So the highlight of my month is absolutely going to be tonight. the director Olivier Assayas has chosen some films to play at BAM and will be introducing them in person. i’ve still only seen three of his films, but they are all amazing: I saw Clean because of my love for Maggie Cheung (who was married to Assayas for a time). She plays the wife of a famous rock star who has overdosed, who then struggles to end her own addiction and be able to regain custody of her child (from Nick Nolte, who plays her father-in-law). Not only was this one of (if not THE) most amazing performance she’s ever given, but the film also featured Metric performing the song “dead disco” and led me to discover that great band. After that, it was only natural that I’d fall for Irma Vep, an earlier collaboration between Assayas & Cheung, in which she plays herself as a bit of a fish out of water in Paris during the chaotic shoot of a film called Irma Vep. It’s such a perfect movie, wholeheartedly entertaining. His most recent film is Summer Hours, which was the first film I bought/saw on blu-ray and became one of my favorite films of 2009. And while I do kind of wish that he was presenting one of his own films (I would have loved to see Summer Hours on the big screen), he’s actually going to be introducing one of my favorite movies of recent years, David Fincher’s Zodiac! AND the icing on the cake? Lily got us comps. It’s going to be an amazing (and free!) night, the sort that I would only ever get to experience living here in New York. I guess the only question now, is should I bring my copy of Summer Hours to see if I can get him to sign it? Kinda doubtful, but I’m packing it in my bag anyway.