This Russian Documentary Is Just Nuts


Comprised solely of real dashboard camera footage from Russian cars (much of it from 2014, if intermittent on-screen time stamps are to be believed), Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s documentary “The Road Movie” is a uniquely amusing—and harrowing—snapshot of the lunacy that awaits people on modern thoroughfares and back streets. Think Cops by way of Faces of Death by way of your favorite caught-on-film YouTube channel. It’s crowdsourced verité cinema, assembled by Kalashnikov with droll humor and an incisive sense of mankind’s compassion and cruelty, and life’s unbelievable precariousness.

Billy Joel Welcomes Foreigner Duo


Billy Joel — who has done essentially nothing professional for years except perform to adoring audiences at Madison Square Garden — welcomed Foreigner’s Lou Gramm and Mick Jones onstage at the Garden the other night to perform a pair of the rock band’s hits, “Urgent” and “Cold as Ice.” Gramm co-produced Joel’s 1989 album, “Storm Front.”

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Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Paddington 2” for the kids — and for Hugh Grant. “Proud Mary” for Taraji P. Henson. TV/Streaming: Its Golden Globe wins made me want to check out “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” On Friday, on PBS, Tony Bennett receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Music: Jonny Greenwood’s score for “Phantom Thread” is lush and lovely — a throwback to movie music of the studio era. Dinah Washington helps get me through the depths of winter. Books: Have you bought “Fire and Fury”? I haven’t, but I know plenty of people who have…I’m still making my way through Butler’s “The Way of All Flesh.” Sports: My figure-skating-loving friends tell me that U.S. athlete Nathan Chen has a chance to medal at the Olympics. I’m dubious but hopeful. Finally: It always floors me that Martin Luther King, Jr. — and Malcolm X — both died before they turned 40.

Farrow Lands Plum Deal; Women, None

HBO confirmed on Thursday that it’s finalized a three-year deal with Farrow. He will develop and front a series of investigative documentary specials. Farrow, along with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey at the New York Times, has been one of the leading journalists uncovering the depths of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual assault and abuse, and the web of publicists, lawyers, and spies who helped keep Weinstein’s misdeeds out of the public eye. Those stories ran in The New Yorker, where Farrow is a contributor, rather than NBC, which stonewalled the story before ultimately killing it. But it’s ironic that the highest-profile beneficiary of a debate around the treatment of women has been a famous man. The news also comes amid almost no word of new job opportunities for the women who first came forward to speak out against Weinstein. Nor of plum deals for the Times’s Kantor and Twohey, who broke their story before Farrow broke his.

Arctic Monkeys: First Show In 3 Years

Arctic Monkeys have announced their first show in more than 3 years. They’ll headline Delaware’s Firefly festival this June, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and the Killers. Their last dates were in South America, in November 2014, behind the previous year’s AM LP. The British band are at work on that album’s follow-up, which is due this year—news their bassist revealed in conversation with a motorcycling magazine.

Alan Bennett’s Diaries For 2017

The London Review of Books has published Alan Bennett’s diary for 2017. Always droll, these entries make for cozy reading — cozy with a blade inside.