This weekend's movie pick was Miranda July's Me You and Everyone We Know, a fresh-faced indie film that surfs along the shore of odd to a fault, but never beaches itself. My friend C-girl summed it up best with the word, "startling."
In some ways July is the femme flip-side of Wes Anderson (with ill-fitting shades of Todd Solondz thrown in). If you would tear open the lining of Anderson's tightly tailored quirkiness, you would find the loose strings and uneven weave of July's sensibilities. Both mine humor from the peculiar with great success and coach delightful performances out of their casts. July's out-of-left-field dialogue is a delight to the ears and her direction quite masterful for a first-time feature filmmaker.
One of the highlights of a pretty darn snazzy weekend was getting picked by the wicked cool Malice to fill in the blanks on a "Your Current Six Favorite Songs" tag relay. When I read her entry that announced my six song statitician status, I actually squealed aloud, "Aww, she tagged me!" (Luckily, I live alone.)
I recently dusted off some homemade compilation discs friends of mine gave me in the early Aughts, so this has affected the content of my list to a great extent.(Ed. note: I have also stepped beyond the tag parameters to include my favorite line from each song.)
My Current Top Six Favorite Songs
1. "Red Dragon Tattoo" by Fountains of Wayne
(Favorite line: "...now I look a little more like that guy from Korn.")
2. "Jenny and the Ess-Dog" by Stephen Malkmus
(Favorite line: "...and off came those awful toe rings.")
3. "Waltz #2 (XO)" by Elliot Smith
(Favorite line: "I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow."
4. "Always" by Rilo Kiley
(Favorite line: "The phantom is disguised. It's horrifyin', right before your eyes.")
5. "Ditty" by Paperboy
(Favorite line: "If I was a vacuum, I'd be sucking up the competition.")
6. "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" by The Eels
(Favorite line: "Goddamn right, it's a beautiful day.")
And now I will tag a few folks to see if they care to reveal what their inner DJ is spinning of late:
TV Zero (who is responsible for many of the cool compilation discs in my possession)