Week #2 Movies
This Sean Penn film, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006), and Alexander Payne’s Sideways (2004) are my three favorite films of the past five years.
2. That Thing You Do! (1996)
Written and directed by Tom Hanks, this film celebrates music’s “one hit wonders” by capturing the rise and fall of a fictional 1964 Pennsylvania rock band (not coincidentally) named “The Wonders.” The film’s title is also the name of the band’s hit record (written by Hanks and Fountains of Wayne frontman Adam Schlesinger). This orginal track (nominated for an Academy Award) is incredibly catchy, and it could easily be mistaken for a Lennon-McCartney song on Please Please Me.
The Wallflowers: Collected 1996-2005
Jakob Dylan isn’t a fraction of the social leader, poet, or musical icon his father Bob is. But he’s still one of the most talented singer/songwriters of the last fifteen years. His band, The Wallflowers, burst onto the commercial music scene with their incredible 1996 album Bringing Down the Horse. After rapidly reaching stardom with their hit single (and probably my favorite song of the nineties) “One Headlight,” the band seemed to shy away from the limelight in later years. Because of this, their other albums have gone unnoticed by many music fans.
The band is currently touring the U.S. in support of their new “Greatest Hits” album. Be sure to check out their recorded work, or come see them live at The Fillmore New York in Irving Plaza on Monday, July 6th (tickets are available at Livenation.com).