Sticking with the "music-centric movie" thing....
I won't be seeing "I'm Not There" -- for the simple reason that I despise the director, Todd Haynes. I don't despise him personally, of course; hell, I don't even know the man. But I have
sat through two of his films ("Poison" and "Velvet Goldmine"), and I'm not sure I'll ever fully recover from those inexpressibly depressing experiences. Mr. Haynes, it seems, is constitutionally incapable of constructing a narrative or fleshing out a multi-dimensional character. He's all about "concept." Artiness for artiness' sake. And he's a hack. Not a mainstream, talentless hack like Brian De Palma or Joel Schumacher or Ivan Reitman, but a pretentious
, talentless hack who gives art films a bad name and makes the likes of Gus Van Sant and John Cameron Mitchell seem like unimpeachable geniuses and absolute masters of their craft by comparison.
So that's why I won't be seeing "I'm Not There." However, if Mr. Haynes can be said to have a saving grace, it's his taste in music. "Velvet Goldmine" is packed to the rafters with great glam-rock, and he got his start way-back-when with the CARPENTERS
-inspired, Babie-doll bio "Superstar." Now, it's BOB DYLAN
he's fixating on, and the soundtrack offers us some fairly solid covers to while away ("wile away"?) an early Thursday morning.... [MP3] CAT POWER/"Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again"
[MP3] STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE MILLION DOLLAR BASHERS/"Ballad of a Thin Man"
[MP3] MARK LANEGAN/"Man in the Long Black Coat"
[MP3] ROGER McGUINN & CALEXICO/"One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)"
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