(the day after Thanksgiving).
Sunday, November 25, 2007
OK, a little more. Here's what happens: Llewelyn Mossout (Josh Brolin) is out hunting in the barren wasteland that is west Texas. He comes up on a drug deal gone bad and takes off with the money (two million 1980 dollars). This is when he makes his first mistake. For some strange reason, he returns to the scene to bring water to a dying man. As they say, without this we got no story. The people who want the drugs and the money back are there waiting for him. In one of the best chase scenes in recent history Llewelyn makes his escape down river as he is pursued by a pit bull that would scare Michael Vick. Just when you think the pit bull is the scariest thing you'd ever want to be chased by, we are are introduced to Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a psychopath who will stop at nothing to recover the money and mete out his own twisted brand of justice on Llewelyn and everyone else who gets in his way.
While the chase is the star of this movie, an old school sheriff named Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) is the next best thing. He investigates the case, but quickly becomes more interested in rescuing the fugitive from his pursuer than retrieving the cash. He also delivers all the good lines. Upon seeing the death and destruction of the drug deal gone bad the sheriff's deputy says, 'It's a mess, ain't it?," to which Jones replies, "If it ain't, it'll do until the mess gets here."
This movie is rated R and you should take this rating seriously. If you know Cormac McCarthy you know he doesn't celebrate violence, but he knows how to deliver it in it's rawest form.
They are still a little strange as you can witness on "Float On" and "Bukowski" two of the best cuts on the record, but they hit their stride with one of the best singles of the year "The Good Times Are Killing Me."
To all the old school MM fans this record may be an aberration, but I hope they keep mining this vein.
In his latest film, The Darjeeling Limited, Owen Wilson stars as Francis Whitman, the oldest of three brothers whom he has reunited under false pretenses. Recovering from undisclosed injuries he claims gave him a new found lease on life, Francis hatches a plan to reconnect with his younger siblings in India, coordinated down to the last detail (he has an assistant that provides laminated itineraries each day). His brothers each have their own issues -- Peter (Adrien Brody) is about to become a father, while Jack (Jason Schwartzman) is despondent over an ex-girlfriend. While Peter and jack are initially reluctant to open up to the prospect of a spiritual or emotional epiphany, they come together when Jack reveals the real reason for the trip -- to find their estranged mother Patricia (Angelica Huston) who is also in India working at a convent taking care of orphans. The family schism is a result of their father's death and their mother's failure to attend the funeral.
Much like The Life Aquatic, the setting -- a train ride through India -- is really the star of this movie. And like The Royal Tenenbaums, the characters only give you what little you need to keep you interested. If you are a fan of Anderson and his understated form, you should enjoy this film.
Friday, November 23, 2007
It is one of the most beautiful collections of songs you will ever listen to and while the songs are a great sound track to the movie, I think the biggest compliment I can pay this soundtrack is that I now think of it and the movie as two completely different (and wonderful) entities. So, here is the sad part. The day after getting the CD I wandered back into the production office to tell Errol how great it was and the first thing he told me was Caleb committed suicide a few weeks after completing it. All time downer.
The wine list was pleasant with good descriptions and fairly reasonably priced, with a couple of good values in the mix. Unfortunately, the long wait and indifferent service will not afford Fife a return visit.
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J. M. Ledgard is a well know correspondent for the Economist, and it is disconcerting that a reporter should choose to tell this story this way. At the end of the day, this is a sad story well told, with an amazing climax, if you some how manage to skip the first half of every chapter.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Here is the latest TV spot we created for Nike Running. It will start airing in Latin America only on 12/11, so don't look for it on TV in the US or Canada. We shot the spot in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Interesting split screen devise. On the left we see a young man enjoying a fun night out, where he obviously overdoes it a little. On the right we see the same guy getting up to go for a run. As he runs, he is "undoing" the damage of the night out on the left.
The song is Good Morning Life, sung by Dean Martin.
Russo tells a story within a story as the main character Lou C. Lynch (unfortunately nicknamed Lucy due to the teachers mispronouncing his name the first day of elementary school) writes his life story while moving forward in the current narrative. A nice device that allows the story to move smoothly back in time and provides great insights into the unfolding real time story.
For the first 100 pages or so, you are buying into Russo's theory that small town life is idyllic and something to be honored. But slowly, he starts to expand the characters and their flaws appear in a very natural way that allows you to enjoy their complexities. You can no longer just glide through the book thinking Lou is a good guy living a happy life in the same small town he was born and raised in. You start to understand that all decisions and life experiences, no matter how small, have consequences.
While the ending takes a strange left turn, I don't think it hurts the overall story. Another great American story.
Fleetwood Mac purists would probably choose one of their older, bluesier records, but this is one of the best selling records of all time and these are the songs that made them famous. If somehow, you held out and you don't own this record, now added to the lineup is the previously unreleased studio track "Silver Springs," recorded during the "Rumours" sessions but not included on the original album due to time constraints. Bonus.