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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Leaky Cauldron #2...

… is coming. But I’m super tired and want to watch the Clive Owen part of “Sin City” again because, let’s face it, I fell in love all over again during “Inside Man.”

I'll be checking out the new Streets record, "The Hardest Way to Make An Easy Living," out in the US on April 25th.

Beastie Boys @ Union Square

God, I'm lazy. The following text is from an email I sent out. The pictures are from BrooklynVegan.com, a way cooler website than mine.

AWESOME; I FUCKIN' SHOT THAT! (Nathanial Hornblower)

On Thursday night I took off from work early to see the Beastie Boys' new documentary feature. During their 2004 concert tour, at the Madison Square Garden show, they passed out 50 digital cameras to people in the audience with only two stipulations: that they shoot throughout the entire concert (to never stop, no matter what they did) and to return the cameras when they were done. With the footage they received, they spent the next year + editing and thus, “Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That” was born.

What makes “Awesome” so much better than virtually any other concert movie is that it's taking place from within the audience by the audience. At various points they cut back to somebody waaaaaaay far back in the auditorium and he turns to his unenthusiastic section going “Come on guys, this is for the DVD!” And it's fucking magic.

The performance itself is outstanding, enhanced by the odd twists and turns the “narrative” takes as we follow our fifty camera people. Sometimes we even zoom back to view the proceedings “Timecode”-style, with fifty squares making up the screen. To say anymore would to take away from the sheer, galvanizing fun of the movie and trust me, you will want to be surprised.

After the screening, we had a special guest: the Boys themselves. They came out in front of the audience and answered questions about the movie and the short film that preceded it, a fucking bizarre little nugget called “A Day in the Life of Nathaniel Hornblower” starring David Cross as the fake director. (During the short Amy went to the bathroom, when she came back she asked what she missed and I said “David Cross peed on a trashcan and spiked a can of beans on a wrought iron gate.” That's the kind of short it was.) They were casual and rather cryptic - Mike D spent the majority of the time texting on his Sidekick and MCA was sporting a huge, grey beard. Ad Rock just looked confused/annoyed and was wearing a weird poncho. When someone asked about when they'd next be in the studio, Ad Rock said “I mean, we're always in the studio. It's just a question of what we're doing there.”


No answers about a new record or tour. But still - it was fucking awesome, a huge surprise since there were screenings all around Manhattan (and the country) and they just happened to be at the one we were at (in Union Square). I highly recommend the documentary, for its throwaway charm and fun, fun, fun. They are truly talented musicians who have never, ever lost their sense of childlike (and childish) humor.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Funniest Part of the new "Pink Panther"

A Saga of the Year 3000

According to E! Online, Isaac Hayes wants out of his contract with “South Park” for what he calls “inappropriate ridicule of religious communities.” Basically, he’s fucking pissed about the episode posted below, which deals with Scientology. It also has many funny moments with R Kelly and the "Trapped in the Closet" series we all love so well around the Showcase's home office.

Hayes has been a longtime Scientologist, and as Matt Stone said: “This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology," Stone told the Associated Press. "He has no problem--and he's cashed plenty of checks--with our show making fun of Christians."

Oh well. His loss. "South Park" has, amazingly, kept up with fresh satire each and every week for so long it kind of boggles the mind. (Even if I don't get to see it that often.) Just think about the John Travolta in this episode. It made me piddle.

As an aside, everyone knows my (Drew's) feelings about them Scientologists (they're cuckoo bananas and potentially very dangerous). Check out the episode below, followed by helpful linkage.

Hilariously true.

The E! Story About Hayes

The recent Rolling Stone cover story (brilliant).

The 1991 TIME Magazine Cover story: “The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power”.

L Ron didn't believe in Christ (neither do his followers).