|Feb. 23rd, 2006 01:23 pm Nilsson Schmilsson|
This forthcoming doc on Harry Nilsson looks really good. I fell in love with his song from watching Midnight Cowboy and I've found other music by him, especially his beautiful song 'Without Her.' He definitely looks like a fascinating person from the trailer for the doc. There's nothing I like better than music documentaries. Scheck it out: http://www.lslproductions.com/wihn_home.html
I've been watching and hearing so much stuff from the seventies right now. I'm taking a seminar course on the seventies so it's been a trip to see all this stuff from a time before I was born. We have to choose a 70's film in particular and write a series of papers on different aspects about the film. I've had a hard time choosing from all the good shit that came out in the 70's. I wanted to do Midnight Cowboy but that was actually made on the cusp of the seventies, in 69' to be exact. It would have made the perfect film to write about, it's so loaded with imagery and meaning. Now I've actually settled on a film made in the 70's and it's a smaller, cult film called 'Two-Lane Blacktop' that I came across just in time on Sundance. It's definitely a quiet film that left a lasting impression on me. It left me with this strange mood after watching it. Reading up on it afterwards I discover the cult status that it has and other's interpretations of it. Seeing it called an existential road film really piqued my interest in it and I've really grown to love it. I suppose the difficulty of finding a copy of my own made it more exciting in a way too since dvds are collector items selling at $50 bucks and up. Even VHS copies are selling for crazy prices online. I've figured it would be best to tape that film myself off of Sundance but even that was challenging since no one has a VCR anymore so acquiring one, hooking it up, and finding a decent tape to re-record on was frustrating. All that trouble is worth it because this film subtly embodies the seventies spirit in so many ways. Now I just have to focus and write a damn good paper on it. I picked up this really interesting book called 'Lost Highways' about the history of road movies and the genre. I even accidently came upon news of an upcoming IFC documentary called 'Wanderlust' that will chronicle the history of road films and their shared charateristics. It's being filmed by the same team behind 'American Splendor' which I really liked. All these things have come together just right to make me feel really lucky to have come across 'Two-Lane Blacktop' and the mysterious aura surrounding it. I've even uncovered this indie tribute album to the film that has Cat Power, Will Oldham, and Calexico on it called 'You Can Never Go Fast Enough.' Fuck! That's way too perfect. Effing synchronicity! It's eerie how much the girl in the film resembles Chan Marshall too... I think Chan must have gotten her aesthetic from this cult actress who died by suicide. It's all so fucking interesting!!
Tribute cd: http://www.undertheradarmag.com/webonly/albumreviews/You%20Can%20Never%20Go%20Fast%20Enough/youcannever.html
On the music front, I really, honestly, can't stop listening to songs off the Jenny Lewis album. Her voice pulls you in like few other people can. It's beautiful and you shouldn't resist it. I especially love the songs 'You are what you Love,' 'Rabbit Fur Coat,' and 'Rise up with Fists!' She's a pretty enigmatic artist, I think despite her huge popularity.
I have to balance the softer, emotional music with something harder and upbeat of course, hence my obsession with all things Delta 5! That compilation is killer and they're too bad-ass for words!
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Yeah, I can't believe that whole thing came from the film! I guess a lot of people must have seen MC when it came out for that scene to be repeated endlessly in other things. Have you ever seen Two-Lane Blacktop? They don't have it on Netflix so it's hard to come by. How about Harry Nilsson? I sent you a copy of my Illuminated mix right? It has a song by him on it.