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J’aime ce film

17 Jun

Bonjour! There’s an old movie (and TV show) called The Naked City, and the famous line from it is, “There are eight million stories in the Naked City; this has been one of them.” I suppose you could paraphrase that for the film Paris Je T’aime: There are eight million stories in the City of Lights; these are a dozen and a half of them. That’s basically the gist of the movie. Eighteen directors from around the world each contribute a 5–10-minute short film about love in Paris. Some are about young love, others about older couples, one is about a couple of mimes, another is about vampires, and one is about a woman who learns to love herself. None of them are related, except by theme. And it’s a pretty nice mix of films. I didn’t enjoy them all — the mime one is pretty lame — but I thought a few — including Gus Van Sant’s one about a French guy hitting on an American who doesn’t understand the language, the Coen brothers’ one about Steve Buscemi’s run-in with a couple in the Metro, and Alexander Payne’s one about a Denver woman’s vacation — were real good. Each short film takes place in a different neighborhood, and overall, Paris Je T’aime makes for an attractive promotional film about the city. The movie isn’t mind-blowing or anything, but it’s a pleasant escape. So, if you’re looking for something a little offbeat and different, or if you have no travel plans and just want to get away, Paris Je T’aime is the movie for you. I’m giving it a B+.

Great Show? Affirmative

17 Jun


Did y’all watch the new HBO show Flight of the Conchords Sunday night? So funny. SO SO funny. And after a hilarious Entourage too. Below is just a taste of the episode, but at HBO.com you can watch the whole thing. (You can also download the entire episode or some selected scenes for free at iTunes.) The Robot video is funny, but it’s not as good as this song. This show is some of the funniest deadpan humor I’ve seen in a while, especially the songs. These guys are supposed to be New Zealand’s fourth most popular digi-folk music group trying to make it big in the U.S. Oh man, I can’t wait for episode two.

I Saw That

17 Jun

To the guy in the grey shirt and khaki shorts in the “baking needs” aisle at the Allston Shaw’s late this afternoon who thought no one was looking when he started to do the Macarena when the song came on the PA system … I just wanted to say, nice job. It was pretty funny. Who knew people still knew how to do that one?