Friday, July 30, 2004

At the Movies ©

Opening this Week
The Village
It must be tough to continue to surprise your audience once you become known for directing movies with plot twists.

Garden State (NY/LA)
I’m really hoping this lives up to the hype. I would hate to have to dislike a film with such a great name.

The Manchurian Candidate
People are talking Oscar…

What the heck is Ben Kingsley doing in this crappy movie?

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
They are really pushing the fact that Ebert and Roper gave this movie 2 thumbs up… as if they know by the title people would assume it will be as bad as the feeling you get after eating at White Castle.

She Hates Me (NY/LA)
It’s a Spike Lee Joint

Intimate Strangers (LA/NY)
It’s a case of mistaken identity where a woman enters the wrong office and ends up talking about her marital problems with a financial adviser who she thinks is a physiologist.

Top of the Box

I’m so uninspired by all these movies, I can’t even think of anything snarky to say.

The Bourne Supremacy

I, Robot


Spiderman 2

A Cinderella Story

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Afternoon nonsense

Before you listen to that Hoobastank record, click here. (link sent by Kevin)

Captain Obvious strikes again: the FYE in the Century City Mall has a notice hanging up in its window from the Better Business Bureau (or someone official like that) to let people know that FYE has over-charged customers in at least one instance. And they wonder while downloading is so popular.

And I can't put my finger on it, but when looking at Ashlee Simpson I am constantly reminded of Phyllis Diller.

Meet X

WHERE:Tower Records Sunset
WHAT: All 4 original members of the seminal punk band, X, will be present to sign copies of their new double Best Of anthology, X - Make The Music Go Bang.

Just don't wear any Lord of the Rings t-shirts.

The Amish are coming! The Amish are coming!

The Amish are America’s punch line. They’re a little sect that somehow still exists, despite the rest of America trying to “save” them from themselves. We joke about them, look down upon them, and at times, pity them. But then we put them on a television show with some of us regular “city kids,” and who looks foolish? Yup, we do. It’s the classic switcheroo, where you think you are going to learn about another culture, but really we are learning about ourselves.

I mean who’s crazier? People who don’t use electricity or someone who thinks cows are from Outer Space?

That said, I’m convinced that Mose is a robot.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Why having older siblings rule

Because they pass on nuggets of wisdom like this:

"You can know the cost of your watch or your car, but if you're looking for value, that's not the place to look. There's value in friends, having a kind demeanor, keeping a positive outlook on life, being a good person, and watching any episode of 21 Jump Street in which Hanson and Penthall go undercover as the McQuaid brothers... just something to keep in mind."

Monday, July 26, 2004

On Tap

Monday, 7/26
On the Speakers @ Viper Room
This is the kind of band you will love after seeing them only once. They’re local

Tuesday, 7/27
Scissor Sisters @ Troubadour
SOLD OUT. I told you that you should have gone when they played for free at Spaceland…

Showgirls screening @ The Vista
Get the lowdown here.

Wednesday, 7/28
Old ‘97’s @ Amoeba
In-store performance

!!! @ Henry Fonda
The marquee actually has it spelled out as Chik Chik Chik. For some reason, that seems wrong.

Thursday, 7/29
The Veils @ Hotel Café

Friday, 7/30
Mini Kiss @ Avalon
I’m only noting this because a certain writer who I adore LOVES Kiss, and now whenever anything Kiss related is mentioned, I take notice.

Saturday, 7/31
Dios/Earlimart @ Troubadour
Both are fantastic. Both are local. Both will be huge soon. Go to this show.

Sunday, 8/1
Heart @ The Greek
Laugh if you will, but Heart was one of the first cassettes I ever owned.

Friday, July 23, 2004

At the Movies ©

Opening this Week
The Bourne Supremacy
Who knew the first one was successful enough to garner a sequel?
UPDATE: The Bourne Supremacy was the #1 vhs and dvd rental
title of 2003. (thanks to MDG for the tip). I guess that warrants a sequel.

They picked a good weekend to put out a mediocre movie. There isn’t much competition, and all the comic book freaks already saw Spiderman 2. Everyone is still expecting it to bomb though.

The Grudge (limited release)
This is another Japanese horror movie that is currently being remade so Americans don’t have to read subtitles. They’re re-releasing it here just to generate buzz.

A Home at the End of the World (LA and NY)
This movie took out Colin Farrell’s nude shot because it was “too distracting,” which might make sense since Ewan McGregor showed his package in a movie this past year and I can’t even remember its name and still insist on referring to it as “The Movie That Ewan Showed His Package In.”

Festival Express (limited release)
Documentary following Janis Joplin, The Band, the Grateful Dead, and other noted musicians while traveling 2,000 miles throughout Canada over five days in the summer of 1970

Top of the Box
I, Robot
I, don’t care.

Spiderman 2

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

A Cinderella Story

Fahrenheit 9/11

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Assistance please

andy-dick-painting-small.jpg I went to a premiere party last night for the MTV show “The Assistant.”  Defamer has the story here.  After going home, I watched Entourage for the first time.  I hated it.  Watching that show after going to the Andy Dick party was like the opening scene of the Goonies where Corey “Mouth” Feldman is watching a car chase on TV and his father tells him to turn it off, but when he does he continues to hear a car chase because one is actually happening right outside of his window.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

I love the 80’s

Click here to play Pacman, Space Invaders, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Asteroids and more.  You’re already slacking at work by reading blogs, why not just go the extra step and play games?

Since it’s almost been a week since I’ve mentioned zombies

Rupert Murdoch says that not only isn't he interested in trying to match Sony's reported $5-billion offer for MGM, but he can't understand why anyone else would, either.  Um, haven’t you heard of a little film called Bubba Ho-tep?  That’s worth 1 billion, easy.  Its tagline is “The King of Rock vs. The King of the Dead,” which basically says it all.  Zombies and Elvis?  It doesn’t get any better than that.
That said, here are the Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack, which can be found in the Zombie Survival Guide (a must have).

1. Organize before they rise.
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Know Your Chicken

This isn’t why I went veggie, but man it makes it easier to keep it up when you find out about things like this.  In related news, Andre 3000 is the “World’s Sexist Vegetarian.” 
In Ann Arbor, MI a 21-year old man dressed as superman attacked some motorists.  Nice to know that people in the mid-west know how to bring a little entertainment when it comes to crime.
Michael Jackson is going to be the father of quadruplets.  If a bunch of us sat down in a room and tried to think of some of the worst ideas a man like Michael could do considering his current situation, I doubt anyone would be clever enough to think of having quadruplets.  Kudos to Michael for going the extra mile and never failing to disappoint with his bizarre antics.  Now someone stop this before he actually has them in his possession.
UPDATE:  Jackson denies this is true.
And in reactive verses proactive news, the European Union says it will keep a close eye on the music industry after approving the Sony-BMG merger

Monday, July 19, 2004

Monday, 7/19
Modest Mouse/The Walkmen @ The Wiltern
Sold out.  Of course.  
Sonic Youth @ The Henry Fonda 



Rachael Yamagata @ The Hotel Café
Worth checking out.
Tuesday, 7/20
Rachael Yamagata @ The Hotel Café
Golden Arms @ Cinespace
Wednesday, 7/21
Becky @ 1650
This is Keanu’s band with Rebecca from the Real World Seattle singing.  No, I am not making that up.
Thursday, 7/22
Gomez/The Thrills @ Avalon
Remember when Gomez was going to be the next big thing?  
The Walkmen @ 1650 
Thanks to Judging Robert for scoring us tix.

Friday, 7/23
Chuck Klosterman reading @ Skylight Books (Los Feliz, 7:30pm)
Anyone who includes a chapter on Saved by the Bell is alright by me.  Buy his latest book now.  
Polyphonic Spree @ El Rey
We’re going to look back at this band and laugh at ourselves for ever thinking they were cool.  I can see it now on “I love the 00’s.”
Rilo Kiley @ John Anson Ford Theater
Their new album is amazing. 
Kristen Hersh @ Largo
I know where the roomie will be on Friday.
Saturday, 7/24
Icarus Line @ Roxy
Saving rock and roll?
Jet @ HoB
Sunday, 7/25
The Gossip @ Troubadour
Crystal Method @ Hollywood Bowl
I know I should like dance music more.  I’m trying.  Does the Crystal Method count?

Friday, July 16, 2004

At the Movies ©

Opening this week
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (limited)
Definitely worth seeing, even if you don’t like Metallica’s music.  Filmmakers Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger will do a Q&A following the 7:30pm showing at the Arclight on Friday, July 16
A Cinderella Story
All Hilary needs is some breast implant rumors and she will be back on top (no pun intended.)
They should have made it I,Zombie.  That I would go see.
The Door in the Floor
Based on the novel A Widow for One Year by John Irving starring Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger.
Touch of Pink  (limited)
I car-pooled to work today and my co-worker just happened to have seen this last night and couldn’t stop raving about it.  It’s a film about a closeted gay man dealing with a visit from his mother with Kyle MacLachlan playing an imaginery Cary Grant.
Maria Full of Grace (limited)
A Columbian girl takes a dangerous chance of leaving her native country for the US.
Top of the Box
Spiderman 2
Did anyone else think this film was poop?
Will Ferrell is the new Jim Carrey.
King Arthur
Fahrenheit 9/11
The Notebook
Better than Cats.
The Arclight Presents: "Porky's" (R)Writer/Director Bob Clark Q&A Follows FilmTuesday, July 20, 7:30pm.
Now I’ve never seen Porky’s, but I’m sure this is a big deal in some circles.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Are you ready to dance?

because this little guy has a way with older women.

Trent wants in the club

At the Chuck Palahniuk Q&A last night, Chuck P revealed that Trent Reznor will be working on the music for the Fight Club musical. Scott doesn’t think this is will actually happen, though. Now I love Trent, NIN, Fight Club and the occasional musical for that matter, but the idea of combining all these things makes me slightly apprehensive. That said, I don’t think Andrew Lloyd Weber is the man for the job either. Considering all Palahniuk’s books are currently in development to be made into movies with the exception of Lullaby, you think he would just pass at the idea of a musical just in case it permanently taints the brilliance that is Fight Club. But then again, who thought that putting the Vietnam War into song would be such a hit?

Tuesday, July 13, 2004


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Thursday, July 15, 2004
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For those of you who have to see something to believe it

Remember the Bowie getting one in the eye story?

Brian just let me know pictures existed of it! I'm told this wasn't done with photoshop.


Someone is profiting off of Mary Kate’s coke habit. (And no, he isn’t her dealer.)

Note to Hooters’ girls: don’t change into your uniform at work. You might get some stares while commuting in those orange shorts, but it’s better than being video taped by your boss while changing.

Dear Jet Blue. I love you. Just fly more places please.

Fred Durst says Wes is back in Limp Bizkit. I think knowing that Limp Bizkit is actually still a band is more newsworthy.

Buddyhead calls Indie 103 out for saying it’s independent every two seconds though it’s owned by Clear Channel. Good work boys.

Monday, July 12, 2004

On Tap

I didn’t do the movie update on Friday because I was in Amish-land for a wedding. No, the people getting married weren’t Amish, but the groom is from the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania, somewhere next to the place that time forgot. Let’s just say it’s a good thing they decided to live in New Jersey and only have the wedding out there.

Monday, 7/12
Jonathan Rice @ Hotel Café
Get to see him here before he goes onto to bigger venues and you can’t get tickets.

Tuesday, 7/13
Res Screening @ Egyptian
One of these days I’ll actually go to this.

Michael Penn @ Largo

Wednesday, 7/14
Fight Club screening w/ CHUCK PALAHNIUK speaking beforehand @ Westwood's Majestic Crest Theatre.

Finn Brothers @ Avalon
Someone once put Neil Finn singing “Throw Your Arms Around Me” on a mix CD for me. It worked.

DKT/MC5 w/ Nebula/Bellrays @ Spaceland
Original MC5 members reunite and tour with rotating guest musicians. Someone said something about Evan Dando to me about this… we’ll see.

Thursday, 7/15
Finn Brothers @ Avalon

Josh Rouse @ Knitting Factory
He’s that dude that sang that song…

Paris,Texas/These Arms are Snakes @ The Echo

Whatevs arrives!

Friday, 7/16
Jurassic 5 @ Avalon
I like J5.

Mo’s B-day event.

Saturday, 7/17
Ladytron DJ set by Daniel Hunt @ Club Bang!

The Wrens @ Knitting Factory

Sunday, 7/18
Modest Mouse/The Walkmen @ Avalon
This show is also happening on Monday at the Wiltern.

Rooney @ Wiltern
Entertainment Weekly did a piece on the “new alternative rock” and kept calling it Seth Cohen rock. I officially hate that term, but if anyone is guilty of falling under that description it would be Rooney.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Part of me is scared and part of me is intrigued

The cult classic Showgirls is back with a one night only Interactive Screening to celebrate the release of the VIP Edition DVD set. Free admission includes a goodie bag of props (i.e. fake dollar bills to throw).

New York
Thursday, July 22 @ 8pm
Clearview Chelsea West

Los Angeles

Tuesday, July 27
Vista Theater

San Francisco

Tuesday, July 27
Loews Metreon


Tuesday, July 27
Landmark Century Centre Cinemas

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

On Tap

Tuesday, 7/6
Idlewild @ Hotel Café
I caught this show last night, and it was nothing less than amazing.

Polyphonic Spree party @ Cinespace
Get to hear their new album and drink free beer. I’ll still rather see Idlewild again.

Dave Grohl/Liz Phair/Tenacious D @ Henry Fonda
John Kerry Fundraiser

Auf Der Mar @ The Echo
Bassist Hole and then the Smashing Pumpkins fronts her own band.

Wednesday, 7/7
The Bronx @ Troubadour
Local hard core band who, when you can hear their lyrics, are really good.

Fastball @ Spaceland

Auf Der Mar @ Spaceland

Thursday, 7/7
Mum @ The El Rey

Friday, 7/8
Emily Haines @ Spaceland
Lead singer of Metric does a solo show.

Saturday, 7/9
Calexico @ The Getty
The Getty is probably the best museum in LA, not for its art, but for the grounds that hold it.

Buckethead @ Knitting Factory
Go see the guitarist that Axl Rose calls unreliable.

Sunday, 7/10
The Start @ Troubadour
Local staples.

Friday, July 02, 2004

At the Movies ©

Opening this week
Spiderman 2
Saw it last night, and still trying to figure out if I liked it as much as I’m supposed to. It’s got great actions sequences and a good sense of humor, but I didn’t walk out thinking how amazing it was like I did after the first one.

The Clearing
Robert Redford, Willem Defoe star in a kidnapping story. (Do you still call it kidnapping even though Robert Redford is more of a senior citizen than a kid?)

DeLovely (limited release)
It’s a nice alternative and something different to see, but it’s no The Notebook.

Before Sunset
I tried to rent Before Sunrise last night with some friends so I could go see this sequel this weekend and understand what the big deal is. Everyone else in the city of Los Angeles had the same idea and beat me to every copy of it everywhere.

America’s Heart and Soul (limited)
“Filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg hits the road for portraits of unique American citizens and the country's natural beauty.” -

Top of the Box
Fahrenheit 9/11
Is it or is it not a documentary? But more importantly, how do you spell Lightning Bug?

White Chicks
Saw the Wayans Brothers on Jimmy Kimmel… it made me miss In Living Color.

We’re having a department picnic this afternoon and have scheduled a fierce game of Dodgeball as an activity. How awesome is that?

The Notebook
I loved this film. Gush.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Things I found out by staying in and watching TV

Method Man is charismatic.

The Simple Life should be a full hour.

I just saved a bundle on my car insurance by switching to Geico.

Blow Out on Bravo is my new favorite show.

Syndication is a beautiful thing.

DeLovely wasn’t that good of a movie, even though it has bi-sexuality, loss of a leg, and cameos by Robbie Williams, Alanis Morissette, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. (This I found out by actually going out, but since it was work related and I went right home, I consider this staying in)

Insomnia is maddening.

I would get a lot more reading done if I didn’t have cable.