February 26, 2004

The Station Agent

stationA wonderful, plot-free character study, with silly music and endearing performances. A nice 88 minute slice of summer. It made me long for sitting around outside reading and doin' nothing... (Somerville Theater)

February 21, 2004

Monster

monsterA pretty good movie, especially for a novice director, with a fantastic, career-catapulting performance by heretofore pretty-face Charlize Theron, who can now play with the big kids. Let's hope she says "no" to The Italian Job 2 and plays more roles like this (complex, flawed human beings). (Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge)

February 14, 2004

Casablanca

casablancaThis year, I really noticed how everybody is smoking in every scene. Em noticed how everyone is always buying drinks which no one ever consumes. I picture Sasha the bartender taking all the full glasses and pouring them into a jug labeled "House Wine" a la Moe on The Simpsons. (Brattle Theater, Cambridge)

February 13, 2004

The Cooler

coolerI was expecting a Get Shorty-style Vegas comedy, but I got a Leaving Las Vegas-style downer instead. I found the movie needlessly brutal. The script was very film-noir retro. A loveable loser (William H. Macy) and a cocktail waitress with a heart of gold (Maria Bello) fall in love, while forces beyond their control (Alec Baldwin) force them apart. Don't forget the loser son (Shawn Hatosy) who is making all the same mistakes the father did. (Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge)

February 8, 2004

95: Fireworks Factory!

The Cover: A photo taken at our New Year's party 2004. I think the camera thought the flash was on but it wasn't!
The title "Fireworks Factory" comes from the episode of The Simpsons "Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie": During an I&S short, there's a delay in the plot where Milhouse whines "When are they going to get to the fireworks factory?!"
1. Elvis Presley "A Little Less Conversation" 1:42
(Davis/Strange) Live A Little, Love A Little Soundtrack 1968

2. Stevie Wonder "Sir Duke" 3:45
(Wonder) Songs In The Key Of Life 1976

3. Nikka Costa "Everybody Got Their Something" 4:20
(Costa/Stanley) Everybody Got Their Something 2001

4. Weezer "Island In The Sun" 3:20
(Rivers Cuomo) Weezer 2001

5. Nick Lowe "American Squirm" 2:31
(Lowe) from the Radar single 1984

6. Freedy Johnston "Bad Reputation" 4:10
(Johnston) This Perfect World 1994

7. The Minus Five "Retrieval Of You" 3:51
from Down With Wilco 2003

8. Michael Penn "Lucky One" 3:58
(Penn) MP4(Days Since A Lost Time Accident) 2000

9. Fountains Of Wayne "Stacy's Mom" 3:17
(Collingwood/Schlesinger) Welcome Interstate Managers 2003

10. Rolling Stones "Shattered" 3:47
(Jagger/Richards) Some Girls 1978

11. R.E.M. "Can't Get There From Here" 4:10
(Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe) Fables Of The Reconstruction 1985

12. The Statler Brothers "Flowers On The Wall" 2:23
(Lew DeWitt) Flowers On The Wall 1966

13. Apollo Sunshine "The Egg" 3:18
(Apollo Sunshine) Katonah 2003

14. New Pornographers "Letter From An Occupant" 3:46
(New Pornographers) Mass Romantic 2000

15. Ben Folds Five "Julianne" 2:30
(Ben Folds) Ben Folds Five 1995

16. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band "You Done My Brain In" 1:40
(Neil Innes) Keynsham 1969

17. The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" 3:51
(Jack White) Elephant 2003

18. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Universally Speaking" 4:19
(Flea/Frusciante/Kiedis/Smith) By The Way 2002

19. Bruce Springsteen "Tougher Than The Rest" (live) 4:02
(Springsteen)

20. Pete Yorn "Crystal Village" 3:46
(Yorn) Day I Forgot 2003

21. Sheryl Crow "If It Makes You Happy" 5:23
(Crow/Trott) Sheryl Crow 1996

22. The Beatles "Flying" 2:16
(Harrison/Lennon/McCartney/Starr) Magical Mystery Tour 1967