July 27th, 2005


Mysterious Skin

Some good news for fans of the Cocteau Twins *AND* for those who like Gregg Araki movies!

After years of hearing nothing about his career, it looks like Gregg Araki has come out with a new movie, Mysterious Skin. (Here's the trailer!) which is currently making the rounds of the country in a *very* limited release. It's getting surprisingly good reviews for an Araki movie, too... most of his films get panned for being hopelessly depraved. NPR has an interview with Gregg Araki and Scott Heim, the author of the book the movie is based on.

As always, Gregg Araki's movies have an awesome soundtrack. In this case, it's an original score by Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie, in their first work together since the Cocteau Twins. Stunning. It sounds like an incredible forgotten relic from the recording sessions of their 1986 album "The Moon and the Melodies", alas, without Liz Frasier's vocals.

Mysterious Skin is going to be showing at the Osio 6 in Monterey and at the Red Vic in S.F. in August. I'm there. Definitely. As for the soundtrack, I'm going to order it today.

Oh please...

Fox News is reporting that Valerie Plame, the CIA agent outed by members of the Bush administration, gave a $372 campaign contribution last fall to America Coming Together, thereby supporting a pro-Kerry organization.

What they deemphasize, however, is that her "anti-Bush" contribution was the act of buying a pair of the best seats available to see a legendary concert with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, R.E.M., Bright Eyes, and John Fogarty, all performing together on one stage. The concert sold out in under 30 minutes and was one of the hottest tickets of last year, with some scalpers charging as much as $800 a ticket. Under those circumstances, $372 for a pair of tickets doesn't seem too unreasonable.

That's not how Fox News views it though... apparently, the fact that Plame gave money -- after she was outed by the Bush administration -- to a pro-Kerry organization "is likely to raise eyebrows."

Yeah, right. Only amongst the ignorant and uninformed. (i.e. Fox News' audience.)

So, let me get this straight. It's frowned upon if you're working for the government and you give a political contribution to someone, but it's okay that *ALL* of our politicians donate money to each other from their various funds like some kind of ideological circle jerk?

Is Plame, of all people, expected to remain unbiased about her political choices, after the Bush administration blew her cover, endangered her life, and jeopardized her career?

Joseph Wilson, Plame's husband, described the concert as "Great." Damn straight, bubba.