole Kidman pees on him to save his life. The scene was totally extraneous and was SO obviously included for shock value. If Zac or smoking Nicole or a non-sexy pissing on someone scene are your thing, you might want to check out this movie. If none of those things float your boat – SAVE YOUR TIME! By endorsing these shitty films by going to see them, it allows more crappy films to be made. If you really must see a film just so you can say afterwards “wow, that sucked,” you are an enabler. Remember, the people have the power – but only if they choose to exercise it.