From The Desk Of Cursive’s Tim Kasher: Films Based On Plays

timlogocCursive frontman Tim Kasher continues his graphic storytelling on sixth album Mama, I’m Swollen, out this week on Saddle Creek. He keeps it blunt and lyrically entertaining on the Omaha group’s moodiest LP yet, with song themes ranging from masturbation to tales starring Pinocchio. Kasher is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with him

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I’ve become a big fan of films based on plays, mostly because they are completely dialogue driven, which I far prefer to a car crash. Don’t get me wrong, I still like car crashes, UFO invasions and severed heads. But man, I really love the wit of a great playwright. One in particular that I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from is Edward Albee‘s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Directed by Mike Nichols, who also did of my favorite movie (The Graduate), the film version of Virginia Woolf is incredibly good. Got me excited about other movies based on plays. Like Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. More than 30 years later, Nichols directed Closer, a play by Patrick Marber. Kind of a controversial, criticized film; I know a lot of people who hated it. Personally, I loved it. But hey, I’m partial to films based on plays.