What good is having a blog if I can't flog my talented friends? Savage Grace is being released next week. Howard Rodman wrote the screenplay. It is thrilling to experience the rare gorgeously written screenplay brought to life in a compelling, edgy way. Director is Tom Kalin. Brilliant job,especially considering the disturbing and controversial sexual and emotional counterpoints of the film. I loved it. The film is based on the Greek tragedy like-life (lest we forget Oedipus) of Barbara Daly, who married Brooks Baekeland, heir to the Bakelite, and their only child who has a profoundly 'close' relationship with mom. (FYI, I don't remember any great Bakelite pieces in the film. I'll be watching for it when I see it the second and third time.) Art direction is dreamy, saturated. Of a time. Julianne Moore gives a stunning performance. I haven't actually seen such work from her since Uncle Vanya on Broadway. How do I know this? I went to the debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. And I want to add that as we talked to Tom, and I admired his shoes he fessed he was dressed in loaners by Yohji Yamamoto, but hoped he could buy the shoes at sample sale prices. I say, support art and give him the shoes. And if you want anymore encouragement, at the Cannes screening last June, Pacalet's burgundy was served! This is an independent film, which means they are struggling for editorial and have no advertising budget--meaning they are the film version of me. Given the sexual content of the film, they're in for some tough times. Let's just say, this ain't going to play in Utah. Here's what you need to know. ++++ What we're saying is: please see Savage Grace, early and often. Tell your friends. Tell your friends' friends. Buy tickets for the first weekend. Buy tickets for the second weekend. Buttonhole well-dressed strangers on the street. Consider a Savage Grace license plate frame. Here are our details: We open a week from today, on Friday, May 30 in New York, at the IFC Center (what those old-school types among us still think of as The Waverly) and at the Clearview on 62nd & Broadway. Uptown or downtown, one of these will work for you! The following week, June 6, we take bridge and tunnel to Brooklyn (BAM ROSE), Manhasset, Montclair. On June 13 we steam across the continent to open in Los Angeles (The Landmark on the West Side; the Sunset Five for those of us in the East), and also in Pasadena, in Laguna Niguel, and, for the Valleyists among us, in Encino. On that same June 13 we also arrive in Chicago, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Washington, DC: great movie cities all. As the summer continues, so (if the winds are at our back) does Savage Grace, spreading out to San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, Seattle on June 20; Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, and Portland on June 27; San Diego on August 4; and then, with luck and pluck, on to a variety of other cities.