I just finished my first day of screenings and my first Mandarin lesson, and I feel as if beaten with sticks.
The good news is that I'm already bowled over by quality with the NYFF films. The bad news is I suck at learning Mandarin. But I'm still hopeful.
For dinner tonight, I feel like A Pimp Named Slickback special. Some of you may ask what that entails, so I will elaborate. I am a very picky eater, and it is markedly difficult for me to find celebrity sandwiches that are agreeable with my temperamental tastes. Which is why, on The Boondocks episode "The Story of Gangstalicious Part 2," when the character A Pimp Named Slickback describes a sandwich good enough to put before hoes, he says 'a turkey sandwich with just tomato,' I almost fell over.
People don't seem to trust simple sandwiches anymore. Everything's got to have arugula or some diced stuff, or god forbid, mayonnaise, and it makes things difficult for me as a human being. So to have someone famous (even fictional animated famous) make a proclamation as to sandwich simplicity, well I embrace that. So, a turkey sandwich with just tomato is A Pimp Named Slickback special, and I plan on eating one.
I'm going to have to do my Mandarin lesson over again. But there's time, and I'm not actually being graded.
Today I saw:
ENTRE LES MURS (The Class) (d Laurent CANTET) ***
CRY ME A RIVER (d JIA Zhang-ke) **
WENDY & LUCY (d Kelly REICHARDT) *** 1/2