Monday, February 16th, 2004
Charlotte With Robots
I re-watched my favorite film of 2003, Lost In Translation, on DVD last night. I was curious how it would hold up in a second viewing and the answer is ‘pretty well’. It seemed a lot shorter than when I saw it in the theatre – somehow, the slow pacing seemed a lot more pronounced on the big screen. I did a double take when the DVD reached the Santori commercial shoot and the time counter on the player hadn’t even hit the 10-minute mark. I was also better able to appreciate the depth and nuance of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s perfomances – they were both truly marvelous. While the DVD doesn’t have a director’s commentary, the making of featurette and interview with Murray and Coppola do a pretty good job of giving you and idea of what it was like behind the scenes. The deleted scenes are nice too, particularly Anna Farris’ extended airhead press conference for Midnight Velocity. If the film does well at the Oscars, I expect there’ll be another DVD release before two long with all the real goodies.
As a follow-up to the little Pavement SM vs SS debate last week, I went and got some Preston School Of Industry mp3s and you know what? I like it. It sounds more raucous like old-school Pavement, and not all laid-back and languid like Stephen Malkmus’ solo stuff. I’m now looking forward to the PSOI show at the ‘Shoe April 1.
FYI – I’ve now ‘affiliated’ my site with Truthflies.com, an online music dealer out of New York City associated with Jenyk.com, home of some great concert photography. They carry a small but very choice selection of CDs at pretty good prices and $5 shipping for any size order anywhere in the world? You can’t beat that with a stick. Periodically they offer promotions or deals on new releases that I might pass on the word about, mostly depending on my personal interest level in the promo. What’s in it for you? Maybe you’ll find something you’re looking for at a good price. What’s in it for me? Hookers and blow, my friends. Hookers and blow.
On a semi-related site news note, I’ve finally redone my links page to actually reflect some of the more well-travelled locales in my bookmarks. They’re even categorized. Who says I don’t do anything for you?
Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees? Words. Cannot. Describe. How much I HATE. The American League East. They really can’t. Someone move my Jays into the NL already.
Have you seen the commercial for an ‘erectile dysfunction’ drug called Cialis? There’s nothing remarkable about the spot itself, but check out this warning tacked onto the list of side effects.. “Erections lasting more than four hours require immediate medial attention”. I think that’s pretty good advice whether you’re on the medication or not. Or find yourself a hooker.
Hrmm, that’s a lot of hooker references for one post.
np – Calexico / Feast Of Wire