Photo Credits: Adam Green Official

Keep in mind that the music section at the newspaper gets many wacky and wonderful requests every single day, but when my editor told me about this project I was just plain confused. However, after watching the trailer, all I remember saying is, “I need to f***king see this!”

Adam Green’s Aladdin (2016) was showcased at the Horseshoe Tavern earlier this month—which made for an interesting experience. Not many people can say they attended a film showing at this iconic music venue. The hyper-sensory cardboard world was not only entertaining for the venue-goers, but also mentally stimulating.

By receiving financial help through Kickstarter and spending the summer of 2014 filming, Adam Green’s Aladdin was released earlier this year. This independent film was written, directed by and starred in by well know anti-folk musician Adam Green—probably most well known from the band, The Moldy Peaches. This indie project has an impressive cast, including well-known Alia Shawkat, Macaulay Culkin and Zoë Kravitz—even Penn Badgley makes a cameo (hello Gossip Girl)!

The modern Shakespearean tone of a screenplay provides not only tattooable one-liners, but also showcases multiple themes. You could watch this movie over and over again, and always interpret it in a different way or notice a new theme. It focuses on the topics of love, technology, political regimes, self-discovery, religion and probably many more that I did not pick up on during my initial viewing.

Adam Green’s Aladdin will make you laugh, squirm and most importantly question the reality around you.  

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