Face It, “Match Point” Isn’t a Great Movie

Ok sometime before the New Year I saw that new Woody Allen movie “Match Point” in a totally packed theater. I was totally looking forward to it having skimmed some very positive reviews. So you can imagine how bummed out I was that it was so…not great. Like really not great. Uuuughhh.

In the movie I felt that Scarlet Johanson would have trouble acting herself out of a paper bag. She seemed uncomfortable and awkward and stiff. Jonny Rhys Meyers was beautiful of course, but too bad the writing and plot were so awful. I thought the best performance by far was given by Matthew “Chasing Liberty” Goode, who played Tom. He he had that wonderful, natural air of entitlement. Brilliant.

But the movie itself was so boring and drawn out. I couldn’t wait until it was over. It was like “Wimbledon” meets “The Talented Mr. Ripley” except not as good as either one of those films. Uuuughhh…

What was up with all those rave reviews? Am I totally missing something? It’s like when people say that Jake Gyllenhaal gave a wonderful “subtle” and “nuanced” performance in “Brokeback Mountain.” His performance was so subtle in it’s wonderfulness that I totally missed it. Now Heath Ledger on the other hand…

Why ISN’T There a Subway Near Tompkins Square Park?: This and Other Questions that “RENT” Makes You Think Of

As you guys know, I love RENT despite it’s immensely hokey nature, bad acting (thanks Adam), and ridiculous premise. But check out this article by Jesse McKinley in the New York Times which touches upon some interesting ideas: Does RENT make you angry when you see the outside of Horseshoe Bar on 7th and B masquerading for the “Life Cafe”…which is a real place that is across the park on B and 10th? Why ISN’T there a subway station on the corner of Tompkins Square Park? Do RENTheads make the pilgrimage to the Life Cafe? Would real eVillage barflys see the glossy version of their neighborhood on the big screen? Etc.

Oh, and here’s a very grainy camera phone picture that I took when S.G. and I were walking past Horseshoe Bar while they were filming the exterior RENT shot on March 10, 2005.

When RENTheads Unite: Midnight Show at the Ziegfeld

Tonight I went to the 12 midnight showing of RENT. Yes, that makes this the 2nd time I’ve seen this movie in one week. The first time was at the world premiere.

But this time was just as fun. It was great to see it with such a responsive crowd. The most fun thing was seeing all the young teenage kids dressed up as the movie characters and/or decked out in RENT paraphernalia and homemade tshirts. And you can imagine the pandemonium that erupted when original cast member Anthony Rapp and newbie Tracie Thoms ran into the theater right before the film started.

Oh and totally unrelated, I saw Mercedes from “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 2 at dinner.

Hooray geekdom! I’m so retarded tired.

UPDATE: The NY Times gave the movie a positive review. In addition to “RENT,” I’ve seen Walk the Line and “Jesus Is Magic” in the theater. Walk the Line, performances are better than the movie itself, which can be hokey, over-the-top and hard to believe through many portions of the movie, if not the whole thing. “Jesus Is Magic”…apparently I’m not really into Sarah Silverman’s comedy because I didn’t think it was as funny as I had anticipated.

Girl in catsuit

Her RENT tattoo

Homemade shirts

More homemade tees

Mimi, Mark, Roger

RENT tee

Anthony and Tracie

Just Take Me…Out Tonight!

As you may already know, I LOVE RENT! Like, a lot. Through the kindness of a really sweet person, I was fortunate enough to attend the world premiere of the movie at the Ziegfeld Theater tonight and the after party at Roseland.

I was a little nervous about seeing the movie because I’m such a HUGE fan of the stage musical, but I have to say I was not disappointed. I loved it. There were some great moments that Rentheads will really get a kick out of. I was so happy during the whole film. I’m not sure if it’s for everyone, but I adored it and I’m seeing it again next week at the midnight showing on the 22nd. Ok, are you now embarrassed for me? Sorry! I just have to geek out on this.

With arms wide open...

My favorite moment was during “What You Own” when they show Roger in Santa Fe. It’s amazing because it looks like they switched the real footage with outtakes from a Creed “With Arms Wide Open” and/or Britney Spears “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” video (above). Yessssss!

At the premiere I saw Sarah Silverman (who has a small but hilarious role in the film), Little Steven, Joey “‘Nsync” Fatone (Who has been “Mark Cohen” in the Bway production), the dude who played “Will” on Alias, and of course the movie cast, Adam Pascal, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Wilson J. Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, etc. But I was most shocked when I saw noneother than the original stage “Joanne,” Fredi Walker!!!!!! That was the best.

During the actual screening of the movie, the cast, director, and family of Jonathan Larson were announced and made to show themselves. When the “new kids” Rosario and Tracie were called, they both stood up and whooped at each other and pointed back and forth, as if to say “no YOU are the best!” “no no, YOU are the best!” It was cute when Wilson and Taye were standing up and they kept pointing at one another as well.

The afterparty was a fancy event. There was a full catered dinner buffet and open bar. Roseland was decorated with “trash” and flyers and other assorted “RENT-type” decorations like broken TVs, wires, flaming trash cans, etc. There was even a “street musician” positioned downstairs by the bathrooms and coat check. All around the place were projections of stills from the movie, and also of the RENT logo and sayings like “Leap of Faith.”

Rent

RENT premiere

Revealed: Michael Pitt, Musical Superstar?

Pagoda at Pianos--CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE

Pagoda at Pianos--CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE

Pagoda at Pianos--CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE

Around 4:30 PM today I got the best email ever–and email informing me that Michael Pitt‘s band Pagoda would be playing with Aloke at Pianos for the first 4 Wednesdays in June–starting today. Who knew that Michael Pitt even had a band?!?! I quickly dashed off frantic emails to anyone I thought would be remotely interested in seeing Pitt (best known for his roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, “Dawson’s Creek,” and the upcoming Gus Van Sant movie more than loosely based on the life of Kurt CobainLast Days) take on the dubious title of actor-slash-rock star. The prospect of being treated to a delightfully stomach-turning performance (remember Keanu Reeves in Dogstar or Russell Crowe in 30 Odd Foot of Grunts?) was an opportunity I just couldn’t refuse.

Surprisingly enough, Pagoda wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting them to be. In fact, they were actually kinda good–for a rip-off Nirvana band. Pitt was at his best when he was letting loose and passionately screaming whatever he was saying into the microphone. There were some good riffs going on, and the songs were listenable. Actually, better than just “listenable.” Some of them might have been a bit good. Being at that show was like being time warped into the early 90s in Seattle. There were people banging their heads in the front of the crowd and the bassist looked like he hadn’t changed clothes since 1992 as he wore his sleeveless tshirt and let his long blond hair flick around. Pitt sported a hole-y dark colored tee with ripped black jeans and a sea foam green Fender guitar. The drummer, apparently a dude named Ryan, had loads of friends in the audience (indicated to me by their screaming of “Ryan! Ryan!”). It was all kinds of awesome on many different levels of both good and bad taste. But perhaps I’m just being blindsided by the fact that I absolutely adore everything that Michael Pitt touches for some unexplained reason. To me, Michael Pitt is to acting as Ryan Adams is to music. I suppose if Ryan Adams decided to professionally act, I’d feel the same way about it as I do about Michael Pitt’s musical career: I love it even if it isn’t the best.

Much to the chagrin of Kiran, there were no Ryan Gossling sightings, nor were there any Asia Argento, Lukas Haas, Gus Van Sant, John Cameron Mitchell, JT Leroy spottings either. If they were there, I wasn’t clever enough to spot them. I did however remember seeing a skinny girl much like the one in this picture up front dancing her heart out.

You can find some Michael Pitt solo/Pagoda MP3s by following the links in this thread.

Remember–you have THREE MORE WEDNESDAYS TO STALK MICHAEL PITT ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE. See you there.

This Past Week In a Few Paragraphs

The week that was started off last Thursday at Le Prom de Ultragrrrl thrown by SPIN (see right). Stepping inside Rothko, we instantly felt like we stepped into indie prom heaven. Boys in penquin suits and ladies in fancy dress. The Killers provided live music, all the while decked out in formal attire. It was awesome.

Mine, all mine

Let us note that Rothko has like no ventilation system whatsoever. Because of that, everyone ran outside as soon as The Killers played their last note. 45 minutes after we stepped outside we were thrown on top of a car and molested, had our ass grabbed, and had our ass kicked. This is what happens when you let friends drink vodka.

Friday it rained like a motherfucker. Just complete downpour which thrwarted plans to go see Farenheit 9/11. Instead watched Unhook the Stars and One Night In Paris. One Night In Paris was absolutely wretched. The dude, what’s his name? Rick Soloman? He does commentary before each of the four segments on the DVD. He’s all like, “Oh in this one Paris is real shy because it was our first time filming”, blabhalbhalbah. What an asshole! Paris darling, why you keep pickin’ up trash? (See Nick Carter.)

Saturday while eating brunch we gawked over the prettiest boy in a New York band then tried to see Farenheit 9/11 again. Unsuccessfully. We walked over 100 blocks and then we went to MisShapes for Karen’s Birthday/Open bar/Killers listening party. The moral of Saturday evening was don’t let us drink vodka, even if we look really cute doing it.

Sunday we finally saw Farenheit 9/11. Our “President” is a fucking moron. Later we watched the worst movie to come out last year, Love Actually. Who let that piece of crap get produced? Dear lord, it was awful!

Monday we saw Surefire headline Mercury Lounge, which was totally awesome. There were totally groupies up in the front. It was totally rad.

Last night we saw The Streets and Dizzee Rascal. We have no fucking clue about anything Dizzee Rascal said but it was fun. The Streets were superfly, and the last song of the encore was “Don’t Mug Yourself”. Mikey threw raw vegetables at the audience. Hooray.

It’s a Berliner!

I enjoy Peter Stemmler. Sometimes he does portraits of famous people… other times it’s just naked ppl… curiously- usually chicks… but we also like Krispy Kreme.

Check out the freakin’ Soap Machine. So funny (and NOT office- friendly- be warned)!

Actually.. come to think of it, there are a LOT of naked cartoon women on that Quick Honey site. Jeez…

Speaking of doughnuts, I got pictures back from Berlin (um.. yeah.. almost a year later) and there was a picture of me eating a doughnut, and I’m trying to explain to Jen and Debbie that there must be some reason why I’m eating a doughnut, but I can’t remember why it’s suppose to be funny. Jen quietly peeps, “It doesn’t have anything to do with Eddie Izzard, does it?” I stop and think and scream out, “YES IT DOES! THAT IS A BERLINER!! AHAHHAHAHAHA!” So there is a picture of me eating a Berliner… you know… in Berlin. And that’s funny, you know?

Hawhawhaw… What? You don’t know the KennedyI am a doughnut” speech? Dear lord, get yourself some Eddie Izzard “Dressed to Kill.”< Indie update... for those who care, Le Tigre @ Warsaw (That’s in Brooklyn, kids!), just announced 2 nights – a benefit – Jan 24/25

Word up to the D-town hommies! Did I mention how I want that t-shirt Phil Hoffman wears as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous? I think I might have mentioned it… it says “DETROIT SUCKS.” I find it amusing. You know, ’cause its… Phil.. and AF and.. it’s funny.

Neil Marcus is at it again (that music freak!) this time it’s Blues and 60’s Rock (whatever that means) and The Stripes are on top! Take THAT, you elfin Icelandic crazy woman who charges 75 dollars for her shows!

Oh, finished About A Boy. I liked it. It’s not High Fidelity, but still enjoyable. I so don’t see Hugh Grant as Will (but YEAH Toni!). I love how you can finish a Hornby book in one day.

Hooray for Jack Black

Concert update… The Walkmen are opening up for G vs B Jan 26. at Bowery, 21+ (damnit). The Faint hit the Bowery on the 31 Jan (just might have to be a hipster and go and throw something at the band).

I watched Untitled (aka- the “bootleg” version of Almost Famous) on DVD today. God, I love Philip Hoffman and that movie.

And to the kid that was wearing The D shirt at the show on Thursday (Mark from LI?… hook me up with the SNL, bro) – JACK BLACK RULES! (I just saw an ad for Orange County.)