Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
See and Be Seen
See them: People always complain that they're not interested in the Oscars because they haven't seen many of the nominated films. Well, the AMC theater chain is hosting an all-day marathon showing of the nominees for Best Picture on February 23, the day before the Oscars are handed out, at theaters all over the country. That's right: you can see Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood, and No Country for Old Men all in one day, one after another, and then you'll be ready for the big show. It'll cost you only $30, and when you buy your ticket, you'll also get a large popcorn with unlimited refills. Score! (Thanks to Dan for the heads up.)
See him: I'd tell you that Love Is a Mix Tape was my favorite book of 2007, but considering I only read three, that's probably not saying much. Still, Love was the first book I read start-to-finish in many years (too many, really), so that's saying something significant about how good it is. And this Wednesday, the book's author, Rob Sheffield, is going to be at Brookline Booksmith reading from and signing copies of his book. I'll be there. If you're looking for a great memoir about love, loss, and music, then come on down and meet Rob with me. The book is now out in paperback too, so you can buy your own copy.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
All the Colors Came Out
The Kids Are Back in Town
Today's Best Person in the World
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I've Got Nothing
And to add to the frustration, tickets for Gavin Degraw's March 1 show at the Paradise also went on sale today, and I was otherwise occupied the minute they went on sale, so when I called and logged on three hours later they were all gone. (No surprise there, though, given the small venue and the fact that I tried too late.) SO, I'm completely ticketless today for the events I wanted to see. That sucks.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
There Will Be Oscars
1. Tommy Lee Jones’ nomination for In the Valley of Elah was an awesome surprise. I liked the movie, and Jones’ performance in it is one of the best of the year. I said it when I saw the movie and I'm saying it now. Jones totally deserves his spot on the list. Even if he had to take the spot from Ryan Gosling or Denzel Washington.
2. That there is no nomination for Jonny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood is just a crime. Music is as integral a part of that movie as Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance, and it too deserved to be recognized. Blood would still be great without the score, but it’s even better with it. [Update: Apparently, the score was not eligible. Who knew?]
3. Overjoyed that Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova got a nomination for “Falling Slowly,” the song from Once. But jeez, the rest of that category is just embarrassing. Nothing from Hairspray or Into the Wild?? Hopefully “Falling Slowly” will be a lock to win now. As it should be anyway. (And in a perfect world, Once would also have been nominated for Best Picture.)
4. Norbit: 1, Hairspray: 0. That's just wrong on so many levels, even if Norbit's nom is for makeup (no surprise, I guess).
You know, some people make a big deal about how “no one’s seen (or heard of) the nominated films.” Well, whose problem is that? The films nominated are very good. Go see them! Especially There Will Be Blood. I may actually go see it for a second time this weekend. And I guess I'm going to have to go see Atonement now after all, even though I really don't have much interest.
But in the meantime, I'm rooting for most anything Blood-related. And so should you.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
They Might Be Giants ...
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Some Thing Stupid
Again, I ask you: at what point do you just shut the damned thing off?? About halfway through, someone actually says that to Hud (the guy filming it all), and he says he's doing it because people are going to want to know what happened. (How very YouTube-friendly he sounds.) But dude, tell me this: what's the point of filming in a subway tunnel??
Alright, fine. You've gotta go with that gimmick if you're going to see this movie. And you've gotta know it's going to be "rough," shaky footage that may make you queasy (as it did for Barry, who left the theater about halfway through). And if the jittery camera doesn't do you in, maybe the dialogue will. I mean, Hud is such a moron. Not only does he keep the camera going, but he asks the dumbest questions. And sure, the "natural"/vérité look of the film is pretty convincing. And the monster, when you see it, looks pretty cool. And at 1:24, this sure is a short movie. But yeah, the whole guy filming it all on the camcorder thing wears really thin very early on, before the monster has even attacked. And that pretty much kills what could have been a pretty cool monster movie. So even though the movie is short, it's not short enough. I'm giving Cloverfield a very disappointing C.
(And no, nowhere in the movie is there an explanation for why it's called Cloverfield. Also, despite what you may have heard, there is no reason to stay through the end credits. You'll only be subjected to some rather awful music and an interminable list of names.)
Not that the trip was a waste. After all, I ate well: Swedish meatballs and mac 'n' cheese for lunch, a cinnamon roll on the way out ... all the essentials. And it's always a fun (and easy) trip out to Stoughton. But yeah, I hope I move soon so I can go back and fill my new place with all kinds of IKEA crap.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I Am Your BROTHER ... !
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
She's Still My Idol
Anyway, I'm still wishing Haley nothing but the best. I'm sure no contestant will ever interest me like she did. And I'd like to say that I'm not going to get as into the show this year as I've been in years past, but with my other TV options being pretty minimal, I might as well just give in now. So you know you'll find my commentary here all season long. And Haley, if you're reading this and you're ever in Boston, look me up. I think there's time for us and your career.
Monday, January 14, 2008
There Will Be Milkshakes
Actually, last year Todd and I wrote our own little parody of the classic Paul Revere rhyme. It begins like this:
Gather my children and you shall smell
the scent of molasses — now run like hell!
We're also working (verrrry slowly) on a movie adaptation of the Dark Tide book. Anyone want to produce it?
For more about the flood, click here to read my post from two years ago. I'll be eating a molasses cookie in honor of this special day. You should too. Happy anniversary!
Labels: Molasses Flood
Sunday, January 13, 2008
No Swing Is a Real Miss
Labels: Red Sox
Trying Some New Places
Last week after the movie, Nina and I decided to have dinner at Stephanie's on Newbury, a place that amazingly, I had never been to before. The Mac 'n' Cheese wasn't as good as the stuff at, say, Silvertone, but it was good and worth going back for. And it's nice to go somewhere nicer and know there's something on the menu I can eat. I was also impressed with how big the place was. I mean, not that it looks small from the outside, but I didn't realize it was so deep inside.
Alright, fine. I know what you're saying: You went to two new places and you had food you knew you already liked. True. But it's still good to broaden my horizons beyond the normal places I go. And I hope to do more of that as 2008 continues.
It's Not a Cold
Saturday, January 05, 2008
The latest from P.T. Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights) tells the epic story of Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a greedy sumbitch oil man at the turn of the century who will stop at nothing to lease land and drain it of all its oil. Plainview and his son travel from town to town convincing the residents they live on valuable real estate and that they can all share in the wealth. (Ha!) It's all pretty easy until he meets Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), whose evangelism and greed when it comes to his church rivals Plainview's financial greed.
Central to the film's excellence is Daniel Day-Lewis, who gives a performance that is so captivating, so badass, so powerful, so riveting, so excellent that it surely rivals any of his best and certainly puts him in the top two Oscar contenders for the year. Also worth mentioning is the score by Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead), which is so ominous and note-perfect. The screenplay by Anderson contains such great dialogue and an awesome last line — "I'm finished." Really, I can't say enough about how much I like this movie ...
... But I'll go on; there's so much more to rave about. There Will Be Blood takes its time. It's two-hours-and-forty-minutes–long, so don't expect a fast-paced tale. That said, not a single minute drags or feels like it should have been cut. When the oil bursts from the well in Little Boston, it's one of the most exciting scenes in the movies all year. And there are some fantastic wide tracking shots that follow the action and just linger. It's all so so cool.
You must see this movie. You must see this movie on the big screen. You must see this movie now. Go. Stop reading my review and see it as soon as possible. I'm giving There Will Be Blood an A.