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  1. Heart of Darkness by Josef Konrad. Good Read. You can also rent Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse about the making of Apocalypse Now. It's really fascinating stuff.

    Was going to say exactly same thing about Apocalypse Now. My only addition is that I feel the Redux version is pretty insufferable. While the original is a masterpiece of mood and tension, the Redux just blows all that up in favor of some really pointless scenes that just adds length to the movie. It's worth watching so you can compare, but I always watch the original if I have the choice. Three words that sum up my point: French. Dinner. Scene. Yeeeesh.

    As for the book, Forest is right, it's an excellent read. As for the doc, that is probably one of my favorite film documentaries and the only reason I purchased the brand new "3 Disc Full Disclousre Edition" of the movie. If you are renting from Netflix, the third disc of the brand new edition has the documentary on it. Really fascinating.

    Perhaps my best double-header ever:

    Blue Valentine

    I knew absolutely nothing about this movie going in. I basically only went to kill some time before Black Swan started, but as it turned out Blue Valentine is one of the best movies I have seen in a while. The movie follows a young couple through the course of their relationship, but not necessarily in chronological order. Sweet and beautiful one minute, heartbreaking the next. The main characters are perfectly written and are convincingly brought to life by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in what is a career best performance for both. You won't see a movie as real, raw, intimate and honest as Blue Valentine this year. Can't recommend it enough.

    Black Swan

    Despite the good, sometimes great, reviews, I was not sure what to expect from Darren Aronofsky's latest film. Fortunately it was more The Wrestler than The Fountain (which is one of the most boring and pretentious movies I have ever seen). Black Swan actually has a lot of similarities with The Wrestler, but I only realized that after I left the theatre. While watching the film, I was too caught up in its great cinematography, gripping story and flawless acting by Natalie Portman. The movie is not perfect as some characters are underwritten (Winona Ryder!), but the sex scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis the third act is so intense and breathtaking that all minor faults are forgiven.

    Saw Blue Valentine on Saturday, and I have to agree, both Gosling and Williams did a remarkable job in the roles. I was talking to a friend of mine who was a party with a film professor from NYU and he had mentioned that Black Swan is a film about expectations and I really do agree. I'll go more into it in my full review, but all of the struggles between the two characters stem from unrealized expectations and the diversion that creates is remarkable. One of the better films I've seen this year.

  2. "Maybe if I scare the snot of the puck, it'll be too frightened to get past me..."

    or

    ::during the pre-game skate, goaltending coach Chris Terreri had the following conversation with the day's starting goalie::

    CT: Marty Brodeur, why did you join my beloved Devils?

    MB30: Sir, to stop pucks, sir!

    CT: So, you're a puck stopper!

    MB30: Sir, yes sir!

    CT: Let me see your war face!

    MB30: Aaaaagggh!

    CT: Bullsh!t! You didn't convince me! Let me see your real war face!

    MB30: AAAAAAGGGGGGHHHH!

    CT: You didn't scare me! Work on it!

  3. Opening This Week – Nationwide

    No Strings Attached – Despite how lovely Natalie Portman looks in Ashton Kutcher’s work shirt on the movie poster, I just typed the words Ashton and Kutcher in this preview, hence dooming this film to bland mediocrity. Roger Ebert had a very telling line in his two star review saying, “The movie is rated R but it’s the most watery R I’ve seen. It’s more of a PG-13 playing dress up”. Reviews have been mixed although they all hover around bland and boring, making this is a very tentative See It For Yourself. Fans of the rom com genre may find some adult thrills in this movie but everyone else should steer clear.

    Opening This Week – Limited

    Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) – Dramatic Indian film about four young people living in Mumbai who chronicle life in the city through video diaries and handheld cameras Getting very fine reviews from critics, most have said that its simply good drama known more for its Bollywood than independent filmmaking. Playing in select theatres in New York and New Jersey

    The Housemaid – Korean erotic thriller about a housemaid who finds herself involved in an affair with the head of the household with shocking results. Critics have labeled this as beautifully shot yet featuring a head scratching conclusion. Still, most of the comments have been quite positive, so I say check it out! Showing at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

    Applause – Universally praised for the work of Danish film star Paprika Steen, this film about an alcoholic actress on her comeback tour is getting rave reviews from critics. Playing at City Cinemas Village East

    Opening This Week – Indie, Art House and Small Screenings

    Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance – Anime style film about a team of piots battling a strange alien race. The second in what look to become a franchise, fans of the series will more than enjoy this offering. Screening at the Imaginasian

    Johnny Mad Dog – A cast of unknown actors star in this intense feature about child soldiers fighting a fictional war in Africa. Critics have been largely positive about the movie; saying that it’s intense and unflinching view of warfare is worth the price of admission. Showing at the Anthology Film Archives

    The Woodmans – Fascinating documentary of the tragically short life of Francesca Woodman, a 22 year old artists who took her own life far before her prime. A look at her family and the work that made her famous, The Woodmans looks to not only celebrate her life but examine the family dynamics that may have led to her demise. Screening at the Film Forum

    Other Movie Notes

    The Way Back expands to wide release this weekend. Starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess and Ed Harris, the latest directorial effort by Peter Weir has been getting very good reviews from critics. Check out Atterr’s review of this earlier in the thread for a little more detail on the flick!

    Also, The Company Men, the anti-recession film starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner expands to a wider release this weekend. The trailers look interesting enough and reviews have been solid, so this still remains a See it For Yourself type flick.

    My 3 To See

    The Woodmans – Getting universally lauded by critics, this just may be worth coming into the city to check out at the Film Forum.

    The Company Men – Solid reviews, a good cast and a timely story all make this film a fine recommendation now that it’s out in wider release.

    Applause – Sure, this is also in very limited release, but did you really want to see Black Swan, Blue Valentine or True Grit on the recommendation list again? I didn’t think so!

    Confused by the colors? Here’s the guide!

    Green means that reviews are great, the trailer looks great, so this is definitely worth seeing!

    Orange means reviews have been mixed but there’s enough here for me to say, “See It For Yourself”.

    Red means this film should be avoided at all costs! Run, Devil fans, run!!

  4. Watching random videos on youtube and someone decided to blast my cousin's band to get kicked out of Best Buy! Small world.

    Your cousin is in Catch 22?? Very cool! If I had known that, I would have pestered you to hook me up with an interview for a ska podcast I did a couple of years ago :D

  5. New Movie Review

    The Fighter

    I love me some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

    Seriously. Like ‘em, love ‘em, can’t get enough of ‘em. The perfect combination of two already wonderful food stuffs, RPBC’s are a classic treat. So, imagine my delight when they started appearing in almost everything. First it was ice cream, next in breakfast cereals until finally, a couple of days ago, I discovered them in a bag of Chips Ahoy cookies at my mom’s house. At that moment I thought, “Damn, I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and all, but this is getting ridiculous. What’s next, peanut butter cup infused bananas”? But what did I do? Grabbed myself a couple, chomped down and enjoyed the heck out of them. In the end, even though I keep seeing that flavor over and over again, it doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s damn delicious. This is exactly how I feel about the boxing movie genre, and specifically its latest entry, The Fighter.

    Much like the sweet confections mentioned above, the genre of boxing films all share a very similar plot and story arc. Tough guy comes from nothing, goes through a few trials and ends up on top where a) he then falls back down a precarious slope or b) the movie ends. While The Fighter follows the same predictable path of its predecessors, the film is helped by some well placed humor, a focus on family and some very fine acting.

    The cast runs the gambit of acceptable to near brilliant. Mark Wahlberg plays Micky Ward, an up and coming boxer from the slums of Lowell, Massachusetts who’s looking for his next big break. Much has been reported of Wahlberg’s near four year preparation for the role and the hard work pays off as he certainly has the look and feel of a seasoned boxer. While his acting style is very by the numbers, Wahlberg does a fine if not unremarkable job in the title role. Also playing against type is Amy Adams, portraying a tough talking local bartender and Micky’s inevitable love interest. Adams also does a fine job in the part as it’s a relief to see her break away from the nice girl roles we’re used to seeing her in. High marks also have to be given to Melissa Leo as Micky’s mother and business manager. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress this year, Leo tows the line between loving mother and tough manager effortlessly, giving the movie a much needed shot of freshness and originality.

    Stealing the show, however, is the work of Christian Bale as Dicky Ekllund, Mickey’s brother, trainer and closest confidant. Bale’s part is easily the most difficult of the cast as he not only has to connect with Wahlberg on a brotherly level but has to be unassumingly self destructive at the same time. Bale plays the part wonderfully, bringing a real honesty and empathy to the role. Dicky has the distinction of being the “King of Lowell” for his boxing career but has since fallen in the depths of a drug addiction that threatens to take down his whole family and the budding career of his brother. Dicky is easily the catalyst of the story and in hands of a lesser actor could have turned into a parody but Bale is pitch perfect in his portrayal. Bale actually just got himself a Golden Globe for his work and he is sure to a get an Oscar nomination in the next couple of weeks.

    The story, however, runs very familiar ground. While I enjoyed the local flavor of Lowell and the connection between Bale and Wahlberg, the rest of the plot is standard boxing flick fare. Luckily, the screenplay is peppered with a surprising amount of humor that almost always works well, especially when Bale is on screen. Director David O. Russell directs his cast with startling insight into the working class toughness of this boxing family yet does so at the sacrifice of visual flair. This is a blandly shot film to be sure, but when you have a cast this good, that is more than forgivable.

    All in all, The Fighter doesn’t break any new ground for the boxing genre but, much like those yummy peanut butter cups, it’s still a good time that pushes all the right buttons. There’s just something charming about the classic “everyman fighting against all odds” tale and that charm never gets old, no matter how many times you see it. In the case of The Fighter, this world weary tale is told with style, humor and excellent acting, giving the audience just enough nuance to elevate it beyond its clichés. While Rocky will always be the quintessential telling of this story, The Fighter has a few new tricks up its sleeve, mostly embodied in the work of Bale and Leo. Everyone else simply has to play to type supporting their great performances. To bookend this review with my candy reference, The Fighter is just like a pack of Dark Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: while an attempt was made to slightly change the classic flavor, the end result is the same old candy we grew up loving, a taste that still stands the test of time.

  6. Golden Globes Wrap up

    Being the last big awards show before the Oscars, the Globes are always a pretty good indicator of who’s going to win the big one come February. While I’ll definitely do an Oscar preview, here’s a list of last night’s film winners and my take on what that means for the Academy.

    Best Motion Picture – Drama

    The Social Network – Didn’t guess this one as I thought it was going to be a two horse race between Black Swan and The King’s Speech, but after watching it again this past week, this isn’t surprising. Still, I think this will be as far as it gets in the Best Picture race for the Oscars. This win will get it nominated for the big prize, but that’s about it.

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

    Natalie Portman – Black Swan – Not a huge surprise as she not only did a great job in the role, she’s the highest profile star in the highest profile movie nominated, so it’s a perfect storm of win for Portman. The critical success of the film combined with this win may just give her enough of a charge to win Best Actress at the Oscars as well.

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

    Colin Firth – The King’s Speech – Another no brainer as he is pretty much a lock to win Best Actor at the Oscars. While he bear out some fine performances, especially James Franco for 127 Hours and Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network, this was a long time coming for Firth and well deserved.

    Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

    The Kids Are All Right – Another easy pick as Kids was heads and shoulders better than any of the other films nominated. One of my top 10 movies of the year, Kids was heartfelt, honest and bitingly funny. Glad to see it get some recognition this awards season.

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

    Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right – Another good choice as you could have made a case for anybody nominated, Bening was fantastic in Kids. On a side note, good to see Emma Stone get a nomination for Easy A, an easily dismissible but damn good movie featuring a fine performance by Stone. This pretty much secures Bening a Oscar nomination but I doubt anybody is stopping the Portman train this year.

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

    Paul Giamatti – Barney’s Version – While this could be labeled as a surprise, this was the only film nominated that could be considered a critical hit, it does make some sense. This movie just got released this week, so I’ll try to give a look-see before the Oscars.

    – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

    Melissa Leo – The Fighter – A bit of a surprise here as, given the other nominees, I would have labeled her as an underdog, especially given she was splitting the vote with Amy Adams. Also, a surprise given Mila Kunis had a lot of buzz surrounding her for her Black Swan performance, but I’m glad a better actress won. Another category where everyone nominated was deserving, Leo gives a great performance in the role as the controlling mother. Kudos also to Jacki Weaver for getting a nom for her brilliant work in Animal Kingdom.

    – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

    Christian Bale – The Fighter – This was as always going to be a two horse race between Bale and Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech and I’m glad Bale won out at the Globes. Bale was fantastic as Walberg’s brother and I’m glad he’s getting an award for it. While I still think Rush will win the Oscar, Bale more than deserves some recognition for his work.

    Best Animated Feature Film

    Toy Story 3 – Rinse, lather and repeat for the Oscars. Good for the Illusionist in getting a nom, by the way.

    Best Foreign Language Film

    In A Better World (Denmark) – Only Biutiful and I Am Love got a stateside release, so I haven’t seen any of the films, so I’ll have to defer to the Globes on this one!

    Best Director – Motion Picture

    David Fincher – The Social Network – While this is my pick based on the five nominees, I’m very surprised Danny Boyle didn’t get a nom for 127 Hours. Maybe he’ll get a look for the Oscar, but this definitely hurts his chances.

    Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

    Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network – Slam dunk for me, as I was declaring him the winner as I was walking out of the theater after seeing the film. Definitely the best screenplay written this year, Sorkin should be all but guaranteed a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

    Best Original Score

    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network – Another one that should carry over to the Oscars. Just an amazing score.

  7. I absolutely love Citizen Kane. Despite being a movie from the 40s, I don't think it has aged one bit. Yes, the themes are still current, but Orson Welles really was a pioneer when it comes to move making. It has so many incredible and iconic images. It starts from the first minute with the view of Xanadu mansion where the window always stays in the same spot, and never stops after that. It really is refreshing to watch this movie in a time where 80% of the movies are shot in an ADHD music video style.

    Saw The Way Back yesterday. A movie about a couple of guys trying to escape a Siberian prison during WWII by walking through the deserts in Mongolia and the Himalaya towards India. In scope, it should have been Peter Weir's Lawrence of Arabia, but unfortuantely the characters are not fleshed out at all, so that there is no emotional connection with them at all. Too bad, it could have been great. Instead, it's just ok.

    It's funny, I agree with the both of you! Citizen Kane is an absolute classic but it does play very dated, like many of the films from that era. Like Atterr said, with the window in the opening sequence and other moments, the cinematography alone is breathtaking. But I do have to agree with DiG, the movie does play really long and there are some moments where your modern film watching mind takes over and goes, "Uggh, get on with it", but it's still a piece of brilliance. Need to watch that one again as its been ages.

    As for The Way Back, I like Peter Weir as a director and it's unfortunate to hear the characters don't hold up. From what I've read, the movie is filmed beautifully and is amazing what he was able to accompish with very little studio backing. How was Colin Farrell? He's always been hit or miss with me but In Bruges cemented me as a fan of his, so I'm curious how he pulled off the role.

  8. I don't know, this reboot has a ton of variables in it. While the two leads are quite talented, I'm not sure if this is a movie we really need. Sure, Spiderman 3 was a huge letdown, but I wonder what direction this is going to take. I'm also concerned that they have Mark Webb directing, He's a fine director, as evidenced in (500) Days of Summer, but he's pretty inexperienced and could be getting way in over his head with one. However, on the other hand, maybe this will be a more character driven Spidey than the other entries, which aside from 3, were actually pretty good. Going to be interesting to say the least!

  9. Great review of one of my all time favorite movies, Bulletproof!

    Saw 127 Hours yesterday and was very impressed by it. Great job by Danny Boyle to keep audience interested in what could have easily been a very boring movie considering it features one actor and one location for most of the movie. It's good to see James Franco finally get a leading role (after his fantastic turn in Pineapple Express) and he does not disappoint. I was actually quite surprised how fun the movie was, considering the subject and unavoidable ending. Maybe not a masterpiece, but definitely better than the somewhat overrated Slumdog Millionaire.

    Agreed, this is definately better than Slumdog. While I fell in love with Slumdog when I first saw it in theatres, repeat viewings show many of its flaws in storytelling and its overly simplictic plot. Still, its almost like a parable where the point isn't the end result of the story but the feeling you get when the credits roll. Still, Slumdog is a slightly overrated movie and 127 Hours is a better in almost every way. Wont win much at the Oscars but the nominations wont be too shabby, either.

    Opening This Week – Nationwide

    The Green Hornet – Also showing in 3D and IMAX 3D – Funny how a movie can get such a terrible rap before it’s even seen by critics but with the development hell this picture’s undergone, it’s no wonder. With the original rights being secured in 1997, The Green Hornet has gone through at least seven lead actors, three different directors and two studios before landing on Seth Rogan writing and starring, Jay Chou playing Kato and Michel Gondry in the director’s chair. Odd tidbit : Gondry was slated to be the original director of the film in 1997 and had gotten as far as casting and pre production before the studio shelved the project in 2000. Critics have had mixed reviews, surprisingly, none of them scathingly terrible. Most of the impression is that it’s a decent enough buddy action film that has almost none of Gondry’s trademark inventiveness and panache. Considering Gondry was a last minute addition after director number three walked off the project, that all makes sense. Some have said that Chou is likeable enough as Kato but the consensus is that this is a film that has no reason to exist, but since it does, it’s not a miserable mid January offering.

    The Dilemma – Buddy rom-com starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as best friends to the end. But when Vaughn sees James’s wife, played by Winona Ryder, with another man he has a…wait for it…dilemma! To tell or not to tell. That is that question being posed by director Ron Howard in his latest film. The general concensus, from limited reviews, is that the film doesn’t know whether it’s a funny bro-mance style comedy or a darker look into dysfunctional relationships. While this may have some redeeming qualities, too many good critics have given it a thumbs down, so I say skip it.

    Opening This Week – Limited

    Barney’s Version – Already getting a couple of Golden Globe nominations for star Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version is the story of Barney Panofsky, a hard living television producer who reflects on his life in his twilight years. Also starring Dustin Hoffman as his cantankerous father, Barney’s Version has been fine reviews, mostly directed towards Giamatti’s great performance. Showing at Regal Union Square 14 and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

    The Heart Specialist – Film starring Wood Harris, Brian J White and Zoe Saldana of all people about a med student who comes to his internship not to learn medicine but to reconnect with a lost love. No reviews and no opinions but this seems a touch lame, but I’m going to call no decision on this one. Playing in select theatres in NJ and NY

    Ong Bak 3 – The third film in the marital arts trilogy, Ong Bak 3 sees actor / director Tony Jaa reprise his role from the first two films. This one promises to delve a bit more into the supernatural as well as be the final film in the series, so fans want to miss it. Everybody else can probably steer clear. Showing at City Cinemas Village East

    Opening This Week – Indie, Art House and Small Screenings

    Every Day – Lev Schreiber leads off a very respectable cast in this film about an ordinary family facing life’s challenges as one. Sounds a bit thin and critics have had similar feelings, brining limited but mixed reviews. Written and directed by Richard Levine, one of the minds behind TV’s Nip/Tuck, one critic said the film leans on many of the contrivances television does. Still, a good cast can sometimes see you through, I say give it a shot. Screening at City Cinemas Beekman Theatre

    A Somewhat Gentle Man – Swedish character study about a stoic gangster who treats mailing a letter with same gusto as he does killing a snitch. Not much is known about this but the few critics who have commented tow the line from slow and boring to strangely mesmerizing. Screening at the IFC Center

    I’m Dangerous With Love – Documentary about a drug user who is addicted to a substance that is commonly used in African tribal ceremonies. When his addiction reaches a head, he travels to Africa to find out if his head trips are rally spiritual enlightenment. Sounds fairly interesting and a few critics have agreed. Also screening at the IFC Center

    Petition – An over ten year chronicle of the social, political and economic upheaval in modern day China and its effect on the citizens who live there. Getting fine yet limited reviews. Showing at the Anthology Film Archives

    Opening This Week – Worth Waiting For

    Plastic Planet – Documentary about the most abundant material on the planet: plastic! Discusses the origins as well as the social and environmental impact of the widely used substance.

    My 3 To See

    Barney’s Version – A great cast, electric story and a decent amount of awards season buzz makes this a easy recommendation

    Somewhere – Put this on the list a few weeks ago, but trotting it out again for awards season.

    Blue Valentine – One more recommendation for this critically acclaimed film

    Confused by the colors? Here’s the guide!

    Green means that reviews are great, the trailer looks great, so this is definitely worth seeing!

    Orange means reviews have been mixed but there’s enough here for me to say, “See It For Yourself”.

    Red means this film should be avoided at all costs! Run, Devil fans, run!!

  10. I think I'm due to for a new Verizon phone in a couple of months and I'm going to steer clear of the iPhone. My inclination is too shoot for the Incredible as everyone I know loves it! You all are quite right on avoiding the first release as it's sure to have it's share of bugs and issues. Plus, I like the fact you can manage processes and the flexability of the Incredible.

  11. Two words: Public Toilets

    If you can tell your group where the public bathrooms are, you will be worth your weight in gold. Nothing is worse than trying to find a place to "do your business" when you're a thousand miles from home. I live in NYC and other than "which way is Broadway", I get asked where the closest public toilets are.

    Other than that, as most have said, if you know cool "Paris stuff" to do that is off the beaten path, that's a plus as well. Again, living in New York, I could give you fifty things to do in Manhattan that doesn't involve Times Square and that kind of information is a great for the younger, hipper tourist.

  12. Definately have to rank him as a success. Jamie provided leadership, decent point production and contributed greatly to the team's success during his tenure here, especially considering his very reasonable cap hit. Personally, I've always felt Jamie was the scapegoat for the team's recent failures, especially since the media took it upon themselves to brand him as such. Sure he was miserable this season, but his struggles were just a subset an almost systematic problem within the organization. While it made sense to move him while he still had limited value, I'll always thank Jamie for his time here.

  13. Old School Classic Review

    White Heat (1949)

    Way back when in the late 1940’s, James Cagney’s star had fallen a bit. Fresh from his second departure from Warner brothers, Cagney spent most of the 1940’s trying to reshape his tough guy image by making movies his way. After starting an independent production company in 1943, Cagney Productions went on to produce a number of decent films including the well received 13 Rue Madeline. Despite the success of that movie, the company had seen some commercial failures as well, topping off with the historic flop, The Time of Your Life. Audiences rejected the notion that Cagney could be something more than a tough guy and the movie almost bankrupted the fledgling company. Then, in 1949, Cagney Productions, feeling financial and legal pressure from a number of fronts, begrudgingly merged with their old studio. Their first movie together? A little gangster flick masterpiece called White Heat.

    Cagney plays gangster Cody Jarret, a train robbing, trigger happy mama’s boy who after going on the lamb for a train robbery, concocts a number of clever schemes to get away clean. While it’s ironic that right after his biggest flop Cagney went back to the role he knew best, it turned out to be the right move. One of the finest performances of his career, Cagney tows the line between trust, devotion to his mother and complete madness with absolute perfection. The real beauty of his performance is how Cagney plays the part completely unsympathetically, yet we all find ourselves secretly rooting for him to get away with the caper. The “mess hall” scene is particularly wonderful. While it’s easy to dismiss watching it with twenty-first century eyes, Cagney’s reactions and explosiveness holds up over sixty years later.

    The rest of the cast is downright perfect, featuring John Archer as the treasury man after Cagney, Edmond O’Brien as an undercover cop and the lovely Virginia Mayo as Cagney’s love interest and accomplice. However, the scene stealer of the film has to be the fantastic Margaret Wycherly as Cagney’s doting mother. Every actress who has ever played either an over protective matriarch or an elderly head of a crime family owes a tribute to Wycherly’s performance. Cold, calculating and quietly manipulating, Wycherly shows that while Cagney is the boss of the gang, she’s the soul. The film is also wonderfully directed, well shot and cleverly written, making it a masterpiece of the film noir genre. One of the forgotten classics of American cinema, especially with modern filmgoers, White Heat stands the test of time as a landmark film. Cagney may not have been at his height when filming began but when all was said and done, this movie put him “on top of the world” once again.

  14. 1 out of 52 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes was positive for Season of the Witch....the positive reviewer basically said if you were drunk you might buy a ticket to the movie. :lol:

    Yeaaah, it's getting scathing reviews but like I said, it's one of those movies that just can't be good. January is typically a slow month for new releases as all the Oscar buzz movies that were released in limited in November, see a wide release in late December / January. Theaters are full of already released films and the studios use this time to dump their "already invested in junk" before the spring / summer season rolls around again. Good month to catch up on all the awards season favorites and docs released early in the season, now on DVD.

  15. Opening This Week – Nationwide

    Season of the Witch – Oopff. Another one of those flicks that just can’t be good based on trailers alone, Nicolas Cage’s latest epic adventure tale is getting horrific reviews from critics. Sporting an even more ridiculous wig than he had in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Cage plays a heroic Crusader who has to help transport a supposed witch to a far off monastery. Then something about a powerful force and some supernatural mumbo jumbo follow and it all fall apart into predictable action adventure dreck. Looking to be sloppy as three day old January snow fall, this could be easiest skip recommendation since The Last Airbender.

    Opening This Week – Limited

    No One Killed Jessica – Indian film about a young model who, after being hired as a celebrity bartender for a private party, is shot to death, in full view of the party goers. The culprit is the son of a high ranking government official and it’s up to Jessica’s sister and a feisty reporter to bring the killer to justice before the government sweeps everything under the rug. No review just yet but it has an interesting premise, if nothing else. Showing at the AMC Lowes Newport Centre 11, The Imaginasian, AMC Empire 25 and Columbia Park Stadium 12

    Opening This Week – Indie, Art House and Small Screenings

    The Time That Remains – Well reviewed film that focuses on the classic struggle between the Jews and Arabs living in Palestine, told from the point of view of the director’s family and their experiences in the struggle over the last 60 years. Getting rave reviews for its honesty and remarkable humor, this is an easy must see for fans of historical biographies. Showing at the IFC Center

    If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle – Romanian film about a young prison detainee who, just two weeks before his release falls in love with a social worker whom he has no chance of ever meeting on the outside. Getting mixed review from critics, so I say see a trailer two before heading downtown. Screening at the Film Forum

    Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune – Documentary about the controversial protest singer that links up his work to the times he lived in. This movie is receiving fine reviews so doc fans and fans of Och’s music should check it out. Also showing at the IFC Center

    Movie Notes

    Just in case you cared, Country Strong, the boot scooting story of an alcoholic country singer on her last chance come back tour, expands to a wide release this weekend. Yee HAH!

    My 3 To See

    Blue Valentine – Outside of my number two pick, there isn’t much coming out this weekend, so be sure to check out this romantic drama before the Oscars roll in.

    The Time That Remains – The best reviewed film this weekend gets my easy vote for this weeks second Three To See

    True Grit – Added for all the same reasons Blue Valentine was added. Man, January is a rough film month!

    Confused by the colors? Here’s the guide!

    Green means that reviews are great, the trailer looks great, so this is definitely worth seeing!

    Orange means reviews have been mixed but there’s enough here for me to say, “See It For Yourself”.

    Red means this film should be avoided at all costs! Run, Devil fans, run!!

  16. New Movie Review

    Black Swan

    “Filmmaking at its core is a visual medium. Books can tell you what a character is thinking but film has to show you. As a result, the greatest films ever made all share one property: you should be able to turn off the sound and still get the jist of the movie” – My Literature in Film professor, Fall 2003

    Black Swan, the latest film by director Darren Aronofsky, is a prime example of that mantra. Combining stunning cinematography, fine acting and a classic story of drive, artistic devotion and personal transformation, Black Swan is one of the most visually intense films to come out this season.

    Featuring the talents of an emaciated Natalie Portman as the prima ballerina, Mila Kunis as her mind tripping competitor and Vincent Cassel as the production’s director, Black Swan is well cast from top to bottom. Portman in particular shines and will most likely gardener an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the technically perfect but dispassionate young star. While Portman starts slow via seemingly mundane interactions with her mother, she hits her stride once tasked with the job of dancing both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. Portman is near brilliant in the way she plays an artist letting go and continues to build in strength all the way to the films spellbinding conclusion. As for the other principals, Kunis and Cassel do a fine job in their respective roles, but it’s Portman who’s going to get all the praise come February.

    That being said, one can not talk about an Aronofsky film without bringing up cinematography which is damn near Oscar winning in Black Swan. The film is a visual masterpiece, breathtaking from the first frame and sweeping in emotional scale. The movie can be best described as a moving tapestry and much like a painter conveys emotion through brushstrokes, Aronofsky, along with cinematographer and long time collaborator Matthew Libatique, does the same with the camera. The special effects are also noteworthy in how seamlessly they are integrated with the story, allowing the audience to experience Portman’s slow descent first hand.

    Playing much like an Aesop fable where the focus is the moral, Black Swan is one big metaphor from beginning to end. If you are familiar with the story of Swan Lake, you’ll know exactly how things are to play out in Black Swan. Unfortunately, in an effort to make sure everything in the film connects to their appropriate themes, character development goes by the boards. While nicely acted, the characters don’t have much behind the gaunt faces and sweeping dances, making them difficult to connect with. During one particularly intense scene between Portman and her mother, I found myself simply not caring about Portman or her borderline abusive situation. Not a knock against the actors involved, mind you, just a by product of a focus on the connecting the story points in lieu of strong character development.

    Despite some weak characters, Aronofsky has hit another home run with Black Swan. Intensely gripping, especially as it speeds towards a breath taking conclusion, the film is visual storytelling at its finest. In fact, the film’s final half hour is some of the best filmmaking I’ve seen all year. While I doubt it’s going to make a splash at the Oscars, I could definitely see a few Golden Globes coming down the pike for Portman and company. You know, writing this review made me think about something. Maybe my film professor from eight years ago taught at NYU at some point and in his class was a plucky young filmmaker with dreams of making that “one great flim”. And maybe my old teacher said the same line about the classics remaining classics even when the sound is muted. If so, Aronofsky was a great student, making my professor proud and in the process, making a near classic.

  17. In preparation for yet another long holiday weekend, all movies listed were released yesterday, Wednesday, December 29th, unless otherwise noted. Also, due to the multiplexes being crammed with flicks, there are no new films being expanded or debuted in wide release this week. Happy New Year!

    Opening This Week – Limited

    Blue Valentine – Another big Oscar darling, this film has been shrouded in controversy since its first screening at Cannes. Originally slapped with an NC-17 rating for a particularly steamy scene between stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, public outcry has lead to the studios repealing that decision, giving it the stared R Rating. Good thing too, as I’ve been looking forward to this for a while and would hate to see it at “Steve’s Adult Emporium” or something like that. The movie itself tracks a couple through the ups and down of a relationship by jumping back and forth between time lines in what looks to be the short list of a number of Oscars. Definitely worth seeking out if you like good drama. Showing at the Angelika and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

    Another Year – The latest film from indie director Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, All Or Nothing) centers around a blissfully happy elderly couple who, in the course of one year, become surrounded by unhappy people. Getting very good reviews from critics, most are praising the patient and slow pace of the film, a pace that wraps around ordinary situations in a very extraordinary way. While fans of Leigh will find lots to love in this flick, the casual moviegoer may find it just too damn slow. Still, I’m going label this as a See It. Also showing at the Angelika and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

    Biutiful – The latest film from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, 21 Grams) stars Javier Bardem as a father who attempts to reconcile his illegal life in the Barcelona underground and the love for his children. Critics have been very mixed about this flick, with some saying it’s glacial pace, overblown running time and ridiculous story overshadow any good work put it in by Mr. Bardem. Still, these are the same critics who didn’t like Babel, a flick I thought was flawed but quite good. Despite the negativity, I’ll still see it at some point and say you should See It For Yourself. Showing at Landmark Sunshine.

    Opening This Week – Indie, Art House and Small Screenings

    The Red Chapel – Documentary featuring two comics who go to North Korea under the guise of doing a vaudeville act when their real purpose is to unmask the absurdities that is North Korean policy. Getting mixed reviews from critics, this movie may appeal to some but for me, is not worth running out to see. Screening at the IFC Center

    The Strange Case of Angelica – Magical sounding movie about a young photographer who falls in love with the woman of his dreams. Problem is, she’s dead and only comes to life when he trains his camera on her lifeless body. Getting rave reviews from the few critics who’ve seen it, Angelica looks to be an art house fan’s dream come true. Also showing at the IFC Center

    Opening This Week – Worth Waiting For

    The Way Back – While this movie doesn’t have a New York release date just yet, critics who have seen are giving it a resounding thumbs up. Starring Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Ed Harris, this film is true story of a group of soldiers who escape a Siberian gulag in 1940. Directed by Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show), this film is being hailed by critics as a fine example of what independent film can do when a grand vision gets unhinged from the studio machine. Certainly worth checking out once it gets to our coast.

    My 3 To See

    True Grit – Once again tossing this on the list as it’s the only movie in wide release that’s worth seeing, if you haven’t seen Black Swan and The Fighter.

    Blue Valentine – Been looking forward to this for a long time and with great performances, fine direction and a stunning story, Valentine seems primed to make an awards season run.

    Another Year – Slow, plodding and simple, Another Year may not be everybody but critics largely agree the nuance and pacing are a film buffs dream.

    Confused by the colors? Here’s the guide!

    Green means that reviews are great, the trailer looks great, so this is definitely worth seeing!

    Orange means reviews have been mixed but there’s enough here for me to say, “See It For Yourself”.

    Red means this film should be avoided at all costs! Run, Devil fans, run!!

  18. Wow, not sure why the board isn't letting me post this, but here it goes again! Here's a holiday shuffle from my 168 song Holiday Playlist:

    1) The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride

    2) Bobby Darin - Christmas Auld Lang Syne

    3) James Taylor - Some Children See Him

    4) Carly Simon - The Night Before Christmas

    5) Louis Armstrong - 'Zat You Santa Claus?

    6) Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

    7) Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run

    8) Bryan Adams - Christmas Time

    9) Mannheim Streamroller - O' Little Town of Bethlehem

    10) Barenaked Ladies - Christmas Pics

    11) Tom McRae - Wonderful Christmastime - Piano cover of the Paul McCartney song

    12) Norah Jones - Peace

    13) Aaron Neville - O Little Town of Bethlehem

    14) Dwight Yoakam - Santa Claus Is Back In Town

    15) Aretha Franklin - Winter Wonderland

    16) Barenaked Ladies - Do They Know It's Christmas?

    17) The Kinks - Father Christmas

    18) Lisa Loeb - Jingle Bells

    19) Daryl Hall & John Oates - Jingle Bell Rock

    20) The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

    Hmmmm...not a bad list, so let's do ten more!

    21) Dean Martin - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

    22) The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song

    23) Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

    24) Duke Ellington - Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum)

    25) Alison Krauss - Only You Can Bring Me Cheer

    26) The Isley Brothers - Special Gift

    27) Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas

    28) Barenaked Ladies - Snowmen

    29) Perry Como - Do You Hear What I Hear

    30) The Oak Ridge Boys - That's What I Like About Christmas

  19. In preparation for a long holiday weekend, all movies listed are being released today, Wednesday, December 22nd, unless otherwise noted. Happy Holidays!

    Opening This Week – Nationwide

    Little Fockers – Oppph, do we have to start with this stinker? De Niro, Stiller and the rest of the focking crew return for one more cash grab, this time featuring little kids running around, creating mayhem. The story is what you expect as are the reviews, which have been absolutely putrid. One reviewer actually said, it will be a Christmas miracle if nobody kills themselves while watching Little Fockers. Wowzers. Needless to say, this was a skip the second I saw the movie poster and remains so as of right now.

    True Grit – And now from an awful film, to a great one. The Coen Brothers’ latest film, a remake of the John Wayne classic, stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and newcomer Hailee Steinfield star in this classic revenge tale. While critics are raving over the brother’s direction, script and the expected amazing performances by the starring cast, the real surprise has been the excellent work of Steinfield as the little girl who hires Bridges to murder her father’s killer. With many saying this is a star making performance for the young actress, True Grit has zoomed to the top of my list of flicks to see this winter. Expect a review soon!

    Gulliver’s Travels – And back to the crap we go! Another film you look at and say, “Wow, this can’t be good”, this remake of the classic story stars Jack Black as the giant among the land of Lilliputians. Critics have been giving this film the spanking everyone expected by saying it’s overly Hollywood, overly corny and overly…well..Jack Black. Definitely a skip film for me. Note : This film opens on Christmas Day.

    Opening This Week – Limited

    Somewhere – The latest film by director Sophia Coppola stars Stephen Dorff as a hard living celebrity who suddenly finds himself caring for his eight year old daughter, played by Elle Fanning. Let’s face it, Coppola is a quiet, patient director and I personally love the way she directs a film. Quiet confidence is a tough balancing act and while some critics find Coppola pretentious and vapid, I find her films interesting and quietly engaging. Besides, do you really want to hear Dorff chew through more dialogue than necessary? Despite some critical derision, I’m saying see it. Playing at the Angelika and AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13

    The Illusionist – French animated film about an aging magician who, after one little girl believes his tricks are actual magic, finds a newfound bond with the young girl. Visual stunning as evidenced in the very good trailer, critics have been largely positive of the film saying that it mixes French ennui with enough whimsy and genuine emotion to make it a true work of art. Loved the trailer and would like to see this at some point. Showing at the City Cinemas Paris Theatre and Landmark Sunshine. This film opens on Christmas Day.

    Country Strong – Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw star in this dramatic tale of a fallen country star who has to face her demons while on her last chance comeback tour. Didn’t seem too interesting based on the few trailer I’ve seen and the few critics who have seen it largely agree. Going to label this is as skip for now but that may change as critical response increases. No New York area listings as of yet

    Opening This Week – Indie, Art House and Small Screenings

    Hadewijch – Film about a young nun who, after getting kicked out of the convent for her over exuberant displays of faith, find herself back in Paris to deal with the real world and everybody in it. Getting fine reviews from art house critics everywhere, this movie should be mandatory viewing fro fans of foreign art house films. Showing at the IFC Center. This film opens Christmas Eve.

    Movie Notes – Black Swan expands to a wide release starting today, so check out this Oscar favorite in a theater near you!

    My 3 To See

    True Grit – Great reviews, fantastic directors and a star making performance all make this a guaranteed must see this season.

    Somewhere – Critics be damned, I like the way Sophia Coppola makes a movie, so for that reason alone, I say check our her newest film.

    Black Swan – I know, I know but I’m only adding it because it’s getting released wide this weekend. I’ll be seeing this on the 26th, so expect a review, hopefully before the New Year.

    Confused by the colors? Here’s the guide!

    Green means that reviews are great, the trailer looks great, so this is definitely worth seeing!

    Orange means reviews have been mixed but there’s enough here for me to say, “See It For Yourself”.

    Red means this film should be avoided at all costs! Run, Devil fans, run!!

  20. Opening This Week – Nationwide

    Tron Legacy – Also playing in 3D and IMAX 3D – This weekend’s biggest opening is the modern reboot of the classic 80’s techno flick, Tron. I’d get into the story of Jeff Bridges as the architect of the interactive video game and his son played by Garrett Hedlund who stumbles upon the world but who really cares. Critics are echoing what we all thought when we saw the first trailer a year and half ago: crappy screenplay and beautiful visuals are the order of the day in the world of Tron and that’s pretty much about it. While I’m sure I’ll see this in IMAX 3D at some point, I won’t be braving the weekend lines to check this flick out. Besides, I still have a snot load of Christmas shopping to do! Oh, and one more thing, if this film fails in 3D, I am done with the medium! This should be awesome in the third dimension. If not, I’m officially done-sky.

    How Do You Know – The latest rom-com from director James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets, Spanglish) is the story of a love triangle between a professional softball player (Reese Witherspoon) a corporate executive (Paul Rudd) and a major league pitcher (Owen Wilson). Jack Nicholson also stars in this film although snot if I know in what capacity. Critics have been giving this rancid reviews pissing on everything from the acting to the disconnected dialogue. The most surprising negative, though, in the sloppy direction of James L. Brooks, most famous for the excellent As Good As It Gets. If this and his previous luke warm effort Spanglish are any indication, it may be time for Brooksie to hang ‘em up.

    Yogi Bear – Also playing in 3D – Did anybody think this would be any good? Really? Featuring the vocal talents of Dan Aykroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo, this mix of live action and animation looks too bad for words. Mix in some last minute 3D to add to the nausea, and you get a big ol’ crap sandwich. Critics have been expectedly dour about this film so keep the kids far, far away. How far away, you ask? You know the creepy guy in the neighborhood who goes all out of Halloween and has a big red dot over his house on a certain Internet map? Yeah. That far.

    Opening This Week – Limited

    Casino Jack – Jack Abramoff has quite a year in film so far. First was the documentary Casino Jack And The United States Of Money by the great Alex Gibney and now an actual comedy staring Kevin Spacey as the money hungry mogul. While I thought the previews showed some promise, critics have been a touch mixed on this one. While most agree Spacey is fun to watch, others question the directorial choices and the script. Still, for fans of Spacey and the Abramoff scandal, this could a fun watch in an indie cinema by you. Showing at the Angelika

    Rabbit Hole – The latest film from director John Cameron Mitchell stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a grief stricken couple who, after the sudden death of their four year old son, learns to piece together their shattered lives. Dramatic and almost depressing, the film still manages to inject all of the small things in life in a film that critics is giving high praise to. While the subject matter may be a bit tough to swallow, critics are saying this is an intensely emotional film that is well worth seeing. Just expect an emotionally trying viewing experience. But hey, we’re in Oscar season, so this is to be expected! Playing at AMC Lowes Lincoln Square 13 and Landmark Sunshine

    Movie Notes – The Fighter expands this weekend to a wide release, so check out this Golden Globe nominated flick at a theater near you.

    My 3 To See

    Rabbit Hole – While watching this film would be akin to running through an emotional spin cycle, good dramas are par for the course this season and this one looks to be a honest look into the process of dealing with grief

    The King’s Speech – Still the best film in theaters right now, it’s defiantly worth seeing. ‘Nuff said!

    Black Swan – See above except replace “first” with the word “second”.

    Confused by the colors? Here’s the guide!

    Green means that reviews are great, the trailer looks great, so this is definitely worth seeing!

    Orange means reviews have been mixed but there’s enough here for me to say, “See It For Yourself”.

    Red means this film should be avoided at all costs! Run, Devil fans, run!!

  21. Long awaited trailer for Tree of Life has been released. I'm excited looks more like Malick of Thin Red Line than New World.

    CF, good looking trailer from a fine director. Wasn't a big fan of Thin Red Line when it came out, but I think I was 18 or so when I saw it, so I may need to give it another spin with older, more patient eyes.

  22. New Movie Review

    The King’s Speech

    Ah, yes. Prestige Season. The special time of year when the air turns crisper, the season turns jolly and the thoughts of film executives turn fondly to awards season. Blockbusters may bring in the bucks but awards bring in the margins and if a studio’s three million dollar pet project can get some Oscar buzz, it’s all profit for Mama Hollywood. Even better, now is the time when us film geeks get to see the good stuff, the stuff that allows us to wax poetic over pints about films nobody else in the bar will ever leave their homes to watch. While this can be seen as putting on airs of snobbery to the Transformers crowd, to us film lovers this is our time of year to gloat about our hobby and revel in the cream of the cinematic crop. And with a ballot leading seven Golden Globe nominations, The King’s Speech is definitely on the tip of film foodies’ lips this December, and for very good reason.

    Providing a bare synopsis of this movie fails in two ways. One, it makes the film sound haughty and overly high-minded and two, it makes the thing sound unbearably boring. Allow me to demonstrate:

    “The Kings Speech is the true story of the Duke of York, who, after the sudden abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, has to deal with the political realities of a lifelong speech impediment. With the help of his wife and an unorthodox speech therapist, the newly crowned king must overcome this obstacle and make an important speech to a country on the brink of war”.

    Christ, I put myself to sleep while typing that! I think the name Edward, all by itself, has the same effect on me as Ambien.

    As you can see, nothing brings me down more than a standard biopic and thank the heavens, The King’s Speech is anything but. In fact, director Tom Hooper does an outstanding job of balancing historic accuracy, real human drama and an uncanny knack for humor in his latest film. While the movie is shot, at times, in a very standard biopic way, Hooper treats the film like a stage performance, giving the characters room to breathe, interact and co-exist. Also, it’s worth noting again how damn funny this film is without ever getting silly, saccharine or overly light. What results is a well balanced character study of a visionary doctor and a tortured monarch.

    Like most films of this type, the setting and dressing would be nothing without some fine performances and this is where The Kings Speech shines brightest. Colin Firth plays the speech addled duke and does so with a conviction, honesty and integrity that is marvelous to watch. Unlike the disappointing A Single Man, Firth is unencumbered by high minded photography and is instead allowed to encompass the spirit of King George VI without the overly directed meddling of Firth’s last effort. Brimming with subtlety, humor and raw emotion, Firth’s performance just might win him the Best Actor Oscar he missed out on last year.

    That being said, if the Academy glosses over Firth, then they better hand over the trophy to the man who plays the good doctor, Geoffrey Rush. In playing the politically irreverent doctor, Rush also does a great job in balancing humor, empathy and an unwavering knowledge in the human condition. Firth and Rush complement each other wonderfully and every minute they are on screen together is a joy to watch. Helena Bonham Carter also does a fine job as Firth’s patient wife and the underrated Guy Pearce is well cast as the bad boy King Edward VIII, rounding out one of the best casts of the year.

    All told, The Kings Speech is on the short list for winning Best Picture this year and for very good reason. One of the trickiest things to achieve in any artistic endeavor is balance. Lean too much to one side of the emotional spectrum, be it too dramatic, too funny or too sappy and you lose a portion of the audience. What The King’s Speech achieves better than any Oscar season film I’ve seen this year is reach a point where literally anybody could watch this film and enjoy it. Hopefully the Oscar buzz surrounding this movie is enough to propel it to wide screening status as I truly feel anybody and everybody will find something to love from this movie. A sublimely made film in almost every aspect, The King’s Speech is one of the easiest film going recommendations I’ve made this year and is a slam dunk nominee for Best Picture. While I would have whistled a different tune after seeing 127 Hours a month before, the accessibility, charm and stunning acting all make this my current pick for film’s highest honor.

  23. bulletproof,

    the puckdaddy blog is looking for christmas submissions related to hockey, you should submit this.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/New-Puck-Daddy-Reader-Contest-Holiday-Greeting-?urn=nhl-292738

    good luck

    Submitted! While the actual contest is calling for cards and songs, maybe someone over there will enjoy it enough to post it. That would be amazing!

    Also, thanks to everybody for the kind words about the piece. I didn't quite know where it was going when I started it, but as the story took shape, I could tell that it needed to be rooted in something positive. A poorly performing team breads negativity within the organization and out, so I thought something uplifting would help balance out the emotions. Again, thanks to everybody for the kudos and Happy Holidays!

  24. 8. The Xx - Islands

    20. The Xx - VCR

    My brother has gotten me into this band and thye are pretty awesome. Their video for Islands is especially awesome.

    Love the way this thread always seems to resurface! By the way, today is the threads 3 year anniversary! Here's a little perspective for everybody. When this thread was started:

    - The iPod Touch just got released three months earlier

    - Apple had also just released their 6th generation iPod Classics

    - New PC's were being released with Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7

    - The Dark Night had not been released yet

    - The best selling album that year was Avril Lavigne's The Best Damn Thing

    Here's my list!

    1. The Toasters - Jackie Chan

    2. Westbound Train - Please Forgive Me

    3. John Mayer - I'm Gonna Find Another You

    4. The Weakerthans - Elegy For Gump Worsley

    5. Audioslave - Show Me How To Live

    6. Alien Ant Farm - 1000 Days

    7. Smashing Pumpkins - Nothing And Everything

    8. Propellerheads - Spybreak!

    9. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Panini Pua Kea

    10. Danny Pease and the Regulators - On The Take

    11. Less Than Jake - Mr. Chevy Celebrity

    12. My Chemical Romance - This Is How I Disappear

    13. Mr. Vegas - Sure

    14. Nine Inch Nails - 5 Ghosts I

    15. Pearl Jam - Jeremy

    16. The Rolling Stones - Shattered

    17. Paul Simon - The Cool, Cool River

    18. Weird Al Yankovic - Gump (Parody of Lump by the Presidents of the United States)

    19. Bedouin Soundclash - Rude Boy Don't Cry

    20. Fear Factory - What Will Become?

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