Thursday, April 26, 2007

I Wanna Hold Your Jazz Hands!

Mizz Liza M may be all about the Jazz hands in movies, but ma man Clint Eastwood is all about the Jazz Hands-on approach in his flicks. Well before he was master at the helm of the great Jazz bio pick "Bird", Clint-o-rama directed a way-nifty flick called "Play Misty for Me". Those rough and tumble hands that had previously steered horses' reins for those incredible spaghetti westerns, were put to use most majestically in "Misty", a flick that he guided so tightly that it was finished under budget, and four days ahead of schedule. But like many great, well sculpted Jazz pieces, the end result plays loose, fast, improv-ish, and supremely hip. Eastwood waived his usual acting fee in exchange for the go-ahead to direct the film, and as a result this tale of obsession gone wrong became stamped with Clint's jazz-love flava. Which is awesome. He threw in a scene of the Monterey Jazz Festival which may come across as a personal indulgence and may seem entirely out of context, but to me it simply fleshes out the coolness and desirability of the main protagonist (Clint, as hip-as-fuck late nite DJ Dave), who, like his favourite jazz music, is full of the free and full of the flow, muthafuckah (as Miles would say).

Even the love montage(I usually loathe LM's), is decent. Clint and his gal(who sports a saaa-weeet two-tier shag cut)get it on backed by a pastoral landscape and some melodramatic, shed-a-single tear Roberta Flack.

Check out the trailer. It's "Supermurgitroid"! Which is Jazz slang for really cool. For more funky Jazz slang go here.

Can someone please tell me if that dude from Magnum P.I. did the voice over for this trailer? Help, its gonna hang around, annoy,and bug me like a Murray the K around the Beatles until I find out.

One last thing while we are doing the slo-hang and rappin' about Jazz flicks. Make sure you watch the Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond. It is super boss. It's not really about Jazz, but whatevs. Watch the flick that almost caused Sir Larry Olivier's knighthood to be revoked, and where Mr. Diamond completely choked.

Catch ya on the flipside, hepcats!

currently listening to: Coltrane, A Love Supreme


Allan said...

Ya gotta dig Clint for putting his biz cred to good use...except maybe that thing with the ape. No one's perfect!
Missed ya today, couldn't escape -aaaaaahhhhh!

SamuraiFrog said...

Ah, I've seen this one. Jessica Walter scares the crap out of me thanks to seeing this when I was 11. Cool as fuck, though, and way better than the self-important stuff he's putting out now.

Todd and in Charge said...

Good good stuff. But wasn't the whacko girl sporting a Karen Valentine bob cut?

I saw Coogan's Bluff the other day. Great movie, the time capsule of the NY nightclub scene, circa 1968, is priceless. And Clint is very funny as "Texas," from Arizona....

Invisible said...


US Virgin Festival
Line Up and Ticket Prices Announced!

* The Police
* Beastie Boys
* Modest Mouse
* Incubus
* TV On The Radio
* LCD Soundsystem
* Fountains Of Wayne
* Peter Bjorn and John
* Sasha and John Digweed
* The Fratellis
* Danny Tenaglia
* Amy Winehouse
* Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
* Sander Van Doorn
* Shout Out Out Out Out
* Cheap Trick
* Felix Da Housecat
* Paolo Nutini
* Booka Shade
* Miguel Migs
* Fiction Plane

Virgin Festival By Virgin Mobile (Baltimore) Day 2

* The Smashing Pumpkins
* 311
* Interpol
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs
* Velvet Revolver
* Chris Cornell
* The Crystal Method
* Wu Tang Clan
* Matisyahu
* Girl Talk
* Bad Brains
* Deep Dish
* Regina Spektor
* Spoon
* Dieselboy and Andy C
* M.I.A.
* Infected Mushroom
* James Zabiela


Two Day: $175 General Admission, $450 VIP
One Day: $97.50 General Admission, $250 VIP
On Sale May 5, 10AM

HOLY CRAP... yall (people up north) pay hella money for shows... I think SXSW is $200 for 3 days and nights...

Allan said...

Shows cost money?

Invisible said...

LOL@ allan... silly boy of course they do... to the masses....ya know. the non working ones...

bonjourtristesse said...

Hey Gang!! Work is frantic today! Woah!

Allan! Hey! Thanks for the amazing email! Wow! Hey, the Every Which Way Ape flicks are hot! Much better than BJ and the Bear! LOL! Talk tomorrow! YAY!:)

SF! Jessica Walter is truly scary in this one...but so so good! Much better than Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction (Jessi's hair is much better than Glenn's gawdawful bleached out perm action). I did love Million Dollar Baby, but that's cuz I'm a Swank fan...she is incredible...great great Nancy Allen post by the way...again one of my faves! Dressed to Kill? Holla Holla! :)

Todd! Karen Valentine! OMG! I loved her...leave it to TaiC to pull out a superhip reference! The Donna Mills character that Clint actually was in love with in Misty had the Carol Brady short/long shag...a she-mullet, a shmullet that actually works! OOOO...I'm gonna rent the Coogan's Bluff this weekend (along with Cinderfella!. All you needed to do was mention "1968" and I'm those late 60's flicks to death! :)

Vis! WOW!!!!!! MAN, I'M STOKED FOR THE POLICE REUNION! WHATTA LINEUP! Thanks for posting!!I'm actually drooling...holy fuck...Cheap Trick?? Spoon! Hot Damn!!!! Amazing! What does the VIP rate include? A chance to bond with the Roadie contingent backstage?

Allan, shows cost money, and sanity and hearing ability and hot damn sometimes it's all worth it...(READ: ROB HALFORD)!!!!!

hey all...WHO IS THAT NARRATING THE MISTY TRAILER???? Is it John Hillerman or what?????

Have a great weekend all...!!!!!

Invisible said...

Well I am guessing that if you wanted more technical details... you would look at the US Virgin tour site??

Of course I got that info from ONTD...

Allan said...

Hiya! Glad you liked it!

Hahaha...I hopped the fence at Merriwether Pavilion for Cheap Trick and the Police- (diff shows). I wonder if security is tighter now than in 1982?

Bad Brains? Awesome.

bonjourtristesse said...

Visi! okay I'll be doing some 'vestigatin', I would love to see the Police with you, and Allan too! the terror trio! wahoo!

Allan,you fence hopper...I LOVE it! Sneakin in eh? I snuck into Italy that way...just skipped customs and walked right out into the parking lot. No joke. Crazy eh?

Bad Brains. genius. Fuckin' Dr. Know blows my mind. Repeatedly. That hardcore doc was beautiful in representin' the importance of the Brains...loved it! talk to ya soon!

Allan said...

I live (relatively) near Baltimore...know anyone who lives near the other shows?