Quo Vadimus

Friday, July 30, 2004


Serious version.

[via GreenCine Daily.]

More Kubrick archives stuff here.

posted by Linus | 7:45 AM


John Burton plays himself.

Some PTA news from this article:

With the budget battle behind him and term limits on the horizon, state Senate President John Burton appears to be entertaining a new role in life -- Hollywood actor.

No kidding, Arnold.

Word is that the San Francisco Democrat, who will see the curtain drop on his long public service career at year's end, has been offered a role that's still being written for him in a film by Paul Thomas Anderson, the director-producer whose credits include "Hard Eight," "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia" and "Punch-Drunk Love."

"He plays a grouchy, loudmouth politician, so it won't be much of a stretch," said Burton's L.A. attorney pal Paul Gough, who also happens to be Anderson's uncle.

Gough says that when Burton and Anderson ran into each other Thursday night at the high-profile Kate Mantillini eatery on Wilshire Boulevard, the producer warned the senator that just because he was comfortable talking to a TV camera doesn't mean he's ready for film.

"Sometimes, politicians will freeze up in front of the movie camera," Anderson said.

"Yeah," shot back Burton. "You mean the way actors freeze up when testifying before the Senate."

posted by Linus | 7:26 AM


You'll have to wring it from my clutches!

Deadwood season 1 DVD in February 2005.

posted by Linus | 7:19 AM

Thursday, July 29, 2004


Come around on Sunday and we'll cook up some bugs.

Yes, it's true, the August 2004 issue of Gourmet does indeed include "Consider the Lobster" by David Foster Wallace. Go to a place that sells the magazines and buy it.

Here's a bit of footnote #6:

"As I see it, it probably really is good to be a tourist, even if it's only once in a while. Not good for the soul in a refreshing or enlivening way, though, but rather in a grim, steely-eyed, let's-look-honestly-at-the-facts-and-find-some-way-to-deal-with-them way. My personal experience has not been that traveling around the country is broadening or relaxing, or that radical changes in place and context have a salutary effect, but rather that intranational tourism is radically constricting, and humbling in the hardest way—hostile to my fantasy of being a real individual, of living somehow outside and above it all. (Coming up is the part that my companions find especially unhappy and repellent, a sure way to spoil the fun of vacation travel:) To be a mass tourist, for me, is to become a pure late-date American: alien, ignorant, greedy for something you cannot ever have, disappointed in a way you can never admit. It is to spoil, by way of sheer ontology, the very unspoiledness you are there to experience. It is to impose yourself on places that in all noneconomic ways would be better, realer, without you. It is, in lines and gridlock and transaction after transaction, to confront a dimension of yourself that is as inescapable as it is painful: As a tourist, you become economically significant but existentially loathsome, an insect on a dead thing."

posted by Linus | 8:04 PM


No joy in Blogville.

There goes Beau Teague ...

posted by Linus | 11:54 AM

Wednesday, July 28, 2004


To sprint across the room and clumsily stab at the Record button.

The latest entry in McSwys Open Letter series is mainly a "She Talks to Angels" dissection, but the first bit about recording songs off the radio is a fun Delorean ride back to pre-right-clickety action. I mean, seriously: recording songs off the radio! You had to depress buttons and try to get the timing right.

A radio station would play, say, the new White Lion single, and you couldn't get it anywhere else. The album was not out yet! You had to wait a few more weeks before making the trek to Turtle's to buy the tape (or cd in glorious, eco-unfriendly longbox).

posted by Linus | 12:22 PM

Sunday, July 25, 2004


Is your green army jacket the only thing keeping you warm tonight?

The glorious Shout! Factory released some info on the Freaks and Geeks soundtrack, which is due out on September 14th:

When series producers Paul Feig and Judd Apatow discovered nearly 40,000 "Freaks and Geeks" fans had signed an online petition pledging to buy a future release of the DVD, they quickly prompted executives at Shout! Factory and DreamWorks to brave the music licensing issues and commit to a Freaks and Geeks DVD release. Freaks And Geeks Original Soundtrack features the series' best songs, courtesy of The Who, Joan Jett, Rush, XTC and more. Mike Andrews' original score, plus unforgettable cast recordings such as Nick's ode to Lindsay, "Lady L.," round out the 25 memorable tracks. The soundtrack is the perfect companion to the six-disc DVD set released by Shout! Factory earlier this year, and will retail for a suggested price of $18.98.

Judd Apatow revealed a few more tracks yesterday on the freaksandgeeks.com board:

Posted on: July 24, 04
Posted by: Judd Apatow judd@freaksandgeeks.com

Spacefunk is in there, plus Lady L, Feedback singing Up On Cripple Creek, Rosso singing Eighteen in his office, and some gorgeous Mike Andrews score. Oh, and Millie singing Jesus is Just Alright With Me.

Finally, a postcard that Shout! Factory passed out at the San Diego Comic-Con revealed a few more:

Bad Reputation - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Poor Poor Pitiful Me - Warren Zevon
Look Sharp! - Joe Jackson
No Language in our Lungs - XTC
The Spirit of Radio - Rush
I'm One - The Who
The Groove Line - Heatwave
Come Sail Away - Styx
Dumb as a Crayon - The Leaving Trains

UPDATE: Full track listing.

posted by Linus | 1:36 PM