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The Beautiful Ride

Posted in Book Posts, Movies, Music with tags on October 21, 2008 by Jamie

[Disclaimer: I actually hate the whole metro/bus ride home, which is when I wrote this post originally. However, because it was the last song on the playlist (a song that ended just as I walked into my house, for the second day in a row,) I decided to give it that title. Read on…]

I love the dollar store. And not not just because I’m Jewish. I went in there a couple of minutes ago, and walked out with a pencil, pen, lock, and four packs of gum all for five dollars. I’m usually not the cheap type, but this purchase made me feel more Jewish then ever.

On to other things. I’m on the metro again, and am thankful that my class ended early, even though it usually does and I yet again didn’t get a lift. Although it’s actually not too bad taking the metro today. I have a seat for once, it’s much less crowded compared to yesterday, and my notebook (well, hillroy) isn’t cramped against my oxymoronic upright lap. Oh and I’ve got a great playlist going again.

Except it’s not even by real musicians. It’s the complete collection of “Dewey Cox” songs from the movie Walk Hard, which I actually watched the other night. Both the songs and the movie are extremely underrated. Produced by Comedy god Judd Apatow (Anchorman, 40 Year Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, etc, ) it chronicles the life of a man named Dewey Cox.

As a boy, Dewey accidentally cuts his brother in half in an unfortunate machete-fight accident, thrusting him into a life that parodies the biographical films of Walk The Line (Johnny Cash,) The Doors (Jim Morrison,) and Ray (Ray Charles,) among others. For example, after the trauma stemming form the machete accident, Dewey loses his sense of smell. (An obvious refrence to Charles’ blindness.)

The movies features a lot of great cameos, many with actors portraying famous musicians from that era (The Beatles, Elvis, Buddy Holly, and a few others,) but the real non-Dewey stars are the actresses that play his two wives. Kristen Wiig plays his loving but doubtful (“I do believe in you Dewey, I just know you’re going to fail”) first wife, while Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office,) plays extremely attractive backup singer and eventual wife Darlene Madison.

(Wow, I almost missed my stop, and now I’m stuck waiting outside in the cold wetness that is October Montreal. But at least it’s not snowing.)

Anyways, even though the Dewey Cox playlist is now playing for the second time, I’m gonna start writing about something else. (Wow I should have worn a sweater, it’s actually freezing out here, and it’s rianing too… at least the bus is here.) One second…

Current time: 6:12 pm. That’s about as far as I got with the notebook post. Once I got on the bus, not only did I get a seat, but a friend who I haven’t seen in awhile sat right by me. So I spent the bus ride talking to him, and continuing to listening to the Dewey Cox songs. As the bus pulled closer to my house, the song “Beautiful Ride” came on. It’s the last song he writes in the movie, chronicling his entire life, and talking about life in itself as he is getting closer to death. And for the second day in a row, it fades out exactly as I walk into my house. Extremely weird. So that’s it, here’s the playlist below as promised.

The Dewey part of the songs are actually song by the actor who plays them, John C. Reilly, and as such they’re credited to him officially. Angela Correa sings for Darlene Madison.

Songs I listened to (twice) while writing (all by Dewey Cox unless otherwise noted):

1) (Mama) You Got To Love Your Negro Man

2) Walk Hard

3) Let’s Duet – Dewey Cox ft. Angela Correa

4) Let Me Hold You (Little Man)

5) Guilty As Charged

6) Beautiful Ride

Download of the day: Let’s Duet


I’ve Seen Too Many Movies This Summer

Posted in Late Night Posts, Movies on September 1, 2008 by Jamie

It’s true… I Have. And it fucking adds up like crazy, with each movie over ten bucks, plus ten bucks or so in food. I’ve seen so many movies in theaters this summer I could’ve probably bought a video game system with the money I’ve spent, seeing these movies;

– Zohan
– Pineapplex Express (twice)
– Dark Knight (twice)
– Tropic Thunder (just now…)

Basically, a lot. And I’m sure there’s been more, plus some other ones on DVD or TV. Basically, a shit load of movies for one month. And what movies do is they take over your life, each one taking up to 2 hours off your life while you get trapped in their fanciful life.

But it’s a nice trip they take you on, Tropic Thunder case in point: a bunch of actors (Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. [disguised as a black guy,] Ben Stiller) playing actors forced into real life combat in the Vietnamese jungle. Quite the movie, with hilarious lines coming out of nowhere. Downey Jr’s portrayal as a white Australian who received medical attention to be transformed into his character, a black man, was fucking amazing, excuse my language.

Anyways, goodbye for now.

Hot Rod Sucks

Posted in Late Night Posts, Movies on August 20, 2008 by Jamie

Just got home from watching the movie at a friend’s house, and it might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s pretty much a dumb SNL skit stretched out to a full-length feature. The plot is that Andy Samberg plays a guy raising money as a stuntman to get his step-dad a new heart. Cute eh? He’s doing this so his step-dad could get healthy enough that Samberg’s character, Rod, could beat the shit out of him and earn his respect.

The movie was so insanely random, that towards the end a man dressed as Ebeneezer Scrooge pops out of a school bus chanting “roast ducks! roast ducks for everyone!” for no apparent reason. At least the movie features the always hilarious Bill Hader as one of his stunt team crew members, and the guy that plays Red in Pineapple Express as another, along with the insanely attractive Isla Fischer (redhead girl form Wedding Crashers, married to Ali G.)

Anyways I just needed to vent about how stupid the movie was, even if it did provide a couple of laughs.

Good Night.