Thursday, March 19

Neko Case: People got a lotta nerve.

The very independent Neko Case.

People got a lotta nerve from Middle Cyclone.

People got a lotta nerve:

MP3: Download HERE from Stereogum website.

Maybe it's just me but the Neko's vocals remind me of

The Sunday's Harriet Wheeler.

After another listen, maybe not but I like both songs so I'll just keep them here as two nice vocals.

A vocal bulletin board so to speak.

The Sundays - Here's where the story ends, (quite a haunting sounding song):

Thursday, March 12

Cramer vs Stewart. Tonight.

Link (to Chicago Tribune Article)

LINK to Comedy Central Video

It has been good TV the last couple of nights.

Jim Cramer is a guest tonight. He presently is sparring with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show.

This all started when Rick Santelli (he of the "rant" about not helping people with bad morgages) was booked on the Daily Show and didn't show up.

Stewart then took him and much of the other shows of CNBC to task (including Jim Cramer's Mad Money show). By the way, I'm with Jon Stewart on this.

The Rant:

Thursday, March 5

Little Children.

I make mental notes to remember to see a movie when it comes out on DVD or cable but there still are many interesting ones that escape me.

I don't even remember if I heard of Little Children though it was up for 3 Academy Awards in 2006: leading actress, Kate Winslet, supporting actor, Jackie Earle Haley.

I was listening to a review of Watchmen on the radio. The character Rorschach was mentioned (also on the cover of my latest EW) being played by Jackie Earle Haley.

Jackie Earle Haley's name sounded familiar. The reviewer said he had been a child actor and had also been out of acting for quite awhile. Because of the similiar name, my first thought was of Haley Joel Osment (Sixth Sense), but they mentioned a couple movies that were way too old for him to have played in. Wrong actor.

I looked him up. Haley had played a couple of memorable characters: Kelly Leak in The Bad News Bears and Moocher in Breaking Away (with Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern,...). Both were misfits of a sort but always a tough, scrappy, little fighter.

(If you haven't seen Breaking Away, put it in your movie que. It is well worth it. College town in the midwest in the 1970's. Reminded me so much of my college years with the college kids and the locals co-existing together.)

Little Children trailer:

81% rating at

Here is a brief synopsis and plot description:

Adapted for the screen by Field and Perrotta and artfully photographed by Antonio Calvache, LITTLE CHILDREN is a bitingly funny, and nakedly honest, critique of middle class dysfunction. Though the cast is universally superb, it is former child actor Haley (THE BAD NEWS BEARS, BREAKING AWAY) who steals the show.

Set in the imploding minefields of modern suburbia, LITTLE CHILDREN follows several inhabitants of a small American town as they fumble their way through adulthood. Numb-to-life housewife and mother Sarah Pierce (Kate Winslet) finds an outlet for her yearning in gorgeous househusband Brad Adamson (Patrick Wilson), who is crippled with insecurity over the fact that his perfect wife, Kathy (Jennifer Connelly), is the family breadwinner. When Sarah and Brad meet at the local playground one afternoon, a passionate affair is sparked. In a further attempt to reclaim his youthful fire, Brad joins a night football league with Larry Hedges (Noah Emmerich), a former cop who has begun to harass a convicted sex offender, Ronnie J. McGorvey (Jackie Earle Haley)

trivia: Patrick Wilson plays an internet stalker against the quite resourceful Ellen Page in the movie Hard Candy.

(Synopsis of Hard Candy: Hayley's a smart, charming teenage girl -- but even smart girls make mistakes. She's hooking up in a coffee shop with Jeff, a guy she's met on the Internet. And even though he's a cute,... Hayley's a smart, charming teenage girl -- but even smart girls make mistakes.)