Exclusive premiere: Frontier Ruckus “Careening Catalog Immemorial”


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Sometimes the authorial intent of a song meets the vision of a director and a music video is born with such clarity that from that point on neither can exist in the mind without the other. This is the case with Frontier Ruckus‘ “Careening Catalog Immemorial” through the lens of director David Meiklejohn, a vision reminiscent of the urban haute bourgeoisie aesthetic of Whit Stillman — if his film musings had been set to a coming of age song in the Midwest.

“The filmmaker Derek Jarman once wrote that he ‘had seen very few films on male love which are gentle, they usually have a violent subtext,’ and I took that as a challenge,” Meiklejohn said of his fantastically refreshing portrayal of male youth. “I wanted to tell a story of young friends who love each other with such tenderness that even their fighting was sweet and playful.”

Songwriter Matthew Milia assembled “Careening Catalog Immemorial” from bits and pieces of lyrics and ideas he had left after most of the other 19 tracks on “Eternity of Dimming” were carefully finished. “It was a chance to have a lot of fun with all these lyrical orphans that I loved so much, but just hadn’t been able to find a home elsewhere,” Milia said. “What I had was a catalog of whacky couplets and cocky rhymes, each becoming its own stanza of disparate memories and eras for this metaphorical white limousine or minivan to careen through on the black-ice. It’s some memory-vehicle traveling recklessly from world to world of a tender childhood psyche.”

In some synchronous twist of fate, Meiklejohn had the perfect mental compliment to the Milia’s memory-vehicle. “I took a walk and tried to think of the absolute raddest thing in my life right now, and then I remembered a photo I saw of my teenaged friend Isaac and his pals hanging out shirtless around a table of food after a hearty Thanktober feast,” the director recalled. He promptly called up his young friend and pitched the idea of recreating the scene with all his (non-actor) friends. Two weeks later the video was shot in his house.

“The result was perhaps the purest distillation of idyllic youth mingling with abrupt adult punctuation that I shot to represent throughout the album” Milia added. “Definitely an accidental personal fav of mine on the record.”


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“What David Meiklejohn did with the video — emphasizing all of those youthful and playful elements in the narrative and color tones — was masterful,” Milia exclaimed, and one can almost see him shirtless, chocolate syrup in hand. “There’s a sort of ecstatic but red-faced ambiguity intrinsic to my feelings for early adolescence which he just nailed visually. I love the little nuances he throws in—like the kids tilting their heads at a Nintendo magazine centerfold as if it’s porn. He’s a brilliant stylist.”


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Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was written, produced, directed and narrated by Robert Evans. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

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Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

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20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

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Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

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The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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