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April 2010, in review

In December, I set goals for myself, how many films to see this year, how many shows to attend, how many records to purchase, and how many books to read. This is the standings, as of the end of February…

Books I read (6/10) – 60%:
Nothing this month.

Films I saw (32/52) – 61%:
The Sweet Hereafter | Originally released 1997   
Nine | Originally released 2009
The Runaways
Sleeper | Originally released 1973

Albums I bought (24/52) – 46%:
“My Father’s House” b/w “The Digger” (Regional 7″ Volume 2) by $100   
What The Boat Gave The River by Mark Berube & The Patriotic Few   
new EP by Fred Squire   

Shows I attended (14/52) – 27%:
Daniel, Fred & Julie (w/ Baby Eagle & Jerry Leger) @ The Horseshoe Tavern; April 16, 2010   
The Cheap Speakers (w/ Mark Berube and The Patriotic Few, Lordy Lordy & Big Crimes) @ El Mocambo; April 17, 2010   
Sloan, The Meligrove Band, Adam Green & Valery Gore @ Sonic Boom; April 18, 2010   
Daniel, Fred & Julie @ Soundscapes; April 26, 2010   

The Runaways

I received a last minute invitation to see The Runaways last night. I couldn’t really turn that down. How could one resist chicks with guitars? I’m not quite sure what to make of the film. The story was sloppy, and didn’t seem to go anywhere. The timeline of the band was so compressed and it seems events were cherry picked out of nowhere without any sense of a timeline to their story1. It seems more to be a vanity project for Joan Jett (who served as Producer) and Cherie Currie (who wrote the book it was based on).

Then there’s the band itself, if you were to go by the film, you’d think that the members of the band consisted of Jett & Currie. The others were simply incidental characters. We see Sandy West join the band, then they invite Cherie to try out, and at the rehearsals, suddenly they have a lead guitarist and bass player. Huh? How did that happen?

All that aside, director Floria Sigismondi and cinematographer Benoît Debie provide one of the more interesting visual films I’ve seen in a while. They were able to craft scenes where the story didn’t really matter and the visuals were just stunningly intriguing. Visuals I might have to rip off if someone wants to model for me.

One of those scenes, a sex scene between Jett and Currie, focused on close ups of an eye filled with passion, a head rolled back in pleasure, an arm, leg, whatever, cut together so well, and with a very heavy grain on the film, almost looking like they were trying to emulate 8mm film, and that’s the only place that scene lost points. If they had actually used 8mm, it would’ve looked even better!

The other scene, that immediately comes to mind was Jett in the bathtub writing a song. Her head, her legs, her arms occasionally popping out of the water, until the end where she completely submerges her body, and then it cuts to an underwater shot of her floating in a large body of water. Fabulous.

  1. But you don’t, have any sense, any sense of time. []