Monday, January 26, 2009

Best part of the New York Times

Riding the F train home at night I love to read the movie listings at the back of the Arts section. I think it really says something that most movies really can be completely covered in a handful of words. Title (year). Stars. Summary. Review. (Rating)

Here's a sampling from today (not even a really good day, actually), including the reviews:

"Insecure schoolgirl extrovert. Doesn't hold together." Why, it's Superstar (1996), starring Molly Shannon!
"Mavericks out to save earth from asteroid. Not a believable moment in it." (Armageddon)
"Bad-tempered spiders. Bold, cheery horror." (Arachnophobia)
"Young barroom bouncer. Absurd." (Road House)
"High school boy falls for ex-porn-star neighbor. Sleazy attempt at comedy." (The Girl Next Door)

Is there really more to Armageddon than "Mavericks out to save earth from asteroid"? Nope. That's about it. The review is just icing on the cake at that point.

And then there are the occasional combined summary/reviews:
"Funny but splattery movie about unique country club." (Caddyshack) Unique!!! Splattery!!! Such glorious choices.

The really harsh reviews are fun. Usually of movies I've never heard of:
"Stone in Wild West. Mistake." (The Quick and the Dead) [Sharon, I assume.]
"Two young men torture hostage family. Clammy and repellent." (Funny Games)
"Young slacker learns he can teleport at will. You'll wish you could." (Jumper). I mean, you really do feel like you've just watched that one after reading those twelve words. Like you really experienced it. Truly amazing.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Upcoming show: Tuesday, February 24

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 8:30pm
Music for an IMAGINARY BAND

A brand-new project: Gordon Beeferman's IMAGINARY BAND, a real 7-piece group consisting of some of NYC's most remarkable and creative musicians. Featuring brand-new compositions -- gnarly, lyrical, whimsical, free-form -- an idiosyncratic mix of new-music, jazz, and free improv.

Gordon Beeferman - piano & compositions
Nate Wooley - trumpet
Matt Bauder, Evan Rapport, Josh Sinton - saxophones
Brad Kemp - bass
Michael Evans - drums

ON THE WAY OUT at Freddy's Backroom
485 Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th Aves., Brooklyn
2/3 trains to Bergen Street; Q to 7th Avenue
www.freddysbackroom.com