July 26, 2003

Seabiscuit

seabiscuitMotion pictures were invented to film horses racing. Seabiscuit is the best film of the year so far. (Framingham Premium Cinema)

July 25, 2003

Adam's Rib

adamsDelightful comedy. Forget about Ben & J.Lo-- Tracy & Hepburn are in the Cinema Dictionary under "onscreen chemistry".

July 20, 2003

91: Life During Wartime

I found the super-hi-res photo of Liz Phair as a free download on her official Web site. I had the Iraq war and the Patriot Act on the brain at the time, hence the title, and Liz's Army rucksack fit the theme.
  1. YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND | QUEEN
  2. STEP INSIDE LOVE | KATE PIERSON & JOHNNY SOCIETY From a fascinating collection of Lennon/McCartney covers, but NOT Beatle songs, but songs John and Paul gave away to other artists.
  3. A MAGAZINE CALLED SUNSET | From the Australia EP available for free download at the offical WILCO Web site.
  4. JUST ANOTHER | PETE YORN
  5. HUMPTY DUMPTY | AIMEE MANN
  6. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU | EVAN DANDO
  7. PEG | STEELY DAN
  8. STARFISH AND COFFEE | PRINCE
  9. BOMBS AWAY | THE POLICE
  10. LIFE DURING WARTIME | TALKING HEADS Live at the Pantages Theater, Hollywood; December 1983
  11. KING OF BIRDS | R.E.M.
  12. DRAGONFLY | THE THORNS
  13. I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME | THE JAYHAWKS
  14. THE COMMON KISS | JOHN WESLEY HARDING
  15. OUR LOVE | RHETT MILLER
  16. "ROCK ME" | I saw Liz Phair perform this song live on tour the following month at Avalon.
  17. BYE BYE LOVE | THE CARS
  18. AWKWARD AGE | JOE JACKSON BAND
  19. MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL | XTC
  20. JANE SAYS | JANE'S ADDICTION (LIVE)
  21. FIGHT THE POWER | Yes, it's a cover of the Public Enemy song by BARENAKED LADIES

July 8, 2003

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

charlies2It's not as charming or spontaneous as the first, and they make up for it with more action, violence, and suspension of the laws of physics. BONUS: There are too many cameos which bloat the narrative. (Loews Boston Common)

July 5, 2003

X2: X-Men United

Better than the first one. Very brainy superhero movie. The kid playing Iceman looks like someone ran over his cat for the whole film. The second show was an important visit to air conditioning on a humid weekend. (May 3 and July 5; Somerville Theater)

July 3, 2003

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde

legally2Funny and silly for the first two thirds- then the last third was deadly boring. (with my friend Michelle at Loews Boston Common)