Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Speaking of Guest of Cindy Sherman

AFC just posted an excellent review of Guest of Cindy Sherman. At this point I've read so many things detailing Paul H-O's annoying character flaws and superficial film premise that I fear the deck is stacked against H-O's film before I've ever seen it. Or perhaps, at this point I'm expecting him to be so grating that in the end the opposite effect will take hold and I will empathize with him. Unlikely, but you never know.

From the review:

"If you’ve heard anything about Guest of Cindy Sherman, a new documentary tracing the career of quasi art celeb and one-time Sherman partner Paul H-O, you probably won’t be surprised to learn it shakes out as expected: Informative interviews and archival footage make up the first half of the movie, and grating pseudo emo-male explorations of gender dynamics compose the second. In the 1990s, H-O produced Gallery Beat, a New York-based cable access show covering art openings and events. Later, he dates actual art celeb Cindy Sherman, but their relationship suffers because H-O doesn’t like operating in the shadow of his girlfriend." - AFC

All this still begs the question of what Sherman saw in H-O in the first place...


Hot Diggity Dog said...

Great posting. I totally agree. The NY Times raved about the film though so not sure who to believe. I can't wait to just judge it for myself.

Jeff M. said...

I'm looking forward to this one as well. Do you know if it will play in sac or is it more likely one will have to travel to Berkeley to see it?

Liv Moe said...

I'm not sure. I should email Sid over at the Crest to see if she has any plans of getting it. If not it's possible that the Verge may be able to do a one off screening.

Anonymous said...

See the film. It's a good time.

Anonymous said...

Verge showing of the film, yes, yes, yes!


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