Archive for April, 2008

Cabinet Of Curiosities

April 13, 2008

Eight Corner Globe

At this weekend’s Great International Beer Festival in Providence, RI, we had the great luck to be located next to the fiendishly glamourous twosome pictured above and their traveling sideshow of curiosities. What a treat they were, in a sea of drunken beerfestery. Between sessions, they led us to Cuban Revolution along with the kids from The Tap, and there was much laughing, shouting, and hysterical innuendo. Hopefully, we will see them at events to come, although they tend to limit their humorous Barnum-style theatricality to the tattoo and adult convention circuit. If deformed fetuses, two-headed ducklings (that’s what Professor Badger is holding in the pic above), assorted animal scrotum/penis bones, killer live spiders, and human skulls with horns ring your bell, check out Eight Corner Globe.

More Mad Men, Please

April 9, 2008

How long must I wait, AMC? Bring me Don Draper!

Movie Review: The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

April 2, 2008

jesse james

This DVD sat atop my TV for weeks before I overcame my fear of its 2.5 hour running time: That’s a lot of movie for a weeknight. But last night, I conquered! And lo, what spoils awaited me! This fairly lengthy but totally un-boring portrait of the central figures of one of the most famous crime syndicates in American history explores issues of trust, family, violence, intimacy, age, isolation, and the nature of celebrity. Stylishly filmed with scattered shots evoking the impression of wavy glass, The Assassination Of Jesse James… creates a dangerous rural landscape, littered with well-dressed thugs with impressive vocabularies and murderous tendencies. It’s the James brothers’ last score and they’ve hired a ragged band of local hooligans to assist. Casey Affleck portrays Robert Ford, the youngest and most ambitious hooligan, obsessed with possessing and becoming Brad Pitt’s Jesse James. The chemistry between these two actors is unique, palpable, and beguiling; but smartly, the film keeps its focus on Ford. Watching Affleck deliver what has got to be the performance of his young career, is like staring at the lit fuse on a bottle rocket: This kid is going to be huge. I haven’t felt this optimistic about an actor’s potential since I spotted Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko. Pitt embodies James with the smoldering intensity and refined subtlety typically reserved for David Fincher’s projects. Acting also as executive producer, Pitt was a vital supporter of this film: His affection for the script and concept are obvious and well-represented. Grade: A-