Posts Tagged ‘Indiana Jones’

The Long-Awaited Collaboration Blog

June 19, 2008

For the past few months, my friend Elissa and I have talked about starting a blog that we could both participate in, a place where we could pool our thoughts together on whatever random things we wanted to talk about at any given time. What initially sparked such an idea is the fact that we are always talking about favorites lists we would make of albums, films, etc, always comparing our interests. The thought of a collaboration blog was always a good one, we just didn’t act on it as quick as we’d have liked to, but those days are over. A few days ago, Elissa officially created IS THE ONLY LOVE, the place that we’ll look to frequently deliver our random lists, poetry, rants, music talk, complaints, trend-bashings, comic book talk, and more nonsense that we could feel like spitting out. I hope you will take a look sometime. We promise we will try to make it interesting enough to wanna come back.


Father’s Day/Birthday

June 16, 2008

“If I was a Pagan, then I would be one happy motherfucker.”

A quote earlier today from my dad, Mark Ferguson, commenting on the coincidence of his birthday being on the same day as Father’s Day…and displaying, as he does so often, how much he refuses to believe in celebrating them. Or any holiday for that matter, excluding Thanksgiving.

Listening to Tony Marshall, outside of a mattress store, 12:31 A.M.

June 13, 2008

That is me 10-second timing a picture of myself outside of a local mattress store. At this moment, 12:31 A.M. to be exact, I am sitting on a coffee shop chair that I’ve pulled over in front of American Mattress. The outside air is much more comfortable than that of the house I reside in, so I took a short walk over here, where I hope to get a list posted before my battery runs out.

I love every piece of music that my good friend Tony Marshall has created in the last six years, which has been an astonishing amount for such a young songwriter. He has already built a big enough body of work to inspire a favorite albums list, with a favorite songs list to follow in the near future….that one needs to be thought over thoroughly before completing. I am currently listening to his 2006 full-length, the unbelievable Trash Happy, which I think is not only a masterpiece among his discography, but an essential album compared to anything I’ve heard. He is undeniably the real thing, a true artist that will be making amazing things for decades to come. For now, here is a list of my favorite albums among the dozen he’s released so far…

My 5 Favorite Tony Marshall Albums
1.The Furnace
2.Trash Happy
3.Songs Written At Night
4.Skeleton Man
5.Reminiscing About Tomorrow

The daunting task of making a 30 favorite Marshall songs will be attempted in the next day or two, with posting to follow. Everyone listen to his music whenever you get a free moment. I think you will like it. A brilliant songwriter. You can access full streams of all of his discography here.

Jeff Garlin’s “Cheese” Finally Puts His Talent in the Spotlight

June 11, 2008

Not Rated, 80 minutes, IFC Films

Jeff Garlin is a longtime comedian that has always been best known for his supporting work alongside artists of greater recognition, most notably as Larry David’s sidekick in the fantastic HBO show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, a program that continually reminds me that hope does indeed remain for originality on television. It is always apparent that Garlin has comedic skills and is a natural at finding the right notes for making people laugh, which in all great comic’s cases is unveiled through exposing one’s weaknesses. In Curb, they make constant note of his extreme overweight figure and it provides frequent gold every time. Still, even getting a fair amount of notoriety and screen time on a show like that, he is ultimately overshadowed by a good amount of memorable recurring characters. I developed a lot of curiosity and even a fair amount of anticipation when I heard that Garlin was getting a shot at a writing, directing and starring in I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With, a romantic comedy that goes even further in putting his weight issues on display. I wasn’t surprised that this film was worth watching, but I was extremely delighted by the fact that it was even more than that; it was memorable, funny, and even touching.

Doing what Larry David essentially does with Curb, Garlin writes what is basically his real self into the lead role, only changing bits and pieces of the person to make it a fictional being living in this film. He plays James, an actor/comedian that, as he approaches the middle ages of life’s roller coaster, continues to find himself empty in the search for real acting jobs and a real relationship with someone who can accept him for what he is. He continues to live with his widowed mom in her small Chicago apartment, probably because his drought of real gigs cannot pay for himself to live solo, although he will tell you that he does it because she doesn’t want him to leave and he simply couldn’t bear the thought of her being alone without someone to care for her. His mother, played by Mina Kolb (who also acts as his mother in Curb), is seemingly the only person in his life that supports his escalating eating habits, something he finds both comforting and detrimental toward his fight to stop it. Garlin does a fantastic job on the screenplay, simply choosing to show James adventuring throughout the streets, ice cream parlors, comedy workshops, and delicatessens of Chicago as he hopes to right the ship that is himself and his many dilemmas.

The film runs to a fitting, compact 80 minutes of runtime which Garlin fills with many subtle moments of sharp dialog and terrific supporting players. In a small budgeted film of this short, the casting of known names is pretty much relying on the good relationships that its writer/director have developed over the years, and Garlin has brought a lot of talent to the film. Among the cast in support of its creator is Bonnie Hunt, Sarah Silverman, the aforementioned Mina Kolb, Dan Castellaneta, Amy Sedaris, Paul Mazursky, and David Pasquesi. Curb watchers will notice a ton of faces from that show that appear in Cheese, all playing similar parts from the show but toned down into more semi-serious, believable circumstances. Also seeing something in this script and helping to bring it to the screen was Harold Ramis, who acts as an executive producer on the film. It is obvious that it was a long and hard journey to even pitch the idea of Garlin not only writing and directing, but starring in a film. There were a lot of dedicated talents in the comedy arts that aided Garlin in getting this film past the paper and onto film and ultimately video shelves, and in a time when the American comedy is almost wholly suffering for original ideas, this is one to check out.


My 30 Favorite Mark Kozelek-Penned Songs

June 10, 2008

I felt the need to put together this list, seeing as I’m on the biggest Kozelek kick that I’ve ever been.

1.Have You Forgotten
2.Katy Song
3.Carry Me Ohio
5.Tonight in Bilbao
6.Lost Verses
8.Song For A Blue Guitar
10.Salvador Sanchez
11.Revelation Big Sur
12.Blue Orchids
13.Medicine Bottle
14.Like the River
15.Pancho Villa
16.Brockwell Park
17.Make Like Paper
18.Byrd Joel
19.Summer Dress
20.The Light
21.Grace Cathedral Park
22.Duk Koo Kim
24.Priest Alley Song
27.Gentle Moon
28.San Geronimo
29.Tonight the Sky