A nice bit of good news to start your week: as long promised, MUBI has premiered the latest short film from Spike Jonze, the director of “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Where The Wild Things Are,” his long-awaited collaboration with one of the biggest bands in the world, Arcade Fire. The film, entitled “Scenes From The Suburbs,” is inspired by the band’s most recent album, the Grammy-winning “The Suburbs,” and is co-written by frontman Win Butler, and his brother Will, following a group of kids in a world where suburbs are continually at war with one another.
But MUBI giveth, and MUBI taketh away: the bad news is that it’s only for the next 48 hours. But even if you can’t find time in your busy schedule, you won’t have to wait too much longer to see it — a DVD of the film will be included in the deluxe edition of the record when it’s released on August 2nd.
This writer can’t speak for the quality of the film personally (he’s saving it up for his lunch break), but our man Drew Taylor caught it at SXSW, and called it “beautifully done” and “heartbreaking and haunting,” so it looks like another winner from Jonze, whose short “I’m Here” was one of the best films of last year. So head over to MUBI and watch it right here, along with a making-of documentary; but be warned, the clock is ticking….