We’ve all been a bit busy preparing for the oncoming juggernaut that is Tribeca. Vadim has become bleary-eyed and slack-jawed with screeners. I have been trying desperately to finish off my real job to give myself some semblance of a life. Funny that both of us got beaten up and taken out by a myriad of personal and work-related issues! Which is why this week’s episode, the “fuck, shit, boob, damn underage no editor fuck yeah edition!” took so long to post.
We recorded nearly two weeks ago after learning that Chuck Heston finally gave up his gun and Disney would be unleashing Cars 2 along with 11 other animated films (but not answering how the cars are made, damn it!). Plus, we finally introduce a personal favorite, “Vadim Rizov Reads Ads from the Village Voice film section.”
You may wonder about the title, but wonder no longer: our usual moral compass (Keith Uhlich) was at the Tenth Annual Sarasota Film Festival pretending he had time to sleep. Which meant Vadim, myself and special guest W.M. Akers (film editor of NYU’s student paper Washington Square News, where your humble co-hosts used to work. Ah, college) got to ramble on like Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Andrew Sarris’ jilted lover on a gin bender. (Note: Akers is clearly Tom Waits. I’m Nick Cave. And Vadim is exactly who Internet Trolls believe him to be.)
Sadly, “Live” at Grassroots will be taking a minor break while the assorted members of our team (Keith, Vadim) are running around Tribeca for the next week or so. But don’t fret, loyal listeners, cause we have some awesome guests lined up once we get past the lamest film festival to ever hit New York! (And yes, that is my own personal opinion. Sorry Rubenstein and Ines!) We still have Eric Kohn (NY Press, a recent guest stint with Cinematical, and his awesome stuff at Stream) joining us soon, as well as one-third of the kids who won that VH1 pop-culture world series thing last year, and a certain critic who’s gone beyond the multiplex, but is always willing to shake his head disaprovingly at the two of us: after all, he coined the concept that I’m the “Andy Kaufman of Journalism” and prayed Vadim would quickly grow as a writer and get the hell away from my evil ways.
Here’s hoping that you kids enjoy the latest episode (even though it’s much more, uh, “informal” than usual) and look forward to the House’s Tribeca coverage. Until then, if you see Vadim or me crying in the street praying for death, buy us a drink! Wait a second… JL
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John Lichman is a freelance writer who contributes to The Reeler, Primetime A&E and anyone with cash. He works odd jobs to afford his vices, sleeps on couches and can drink Vadim Rizov under a table.