October 31, 2004

99: Afternoon Delight

Assembled shortly after the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series:
  1. Let's Get It Started - The Black Eyed Peas (this song was used in one of the many montages of baseball excitement on TV.)
  2. Staring At The Sun - Simple Kid
  3. Life Less Ordinary - Carbon Leaf (Worst band name ever. The song is good- they sounds like Mr Mister for the 21st century.)
  4. Old Days - Chicago (from the Starsky & Hutch movie soundtrack.)
  5. IGY (International Geophysical Year) - Donald Fagen (I see Donald Fagen's The Nightfly album in yard sales and used record bins all the time!)
  6. Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra (from the theatrical trailer for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.)
  7. Ride - The Kleptones
  8. Float On - Modest Mouse
  9. The Spirit Of Radio - Rush
  10. Gimme All Your Lovin - ZZ Top
  11. Love Song - 311 (An inventive cover of the Cure song)
  12. Sleepwalker- The Wallflowers
  13. Look What You've Done - Jet
  14. History Repeating - The Propellerheads featuring Shirley Bassey
  15. Afternoon Delight - Will Ferrell & The Channel 4 News Team (I love the scene in the movie where they spontaneously sing this song a capella!)
  16. The Waiting - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (also used in Red Sox montages.)

October 21, 2004

Team America: World Police: Guys Movie Night

teamTremendously silly, sophomoric spoof of Jerry Bruckheimer films (Top Gun and Pearl Harbor especially) which also slings a few barbs at overinflated Hollywood liberals. The central conceit of the movie is that puppets on strings act just as well as the casts of bad Hollywood action movies. On the political front, it's easy to be distracted from the political 'satire' by all the sex, poop, and vomit jokes. (Loews Church Street, Harvard Square)

October 17, 2004

I ♥ Huckabees

huckabeesAn existential screwball comedy. Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, and Mark Wahlberg all face existential crises while being stirred together by 'existential detectives' Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin. The film's core of essential desperation is diluted by madcap improvisation and more carnival music by Jon Brion. Huckabees may bear too close a resemblance to Magnolia specifically, and the films of P.T. Anderson in general, mainly thanks to the music of Brion and the "we're all connected? there are no coincidences? midlife crises" theme of the film. (West Newton Cinema)