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    the bunny controversy

    Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny, starring the man himself and Chloe Sevigny premiered at Cannes last year to scathing reviews, so much that while critics were busy denouncing this film they overlooked everything else that was there. Almost a year after it's premiere a U.S distributer (Wellspring) acquried it earlier this year. The film is scheduled to release in NY/LA on August 27th. Besides France, it has already opened in Austria, Japan, Portugal, Greece and Belgium not to mentioned at various film festivals around the world.

    Decent start by Wellspring recently as they decided to put a billboard on LA's sunset strip showing the already infamous scene claiming that they weren't seeking controversy (yeah right!!) but in any case they were forced to take it down. Some aren't happy as apparently the street is already filled with compromising photos of models in fashion ads.


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    As long as I'm posting links to Times' articles, here's one about the controversial bunny (and its creator). I'd be surprised if this film is released anywhere in the U.S. outside of New York and Los Angeles. I'm not holding my breath that it'll show here:


    Vincent Gallo Dares You to See It (If You Can Find It)
    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/15/movies/15KENN.html

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    THE BROWN BUNNY - schedule

    Well, i don't think this is a 'charity' release by Wellspring, they've put some money behind it. I hope it opens elsewhere as it's scheduled to . Here's the schedule so far.

    August 27

    Irvine, CA Regal-Edwards University 6

    Los Angeles, CA Landmark Nuart Theatre

    New York, NY Landmark Sunshine Cinema


    September 3

    Mountain View, CA Century Cinema

    Berkeley, CA Landmark Act 1&2 Cinemas

    Evanston, IL Century Cinearts

    Chicago, IL Landmark Century Center Cinemas

    Cambridge, MA Landmark Kendall Square

    San Francisco, CA Landmark Lumiere

    Pleasant Hill, CA Century Cine Arts

    Mill Valley, CA Century Sequoia Twin


    September 10

    Louisville, KY Baxter Avenue Theater

    Fort Lauderdale, FL Gateway Cinema

    Seattle, WA Landmark Varsity Theater

    Washington, DC Visions Cinema

    Dallas, TX Landmark Magnolia Theatre

    Buffalo, NY Amherst #3

    Pittsburgh, PA Harris Theatre

    San Diego, CA Landmark Ken Cinema

    Pasadena, CA Laemmle Playhouse

    Encino, CA Laemmle Town Center

    Atlanta, GA Lefont Plaza

    Monterey, CA Osio Cinema

    Miami, FL Regal South Beach

    Philadelphia, PA Roxy


    September 17

    New Orleans, LA Landmark Canal Place

    Austin, TX Landmark Dobie Theater

    Milwaukee, WI Landmark Oriental Theatre

    Austin, TX Regal Arbor Cinema

    Houston, TX Landmark River Oaks Theatre

    Las Vegas, NV Century Suncoat

    Hartford, CT Real Art Ways

    Tucson, AZ The Loft Cinema


    September 24

    Santa Fe, NM The Screen

    Providence, RI Cable Car Cinema


    October 1

    Tampa, FL Sunrise Cinemas @ Old Hyde Park

    Minneapolis, MN Landmark Uptown

    Nashville, TN Belcourt Theater

    Portland, OR Cinema 21


    October 2

    Rochester, NY Dryden Theatre @Eastman House


    October 8

    Royal Oak, MI Landmark Main Art Theater

    St. Louis, MO Landmark Tivoli Theater


    November 19

    Columbus, OH Wexner Center for the Arts




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    Well I'll be damned. Thanks.

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    Santa Fe?! Blargh! You know, Albuquerque used to be the filmtown of New Mexico.

    I swear, things have been going downhill for us since our Madstone theater closed.
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    bunny trailers

    The 2 film trailers are now live at the film's website.

    trailer 1 is a teaser by Wellspring

    trailer 2 is a much longer Japanese ad.

    http://www.brownbunny.net

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    No one in America will see this film

    Thanks for sharing that with us, Lisa.

    Outstanding. Goddamn outstanding.

    I just saw both trailers for this film and I am humbled at Gallo.
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    Yeah, i remember reading Lisa's quote last year in EW, but i am surprised they decided to include it. I was expecting the Roger Ebert one "i'd rather see my colonoscopy than see this film again," brilliant!!


    Also, "the most controversial american film ever made," i am not sure about that one.

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    J.Hoberman's review:

    An interesting review to say the least,

    "The Brown Bunny has a family resemblance to such quasi-real-time odysseys as Gus Van Sant's Gerry and Bruno Dumont's Twentynine Palms. Unlike those two wildly self-important stunts, however, Gallo's has a genuine pathology"........

    http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0434/hoberman.php

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    On the face of it this review by the often astute Hoberman is far from convincing. Need he praise Brown Bunny by trashing Gerry and 29 Palms? (I’m a fan of Gerry, and hopeful about Dumont's latest.) Was it necessary to tell us "In the context of the movie's ultimately poignant scenario, Daisy is Bud's delusional fantasy; in the context of the movie, however, Sevigny's performance is the tangible signifier of her director's real-life domination"? And is “a genuine pathology” something we’re looking for in a movie? Nonetheless I am as interested in seeing what’s behind the hype/controversy as anyone else, and since where I am in northern California is one of the places most richly supplied with Bunny viewing sites, I expect to see the movie some time this weekend.

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    I think we should refrain from making any comments about the film or a certain review until we've seen the film for ourselves. I know that Mr. Hoberman isn't a big fan of both 'Gerry' and '29 Palms' and he is entitled to his opinion just like us. I am also very curious myself to see why was there such a negative response to this film at Cannes last year, but this one has 'cult classic' written all over it.

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    Sorry. Mum's the word. I was jumping the gun about viewing it: it won't be here till next week.

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    Vincent Gallo can do no wrong in my book- the dude's a beatnik.

    I love artists, you know?

    Gallo lives his life like a journalist, inhabiting the world in a way that makes him arrive everyday, in the moment, and enjoying the priviledge of seeing the fruition of that timeliness.

    His audacity, his on-the-edginess, his bullet-cool, Gallo is the BOMB.
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    You just might be right Johann, and as I expected the film has recieved some 'gentle' reviews from some of the major publications so far (EW, Variety, Village Voice) and now even in the NY Times by Ms. Dargis.

    http://movies.nytimes.com/pages/movies/index.html

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    I plan to see it this weekend and i'll post my thoughts then.

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