ZEN NOIR


Yo. Not a lot of time to write. I’m visiting with my wife’s parents in the lovely hamlet of Kashimadai in Miyagi Prefecture in Northern Japan. Internet access is hard to come by in these parts & limited.

But I wanted to mention that my friend Marc Rosenbush’s movie Zen Noir is “now playing at select theaters” as they say. It’s a good movie. The philosophy is mostly ripped off from that Vietnamese Zen Master guy whose name I cannot spell, Tikh Naht Hahn maybe. Any relation to Jessica Hahn, I wonder? Anyhow, it ain’t as bad as the attempts at Zen philosophy in most Zen movies. Plus there’s a line in there about oranges which sounds a lot like a way over-dramatized version of my stupid story about a Japanese tangerine from Hardcore Zen. Though Marc says it was written before he read my book. So I guess I won’t sue him.

In any case, it’s a very funny, weird movie and I highly recommend it. You get to see a naked bald chick and everything! There’s a promo video for it if you click the link below or on the title of this article and follow the links there. Here’s the run-down of where it’s showing:

SEPT 15 – 21
SAN FRANCISCO Lumiere Theatre
Filmmaker Marc Rosenbush will be in attendance to
discuss the film and answer questions at evening
screenings on Friday & Saturday, Sept. 15th & 16th
Click for showtimes and to purchase advance tix

SEPT 22 – 28
LOS ANGELES Westside Pavilion Cinemas
Filmmaker Marc Rosenbush will be in attendance to
discuss the film and answer questions at evening
screenings on Friday & Saturday, Sept. 22nd & 23rd

PASADENA One Colorado
Filmmaker Marc Rosenbush will be in attendance to
discuss the film and answer questions at afternoon
and evening screenings on Sunday, Sept. 24th

SEPT 29 – OCT 5
BOULDER Crossroads Cinema
DENVER Chez Artiste

OCT 13 – 19
AUSTIN Dobie Theatre

OCT 27 – NOV 2
SEATTLE Varsity Theatre
ST. LOUIS Tivoli Theatre

NOV 10 – 16
MINNEAPOLIS Lagoon Cinema

DEC 1 – 7
CHICAGO Century Centre Cinema

18 Responses

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  1. K'vitsh
    K'vitsh September 13, 2006 at 8:56 pm | |

    That looks wicked cool.

    I hope it comes to Edmonton soonish.

  2. grisom
    grisom September 13, 2006 at 9:23 pm | |

    Hilarious. I’ve decided I’ll have to try to drag my friends to this if it ever comes t–

    I hope it comes to Edmonton soonish.

    Hey, exactly. Go E-town!

  3. Erik
    Erik September 14, 2006 at 1:36 am | |

    Isn’t the orange a play on the incident between Seung Sahn and Kalu Rinpoche?

    The movie looks like a real blast.

  4. Jinzang
    Jinzang September 14, 2006 at 11:58 am | |

    If you’re looking for more fun in your Zen, you may also enjoy Big Red Buddha.

  5. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf September 14, 2006 at 5:25 pm | |

    I remember stumbling upon the “Zen Noir” site awhile back. Looks like it will be my kind of moive.

    Erik, what was the incident between Kalu Rinpoche and Seung Sahn? I’m suprised I never heard it.

  6. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf September 14, 2006 at 5:50 pm | |

    Are you prepared for God’s Army?

    Behold the training camp for Envangelical’s of the next generation.

    Check out the video trailer.

    http://www.jesuscampthemovie.com/

    Poor kids.

  7. Mike
    Mike September 14, 2006 at 5:50 pm | |

    Wish it would make it over to England. Then I could think of some lame excuse as to why I couldn’t make it.

    Shame, it actually really intrigues me. I’ve read a lot of Thich Nhat Hanh’s stuff. Never imagined any of it would somehow be translated into a film.

    Maybe that’s why I’m rubbish at making films.

  8. Baby T
    Baby T September 14, 2006 at 9:55 pm | |

    Brad No Sweat. What the fuck. My master fucking pissed me off. After 10 years of being in a fucking Buddhafield. Now I can talk about it. He was fucking the male disciples. So much shit around there. You have no idea. I want to talk to you. I’ve been avoiding meditation. I have bad bad associations with it.

  9. Burt Kristbaum
    Burt Kristbaum September 14, 2006 at 11:08 pm | |

    Cool. I’ll check it out. Maybe, we can all go together after the retreat on the 23rd?

  10. Jinzang
    Jinzang September 15, 2006 at 6:00 am | |

    What was the incident between Kalu Rinpoche and Seung Sahn? I’m suprised I never heard it.

    Google is your friend.

  11. oxeye
    oxeye September 15, 2006 at 6:45 am | |

    Naked bald chicks are way hot.. and it even has some kind of cool zen stuff in there. talk about hip!

    I’m renting a copy from netflix as soon as it becomes available.

  12. Jinzang
    Jinzang September 15, 2006 at 12:33 pm | |

    The philosophy is mostly ripped off from that Vietnamese Zen Master guy whose name I cannot spell, Tikh Naht Hahn maybe. Any relation to Jessica Hahn, I wonder?

    I just call him Thay, because I can never remember how to spell his name either!

  13. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf September 15, 2006 at 9:35 pm | |

    Thanks for sharing Jinzang

  14. Reckless
    Reckless September 16, 2006 at 3:02 am | |

    Forget Zen Noir. Has anybody seen; what the bleep!?, down the rabbit hole?

    Now thats a deep ass movie.

    QUotes like “Sex is an invention to let us see into the future,”

    &

    “What I thought was unreal, now for me… seems in some ways to be more real than what I think to be real… which seems now more to be unreal.”

    Makes me wanna go Ramtha.

  15. Bob J.
    Bob J. September 16, 2006 at 4:55 am | |

    Now I understand why Brad disabled the comments section.

  16. Camillus
    Camillus September 16, 2006 at 3:45 pm | |

    Amen Bob j.

  17. orlando
    orlando September 20, 2006 at 1:14 am | |

    hillarious movie, it seems. hopefully it will make it to europe (by dvd) sometime.
    anyone seen ‘i heart huckabees’? then go check it out, its seems to be similar in intent as this one, and well i think its just great.

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