Thursday, August 30, 2007

Tears of a clown

This is pretty old news at this point but apparently Owen Wilson tried to kill himself. I know it’s wrong and effed up, but this gave me a certain level of respect for him.

I was a fan of Owen Wilson’s early work (he’s hysterical in Bottle Rocket) and most of his later stuff is funny (esp. Zoolander) but his shtick was starting to get tired. He kind of plays the same guy in every movie. He’d turned into just another Frat Packer. But suddenly he’s got that level of depth that only crippling depression can bring. He’s a bit less Will Ferrell, a bit more Sylvia Plath. It’s interesting.

The Office. Is. Awesome

Check out how the Dunder-Mifflin employees spent their summer. I love Ryan's corporate five o'clock shadow.

I cannot wait for the return of The Office...consistently the funniest half hour on television.

Add This to Your Queue

A few years ago, I saw Bob Dylan in concert. I've only recently become a Dylan fan, but I've always respected his contributions to music and culture and seeing him was truly and awesome experience - even if he didn't play guitar or sing one song I knew other than "You Gotta Serve Somebody"(or maybe he did...he's really hard to understand these days).

Last night, I watched Don't Look Back which chronicles Dylan's UK tour in 1965. An interesting behind the scenes look at a notorious liar, Dylan (with his awesome Jew Fro...can I say that if I'm not Jewish?) spends much of the film clowning on the media. It's fascinating to see a man held by society as a great philosophizer and political activist come across as a condescending prick for the most part (and I mean that in the best possible way). Perhaps more interesting is documentary film in the 60's. No narration, no self promoting directors, just carefully captured moments of (seemingly) real life. Dylan is obviously very aware of the camera and seems to always be "on" yet still manages to be likable and damn interesting (and gorgeous...Dylan is defiantly a cautionary tail about what happens when you drink too much and forget to moisturize).

So check out Don't Look Back, if you are a Dylan fan. I'm not sure a non-fan would really find it all that interesting. However, check out No Direction Home, a superior Dylan documentary by Martin Scorsese, even if you are not a fan, and odds are, you'll become one.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Welcome is the Watchword

Because there are not enough people taking about popular culture, we've come to discuss Lohan, movies, TV, music, fashion and anything else that strikes our fancy. Won't you join us?

(I'll stop with the Watchword thing now)