May 25, 2001

Pearl Harbor

pearlI want my three hours back! The tearful farewell scene, where Ben Affleck's character catches a train from NYC to London was hilarious. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

Also On Memorial Day, Through The Years

I have been to the movies on Memorial Day Monday 13 times in 24 years, but it's not a great track record. 



May 22, 2001

The Golden Bowl

goldenDull. I actually left early because I was so bored, and I never do that! Don't worry- I stuck around long enough to see Uma's sex scene. (Loews Church St, Harvard Sq.)

May 20, 2001

066 Not Too Soon, Too Late To Tell

  1. "Daughter" Pearl Jam
  2. "Atlantic City" Bruce Springsteen
  3. "Coming Up From Behind" I never need to hear Marcy Playground's one hit, the Gen X, grunge-slacker corporate rock cash-in "Sex and Candy" ever again. However, I liked this song from the first time I heard it, on the soundtrack to the movie Cruel Intentions.
  4. "Kate" Ben Folds Five
  5. "Night In My Veins" Pretenders
  6. "Falling for the First Time" Barenaked Ladies
  7. "Never Let You Go" As far as mid-90s pop-alt-rockers go, Third Eye Blind is better than, say, Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Marcy Playground. This is my favorite song of theirs, probably because of the New Wave flourishes.
  8. "Not Too Soon" This Throwing Muses song always reminds me of the nine months I dated Kathy Belbin in 1991-92. She got me into Depeche Mode, The Cure, and New Order too.
  9. "Gee Angel" Sugar
  10. "Interstate Love Song" I also appreciated Stone Temple Pilots appropriation of grunge, when in fact they appeared to be more of a glam-rock band at heart.
  11. "Sexual Healing" Marvin Gaye
  12. "Fools In Love" Joe Jackson
  13. "People Get Ready" Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
  14. "Windmills of Your Mind" Sting. I think this was on the soundtrack of the Thomas Crown Affair remake? It makes me think of Rene Russo topless, so that must be it.
  15. "Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me)" I met Chris Isaak in 1995 and he is even more handsome in real life.
  16. "Live To Tell" One of my top 5 Madonna songs.
  17. "All Apologies" Ditto for Nirvana.
  18. "He Moved Through The Fair" -> "Big Time Sensuality" [Moby remix] The last note of the Sinead O'Connor a capella song (from the Michael Collins soundtrack) cross-faded into the Bjork remix.

Created May 16; burned May 20, 2001

May 18, 2001

Shrek

shrekI remember watching the opening sequence, where Shrek narrates from a fairy tale, then rips a page out, and (presumably) wipes his butt with it. Then the opening titles begin, set to a Sugar Ray pop song. I thought to myself, this is so unlike Disney, it's wonderful. It made the House of Mouse look like a bunch of musty old farts. (May 18th and June 2nd, Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

May 17, 2001

065 Old, Crazy & Stupid

  1. "Sick of Myself" My favorite Matthew Sweet song.
  2. "Chemistry" I like this song and love the production on this Semisonic song.
  3. "Imitation of Life" If I had a time machine, I would go back to 1992 and tell past Nat to stop buying R.E.M. CDs after Automatic for the People. As history shows, I kept paying out for four more albums, and some CD singles too, until Reveal (2001), which was enough for me to finally learn my lesson.
  4. "Love & Happiness" Al Green
  5. "This Time" Los Lobos
  6. "Safety In Numbers" Joan Osbourne
  7. "A Girl Like You" Edwyn Collins
  8. "Cuts You Up" I put Collins and Peter Murphy together because "A Girl Like You" (from a late-90s slacker movie I can't remember...Empire Records maybe?) reminds me of Peter Murphy.
  9. "Mint Car" --> "Mother Mother" The Cure song ends on the same note as the Tracy Bonham song begins, so I cross-faded them together. I don't remember how I discovered this.
  10. "Rudie Can't Fail" The Clash
  11. "The Tide Is High" Blondie is one of those bands that I have never liked. This song is okay.
  12.  "Genius Of Love" Tom Tom Club
  13. "Marching Through The Wilderness" David Byrne
  14. "Old" Paul Simon's album You're The One is unfairly overlooked. Some great songs on there.
  15. "Crazy" Alana Davis
  16. "Stupid Girl" Garbage
  17. "Here Comes Your Man" The Pixies

May 11, 2001

Bridget Jones's Diary

bridget V.v.v. funny. When I first heard that Renee Zellweger had landed the role of Miss Jones, I (like everyone else) assumed this was the worst casting mistake of all time. Surprisingly, Zellweger turned out to have all sorts of untapped acting chops, and a spot-on English accent. I also find Ms. Zellweger much more sexy when she put on the extra weight to play Jones. Of course, Zellweger was nominated for an Academy Award for this comedic role, followed by nominations for her work in a musical (Chicago) and a straight drama (Cold Mountain). (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

May 10, 2001

064 I've Found You Now!

  1. Indigo Girls "Galileo"
  2. John Lennon "Oh Yoko!"
  3. The Lemonheads "Hannah & Gabi"
  4. Aimee Mann "That's Just What You Are" I think this song was on a TV soundtrack CD before it appeared on Aimee's 1995 album I'm With Stupid. Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford sing backup.
  5. Squeeze "Satisfied"
  6. Alison Krauss "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby" a sweet tear-jerking song, where a woman fears she's losing her boyfriend. When he walks up to her with a strange woman, he says "I don't believe you've met my baby,"...but is he referring to Krauss or The Other Woman? Happy ending: The Other Woman replies "my brother wants to marry"!
  7. Wings "Daytime Nighttime Suffering"
  8. Bob Dylan "Like A Rolling Stone" [In this 1965 rehearsal outtake, Dylan tries out the song in 4/4 time.]
  9. Bob Dylan twenty-nine years later sings "You Belong To Me" from the Natural Born Killers soundtrack
  10. Stealer's Wheel "Stuck In The Middle With You" [K-BILLY edit]
  11. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Zero From Outer Space"
  12. Chris Isaak "Flying"
  13. The Bangles "Hazy Shade of Winter" Rick Rubin's production gives the Bangles a rocking edge.
  14. The Go-Gos "Turn To You" Is it sexist to put the two most famous all-girl bands back-to-back?
  15. Stone Temple Pilots "Big Empty"
  16. Pearl Jam "Not For You"
  17. Buffalo Tom "Sodajerk"
  18. R.E.M. "New Test Leper"
  19. U2 "Wild Honey"
  20. Sam Phillips "I Need Love"
  21. Liz Phair "Cinco de Mayo"
Originally created 5-10-2001; V2 9-8-2001

May 4, 2001

The Mummy Returns

Awful. I really enjoyed the first Mummy movie a few years previous. However, when I bought the DVD and listened to the director's commentary, he sounded like a total tool. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)