July 2009

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Anyone that’s talked to me this week probably knows I’ve had some mouth issues. I have a gigantic cavity that made my dentist throw up his hands and say “I can’t do anything about this”. And I couldn’t get an appointment for a root canal until Monday morning. So my week has been defined by a combination of sharp, searing pain and dull, throbbing pain. Yay!

Lucky for me, Green Day has the perfect song for my problem. Here’s a live performance of “Give Me Novacaine”:

Let me go ahead and say it: Wes Anderson is an overrated filmmaker. Really overrated. I have never even LIKED one of his movies, much less understood the rabid devotion of his fans. His movies range from grungily bad (Bottle Rocket), to pretentiously bad (Rushmore), to bafflingly bad (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). So it’s safe to say that when he has a new movie coming out, I don’t get excited. Except…

His next movie is an animation adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story The Fantastic Mr. Fox. It looks like an animated, farm-based version of Ocean’s Eleven, right down to George Clooney voicing the title character. Sounds good to me. Check it out:

The Fantastic Mr. Fox sneaks into theaters November 13th.

The Coen brothers have a new movie heading to theaters this fall. Don’t know the Coens? You may remember a few little movies they’ve done: Fargo, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Oscar winner No Country for Old Men, and the wildly overrated Big Lebowski. Their last movie, Burn After Reading, was pretty disappointing to me, so I’m hoping they return to form with their next film. It’s called A Serious Man, and it follows a midwestern college professor whose life is in a bit of a shambles. It’s hard to get much more than that from the trailer, but that’s ok. The skill with which the trailer is put together makes up for any lack of information. Check it out:

A Serious Man hits theaters October 2nd.

It’s always cool when a band covers a lesser-known song from a great band. Most bands with a country bent would cover “Wild Horses”, “Honkey Tonk Woman”, or “Brown Sugar” if they wanted to pay tribute to The Rolling Stones. But the ever-interesting Deer Tick decided to take on a slightly different cut from Sticky Fingers instead, dropping by LaundroMatinee to play “Dead Flowers”. Check it out:

via LaudroMatinee

There’s a second red band trailer for the new Jeremy-Piven-has-hair-on-his-balls-and-he-sells-cars movie, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, and it definitely requires the red band. It’s got profanity aplenty, and even nudity! On top of that it’s funny. I can’t wait for this one. Check it out:

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard swoops into theaters August 14th.

The Wiyos
The Wiyos do a lot of different things. And they do all of them well. But their roots are in the kind of music America produced in the early part of the 20th century: country blues, ragtime, and western swing. They expand upon those roots with touches of modern sounds like beatboxing and hip-hop. The result is a unique mix of old and new, going in unpredictable directions.
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Joseph Gorden-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer

Sometimes you go to the movies expecting to be entertained. Sometimes you go expecting to be challenged, moved, or have your perspective on something changed. Rarely do you expect all of these things to happen. But that’s exactly what happened to me with director Marc Webb’s (500) Days of Summer. The story begins by telling you what is going to happen: it’s a boy-meets-girl story, but it’s not a love story. So rather than the story hinging on what happens, it focuses on why and how it happens. By freeing itself from the conventional structure of a romantic comedy the film is able to delve into psychological and emotional depths rarely seen in modern cinema. And the result is breathtaking.
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I just got back from seeing (500) Days of Summer (look for a review tomorrow) and I can safely say my infatuation with Zooey Deschanel has deepened. So for tonight’s video I present the multi-talented actress singing the classic song “Dream a Little Dream of Me”. Ok Zooey, if you insist…

“Dream a Little Dream of Me”

The teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland is out, and it’s pretty much exactly what you would expect. The visuals are weird. Johnny Depp is weird as The Mad Hatter. The whole vibe is decidedly un-childlike, which is odd for a movie based on a children’s story. Kind of like his version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Check it out and see for yourself:

Alice in Wonderland comes to a theater near you March 5, 2010.

This week’s Random Cover is a tribute to the Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch, who announced this week he has cancer of the salivary gland. Here’s an appropriately somber rendition of their classic “Fight For Your Right to Party” by Erick Baker:

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Adam.

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