Saturday, December 20, 2003
The trailer for the Coens' The Ladykillers. posted by Linus | 11:43 AM
Friday, December 19, 2003
Ultimate Film Fanatic (IFC, July 2004)
Will Harry enter? He'd definitely be a force in the "obsession war". I think the best I could come up with for that round would be a broken Admiral Akbar action figure (left arm fracture, plus substantial cranial trauma, the result of hurling the thing around my circa-1983 bedroom as part of the euphoria that usually resulted from playing Nerf hoops while listening to MJ's Off The Wall or Men At Work's Business As Usual), a postcard autographed by Bruce Campbell, and a Fargo snow globe.
This made me think of MTV's fantastic game show, Idiot Savants, which was basically an update of the deserves-its-own-post Remote Control (nice Wuhrer-based image collection here). The Savants "End Game" segments were quite fun. Since people picked their own categories, declaring themselves an "expert", the show's writers did not shy away from legit obscurities. When a true Savant got rolling, it was mesmerizing television. I remember two particularly awe-inspiring performances: some guy stunned the audience with the speed and precision of his answers re Taxi, and a girl (who I think may actually be the girl pictured in the above link!) made a mockery of the show's attempts to stump her about the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bonus tidbit: Savants co-star Shonda Farr was great in Buffy episode 5.15. posted by Linus | 8:01 PM
Thursday, December 18, 2003
2004 Golden Globe Awards nominations. posted by Linus | 9:36 AM
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
The new single.
UPDATE: The New York Times's Kelefa Sanneh, 1/4/04:
"COURTNEY LOVE There's a fine line between causing trouble and being in it, and over the last year the most dangerous woman in rock has seemed more like the most endangered. And yet her new single, "Mono" (available for download at www.courtneylove.com), is furious and passionate, overstuffed with ambivalent rallying cries and secondhand guitar riffs and incoherent snarls. In short, it's Courtney Love at her best. When she slips into the first-person plural ("We gotta smash it up/ You won't abandon us again"), it's not clear which troops she's commanding, but it's a thrill to hear her once more leading the charge."
posted by Linus | 5:12 PM
PopMatters unveils their top 50 albums of 2003.
The Fork begins their year-end romp with The Year in Music News. posted by Linus | 9:22 AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
When content and delivery harmonise with eerie precision.
Also: Christmas Special trailers.
Finally: A looting scene.
posted by Linus | 12:18 PM
Monday, December 15, 2003
2003 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
New York Film Critics Online.
Boston Film Critics.
San Francisco Film Critics. posted by Linus | 6:18 PM
George Saunders on gambling away the holidays.
Q & A here. posted by Linus | 7:37 AM
Jeremy Blake's painting of PTA as a pirate:
An interview with PTA and Lars Von Trier. posted by Linus | 7:19 AM
Sunday, December 14, 2003
Harmony Korine starts over.
posted by Linus | 5:17 PM