January 31, 1995

Bullets Over Broadway

Last Woody film I truly enjoyed.
David: You thought my first draft was cerebral and tepid?
Helen: Only the plot and the dialogue. But this...
David: Was there nothing in the original draft that you feel was worth saving?
Helen: The stage directions were lucid. Best I've ever seen... and the color of the binder. Good choice.
David: Thank you. I've always had a flair for stage directions.
(Capitol Theater, Arlington)

Pulp Fiction

Screening #4. Just a reminder that Quentin Tarantino would direct two feature films in the next decade: Jackie Brown (1997), and Kill Bill (2003). In that same timespan, Mister Prolific Woody Allen, for example, has produced eleven features: Bullets Over Broadway, Don't Drink the Water (for TV), Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You, Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity, Sweet and Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Hollywood Ending, and Anything Else.

January 30, 1995

20th Anniversary Mix

This mix is a bit of a misbegotten patchwork. I received my first big batch of free CDs from the BMG Music Service, and I assembled this mix over the space of six months. Conceived 1/30/1995; Recorded 4/7/95  5/25/95  10/6/95
SIDE A
  1. Polly: Nirvana
  2. "Sexual Healing" A cover of the Marvin Gaye song from Soul Asylum, on the No Alternative benefit CD.
  3. We Belong: Pat Benatar
  4. "Sometimes" I met the members of the band James when interning at WFNX in 1993-1994.
  5. Good Thing: Fine Young Cannibals
  6. Nice Work If You Can Get It: Sting covering the George Gershwin classic. 
  7. Is She Really Going Out With Him? Joe Jackson [live]
  8. Harvest Moon: Neil Young
  9. Blues Before Sunrise: Eric Clapton
  10. So Whatcha Want? Beastie Boys
SIDE B
  1. Take Me To The River: The Commitments
  2. Angels: David Byrne
  3. I Alone: Live
  4. A Good Idea: Sugar
  5. Two Hearts Beat as One: U2
  6. Gee Angel: Sugar
  7. Plush: Stone Temple Pilots
  8. When I Come Around: Green Day
  9. Rise: Public Image, Ltd.
  10. Unseen Power of the Picket Fence: A song by Pavement, the lyrics are mostly about their favorite R.E.M. songs, on the No Alternative benefit CD.
  11. Can't Fight It: Bob Mould, on the No Alternative benefit CD.

El Mix 19

The original 90 minute Maxell cassette tape playlist is below. In the 21st century, I adapted this playlist for a CD-R.

SIDE A
  1. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody): Talking Heads
  2. Pop Song '89: R.E.M. [live and acoustic]
  3. Euro-Trash Girl: Cracker
  4. Almost Hear You Sigh: The Rolling Stones
  5. Fell On Black Days: Soundgarden
  6. One on One: Hall & Oates
  7. Strong Enough: Sheryl Crow
  8. You Made Me The Thief of Your Heart: Sinead O'Connor
  9. Here Comes The Rain Again: Eurythmics
SIDE B
  1. What Time Is It? I swear this will be the last Spin Doctors song in one of my mixes!
  2. The Stake: Steve Miller Band
  3. Heat of the Night: Bryan Adams
  4. Lawyers, Guns & Money: Warren Zevon
  5. Authority Song: John Cougar Mellencamp
  6. Crime in the City (60 to 0 part 1): Neil Young
  7. Up All Night: Boomtown Rats
  8. Demolition Man: The Police
  9. All You Zombies: The Hooters

January 22, 1995

N's 14th Music Mix

I liked this 90 minute cassette mix so much, I made a CD-R version of it once I upgraded to a CD recorder in 2001.
Side A: "Mostly Sedate"
  1. Angie: The Rolling Stones
  2. Mary: The 4 Of Us
  3. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm: Crash Test Dummies
  4. Love Song: The Cure
  5. Series of Dreams: Bob Dylan
  6. Leave a Tender Moment Alone: Billy Joel
  7. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror: Elvis Costello
  8. Evan Dando covers the Victoria Williams song "Frying Pan" for the tribute CD Sweet Relief.
  9. "How Could You Want Him When You Could Have Me?" I think this may be the last appearance of Spin Doctors on one of my mixes.
  10. Ordinary World: Duran Duran
Side B: "Heaven & Earth"
  1. Country Road: James Taylor
  2. Find The River: R.E.M.
  3. All That Heaven Will Allow: Bruce Springsteen
  4. Bright Side of the Road: Van Morrison
  5. Wildflowers: Tom Petty
  6. Save Me Now: Jeff Lynne
  7. Cloud Nine: George Harrison
  8. Here Comes The Sun: Nina Simone
  9. Seasons Of Wither: Aerosmith
  10. "Look Up To The Sky" is a one hit wonder from The Indians, who sound very much like The Cranberries.
  11. "Can't Rain All The Time" by Jane Siberry can be found on The Crow movie soundtrack.
(90 minute TDK cassette)

January 18, 1995

The Last Seduction

Dark, sexy, great noir. I went to the Copley shoebox expecting to see an entirely different movie. I must have gotten the title mixed up with another movie which I did want to see. Thankfully, I enjoyed the movie despite having no clue what I was getting.

January 15, 1995

Legends of the Fall

Hopkins and Pitt chew the scenery in this Western/chuck flick. I was really turned off by the World War I trench battle sequence where Samuel (Henry Thomas) gets tangled up in barbed wire, chokes on mustard gas, and is riddled with bullets by Nazi soldiers. You can't torture and murder Elliott from E.T. and expect the audience to love you for it.

January 14, 1995

Immortal Beloved

Gary Oldman is always a good reason to go to the movies. I don't recall much about this movie- I have not seen it again since then. I suppose I would have enjoyed it more if I knew more about Beethoven, although I really enjoy Amadeus without knowing anything but the basics about Mozart.
ALSO by Gary Oldman on STUB HUBBY:

January 13, 1995

Pulp Fiction

With Paris & friends, at the Cabot theater in Beverly. Paris has an aversion to the exact kind of visceral violence which pervades this movie- Paris's ability to empathize so closely with the characters onscreen is part of what makes her such a talented actress. However, it means she spent half this movie with her head between her knees, trying not to pass out during the adrenalin shot scene, the "shot Marvin in the face" scene, the rape scene, etc, etc...(my third viewing)

January 4, 1995

18: Sampler - Christmas Gifts of 1994

Back in the mid-1990s, I used to receive tons of CDs for Christmas presents. Almost all of these songs came from CDs I got for Christmas in 1994.

SIDE A

  1. Jungle Boogie: Kool & The Gang (from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack)
  2. All She Wants to Do Is Dance: Don Henley
  3. Superstition: Stevie Wonder
  4. And Your Bird Can Sing: The Beatles
  5. Hourglass: Squeeze [live]
  6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Queen
  7. Tears of a Clown: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  8. I Wanna Be Your Man: Paul McCartney [live]
  9. I Need Love: Sam Phillips
  10. Bang & Blame: R.E.M.
  11. Zombie: The Cranberries
SIDE B
  1. Like A Rolling Stone [rehearsal]: Bob Dylan, from The Bootleg Series box set
  2. You Belong To Me: Bob Dylan, from the Natural Born Killers soundtrack
  3. Stuck in the Middle With You: Stealer's Wheel, from the Reservoir Dogs movie soundtrack
  4. You Don't Know How It Feels: Tom Petty
  5. Hazy Shade of Winter: The Bangles
  6. Big Empty: Stone Temple Pilots, from The Crow movie soundtrack
  7. Not For You: Pearl Jam
  8. From Us To You/You Really Got A Hold On Me: The Beatles [live on the BBC]
  9. Come As You Are: Nirvana [unplugged]
  10. Time Baby III: Medicine, from The Crow movie soundtrack
  11. Lucas with the Lid Off, Lucas
(90 minute TDK cassette)