It's a rainy day in New York City, and normal 29-year-old Shia LaBeouf is doing what one does on rainy days: going to the movies. Specifically, his movies. All of them.
LaBeouf, along with collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, are embarking on this journey of (self-)discovery, titled #ALLMYMOVIES, at the Angelika Film Center in Manhattan. It began at noon today, November 10.
Anyone in New York is invited "to join Shia LaBeouf in person as he watches all his movies consecutively in reverse chronological order over the next three days, 24 hours a day." It's free! What a bargain.
For anyone who isn't near New York, or for New Yorkers who don't want to make the dreary trip to the theater, a livestream of LaBeouf watching the movies is up at net art site Newhive. While there's no sound, you get to watch a bearded Shia LaBeouf look kind of tired and depressed at his own filmic oeuvre. At least that's what he looks like as I write this (he's watching Man Down):
There are several questions that remain unanswered: does LaBeouf get bathroom breaks? Is he eating? Does he prefer Sno-Caps or Milk Duds? Will he watch all of New York, I Love You or just the segment he's in?
Anyway, this isn't LaBeouf's first project with Rönkkö and Turner (the three refer to themselves, aptly, as LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner). His previous and perhaps best known performances with the group include wearing a paper bag emblazoned with the phrase I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE and hanging out in a gallery in Los Angeles wearing an identical bag.
Is this a self-indulgent piece of performance art by a so-so actor? Sure. Might it yield some interesting observations about how Shia LaBeouf watches his own movies? Sure! But more importantly for New Yorkers, this is probably the only time you'll have a chance to see Transformers and both parts of Nymphomaniac on the same screen in the same sitting. For everyone else, you can just watch LaBeouf be bummed out.
Let's check in (still watching Man Down):
Oh wait, now he looks intrigued!
Ethan Chiel is a reporter for Fusion, writing mostly about the internet and technology. You can (and should) email him at email@example.com