This weekend Josh, Dylan and I saw The Bourne Ultimatum with a sold out crowd. (We tried to see it the day before but every showing until almost midnight was sold out.)
In the third film of the series Jason Bourne's memory is returning and he's going back to the people who started it all to feed them a slice of accountability pie. The anti-James Bond, Matt Damon rocks out as the endlessly crafty Bourne. The always excellent Joan Allen, as Pamela Landy, brings all of her lioness fierceness as an adversary who may prove to be a Bourne ally. With more than 30,000 fast cuts, the movie is a visual feast with smarts and a few well-timed laughs that make the film a popcorn movie must-see.
This weekend Josh and I also saw Sundance-favorite documentary Small Town Gay Bar (out today on DVD) from first-time director Malcolm Ingram and executive producer Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma).
Small Town Gay Bar is beautifully shot (we'd love a coffee table book of stills from the movie) and a moving exploration of the importance of gay bars to gay and lesbian communities in small town America. Growing up in gay-friendly Minneapolis and now living in New York City, the film was a welcome reminder for us of the resilient LGBT people living their lives across America, making a place for themselves in sometimes unwelcoming and conservative towns.
Well done and populated with interesting interviews (including drag queen Alicia Stone, whom we'd watch a whole film about, as well as famed gay hater Fred Phelps), it's a film worth popping into your Netflix queue. Don't miss the special features interview with gay-friendly Kevin Smith, which had us laughing out loud.
Yesterday Josh and I saw the film Moonstruck for the first time. Today we're both wondering how we went so long without seeing it.
The twenty-year-old film follows the travails of Loretta Castorini (Cher), who gets engaged to Jonny, whom she doesn't love, and then falls in love with his one-handed baker brother, Ronny, who happens to have a penchant for opera.
The film is worth watching for Cher's delicious comedic performance alone, playing the thirty-something Italian Brooklynite with gusto. (That must be why she won and Oscar for the role.) Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar as Loretta's mother, Rose, is the cherry on top.
Some of our favorite lines:
Loretta: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been two months since my last confession.
Priest: What sins have you to confess?
Loretta: Twice I took the name of the Lord in vain, once I slept with the brother of my fiancee, and once I bounced a check at the liquor store, but that was really an accident.
And, of course, the all-time favorite:
Josh and I are fans of the classic ladies of jazz, so it's no surprise that we dig the new CD "Billy Holiday Remixed & Reimagined". Some of the biggest in-demand remixers and producers of today, including Nicodemus, DJ Logic, and Jazzy Nice, combined master-tape Holiday performances with modern beats and ended up with a spot of magic. You can easily imagine these songs playing at a gallery opening, a funky cocktail bar, or while you're making dinner.
The Plain White T's song "Hey There Delilah" has been on iTunes' list of Top Ten Downloads for weeks, including a lengthy stint at #1. Check it out.