Since Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham) has a great new album out (Beware) and is on the current cover of my favorite music magazine (Wire), I decided to finally get around to watching this movie. Well, plus there is that whole beef with Wes Anderson*. Old Joy is a simple meditation on growing up and growing apart that I guarantee will make you book a camping trip as soon as possible.
*And he does have a point. I agree that American cinema has a tendency to use pop music as a crutch that the great European directors don’t seem as likely to rely upon. That’s a different post though.
Posted in Film, La Dolce Vita, Meaning of Life
Tagged Beware, Bonnie Prin, Bonnie Prince Billy, Kelly Reichardt, Old Joy, Todd Haynes, Wes Anderson, Will Oldham, Wire
Since last year’s phenomenal Lie Down in the Light, I’ve experienced a sort of Bonnie “Prince” Billy resurgence. I thought that album’s surprisingly optimistic tone and direct, down-home sensibilities were particularly refreshing. We know Will Oldham chiefly as the crushing doomsayer of the neo-folk hereafter; it was a pleasant surprise, then, to hear him exploring such different thematic and tonal spheres. That isn’t to say that the gloom is gone — it’s just been tooled around a bit, reinterpreted.
So, when I saw the cover of his new album, I’d planned to count Lie Down in the Light as his sole foray into the happier side of family reunions and public fellatio. But this new video for “I Am Goodbye” suggests that maybe Oldham isn’t quite finished with the lighter side of this nasty business of being alive:
[Beware is out March 17th on Drag City.]