December 31, 2004

The Aviator

Well told story of a tragic life. Hughes's mental illnesses drove him to overachieve. At the same time, he was barely socially high-functioning. All this guy needed was a doctor and some Paxil, in an age where obsessive / compulsive, borderline schizophrenia is called "eccentric". Scorsese makes us feel as paranoid and trapped as Hughes did. Really good performances from DiCaprio and Blanchett, fantastic cinematography, editing, hair, makeup, and incidental music.
Church St, Harvard Square
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2004 Year-End Wrap-Up

My Best Of 2004: The Incredibles, Sideways, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban, and The Aviator.

December 20, 2004

101: Chicks Rawk (aka Womyn In Music)

CHICKS RAWK was composed as a Christmas present for my sister-in-law Sara. It's all women, obviously. My wife offered some guidance of the artist and track selection.
After I gave a copy to Sara, I created cover art for the collection. The cover is the only photo of Madonna I could find online from her video for "Open Your Heart". My 14-year-old self was already deeply in lust for Madonna when that video came out in 1986, and her gold-nippled costume didn't cool things off any.

  1. Sinead O'Connor "The Emperor's New Clothes"
  2. The Breeders "Divine Hammer"
  3. Go-Gos "Head Over Heels"
  4. Liz Phair "Why Can't I?"
  5. Sheryl Crow "Hard To Make A Stand" (my wife loves this song- I had never heard it before)
  6. Garbage "Stupid Girl"
  7. No Doubt "Hey Baby"
  8. Cyndi Lauper "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"
  9. Madonna "Open Your Heart"
  10. Lucinda Williams "Right In Time"
  11. The Bangles "If She Knew What She Wants"
  12. The Cranberries "Empty"
  13. Aimee Mann "Save Me"
  14. Alison Krauss "Baby, Now That I've Found You"
  15. Bonnie Raitt "Fearless Love" (I thought I was the only person who liked this song, until I heard it in the movie Sideways.)
  16. k.d. lang "Constant Craving"
  17. The Pretenders "Don't Get Me Wrong"
  18. 10,000 Maniacs "Candy Everybody Wants"
  19. Indigo Girls "Peace Tonight" (18 & 19 go together because they both feature bands with newly-hired horn sections.)
  20. Suzanne Vega "Tombstone"

December 3, 2004

The Big Red One: The Restoration

thebigredoneOverly long and episodic, but soaked in the realism that only a real WWII veteran-turned-filmmaker (Samuel Fuller) can provide. A small budget goes a long way. Mark Hamill still can't act, but Lee Marvin is perfect, and Robert Carradine (Revenge Of The Nerds) is believable. (Brattle Theater)

December 2, 2004

The Life & Death of Peter Sellers

sellersPeter Sellers's life and (lack of) personality or character is very interesting. The performances are fantastic, led by a spot-on Geoffrey Rush. The director tried to be avant-garde, but only succeeded on occasion. (This was a free preview screening, in advance of the movie's debut on cable TV. Brattle Theater, Cambridge)