Black Label: In honor of the new Jack Daniels label, the Journal provides a visit from the ghost of packaging past. [Wall Street Journal]
They Are Equally Dangerous: The tale of two vices: a Bloody Mary and an intricately patterned belt. [The Trad]
Apparently The Girlfriend Experience is a whole lot closer to our TVs than we thought. Amazon’s offering a 3-day web rental of the film less than a week after it premiered at Tribeca (hat tip to Gizmodo), which means you’re just a few clicks away from watching it in its entirety.
It’s not quite the same as catching it in theaters, but this isn’t exactly Lawrence of Arabia either, and when you’re facing down almost omnipresent bootlegging, we’re betting you take what you can get. If our tips are to be believed, the movie’s already showing up in hotel rooms too…which is only fitting.
Steven Soderbergh has dabbled in low-budget experiments before, but this time it looks like he’s going straight for the box-office jugular. The Girlfriend Experience takes a peek at an Ashley Dupre-esque callgirl, and combines a few time-tested box office draws in the process: sex, lifestyle voyeurism, and a lead actress crossing over from porn. Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Sasha Grey…
Early reviews suggest it’s more about money than sex, but a trip through the world of high-rent prostitutes is still a trip we’re more than willing to take. It’s also one of the first films to use the new Red One digital camera in place of good old film, which gives the whole endeavor an appropriately grainy feel.
We can only imagine what Che would make of it all.
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