Thursday, December 4th, 2003
Thanks to a friend with ‘industry contacts’, I got to go to an advance screening of Big Fish, the new Tim Burton film. In a nutshell, Billy Crudup is a son trying to find out who his dying father, played by Albert Finney, really is. This task is made tougher by the fact that dad only likes to recount his life story under the veil of tall tales and mythology. Ewan McGregor takes the lead role in these flashbacks, though his Alabama accent sounds an awful lot like Scottish. It’s pretty different from Burton’s usual work – the wacko fantasy has been turned down several notches in favour of a subtle touch, and it works as it prevents Burton from getting buried under the weight of his artistic ambition. There are still a number of terrific visual effects and bizarre sequences in the flashbacks, but they’re offset by the simple, subdued presentation of the present-day scenes. It takes a little while to reconcile the two disparate presentation methods – pretty much the whole film – but that might be the point. Overall it’s charming and enjoyable, good holiday fare.
Check it out check it out check it out. Lenore cartoons! For those of you not in the know, Lenore – The Cute Little Dead Girl is a damned funny blackly humourous comic book by Roman Dirge and published by Slave Labor Graphics. Many thanks to Mystery & Misery for the link. Now go watch the cartoons.
Also from Heart Murmur – Neil LaBute’s Top 10 black comedies.
eye managed to conduct a Ryan Adams interview without any mention of Parker Posey. Astonishing. But callling Rock N Roll his best albums since Strangers Almanac? Please. Was kissing his ass with bullshit a condition of getting the interview?
NOW chats with Young & Sexy. Looking forward to the show tonight, though I suspect I’ll have to get there early early. No advance tickets sucks.
Oh good, Grammy nominations are to be announced this morning! Let me find my retching bucket.
np – The Postal Service / Give Up