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Bill Murray may be suffering from "hydrogen-psychosis", according to Klaus.

I hope everyone's Thanksgiving weekend was enjoyable. The Arcade Fire show on Saturday nite was a blast & I'll write a little more about it later this week, but unfortunately the 400 Bar was fairly packed & I wasn't able to get good positioning for digital pix. Oh well. Last nite, I went to my pseudo-family's annual Hanukkah party & came home with a couple of books & my breath stinking of fried potatoes (latkes, that is). Good times.

ETA: More Cowbell makes up for my lack of Arcade Fire photos.

I did some snooping around the official site for the upcoming Wes Anderson flick, The Life Aquatic w/Steve Zissou, over the weekend & found a bunch of short "webisode" trailers in the "archives" section. Check 'em out:

MOV Adventure no. 12: "The Jaguar Shark (Part 1)" (15.8mb)
MOV Adventure no. 26: "Meet Ned Plimpton Part 1" (11.8mb)
MOV Adventure no. 26: "Meet Ned Plimpton Part 2" (12.7mb)
MOV Adventure no. 30: "Reknowned Scientist" (12.2mb)
MOV Adventure no. 41: "Mutiny on the Belefonte" (13.5mb)

The film finally hits theaters in NY/LA on December 10, expanding to a nationwide release on Christmas (which gives me something to do that day - hooray!). The soundtrack will be in stores on 12/14, and like with previous Wes Anderson outings, I'm sure it will be classic & influential. Here are a couple of tracks that have been used in the trailers/webisodes thus far:

MP3 Devo - "Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy"
Original Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh has also been Wes Anderson's composer of choice on each of his films, so it should surprise no one to hear this groovy song featured prominently in the first trailer. "Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy" originally appeared on Devo's wonderfully oddball 1978 album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

MP3 David Bowie - "Queen Bitch"
Wes Anderson certainly loves British rock n' roll, circa 1960's & 70's. While the Beatles & Stones have taken semi-spotlight roles in his previous films, it appears as though The Life Aquatic's may be dominated by the music of David Bowie. Both "Rebel Rebel" & this song, from 1971's Hunky Dory, are used in the "webisodes", and it looks like several other Bowie tunes will be used in the film, including some performed in Portuguese (as seen in the trailer) by Brazilian actor/musician Seu Jorge, who plays a character named Pele, appeared in the critically-acclaimed City of God & has a website that seemingly takes forever to load (at least for me).

Do you doubt that I am psyched for this movie? I'm trying not to get my expectations up too high, as I did earlier this year with both Garden State & I ♥ Huckabees, only to be disappointed that I was not blown away. I'm already half-expecting to be underwhelmed, which may just be after-effects of post-election letdown. Still, I'll be at the theater opening day...will you?
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Blogger solace @ 11/29/2004 10:57:00 AM:

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Blogger solace @ 11/29/2004 11:02:00 AM:

i took some decent photos:, here's a recording of the show: yeah, good shit.

edit: nm, see you edited, haha, woops :)    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 11/29/2004 02:02:00 PM:

Don't get too excited about Zizzou. A friend (who has loved all previous WA outings) went to a screening and was very disappointed. Murray is good, Dafoe steals the show, the digital animals are cheesy, and it overreaches Tennebaums in trying to do too much. That said, a bad Wes Anderson movie is still a great thing. I just think I should tell you because lower expectations may increase the enjoyment factor.    

Blogger mr gilbert @ 11/29/2004 02:43:00 PM:

copy anonymous...

thanks for the tip. i can see how wes might be over-reaching w/this one. i'm trying my best to temper my expectations, but it's tough. chances are i'll still see it more than once just to make sure i get an accurate impression.    

Blogger Allison Bojarski @ 12/08/2004 10:03:00 AM:

I saw a preview of it last night here in NYC. I would say that it does overreach, but it's still worth seeing.

As a fan of Brazilian music, I loved to see Seu Jorge in it, singing Bowie in Portuguese. I mean, wow, I never would've thought to put those things together, but they totally work.    

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