When FXX announced a while ago that they would be airing all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in chronological order this August, I got excited. Clear the DVR storage! I immediately thought. Like most people my age, I have watched The Simpsons since its 1989 debut and have had my adolescence (and sense of humor) shaped by the series.
Oh Eugene Levy, I saw that yet another American Pie movie is coming out on DVD this week, and once again, you are in it. Don’t you know you can do so much better? You wrote and starred in Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration for god’s sake! Those are all brilliant films!
I just checked your IMDb profile; seven American Pie movies, really? The Man, with Samuel L. Jackson? New York Minute, with the Olsen twins? I just saw you in Taking Woodstock this summer and you were good! Why can’t you do more stuff like that?
And by the way, Samuel L. Jackson – we’ll have to talk too, later.
The cold weather is upon us, and whenever winter rolls around (or at least for the past few years), I think about one of my favorite songs that always reminds me of this time of year – “I Love N.Y.E.” by Badly Drawn Boy. This song is originally from the film soundtrack for 2002’s About A Boy. It is an instrumental track that has been used not only in this movie, but also in an episode of Sex and the City and a Starbucks commercial from what memory serves. And to my surprise the other night, it is now being used in a commercial for a drug called Seroquel XR, some sort of anti-depressant. That’s sort of, well, depressing!
As an added bonus, since the commercial caught my attention when I heard “I Love N.Y.E.,” it also features an exterior shot of The Art Theatre in Long Beach, one of our favorite theaters to frequent.
If you have not heard “I Love N.Y.E.,” you can check it out here.
When I first started seeing the trailers for Fantastic Mr. Fox, I had mixed feelings toward it – although what the trailers showed looked good, and I am a fan of Wes Anderson as a director, I know it isn’t easy to get a kids movie done right either. Well, I gave Fantastic Mr. Fox a chance this afternoon at our favorite Long Beach theater, The Art Theatre on 4th Street. I have to say it was a chance that really paid off – it was fantastic!
Wes Anderson definitely has his signature style, something you are probably already familiar with if you’ve seen his other films (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited). I wasn’t sure how much that could translate to this stop-motion animated film, but somehow it did and really gave the whole picture warmth. The voice cast was also comprised of Anderson film veterans (Bill Murray and Owen Wilson among them), and featured 60’s and 70’s classic rock songs as well as a new song from Jarvis Cocker.