Have you ever just glimpsed at a film review, or poster, or what have you and thought, “I need to see that movie, immediately?” That just happened to us when we passed by IFC on West 4th and saw the poster for Shane Caruth’s Upstream Color. (It’s like Primer, but with worms living under your skin!)
That feeling of excitement is rare, and should be treasured for the moment of cinematic magic that it is.
However, sometimes you see a review, or in this case, a pitch over email, for a film and you think “This is perfect, but not intentionally.” It’s also a rare moment of celluloid joie-de-vivre, but very different from its cousin in the first example.
VIOLET & DAISY is a film of the second category, which we last heard about as the movie that Buddy Fletcher used Louisiana public pension funds to fund. There are so many parts of it that make us laugh out loud, we’re not sure if maybe this was just someone messing with us.
Take a look at the email, her in its entirety:
You may remember Alphonse “Buddy” Fletcher Jr. from the time he sued the Dakota’s co-op board after it prevented the litigious hedge fund manager from acquiring a fifth apartment in the iconic building; alternatively, you may know him from the time he sued then-employer Kidder Peabody for racial discrimination; or the time his wife Ellen Pao sued venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins for gender discrimination. Alternatively, you may know him from his pledge to donate $50 million to work that improves race relations, though that’s even further from the matter at hand.
More to the point, Mr. Fletcher is a) the brother of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey S. Fletcher (Precious) and b) engaged in a legal dispute with Louisiana pension funds over the liquidation of certain Cayman Islands-based funds. The pension funds sued to recover assets, Mr. Fletcher filed Chapter 11 in New York to prevent Cayman liquidators from unwinding the funds, bringing us at last to this interesting tidbit uncovered today by The Wall Street Journal: