I had the pleasure of attending the Gentlemen of the Road Simcoe stopover this past weekend. Although Mumford & Sons was the big headliner (not to mention the reason why I bought tickets in the first place), I have to admit that my music-loving heart ended up being stolen by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, who closed up the festivities on the first day. I don’t think there’s any way of conveying just how incredible it was to experience this band live. There were so many musicians and instruments that they took up the entire stage, and the sound they created was so full of texture that I could feel myself being swept away by the moment. I’ll be the first to admit there is a certain level of cheese to some of their songs, but I’m quickly finding that it only takes a few minutes before I’m suddenly bouncing and shuffling about the house. But don’t just take my word for it. Have a listen yourself to the official video of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, perhaps the best live band I have ever seen. Enjoy!
With so much emphasis on fast and furious storytelling in modern cinema, it’s refreshing to experience a movie that takes the time to linger. Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2002) takes this to an almost fetishistic extreme in that the film is one long, unedited take. It’s an unbroken 96-minute tour through the Winter Palace, with the interesting twist of replicating a walk through time. Each room of the palace is occupied by people from various eras of Russian history, with exquisite costumes and choreography. It’s an experience at the expense of any actual storytelling, but you’ll likely find yourself holding your breath in disbelief at this impossibly long and gorgeously realized cinematic masterpiece.