Film. The Killing of John Lennon: For all of the wrong reasons, Mark David Chapman, was a man ahead of his time. He was a 25 year-old narcissist, whose obsession with Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and celebrity, led him to murder. You can’t watch this movie and not feel weird. This attention is sort of what Chapman wanted, right?
This movie’s worth seeing because it’s not about what is going to happen (we know how the story ends, sadly), but why and how it happens. It’s doesn’t condone or romanticize what Chapman did. The film is entirely factual - nothing has been made up. All of Chapman’s dialogue was taken from interviews, depositions and court transcripts in the public domain. Chapman’s isolation and detachment are captured with shots of him walking the streets in slow motion in relation to the surrounding world. The story is told entirely from Mark David Chapman’s point-of-view, which is challenging, but it gives the film a vivid realism rarely seen. In exploring the mind of a celebrity stalker, Andrew Piddington (the film’s director) has turned the mirror on us, and exposed things about our celebrity-obsessed culture that we don’t like to see.
Dork recommends this film. View the trailer [Here]
Link Heavy. Muxtape: Muxtape is a great new site. We’ve been waiting for something like this for a while. The service makes it super easy to put together your own mixtape. Justin Ouellette created the program and we think it has the potential to change the way people find out about new music.
The site’s best feature is the personal URL you get once your tape is done. It’s the perfect thing to put in your email signature or forward to friends. Listening to a personal playlist is like diving into a person’s subconscious (not really). Muxtape is going to be really popular, really soon. We were so excited that we decided to put together our own mix. Check it out.
Make your own muxtape [Here]
Film. Paranoid Park: Life’s all about choices. That’s definitely an obvious observation, but it's a truism often realized after you’ve made a horrible decision. One night Alex, a teen from the suburbs of Portland goes to Paranoid Park, an infamous skate park on the rough side of town – weird things happen and someone ends up dead. He decides to say nothing.
Paranoid Park is a brilliant examination of mood. The film’s naturalistic aesthetic and unstable, herky-jerky cinematography capture the alienation and pain one feels when they have a dark secret. Ultimately, Paranoid Park is about the possibility of personal redemption and its transformative effect.
Dork recommends Paranoid Park. View trailer [Here]