August 19, 2001
An amazing movie. I was never a big fan, but it is still impressive. This "director's cut" (aka Redux) included additional scenes, specifically a long talky scene at a French plantation which attempts to put the Vietnam war in some broader political and historical context. Also, there were no opening credits, and maybe no closing credits either? We were given a pre-printed cast and crew credit sheet at the door. (With Kevin at Boston Common Cinemas)
August 16, 2001
- Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet: "Jacksons, Monk, and Rowe"
- The Rutles: "Another Day" Despite sharing a title with a Wings song, this Beatles parody is a spot-on goof on "Martha My Dear".
- World Party: "When You Come Back to Me" from Reality Bites
- Billy Joel & Cyndi Lauper: "Code Of Silence"
- John Hiatt: "Cry Love"
- Van Morrison: "Call Me Up In Dreamland"
- Bruce Springsteen: "Spirit In The Night"
- R.E.M.: "Nightswimming"
- The Wallflowers: "Three Marlenas"
- Bob Dylan: "Positively 4th Street"
- Roxy Music: "End of the Line"
- John Mellencamp: "Your Life Is Now"
- "You Make Me Feel" --> "Afternoons & Coffeespoons" I really wanted the Jeremy Toback song to slam into the Crash Test Dummies, so I edited them together.
- The Rolling Stones & Dave Matthews: "Memory Motel" [live]
- Electric Light Orchestra: "Can't Get It Out Of My Head"
- Sarah McLachlan: "Ol' 55"
- Stevie Wonder: "I Believe When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever" [High Fidelity edit]
August 13, 2001
August 10, 2001
A favorite adventure comedy movie from my childhood. It's impossible to describe its appeal to someone who did not grow up with this one, but here goes: A "Who's Who" of classic character actors (John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya, Vincent Schiavelli); A Scientist/Rock Star/Brain Surgeon/Adventurer named Buckaroo Banzai, a comic-book hero which Peter Weller takes completely seriously; delightful 1980s fashions; and Jeff Goldblum in a cowboy suit + chaps. Who could ask for anything more? (Brattle Theater)
August 3, 2001
With the talent involved, it should have been much funnier. I don't really buy John Cusack as the star, and Julia Roberts as a personal assistant? Usually the star (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is so gorgeous and other-worldly, that their assistants look like trolls by comparison. Julia Roberts is not my favorite movie star, but she's no troll! Perhaps Hollywood stars have been satirized in movies far to often to offer any freshness in 2001? I found the Hollywood self-parodies in For Your Consideration lacking the same freshness. (Loews Boston Common)