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Editor, The Dissolve | Gimme all your money, and I'll make some origami, honey.

The Safdie brothers on the heightened reality of Heaven Knows What — The Safdie brothers, Josh and Benny, quickly emerged on the independent scene, specializing in eclectic, street-level NYC portraiture that incorporates non-actors and unexpected stylistic choices. After attending Boston University together, the Safdies made their debut with 2008's The Pleasure Of Being Robbed (directed and co-written by Josh, co-edited by Benny), which tracks the compulsions of a curious thief.

The decline of Cameron Crowe’s battered idealists — "I love him. I love him for the man he wants to be. And I love him for the man he almost is." -Renée Zellweger, Jerry Maguire Way back in 2000, when Cameron Crowe was doing press for Almost Famous, I asked him what defines "the Cameron Crowe hero."

Results / The Dissolve — With his 2002 debut Funny Ha Ha, writer-director Andrew Bujalski quietly revolutionized independent film with an ultra-low-budget, 16mm feature that captured the fumbling inarticulateness of post-graduates still finding their way in the world.

Heaven Knows What — Love and addiction dance a pas de deux at death's door in Heaven Knows What, Josh and Benny Safdie's alternately lyrical and visceral portrait of homeless junkies on New York's Upper West Side.

Dheepan wins the Palme D'Or in a shocker — The 68th Cannes Film Festival ended today with the expected defiance of Mike D'Angelo's awards predictions. The ceremony itself was its usual blissfully brief affair, started with an odd musical number/happy birthday bit involving John C. Reilly and an honorary award granted to Agnès Varda, who got a deserved standing ovation.

Aloft / The Dissolve — Withholding a crucial piece of information from the audience is a dangerous gambit, particularly when all the major characters on screen know that information and act on that information, but never actually vocalize it.

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) — It's only fitting that a series that began with the concept of linking the digestive tracts of three people would end by feasting on its own shit. The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)-the last and worst of a trilogy that's somehow declined precipitously from the original film-takes place in a world where and The Human Centipede 2 are available on DVD, but stars Dieter Laser from the first and Laurence R.

Forum: Glengarry Glen Ross — Scott: "Harriet and blah blah Nyborg." Of the many quotable lines in Glengarry Glen Ross -several suitable for everyday use, like "Coffee is for closers" or "Will. You. Go. To. Lunch."-that's always the one that sticks with me the most, because it's such a funny distillation of what the movie (and David Mamet's play) is about.

Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man — What was cool back in 1991, according to Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man? The Bon Jovi song "Wanted Dead Or Alive," a kitschy retro-diner in Burbank featuring back-room arm-wrestling contests, bulky black leather trenchcoats that stretch to the ankles and wrap around the neck like one of Maggie Cheung's cheongsams in In The Mood For Love.

The hidden triumphs of late-period Arnold Schwarzenegger — Things are not going well for Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the few years since his adventure as governor of California ended, Schwarzenegger has tried, with not even limited or qualified success, to resume his career as the biggest action star of his generation.
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May 29, 2015

@JOSH_BENNY If there are any transcription errors that bugged you, DM me and we can correct.

May 29, 2015

RT @SamuelAAdams: Jayson is a great editor, and this tragedy just breaks my heart. Give.

May 29, 2015

Also today: Talked to the Safdie brothers about time, music, and non-professional actors in HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT:…

May 29, 2015

For this week's podcast, I finally break out the SLIVER or JADE game that I'd long threatened. (Or SLADE or JIVER):…

May 29, 2015

Wrote a piece about the declining state of Cameron Crowe's battered idealists. I agree with me 100%:…

May 28, 2015

"Vinny, can you think of anyone who might be good for the job?"…

May 28, 2015

@vjmsports Even if he stunk up the place, you don't trash the people you fire publicly. It's totally unprofessional.

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