New This Weekend: I Used to Be Funny and In A Violent Nature

May 28 & June 1

Part of the Spring Reverb 2023 Music Festival (June 1-4).

Talking Heads singer David Byrne plays host to this bizarre patchwork of tabloid-inspired tales, set in the fictional town of Virgil, Texas. Cruising the streets in his cherry-red drop-top, Byrne introduces viewers to the local eccentrics gearing up for the town’s 150th anniversary. They include a community leader (Spalding Gray) with a thing for veggies, a woman (Swoosie Kurtz) so lazy she won’t leave her bed, a lovelorn country singer (John Goodman) and more!

This is not a musical. It’s a bold attempt to paint a bizarre American landscape. This movie does what some painters try to do: It recasts ordinary images into strange new shapes.

Roger Ebert

An exuberant and wonderfully oddball stew of deadpan comedy, character drama, music video, and art installation.

Flavorwire
Genre
ComedyMusical
Runtime 89 minutes
Rated PG
Directed By David Byrne
Starring David Byrne, John Goodman, Annie McEnroe
Language English
Country
USA

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