I just saw the film Pumpkin, starring Christina Ricci. A perfect sorority sister’s world gets turned upside down when she has to work with a physically challenged “special” student athlete in order to help her sisters win sorority-of-the-year.
I very much enjoyed this film. While there was one scene where I found myself saying “yeah right!” — and I really can’t comment on the realism of fraternity/sorority life since my school/student society officially banned their existence — by and large I found this to film highly entertaining and at times laugh-out-loud funny. It’s also got the perfect amount of moral ambiguity running through it; it’s one of those movies where you find yourself saying: “Well hmm, what would I do?”
If you like your films subversive — and for that matter, if you like Christina Ricci (and you’d be hard pressed not to, after “The Opposite Of Sex”) — go rent “Pumpkin”. I think you’ll like it.

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Just watched the DVD of Crazy/Beautiful starring Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez.
The plot outline: “At Pacific Palisades High, a poor Latino [Hernandez] falls hard for a troubled girl [Dunst] from the affluent neighborhood.”
I didn’t expect much. I rented this film because..

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Donahue interviews Michael Moore

My friend Jessica just sent me a link to an interview with Michael Moore, the producer of the widely acclaimed documentary on violence in American culture, Bowling For Columbine. I saw it a couple of weeks back with the other Canadian at my company here in Sarasota, Florida. It’s a good film; it did wonders for my identity as a Canadian.
The interview is long, but I think it’s worth the read. Check it out.

The Crystal Method: “Community Service”

(Read Jive Magazine’s review)
What can I say? I love this album. I’ve had it for a few weeks now — a coworker lent it to me. Dark and moody, grabs you by the scruff of your neck and throws you where it wants to go. Track 2’s got a great sample in it; took me by surprise actually. Gotta say, I haven’t heard such a strong opener since disc 2 of Sasha’s GU San Francisco. If the first three tracks don’t make you want to hear the rest of the disc, something’s wrong.

# Track Name Artist Time
1 No Soul (PMT Remix) ILS 4:17
2 Cake Hole Evil 9 5:50
3 Breakin On The Streets (False Prophet Remix) Stir Fry 3:54
4 Morpheus (Meat Katie And Dylan Rhymes Mix) Koma & Bones 3:41
5 Funny Break (One Is Enough) (Plump DJ’s Mix) Orbital 5:20
6 Curveball Elite Force 4:00
7 Dude In The Moon (Luna Mix) Dastrix 6:04
8 Name Of The Game (Hybrid’s LA Blackout Remix) The Crystal Method 5:49
9 Boom (The Crystal Method Remix) P.O.D. 3:31
10 Trickshot Ceasefire 3:16
11 Renegades Of Funk (The Crystal Method Remix) Rage Against The Machine 3:55
12 Paranoid (The Crystal Method Remix) Garbage 5:23
13 Wild, Sweet And Cool (Static Revenger Mix) The Crystal Method 4:24
14 Hold Back Force Mass Motion vs. Dylan Rhymes 4:38
15 You Know Its Hard (Koma + Bones Remix) The Crystal Method 6:40
16 The Red Pill Scratch D vs H-Bomb 3:24

After that, the compilation really starts into earnest Crystal Methody goodness. Breaks all around, thankyouverymuch! I must agree with the Jive review — this compilation really does leave you wanting more!

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Movie: Mr Deeds

I was in a non-thinking mood when I got home today (I did far too much of that all this week at work), so when I hit the video rental place, I just wanted something funny. Mr. Deeds, starring Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder was more entertaining than a moose chasing a man. Adam Sandler plays a small-town guy who gets very rich very fast and has to deal with city-slickers. The tag-line cracked me up (“Don’t be fooled by the fancy clothes”), so I had to get it. Mr Sandler is, as usual, funny as hell. Ms Ryder ain’t half bad either.
The film is a rework of Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, from 1936, so the humor is often nuanced and subtle. And often involves punching people’s lights out.
The director’s commentary in the special features section of the DVD is particularly good at lending insight into the film’s origin, which was an expected, nice touch for a lighthearted comedy.

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Movie: The Others

Well, just finished watching “The Others”, starring Nicole Kidman. Scary, atmospherically rich. It was great. Go rent it if you haven’t seen it yet. Hell, rent it even if you’ve already seen it. I’d like to see more movies of this calibre being made.

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New music: Sheryl Crow: C’mon C’mon

So whilst at Target picking up an 25′ phone extension cord so I could place my computer anywhere in my tiny apartment, I picked up Sheryl Crow‘s new album, “C’mon C’mon” for $13.99. That’s $20.99 Canadian. Yikes.
But it’s worth every penny. Every song on the album is strong melodically and lyrically, and of course, features Sheryl Crow’s strong vocals. I found this album begging me to play it again. I can’t wait to play it in my car.
There’s a number of pleasant production/arrangement surprises on the album too. I won’t spoil it here, though. Just go buy it already. 🙂

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