1. Lucius – Turn it Around
2. Chvrches – We Sink
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Run
4. Haim – Don’t Save Me
5. San Fermin – Sonsick
6. The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still
7. Chelsea Wolfe – The Warden
8. Sant Rich – Already Gone
9. Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
10. Luke Temple – Florida
“Oh! I can’t believe it!” are the first lines in David Lynch’s psychological neo-noir masterpiece, and what an accurate summation of my feelings for the rest of the film. Originally conceived as a television series, “Mulholland Drive” is a dreamy, cerebral art-house-esque flick that struck it big with critics and movie buffs in 2001. This surrealist’s dream movie is almost incomprehensible, and as things unravel and reveal themselves in the movie, there is only less to understand if you’re a casual movie goer. You could argue that essentially there is no plot, and I understand where that argument comes from, but I disagree with that statement. The film paints itself as merely a simple story, but in that story there is in fact an intricate, multilayered plot. It is required, however, to delve deep within this movie’s complex structure to find this plot.
On the surface the film is the tale of an amnesiac, played by Laura Harring, who arrives in her state of amnesia from a car accident, and the perky Hollywood hopeful Betty, played by Naomi Watts in a breakthrough performance. Watts is incredible and is able to play a very polarized character, with Harring being a great support that can be both innocent and menacing. Together, the two try to discover the identity of Harring and are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a blue box, a director named Adam Kesher (played by Justin Theroux), and a mysterious night club named Silencio.
As any movie buff knows very well, the months of October and November are the biggest months for three things: crappy horror movies, crappy family movies, and of course, Oscar bait movies. “Captain Phillips”, which came out last week, is rated R and lacks any knife wielding masked maniacs or horny college kids, so I’m sure it’s easy to figure out which of the three categories it falls into. “Captain Phillips” is perhaps the most obvious Oscar bait movie since last year’s “Lincoln”, but like “Lincoln”, although the whole thing screams “Oscar please”, it’s still a wonderful movie that deserves every award that it will be nominated for come awards season in February. This movie is nothing dramatically different or earth shattering, like its competition “Gravity”, but it’s still a wonderful example of great American cinema. It’s obvious that the makers of this movie have a deep understanding of how to tell stories in the traditional style that this country has spent countless decades trying to perfect.
Hello citizens of the “We Hate Books” nation! It’s your co president Colby Shoup here to wish you a very happy Friday and to tell you everything we talked about on today’s episode of “The Entertainment Interruption”, plus give you links so you can learn more about stories you’re interested in. Why? Because we like you! Matt couldn’t make it to the station for this week’s episode, but other than that tonight’s show was just like it would have been if Matt was there (except for the time in between DJ breaks where I would cry out of loneliness for six minutes straight). I started with everyone’s favorite segment, “Movie Wars”, in which I gave my predictions for the top three movies in this week’s box office. Those predictions were:
3. “Escape Plan”
“Hurrah!” “Hurray!” “Rad!” is what you must be saying right now, because yes, it’s the inaugural edition of my weekly post, Indie Movies with Matt! And I thought I would treat you folks at home to a special review for a special occasion such as this. I’ll be reviewing the award winning “Lost in Translation” written and directed by Thomas Mars’ wife Sophia Coppola, and starring the incomparable Bill Murray and the then 18 year old Scarlett Johansson. This is one of my favorite movies, and I thought it would be right to start off IMWM with a review of a movie I’m extremely passionate about.
Upon first viewing “Lost in Translation”, you realize you’re watching something very familiar, yet very different from anything you’ve seen. It’s the story of older actor Bob Harris (played by Murray) who is in Japan to shoot a series of commercials for Suntory Whisky. While roaming the dreary landscapes of Japan, he meets the young and newlywed Charlotte (played by Johansson).