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new releases!

2008_rachel_getting_married_001Some pretty big new releases coming in this Tuesday. I haven’t seen any of them, unfortunately, but all are films I’ve been wanting to see since they were first released in theaters. A brief rundown follows; Brigid, Chris, and/or Ralph are encouraged to chime in with their own reviews in the comments.

Rachel Getting Married: A critical darling, this one. Anne Hathaway, all of 26 years old, was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, in a role that — going out on a limb, here — I’m gonna assume is a pretty far cry from some of her more recent work. (She was good in Brokeback Mountain, though). The movie also features Tunde Adebimpe, of TV On The Radio fame, so that alone raises the movie’s stock in my book. He sings a pretty killer a cappella version of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend”, featured in the movie, which you can listen to here.

Synecdoche, New York: I should let it be known that, generally speaking, I am not a Charlie Kaufman fan. For me, Adaptation is a movie on par with, like, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead – in that it is almost the complete antithesis of its own art form. I am, however, a fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman (which I guess at this point kind of goes without saying). This one received remarkably disparate reviews from critics, so I’ll probably hate it or love it. (I know Charlie Kaufman has his supporters – feel free to make yourself heard.)

Let The Right One In: I know almost nothing about this movie, other than Brigid really liked it, and that it looks kind of like a horror film for people who aren’t fans of horror films. Got great reviews. Looks like the sleeper of the bunch.

Happy-Go-Lucky: A film about what it takes to be happy? From director Mike Leigh? That’s more or less what this one is billed as. Also got very good reviews, and Sally Hawkins garnered major praise for her role as the lead, Poppy.


sons of lee marvin

lee-marvinThere purportedly exists a “secret” society, founded by the filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, called The Sons Of Lee Marvin. Rumors abound as to the club’s official roster and raison d’être. Tom Waits and John Lurie (who currently grace this site’s header) are widely believed to be members, along with (possibly) Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Thurston Moore, Josh Brolin and Neil Young. The sole criterion for admission is said to be that one must bear some kind of physical resemblance to the actor Lee Marvin himself. For my money, the resemblance is fairly strong for all of the above names, but do a Google image search and judge for yourself.

Of course, several of the club’s members have a professional history with Jarmusch, which can’t have hurt the case for their candidacy. Both John Lurie and Tom Waits have worked on several of Jarmusch’s films, including Stranger Than Paradise (Lurie), Down By Law (Lurie and Waits), Mystery Train (Waits), Night On Earth (Waits), Coffee And Cigarettes (Waits). And Waits acted opposite Iggy Pop in one of Coffee And Cigarettes‘s better segments, (Pop also has an awesomely fucked-up, flippant, cross-dressing turn in Jarmusch’s masterpiece, Dead Man (which Neil Young scored)). Jarmusch’s Year Of The Horse documentary on Neil & Crazy Horse is pretty great, too. Where Nick Cave, Thurston Moore and Josh Brolin fit in to this web isn’t immediately clear, though each of them is certainly familiar with the film industry.

For his part, Marvin acted in dozens of movies and TV shows throughout his career, Gorky Park, Prime Cut and Cat Ballou (for which he won an Oscar) among them. Come by the store and ask Ralph if he can recommend some others.