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The Darjeeling Limited: Style Over Substance

Posted by Miss Ess, March 21, 2008 08:37pm | Post a Comment
I must be in an overly cynical mood today. Regardless, I just finished watching Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, which has recently come out on DVD.

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This movie is yet another suitably quirky Anderson film. I'm all for directors who put their stamp on their pictures, especially when it's to the degree where you can tell who made it just by looking at a brief clip.  I'm also all for characters that are idiosyncratic and different. What I'm darjeeling limited jason schwartzman owen wilsontrying to say is, I really do like Wes Anderson, perhaps mostly because he doesn't make Julia Roberts movies. Ever. He has his own voice, and I applaud that.

That said, this movie was all style, no substance, which is what his movies sometimes can be, at their worst.

The Darjeeling Limited is built around a wonderful, interesting concept: Three adult American brothers unite in India to reconnect.  The brothers are, of course, suitably quirky togwyneth paltrow royal tenenbaums wes anderson the nth degree. They are played by Owen Wilson (Francis), Adrian Brody (Peter) and Jason Schwartzman (Jack). These oddball brothers are wealthy enough to stay endlessly at gorgeous Parisian hotels, tear up their return tickets from India and carry an Ipod with a speaker dock all through their Indian trip by train/bus/bike/etc, but they are duly pained by their father's death and their mother's negligence. It was difficult for me to invest myself in their story-- they come off as exceedingly self absorbed, and while thdarjeeling limited aiden brody owen wilson jason schwartzmanat may have worked for Margot Tenenbaum (in Anderson's highly enjoyable The Royal Tenenbaums), she was not filmed interacting with locals throughout third world India-- rather, she appeared in her natural environment of upper class New York City. The characters here seemed to have permanently down turned, achingly sad eyes, overly glorified by many closeups and slow pans. Oh, the pain of great wealth and great luggage!

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March 19, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, March 21, 2008 08:20pm | Post a Comment
Using our free passes for Horton Hears A Who, this is the ticket we got:



However, this is what we really saw:



This is how many people were in the theater with us
(it's dark but there isn't anyone else there):



It was amazing. See pics below for further proof.






L'eggs -- By popular demand...

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 21, 2008 03:16pm | Post a Comment
It seems like every week brings another DVD with a woman's legs in the foreground and a usually bemused guy in the background, framed by them. See what I mean?*



 


  











LITERALLY, A CHEESY DRUM SOLO

Posted by Billyjam, March 21, 2008 07:38am | Post a Comment

To call the above drum solo "cheesy" would not be an insult, but rather an accurate description of the art installation piece entitled "Cheesy Cheese Kit Diptych" in which the drums being played are rounds of cheese. The musician working the cheese-as-percussion is Dutch improvisational jazz drummer Han Bennink.  The kit he is playing was made by artist Walter Willems in an installation from three years ago at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto.

Willems built the Cheese Kit Diptych installation, which consists of two drum kits.  One has full rounds of real cheese (Dutch cheese, of course) propped atop drum stands. The other kit is built out of plastic cheese replicas, the kind that are used in store display windows. Apparently the reason Willems, who is Dutch, chose cheese and also the clogs-as-percussion bit at the beginning, was to mock and reinforce the international stereotype of the Dutch by using classic Dutch export products as its main ingredient.

The video of the drum performance by Han Bennink above was recorded on June 17, 2005 and reportedly was a featured artwork in the Demons Stole My Soul: rock 'n roll drums in contemporary art exhibition. As part of the performance Bennink also played a conventional drum kit. 

Chris Matthews and Ellen DeGeneres Dirty Dancing

Posted by Miss Ess, March 20, 2008 04:23pm | Post a Comment
I've always been a bigger fan of daytime TV than I perhaps care to admit.  I've been sick this year already more than any other time in my life, providing me with ample time to take in what's up on television during the daytime hours. 

The more I watch Ellen the more I actually like it.  It's sweet in a non sappy way, tough to pull off on daytime TV. Maybe I am getting old and soft, but I enjoy all the dancing on her show. It's energetic, it's fun, it's spirited, it's all-inclusive.

But I was completely horrified yesterday by this moment between Chris Matthews of Hard Ball and unsuspecting Ellen DeGeneres:


Wow.  Just thought I'd let you all in on what you are missing out on in daytime television.
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