November 2004 Archives

The Stuff of Legend

You could not write this story any better, and if you tried to pass it off as fiction, you’d get buried in rejection slips. The tale of the 2004 Boston Red Sox — who won the World Series (and the team’s first championship since 1918) on October 27 — is among many other things a beautifully constructed narrative.

More Snot, Please

Social Distortion’s Sex, Love, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Because I haven’t even posted what I wrote about the World Champion Boston Red Sox — yes, a thank-you card is appropriate for that withholding — I offer you this, which effectively captures my emotional state as it relates to baseball. I’m not quite this bad, but ... I do seem reticent to move on.

Frank Black’s Frank Black Francis

Grim and Grimmer

Driver-By Truckers’ The Dirty South and A Perfect Circle’s eMOTIVe

Scary Movies?

Shaun of the Dead, Super Size Me, and Trembling Before G-d

The premise of The Five Obstructions is simple, elegant, and gloriously artificial. A pupil gives his teacher under-any-circumstances-difficult assignments with absurd conditions, and the mentor complies — with no agreed-upon goal beyond the completion of the tasks. Through the assignments, the movie emerges as a portrait of a submissive relationship that’s not at all one-sided.

The subject of Intacto is “luck,” which is not to be confused with the random workings of “chance.” In director/co-writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s vividly imagined movie from 2001, luck is a tangible if not quite quantifiable thing that certain gifted people harness, steal, collect, and gamble. That they have nothing to gain from it is something they don’t seem to recognize.