December 31, 2002

2002: Year-End Wrap-Up

Freshly divorced in 2001, I spent the first year of the new century hiding out in the basement, watching tons of Netflix DVDs and visiting the multiplex. In 2002, I turned into Freewheelin' Single Guy: I went to a ton of movies at theaters I hadn't visited before. I saw lots of vintage movies, double-features, film series,and midnight shows. I went on a bunch of movie dates, including movie dates with my future wife [smiles]. My Top Five movies of 2002: Far From Heaven, Gangs Of New York, The Kid Stays In The Picture, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Punch-Drunk Love.

December 29, 2002

Gangs of New York

gangsThe last movie I saw in the calendar year is my winner for Best Picture of 2002. (AMC Fenway 13)

December 22, 2002

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

LOTR2Great movie, although we were in 5th row for the December 19 show. The stunt where Legolas swings himself up onto Aragorn's horse from the ground, make me yell "whooo hoooo!". Or was it "WOW!"? I don't recall. On December 21st, we sat in the back row, to get a more distant perpective. (December 19th & 22nd, 2002; Loews Boston Common)

December 21, 2002

Adaptation.

adaptationI didn't love this movie the first time, but I bet I'll like it better on second viewing. If only it were Meryl Streep's butt we get to see onscreen, instead we get to see Chris Cooper's butt... (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

December 20, 2002

Singin' In The Rain

Brilliant restoration of one of my Top Ten All-Time. (Regent Theater Arlington)

December 10, 2002

Double Feature: The Breakfast Club & Sixteen Candles

The Breakfast Club may still speak to teenagers, but from my 30-year-old's perspective, the kids seem whiny and self-absorbed. It frightens me that John Hughes made this movie at age 34.sixteen
Anthony Michael Hall is completely overlooked as a comedic actor. Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from Superbad) both owe a huge debt to Hall. He steals Sixteen Candles from Molly Ringwald, and he is hilarious in Breakfast Club too. (Brattle Theater)


Highway 88 Revisited

"Nigel Stubleigh" was a silly alter ego my wife and I invented when we were still just dating. I took the album Highway 51 Revisited, pasted my head (wearing a tinfoil hat + goggles, naturally) onto Bob Dylan's body, and PRESTO! Instant classic.
NOTE: A bunch of these songs were borrowed from my wife's CDs.
  1. Junior Walker & The All-Stars' "Shotgun" is a perfect opening track.
  2. John (Cougar) Mellencamp - Cherry Bomb
  3. Richard Thompson - I Feel So Good
  4. Bruce Springsteen - "Pink Cadillac" is one of my favorite Springsteen songs: it was released as the B-side to "Dancing In The Dark".
  5. Michelle Shocked - Hello Hopeville
  6. Fountains of Wayne - Leave The Biker
  7. Jonatha Brooke - Linger
  8. Howard Jones - I copied this remix/edit of "No One Is To Blame" from my old mix tape 12 (August 1993).
  9. Lindsay Buckingham - Never Going Back Again (alternate version inadvertently downloaded from Napster)
  10. The Faces - Ooh La La
  11. Ani DiFranco - Little Plastic Castle
  12. Shelby Lynne - Life Is Bad
  13. Live - I Alone
  14. Dave Pirner - "Start Treating People Right" is from Dave's soulful solo debut, Faces & Names
  15. Cream - I Feel Free
  16. Eric Clapton & The Band - "Further On Up The Road" Live at "The Last Waltz", Winterland San Francisco, Thanksgiving 1976
  17. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - "Watching The Detectives" live at Hollywood High School
  18. The Beastie Boys - Sneakin Out The Hospital

December 9, 2002

Some Like It Hot

someStill my all-time third-funniest movie, after Young Frankenstein and A Fish Called Wanda.

Jerry, talking about Sugar Kane: Will you look at that! Look how she moves! It's like Jell-O on springs. Must have some sort of built-in motor or something. I tell you, it's a whole different sex! (Brattle Theater)

December 3, 2002

Better off Dead...

A completely charming if ridiculous shaggy-dog comedy.
Roy Stalin: You'd make a fine little helper. What's your name?
Charles: Charles De Mar.
Roy Stalin: Shut up, geek.
(Brattle Theater)

November 29, 2002

Solaris

The first in our nearly-annual Thanksgiving movies, Solaris is a fascinating, and thought-provoking mind trip, in the mold of 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2001 uses the unknowable cosmos as a platform to ask: Who are we on the galactic scale of things? What's the next step in the evolution of Mankind? Solaris uses a mysterious celestial object as the catalyst to ask: Who are we but a sum of our experiences? Do our memories make us who we are?
While a scientific crew orbits Solaris, (which resembles the star gate from 2001, but in slo-mo), Solaris populates their ship with incarnate memories from their dreams. They're not human or alien, they seem to only be a physical manifestation of their subconscious. Understandably, the mission falls apart, and the space agency sends Chris Kelvin (George Clooney), a shrink with a slowly-emerging backstory, to save what's left. The sequence where Kelvin first falls asleep and dreams of his wife (Natascha McElhone), who then becomes incarnate onboard, is spellbinding and scary. Director Steven Soderbergh (who also photographed and edited, and exec produced the film, and adapted the Stanislaw Lem novel for the screen), reveals the story slowly, just slow enough to let the viewer put the pieces together on their own, but not too slow to be boring. It's almost as good on TV as it was on the big screen, but be sure to turn off all the lights, turn up the volume, and let the movie wash over you. I especially enjoyed the Cliff Martinez score, and Philip Messina's understated production design.

November 23, 2002

087: Ex Libris Anita Curleigh

087The Title: This mix was created when my wife and I first started dating. We had silly faux-English nicknames for each other, and her nickname was "Anita Curleigh". I borrowed a bunch of her CDs for this mix, which led to the title.
To create the cover art, I took my teenage head off, and pasted it onto one of my favorite photos of John Lennon. I added tint to my eyeglasses too.
  1. The song "Pressure Drop" from The Specials was taken from the Grosse Point Blank soundtrack. I added some dialog from Minnie Driver and John Cusack too.
  2. One of my favorite R.E.M. songs is "I Believe"
  3. Van Morrison "Back on Top"
  4. Aretha Franklin "Rock Steady"
  5. The Police "On Any Other Day"
  6. The Pursuit of Happiness "She's So Young"
  7. Fountains of Wayne "She's Got A Problem"
  8. Dave Edmunds "I Hear You Knocking"
  9. Beastie Boys "I Don't Know" is a non-rap, semi-instrumental, totally boring track from Hello Nasty.
  10. Sheryl Crow "Home"
  11. Tori Amos "Mr Zebra" is a short and silly Beatlesque track from Boys for Pele.
  12. Joni Mitchell "River"
  13. I always liked the combination of Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham's voices on Fleetwood Mac's "Hold Me"
  14. Counting Crows "Rain King" (live and acoustic)
  15. "Ripple" is the one and only Grateful Dead song I have ever included on a mix.
  16. World Party "Put The Message In The Box"
  17. Stevie Wonder "Hey Love"
  18. From John Lennon's LENNON box set, this is a live recording from an Elton John concert at Madison Square Garden: Elton bet Lennon that if "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" reached Number One on the charts, Lennon would sing it with Elton live in concert. Lennon lost the bet, and this recording is the result!
  19. The Band "Acadian Driftwood" from The Last Waltz

November 22, 2002

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

standingElectrifying and fascinating. Gave me a whole new appreciation for the music and the musicians behind the Motown sound. Because the Funk Brothers were a totally faceless group, the success of Motown was too often credited to the singers, the songwriters, and Berry Gordy. (Kendall Square Cinema)

November 14, 2002

Don't Look Back

dontBob Dylan, introducing his new rock and roll on the world, while his conservative folk-loving fans lash back in betrayed anger.

November 9, 2002

086 Personally


  1. "Take Me I'm Yours" Around the time of this mix, I saw Squeeze singer/co-songwriter Glenn Tilbrook live at the House Of Blues.
  2. "On A High" Duncan Sheik
  3. "Boys Of Summer" Don Henley; featuring Mike Campbell on guitar, who also co-wrote the song.
  4. "I Tried To Rock You But You Only Roll" Interesting story here: singer-songwriter Leona Naess enjoyed a brief period of "it girl" status in the early 00's. Her father was billionaire shipping magnate Arne Næss, Jr, who was married to Diana Ross during Leona's adolescence. This makes it hard to take her seriously; not to play class warfare, but her dad was a billionaire! Naess has released four albums (on three different labels) between 2000 and 2009.
  5. "Baby, Now That I've Found You" A cover of The Foundations R&B classic, by Alison Krauss & Union Station.
  6. "The Moth" I really really like Aimee Mann. She's the complete package.
  7. "Jesus, etc." Wilco
  8. "Dirty Work" Heard the Steely Dan song on the soundtrack to the biopic The Kid Stays In The Picture.
  9. "This Is What I Do" Rhett Miller
  10. The song "Wounded Horse" by XTC reminds me of...
  11. "Oh! Darling" The Beatles
  12. "Army" Ben Folds Five
  13. "Day After Day" Badfinger is a truly sad story. Two members of the band committed suicide, at least partially due to business conflicts and lawsuits connected to the band's finances.
  14. "Back In The Saddle" Aerosmith
  15. "Born To Run" Bruce Springsteen; this is live solo acoustic version from the Chimes Of Freedom EP. Recorded April 27, 1988 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
  16. "Strange Condition" Pete Yorn
  17. "Blue Sunday" Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  18. "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" Glenn Tilbrook covered this Elvis Presley song at that show in 2002 (see #1 above).
  19. "Country Comfort" Elton John, from Tumbleweed Connection
Packaging Notes: the cover photo of Elton John and Bernie Taupin is from the CD packaging of Tumbleweed Connection. The album uses the pale yellow-on-brown monochrome color scheme throughout, so I decided to co-opt that look for my mix CD too. The number on the train carriage was actually 98, I  rotated the "9" 180 degrees and moved it after the "8" to make Mix 86.

November 4, 2002

Comedian

comedianDocumentary about Jerry Seinfeld, writing all-new material after retiring his old stuff. Thoughtful insight into the work of stand-up comedy. Funniest trailer of the year. (AMC Fenway 13)

October 28, 2002

John, John, John, and John: Lennon's Fab Beatles Tracks

I am really happy with this mix of John's Beatles performances. I feel like I really captured every phase of his Beatles period, without relying on some obvious choices.
  1. "Dear Prudence"
  2. "Ticket To Ride" (no fadeout)
  3. "A Day In The Life" (edit)
  4. "Rain"
  5. "Good Morning Good Morning" (Nat's 2002 Remix)
  6. "You're Going To Lose That Girl"
  7. "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me & My Monkey"
  8. "Bad Boy"
  9. "And Your Bird Can Sing"
  10. "Cry Baby Cry"
  11. "Misery" (take one)
  12. "I'm A Loser"
  13. "A Hard Day's Night" (take one)
  14. "I'm Only Sleeping"
  15. "Tomorrow Never Knows"
  16. "Strawberry Fields Forever" (Nat's 2002 Remix)
  17. "She Said She Said"
  18. "Nowhere Man"
  19. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" (take one)
  20. "Across The Universe" (original mix)
  21. "Mr. Moonlight" (take one)
  22. "In My Life"

October 24, 2002

A Hard Day's Night

hard[George has been mistaken for a teen model]
Simon: We'd like you to give us your opinion on some clothes for teenagers.
George: Oh, by all means. I'd be quite prepared for that eventuality.
Simon: Well, not your REAL opinion, obviously. It'll be written out for you. Can you read?
George: Of course.
Simon: I mean lines, ducky, can you handle lines?
George: Well, I'll have a bash.
Simon: Good. [aside] Get him whatever it is they drink, uh, coke-a-rama? [gives George some shirts] Now you'll like these. You'll really "dig" them. They're "fab," and all the other pimply hyperboles...
George: I wouldn't be seen dead in them. They're dead grotty.
Simon: Grotty?
George: Yeah, grotesque.
Simon: [aside] Make a note of that word and give it to Susan. It's quite touching, really. Here's this kid, giving me his utterly valueless opinion, when I now for a fact that within a month he'll be suffering from a violent inferiority complex and loss of status because he isn't wearing one of these nasty things! Of course they're grotty you wretched nit, that's why they were designed! But that's what you'll want.
George: No, I won't.
Simon: You can be replaced, chickie baby.
George: I don't care.
Simon: If you don't cooperate you won't get to meet Susan.
George: And who's this Susan when she's at home?
Simon: [proudly] Only Susan Canby, our resident teenager.
George: Oh! You mean that posh bird who gets everything wrong?
Simon: Excuse me?
George: Oh, yeah. The lads frequently sit around the telly and watch her for a giggle. One time we actually sat down and wrote these letters saying how gear she was in all that rubbish.
Simon: She's a trendsetter. It's her profession.
George: She's a drag. A well known drag. We turn the sound down on her and say rude things.
Simon: Get him out of here! He's knocking the program's image!
George: Have I said something amiss?
Simon: Get him out!
George: Sorry about the shirts!
(Regent Theater Arlington)

October 19, 2002

Punch-Drunk Love

Who knew Adam Sandler had it in him to make a great movie. Who knows when he'll do it again? (Framingham Premium Cinema)

October 17, 2002

Woody Allen Film Series at the Brattle Theater

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  • September 26, 2002 • Take The Money and Run • Mildly funny series of jokes stuck into a fugitive genre movie.
  • October 3, 2002 • Bananas • Mildly funny series of jokes stuck into a Latin American revolution movie.
  • October 17, 2002 • Sleeper • More than mildly funny movie in the "contemporary man sent into the future" genre. Diane Keaton does a wonderful Marlon Brando impression!
  • October 17, 2002 • Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask) • Gene Wilder is wonderful. When his patient tells him he is in love with a sheep, I had another of my classic "I'm the only one laughing in the theater" moments.
  • October 10, 2002

    I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

    iamtryingMy second date with my future wife. (Somerville Theater)

    October 5, 2002

    The Third Man

    My first date with my future wife. When I asked her out, I suggested The Third Man, and, not yet knowing her deep love for classic movies, proceeded to sketch out the details of the movie. Thankfully she knew what I was talking about, and we had a great time.
    The best character introduction ever. The zither music highlights Lime's impish sense of humor.
    Joseph Cotten is terrific, his weary novelist character seems completely timeless. I appreciate a story which forces a regular guy to become a detective, don't get me wrong, I love private eye movies, but an amateur turned sleuth offers lots of funny and dramatic opportunities. I love the lawless anarchy of Vienna. The zither music is bizarre and hilarious, but I grew to love it by the end of the movie. Also, I love any movie with a great ambiguous ending. Will Anna keep walking, or rejoin Holly? I don't want to know... (Brattle Theater)

    October 4, 2002

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding

    mbfgwMy family is more like the groom's family than the bride's, so I didn't laugh with familiarity, just with entertainment. This movie would make a great musical. While watching the film, there were all these perfect moments where they could have burst into song without missing a step! (Kendall Square Cinema)

    September 19, 2002

    Mix 85 Has No Title

    This mix marks the only appearance in any of my mixes by Jessica Simpson, Phish, G. Love, Devo, and The Flying Lizards. The cover art is excerpted from the packaging of Aimee Mann's album Lost In Space.
    1. "Machine Gun" Kool & The Gang; fun instrumental I first heard in the movie The Kid Stays In The Picture.
    2. "Greenman" XTC
    3. "Sour Girl" Stone Temple Pilots
    4. "Invisible Ink" Aimee Mann; 'but another illustration is wasted because the results are the same...'
    5. "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" Led Zeppelin
    6. "I Think That I'm In Love With You" [NKW edit] Jessica Simpson; I first heard this pop gem while waiting for a movie to start- Simpson samples "Jack & Diane" for her hook, so I created a new intro that makes that connection explicit.
    7. "Come A Long Way" A Los Angeles yarn by k.d. lang
    8. "Skateaway" A Los Angeles yarn by Dire Straits
    9. "Heavy Things" Phish
    10. "Cold Beverage" G. Love & Special Sauce
    11. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" AC/DC
    12. "Sufragette City" David Bowie
    13. "Candy" Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson
    14. "Kamera" Wilco
    15. "Mother Nature's Son" Sheryl Crow
    16. "36 Inches" Nick Lowe
    17. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Devo; 'I'm trying to make some girl, who tell me baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby baby better come back later next week cause you see I'm on a losing streak...'
    18. "Ana Ng" They Might Be Giants; 'I don't want the world. I just want your half.'
    19. "Money (That's What I Want)" The Flying Lizards; two New Wave covers of rock & roll golden oldies!
    20. "Livin Thing" Electric Light Orchestra

    September 7, 2002

    Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns

    giganticThey Might Be Giants documentary- for fans only. (Museum Of Fine Arts Boston Premiere)

    September 1, 2002

    084 ...A Little More Action

    1. "Bohemian Like You" The Dandy Warhols
    2. "The Middle" Jimmy Eat World
    3. "Headache" I met Frank Black once: in 1994, I was a clerk at Laser Craze, a laser video disc sales & rental shop. Remember those? Mr Black asked me if we had the Criterion Collection of M. Hulot's Holiday, the Jacques Tati film. I am proud to say I did not embarrass myself in front of one of the coolest guys of 1994- While I have never seen and barely knew the film, I did recognize the title and was able to steer him to the proper rack. In that situation, not looking dumb or ignorant of French cinema is the most I could have asked for.
    4. "We Are All Made of Stars" Beck; always reminds me of...
    5. "Golden Years" David Bowie
    6. "Big Kick, Plain Scrap!" Nick Lowe's best-of collection, BASHER, is the best best-of CD by anyone ever. Twenty-five songs, all gems.
    7. "Dangerous Type" Letters To Cleo covers the Cars.
    8. "Big Bang Baby" Stone Temple Pilots
    9. "Cigarette Dangles" The Pursuit of Happiness, featuring an introduction by Craig Peterson, who alleges to be a childhood pen pal of TPoH singer Mo Berg?
    10. "The One" Tracy Bonham
    11. "Disarm" Smashing Pumpkins
    12. "Venus as a Boy" Bjork; speaking of French films, this song is heard in Luc Besson's LEON, known to ignorant Americans as The Professional.
    13. "6ix" Speaking of Mr. Peterson, this Lemonheads song always reminds me of him. Craig actually introduced me to The Lemonheads in the first place. I am eternally grateful.
    14. Public Disservice Message: The Salvation Army
    15. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" Juliana Hatfield covers Neil Young "on a whim".
    16. "Don't Know Why" Norah Jones
    17. "Methadone Maintenance Man" An uncanny James Taylor parody by Tony Scheuren, from the National Lampoon Radio Hour (1975)
    18. "No Such Thing" John Mayer
    19. "Got A Hold On Me" A hit song from Christine McVie's only (?) solo album.
    20. "A Little Less Conversation" From Elvis Presley's movie tie-in album Live A Little, Love A Little.
    21. "Dr. Worm" They Might Be Giants, a new studio-recorded song on their otherwise live album Severe Tire Damage.
    22. "The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death" The Housemartins
    23. "Flipside" I love opening and/or closing mixes with an instrumental. This one is from The Breeders Last Splash.

    August 25, 2002

    Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

    ziggyD.A. Pennebaker's live concert film, recorded July 3, 1973. My friend Michelle and I spent half the movie discussing how Bowie kept his bits & pieces from slipping out of his one-legged skintight costume. (Brattle Theater)

    August 24, 2002

    083 Wunderbar

    I occasionally incorporate my own handwriting into the cover art; with this mix I took that one step further. In ye olden days, when I had time to burn to perfect the sequencing of my mix CDs, I would write each candidate song's title on individual slips of paper and arrange and rearrange them. In this case I literally scanned in these slips and integrated them directly into the back cover art. I don't think I had decided to do this when I wrote out the slips, so my handwriting on the back cover is organically sloppy; I deliberately wrote the front cover text to look as slick as possible and still look like I wrote it myself.
    1. "No Excuses" Alice In Chains [unplugged]
    2. "Finest Worksong" R.E.M. (live in Athens 1/19/92)
    3. "Back in Black" AC/DC
    4. "Spinning Around Over You" Lenny Kravitz from Reality Bites
    5. "Hey Hey What Can I Do" One of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs is the b-side of the 'Immigrant Song' single.
    6. "Blue Sky Mine" Midnight Oil, from their last album before they dropped off my radar screen, Blue Sky Mining.
    7. "The Sweetest Thing" One of my favorite U2 songs is the b-side of 'Where The Streets Have No Name'
    8. "Harvest Moon" Neil Young & The Stray Gators featuring Linda Rondstadt
    9. "Around The Bend" Deep within Pearl Jam's Neil Young period- from No Code, written by Stone Gossard.
    10. "Window Seat" John Wesley Harding
    11. "Passenger Side" Wilco
    12. "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid" Daryl Hall & John Oates; from their 'we've gone beyond rock & soul to 80s dance rock' album, Big Bam Boom.
    13. "Teach Me To Breathe" From Dave Pirner's soul album Faces & Names.
    14. "Only The Song Survives" John Hiatt
    15. "Drunken Angel" Lucinda Williams
    16. "Walk A Thin Line" A cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, by a reunited Blake Babies (2002)
    17. "Charm Attack" Leona Naess
    18. "When You're Falling" Afro Celt Sound System featuring Peter Gabriel
    19. "Let's Be Friends (Skin To Skin)" Bruce Springsteen
    20. "Your Body Is A Wonderland" John Mayer
    21. "Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas)" [Live] They Might Be Giants

    They Live

    theyBest movie fight scene of all time. Really not enough plot for a feature film- would have been better-suited for a Twilight Zone episode. (Coolidge Corner Theater Midnight Show)

    August 19, 2002

    Bound

    boundSmart, taut, Hitchcockian thriller. The Wachowski brothers honed their cinematographic tricks before tackling The Matrix. Did I mention the hot lesbians? (Brattle Theater)

    August 18, 2002

    Repo Man

    repoSilly and punk. Lots of fun on no budget. My favorite moment is when Estevez repos his first car, spots the Virgin Mary statuette on the dash, and throws it out the window. (Brattle Theater)

    August 16, 2002

    The Fifth Element

    Another Luc Besson film costarring Gary Oldman. A Day-Glo carnival ride. Everyone chews scenery (Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker) except Bruce Willis, who is mild and understated. I saw it at the Coolidge Corner Theater, where they left out one of the reels. This was the first time this ever happened to me. It was an odd, very old fashioned error: Around the time where Korben Dallas has been drafted to take a spaceship to Flohston Paradise and meet the blue diva lady, suddenly 10-15 minutes has gone by and the ship is about to take off. I ducked out to the lobby to tell someone, but it didn't do any good, and no one else in the theater seemed to notice. (Coolidge Corner Theater Midnight Show)
    Fun Casting Note: I just discovered that the actress who plays the VIP Stewardess whom Ruby Rhod goes down on (Indra Ové) also played the New Orleans whore whom Lestat stuffs into a coffin for a joke in Interview With The Vampire! Two memorable roles...

     ALSO by Gary Oldman on STUB HUBBY:

    August 13, 2002

    The Player

    playerA fine premise: what if Hollywood doesn't just figuratively use up and throw away screenwriters: what if a producer literally murders a screenwriter? A fun movie with a great ending. (Brattle Theater)

    August 12, 2002

    Sunset Blvd.

    sunsetDark and creepy. (Brattle Theater)

    August 11, 2002

    The Kid Stays in the Picture

    kidFunny, engaging, innovative documentary. Robert Evans wrote an autobiography, and recorded his own book-on-tape. The book-on-tape, in which Evans delightfully reads his gravelly patter, became a Hollywood cult obsession. I listened to it circa 1995, and really enjoyed it. The movie was inspired by the book-on-tape, and the narration for the movie is taken directly from it. (Kendall Square Cinema)

    August 9, 2002

    Léon: The Professional (International Version)

    I love Gary Oldman in a lot of movies (Dracula, Fifth Element, the Dark Knight movies), but this might be my favorite performance. (Coolidge Corner Theater Midnight Show)

    ALSO by Gary Oldman on STUB HUBBY:

    August 4, 2002

    Full Frontal

    fullLike a summer camp for movie stars. Written by Coleman Hough, one of my fellow alumni, Emerson College Class of 1994. Never heard of her before... (Loews Church St, Harvard Square)

    August 3, 2002

    Signs

    signsI feel my experience with this movie was tainted by a full house crowd in a weird mood: they kept laughing at odd times. I found the movie scary and exciting, although the ending was kind of unsatisfying. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)