Random 10

Robert Pollard – “Denied” (2006)
Love – “Your Mind And We Belong Together” (1967)
Prince – “Get Loose” (1997)
Richard X. Heyman – “Loud” (1991)
ELO – “Poor Boy (The Greenwood)” (1974)
Depeche Mode – “Policy Of Truth” (1990)
Nine Inch Nails – “Something I Can Never Have” (1989)
Neil Diamond – “Glory Road” (1968)
Glen Campbell – “Lightning In A Bottle” (1988)
Pet Shop Boys – “Only One” (1998)

Kick, scream, rejoice

First the Criterion Collection released “Dazed and Confused” (pre-ordered, arriving at my house in two weeks), and now they’re putting out Noah Baumbach’s “Kicking and Screaming.” Life’s too good. I didn’t think anyone remembered this bitter, unashamedly bleak romantic comedy about four college graduates who take their liberal arts degrees and trust funds and do… nothing for a year. Well, that’s not true. Grover (Josh Hamilton) smokes and pines over the girl he met at the end of senior year, who then moved to Prague. Max (Chris Eigeman) looks down his nose at his intellectual peers and rebels by dating a townie cafeteria girl. And there are some other characters. If you like Richard Linklater movies or you liked Baumbach’s own “The Squid and the Whale,” see the hell out of this.

Big American Party!

Hey, I was at this. The Wonketters correctly peg the party as “really good,” although they undersell the dancefloor portion – it didn’t really fill up until 10:30 or so, and it was small enough that “filling up” meant “Dave and seven other people dancing like wounded deer to Erasure remixes.”