Monday, March 10, 2008

Oh My God Do I Try

Yeah, I know it's poppy and the band's considered a one-hit-wonder.

I don't care.

In my late 20s, this song helped me through some really difficult, challenging times. I'm still not sure why it helped, but I no longer dwell too much on that question.

It just did.

Sometimes I still need to hear it.


jennyville said...

The time change totally fucked my day up too. :D

Cheer up! Monday'll be over soon.

cat said...

If you were a musician playing bars in 199whatever, you have a special deep hatred reserved for that wretched song. Because every Friday and Saturday night at about 1am during the break before your last set some drunken slut would play it on the jukebox, howl along at the top of her lungs thinking she could sing (not), and beg you to play it for the entire last hour of your show. It was the freakin Freebird of 1993. It's on ever-repeat in my personal hell. Thanks, FG, thanks a million for that heinous earworm.

The Film Geek said...

Jenny: Good call, it likely was the time change. I struggle with it every year.

Cat: My wife says and feels the same thing about this song, for much of the same reason you mention. And I know lots of other people who hate it too. But there's something that connects with me...

Suzy said...

Geek, I freakin' LOVED this song too but never sang it in public, thankfully. This song inspired me to buy a tube of orange lipstick (which was, in itself, a frightening sight).

Raf said...

Poor Linda Perry... known only for that song by the masses who were obligated (as it were, cat) to listen to that song. She's recently achieved acclaim as a record producer and has even continued her song writing endeavors beyond the time she spent with Four Non-Blondes. Hit songs by Pink, Gwen Stefani, and Christina Aguilera (wow, "Beautiful" was definitely a song that I would have much rather heard in Linda Perry's voice).

As for Vantage Point, it wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped. There were too many story-lines referenced to that weren't completed (who was the brother? why was it so important he be freed, why was he such a large bait tool; couldn't they have gone into more depth with Bruce McGill's character?!)

One, possible happy accident, was that the dialogue from one person's perspective to the next changed ever slightly. almost 95% of the dialogue would remain intact, but a line here or a line there would change. Either that was poor editing, or it was an interesting internal addition by the writer, hoping that others would understand its relevance in the 'whodunit' thriller. It's almost like each scene that occurs is the memory of a scenario as told by that witness during a deposition.

I found it to be fairly watchable. The action did overtake the acting, but that's not too big of a problem in today's society. Not when well-acted movies are falling from the radar of popularity, anyway!

My only real problem was that we didn't get to see more of Bruce McGill getting into William Hurt's grill--it would have been interesting to see what kind of implications that scene might have had on the american government--and who McGill's character truly was.

And I guess you didn't really appreciate Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as much as I did... but that would be an entirely different comment strain.