Deader Than Black

If you are in or around New York City for the next week, and need relief from honoring the birth of Christ by buying as much shit as you can with money you don’t have, then head over to Film Forum. From today through November 30, they are showing the hilarious, deader-than-dead-pan comedies of Aki Kaurismäki.

I’m personally fond of these movies, they are some of the funniest I’ve seen, and this scene in particular from La vie de Bohème has been indispensable in illustrating how misguided some musical compositions can be, as found for example in my recent review of Daniil Trifonov’s Piano Concerto.



I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.