Watched this movie this week, thought it was really good and at least different from much of the Hollywood stuff that gets released. Especially liked the excellent acting performance by Paul Giamatti. Reminds me of the great job he did in American Splendor. I linked to the review at MovieGazette, which describes the movie pretty good.

Dead at Etree

Listening to the new JGB releases (see previous post) renewed my interested in the Grateful Dead. It was quite a while since I listened to a few complete shows, but I did so over the weekend. Got some very nice stuff from Especially check out the ‘Charlie Miller’ seeds, they’re excellent ! There’s also a wealth of shows available at, in lossless and mp3 format, ready for use on your Ipod ;).

Top Dylan Interpreter

Jerry Feb. 1980
Got two wonderful cd’s in the mail this week from the Jerry Garcia Store. After Midnight, recorded in 1980 and Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders Band: Keystone Berkeley, September 1, 1974. Haven’t listened to them both in full length, but I picked some favorite tunes. Already had some Merl and Jerry on DAT tape, but this cd set sounds amazing. Especially considering this stuff is now over 30 years old. And this set even comes with a cool Keystone Napkin !

Robert Hunter writes in the liner notes of the JGB’s After Midnight that Jerry Garcia is probably the Top Dylan Interpreter. And I most certainly agree. Just listen to Going Going Gone with the haunting organ of Merl Saunders and I don’t think anyone can disagree. For some reason Jerry’s voice match the Dylan songs perfectly. After Midnight has a wonderfull Simple Twist Of Fate and Heaven’s door.

Just realised it’ll be ten years ago in august, Jerry died. Now that’s sad :(.

Paul Weller Studio 150

This new album by Paul Weller is named after the studio it was recorded in. In this interview over at the Rolling Stone site he explains he always wanted to do an album filled with covers, and this is it. It turned out pretty good, some songs stay closer to the originals than others. For example Close to me (of Carpenters fame) is very different from the original, where Wishing on a star is more close to the original, though somewhat more modern. Some songs stand out for me though, like Black Is The Color, which is a tradional according to this site, very touching, especially when you’re in an emotional mood ;). Neil Young’s birds, which is pretty much the same as the original, added some nice background vocals, suits Weller’s vocals really well. Always liked Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain, especially Elvis rendition and even Dylan’s version on Self Portrait (yeah I know, sue me), but this one is done with a lotta love for the song, sung from the heart. Actually that goes for all the songs on this album. Speaking of Dylan, All Allong The Watchtower is excellent as well, a refreshing arrangement. This album is definately a keeper !

The Terminal

The Terminal
This week I watched this movie, and thought it was very nice. It’s about an immigrant who gets stranded at JFK, because there is a civil war going on in his home country and he can’t get a new valid passport. Just like in Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks plays a very easy to like character. From the first scenes on, you love the guy and you only wish him the best ;). Though he acts a little ‘too stupid’ at first, but I guess we just have to assume that’s because he doesn’t understand the language, and has no clue what is going on. Needless to say Catherina Zeta Jones looks lovely and the support cast is really good too, like Chi McBride (Boston Public). Like all ‘feel good’ movies this one ends happily though with a twist. It even gets a 7.0 at IMDB. Go and rent/ buy it if you can.

Reel Reviews

Ever since I got a U2 special edition Ipod in december, I have been checking out various podcasts and was seriously questioning what all the hoopla was about. I do like the slashdot podcast, but it’s not much different than browsing the slashdot site. The Reel Review podcast really adds to the site’s content. It’s like a really good radio show, though with one big difference, YOU decide when you want to listen to it. It features reviews of classic (and not so classic) movies. So in case you’re interested in that kinda thing make sure to check it. The new edition has a review on Wim Wender’s Paris Texas, which made me want to order the DVD right away ;). Shows you how much love for movies goes into this podcast. Really looking forward to the Apocalypse Now cinephile series.