Sad news losing rock legend Lou Reed yesterday. While lamenting his death/celebrating his life, break out your Lou Reed and Velvet Underground records and watch him in the comedy Blue in the Face. The film played at the Toronto Film Festival and MTV called it the coolest film at the fest and Lou Reed – “the highlight.”
In Blue, Harvey Keitel reprises his role as Auggie Wren [from the film Smoke], the philosophical manager of a Brooklyn cigar store that’s a haven for the neighborhood’s oddball characters. Of these, the highlight has to be Lou Reed, who deadpans droll monologues straight into the camera. The inscrutable rocker, who was born in Brooklyn, offers opinions on everything from the safety of his home town to the health benefits of smoking.