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Hope and Chaos: The Sixth Annual Los Cabos International Film Festival

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Hope and Chaos: The Sixth Annual Los Cabos International Film Festival

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Hope and Chaos: The Sixth Annual Los Cabos International Film Festival

Watching Australian director Jennifer Peedom’s Mountain one morning at the sixth annual Los Cabos International Film Festival, I was struck by the fullness of the auditorium and by the prominence of children in the audience. Peedom’s film is an essayistic documentary about humankind’s relationship with mountains all over the world, with tender, ruefully poetic narration (spoken by Willem Dafoe) that emphasizes how our appreciation of nature can morph into an urge to conquer it, rendering the wild another of the controlled habitats from which we seek refuge. Mountain isn’t what Americans would designate a “children’s film,” as we have a habit of parking young ones in front of whatever A.D.D.-afflicted cartoon happens to be topping the box office at any given moment. It was gratifying to see such a varied audience turn out for Mountain, imparting hope as to the communal possibilities of cinema in the 21st century. Of course, many of the children were whispering and running around the theater, seemingly bored with the film in front of them, but at least they evinced some effort and curiosity.

House Playlist: Nine Inch Nails, King Krule, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, & Snow Ghosts

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<em>House</em> Playlist: Nine Inch Nails, King Krule, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, & Snow Ghosts
<em>House</em> Playlist: Nine Inch Nails, King Krule, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, & Snow Ghosts

[Editor’s Note: House Playlist is a weekly round-up of all the new music we think you need to hear.]

Nine Inch Nails, “Copy of A”: Nine Inch Nails have released another surprisingly synth-driven track from their upcoming album, Hesitation Marks, out September 3 on Columbia. Download the song for free for a limited time here.