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Friday, March 16, 2018

REVIEW: 'Paradox' Premiere @ SXSW - Film Directed by Daryl Hannah w/ Neil Young + Promise Of The Real

Daryl Hannah and Neil Young
SXSW Film Festival - Paramount Theatre, Austin, TX
March 15, 2018

PARADOX, the Daryl Hannah directed Shakey Pictures film featuring Neil Young + Promise Of The Real with Willie Nelson, premiered last night at the SXSW Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre, Austin, TX.

By all accounts, it was a "trip".

From Neil Young Premieres Trippy New Film 'Paradox' at SXSW | Rolling Stone by David Fear:
"We made this in the spirit of lighthearted fun," Daryl Hannah said, staring out into crowd packed in to Austin's Paramount Theater. "So we hope you can relax your brains." A mellowed-out frontal lobe is pretty much a prerequisite for Paradox, the actor-turned-filmmaker's free-form collaboration with boyfriend Neil Young and his backing band Promise of the Real that the couple premiered at SXSW last night. Shot on both Super 8 and on Hannah's phone over four days in the Rockies between tour dates (and while everybody adjusted to the high altitude), it's a funny, trippy homemade project that's part performance movie and part pleasantly buzzed daydream. You could dig through its pastoral images and pulp-Western playin' around for messages if you wanted, but essentially, it's an off-hours riff designed to channel Young's opening line from Tonight's the Night's "Speakin' Out": "I went to the movie the other night/The plot was groovy, it was out of sight."


The whole shebang is one lovely lark, "a labor of love," Young said during the postscreening Q&A. "Well ... not a lot of labor." The rock star was in fine wisecracking form, joking that the soundtrack was "probably coming out 26 minutes from now" (it's out March 23rd, the same day that Netflix will begin streaming the movie, FYI) and pretending to take a call. "Bernard Shakey is on the phone," he told the audience, referring to the directorial pseudonym he used for 1982's Human Highway and 2003's Greendale, both distant cousins to Paradox. "That's a piece of wood," Hannah replied. No less than two fans told Young that their fathers were so excited that they were asking him questions. One woman kept thanking him for his music. Everyone seemed stoked to simply be there.

"I'd like to make a real movie some day," Hannah said, and as the folks onstage and in the audience began laughing, she quickly added, "No offense guys. Just y'know, something with a crew and a budget." As for now, she's made something that's perfect for, in the words of the Man in the Black Hat, "smoke a beer, sip a joint to." That's no small feat. Paradox is custom-built for dipping into at random, a series of strolling contradictions that somehow make sense when you meet it on its own sly, stoned level. It's not for everyone, but it doesn't need to be. It could not be more perfectly titled.
Full review at Neil Young Premieres Trippy New Film 'Paradox' at SXSW | Rolling Stone by David Fear.

As previously reported, will stream the film globally on 23 March, the same day as the release of the movie's soundtrack.

Director: Daryl Hannah
w/ Neil Young + Promise Of The Real & Willie Nelson
(Click photo to enlarge)

Also, see interview at Our SXSW conversation with Neil Young about ‘Paradox,’ his archives and more | American-Statesman/Austin360 by Peter Blackstock.

Here is the new trailer for the film "PARADOX" directed by Daryl Hannah with Neil Young + Promise Of The Real & Willie Nelson.

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At 3/16/2018 02:15:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...


ron has left a new comment on your post "INTERVIEW: Neil Young on ‘Paradox' film @ SXSW | A...":

Was at movie last night everyone that read thrashers is going to be fucking thrilled the music is spot on play it loud super reverb effects Darryl is awesome and clearly hears his music like us. And CK the guy who shot it did amazing sound is awesome boys are awesome Willie what can u say And Neil can’t do wrong they where smoking so much uncle Neil’s homegrown that when the music starts they have to tie them selves down !!!!!!

At 3/16/2018 04:35:00 PM, Blogger Olav Toobad said...

I don't get it. When was this film shot? 2016? If not, why does Daryl Hannah say that the take of Peace Trail was the first time they played that song together. Neil with Promise of the Real played that song 11 times in September/October 2016.

At 3/16/2018 05:05:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Olav - right, shot in 2016, mostly prior to Telluride concerts which were in September & October 2016.

At 3/20/2018 07:41:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Just saw the trailer for Paradox.Strange odd funny.Reminds me of his other quirky works JTTP and HH. This is the NY I love out in left field weirdly funny. There are three NY's 'Archives NY' ,'Weird Uncle NY' and my least favorite NY '21st century NY'who's to serious. But maybe a new/old NY is back. Thanks Hannah and PotR

At 3/23/2018 04:50:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Couldn't make it past 20 minutes but I'll be buying the album.

At 3/23/2018 09:10:00 PM, Blogger Demetri John Dashkiewicz said...

Paradox opens tonight (03/23) at the Laemmle's Royal Theatre at 9:45pm in Sawtelle, CA (Santa Monica area). Any Rusties going?

At 3/24/2018 03:09:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

It won't impress anyone as a serious film, but it will make the fans chuckle. I love the seed protector, water protector imagery. This film was shot right before / at Indio. I do love the music. I will buy the Blu ray eventually and the soundtrack most likely.


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