New CDs, DVDs, and Movies
You Should Check Out
By Bryan Reesman and Joseph Guinto
|HEAR IT AND SEE IT: The Flying Club Cup, Beirut|
You were expecting a toothless old gypsy right out of central casting? Sorry, instead you're getting the cherubic Zach Condon, a 21-year-old from New Mexico who, at least with Beirut, sounds like a much older, sadder traveling man. Fittingly for his gypsy sound, Condon found inspiration in Eastern Europe for Beirut's first album and wandered to France to find his muse for The Flying Club Cup. This month, on November 12, Condon will play in Paris at the Inrocks Festival and find out if the French are flattered by his new music.
|SEE IT (BIG SCREEN): Love in the|
Time of Cholera
The screenplay for Gabriel Garcia Márquez's classic novel could have been written in Spanish, but it wasn't. So the film isn't in Spanish, either, which is nice if you don't like reading the big screen. That the movie stays true to Garcia Márquez's use of magical realism is also nice, as is the fact that the studio didn't insist on packing the film with big-name celebs. Instead, Javier Bardem, whom you might remember from Collateral, stars alongside Giovanna Mezzogiorno, whose name, as you may remember from Italian class, means "noon." Some of the cast is more recognizable. Benjamin Bratt and Hector Elizondo have supporting roles, and John Leguizamo has a lead part. You don't even want to know what his name means in Italian.
|SEE IT (SMALL SCREEN): The Addams Family: The Complete Series|
Why does this simple sitcom seem so subversive today? Is it John Astin's smarmy charm as Gomez? Morticia's slinky dress? Uncle Fester's radical political diatribes? No. And definitely not the last one. Maybe it's because, whereas today's sitcoms are mostly about dysfunctional families trying to get along in a functional world, the Addams family was, in fact, a completely functional family living in a world that, at least to them, seemed totally outer-limits nutbar. Or something. Either way, this DVD set (to be released November 13) includes a featurette on that snappy theme song as well as a seemingly impossible commentary track by Thing and Cousin Itt.
|SEE IT (SMALL SCREEN): Pixar Shorts|
Father-and-son office lamps play ball, a snow-globe snowman seeks to escape his confinement in order to woo a cute Barbie-like doll, and an alien fails his UFO test. Such is the wacky world of Pixar's short films. These works date back to 1984 and include abbreviated bits from the animation outfit's well-known franchises The Incredibles, Cars, and Monsters, Inc. There's also a behind-the-scenes feature on animation genius and Pixar guru John Lasseter, who, we hear, passed his UFO test on the first try.