Thursday, January 20, 1999

Pre-weekend Weekend Lunch Invite 54. What six times nine is

Generally speaking, the PlagueTM is here and you shouldn't go out at all. As The Onion advises, you should boil your friends and family before touching them.


Movies this week:

  • Angela's Ashes - A young boy and his family escape the rhythmic, rhyming poverty of pre-war Limerick to Brooklyn, only to return to Limerick many years later and find jobs are still scarce.
  • Down to You - Freddie Prinze, Jr. plays a guy who gets lots and lots of dates all the time and in the ensuing confusion, misplaces his favorite partner. Originally titled Down On You, but mysteriously changed (really, see Dark Horizon's news from 2000-Jan-11).
  • Play It to the Bone - Antonio "So Sexy" Banderas and Woody "Can't Jump" Harrelson are a couple boxers who are signed to fight one another. I thought this was out last week, but it's listed this week too. Hmmm...
  • Sweet and Lowdown - Woody Allen hurts us again with a fake documentary following the exploits of the world's 2nd best jazz guitarist (Sean Penn) in the 1930's.


First up, three "emerging artists": Loam, Mansfield, and The Screws will be at Milestones (170 East Ave.) tonight. You never know -- they might be pretty good, and you don't often get the chance to be at the start of something big.

Concurrently, Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is hosting Ball Cheeze Psychotics. Who knows what they're like, but hey, it's free.

WBER's Alternative Music night at Red (171 St. Paul.)


There's yet another Downtown Alive At Five at Jillian's (Corner of Commercial St. and Mill St.) featuring Triple Play (whom--guess what--I haven't heard.) The Downtown Alive At Five is considered a great place to meet people by most who go regularly, and the ultimate meat market for those who watch.

Tonight at the Dryden at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire (1953, 68 min.) Tickets are $8, $6 for members. They went on sale on December 11 so if you want to go, you should probably check ahead. According to the film calendar description,

The most wanted (and controversial) "lost" film of our time was made by Kubrick when he was only 23, with Paul Mazursky in a startling screen début. After a brief release in New York (as an X-rated double feature with a Buñuel melodrama!), Fear and Desire vanished. Dissatisfied with his first feature, the director himself withdrew and reportedly destroyed all surviving prints--except this one, found in Romanesque circumstances and recently restored by George Eastman House. Democrat and Chronicle Film Critic Jack Garner and George Eastman House's Senior Curator of the Motion Picture Department Paolo Cherchi Usai will lead an in-depth conversation about Kubrick and his singular style following the film.

George Eastman House
January 2000 Film Calendar

Karaoke at Boston Brew Company (251 Exchange Blvd.)


O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.


FOX's Sunday Night Animation and that new show:

  • NFL Playoffs: Minnesota Vikings or St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Simpsons: The Mansion Family - Homer plays billionaire while house-sitting for Mr. Burns, who has checked into the Mayo Clinic. Guest voice: Britney Spears.


Silence and stuff.


Open mic comedy at the Colosseum Caffe (262 Park Ave.) starting around 9:30.

Open mic poetry at Java's (16 Gibb Street) starting around 9:30.


In case you hadn't been aware, all those KMX and VMAX boxes have gobbled up all the phone numbers so now the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) is trying to figure out how to make more. Tonight there's a public statement hearing at The Henrietta Public Library (455 Calkins Rd.) and tomorrow at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) in Kate Gleason Auditorium. They've got another web address -- -- which may be pretty similar to the PSC website.

South Park today at Rohrbach's at 315 Gregory Street at 10:00. This week this is one I don't remember ... Stan is forced to play with losers and the boys end up in a standoff after phoning the police station.

Celluloid Goes Straight to My Eyes
What was the best movie of 1999?

American Beauty
The Sixth Sense
The Matrix
Being John Malkovich
Fight Club

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John Montgomery's Creep of the Week
The Elian Gonzalez Players

CNN Almanac: 2000-Jan-20

Internet Movie Database
On this day ... January 20

Links of the Week:
Internet Movie Database: At one point this was the "Internet Movie Database at Mississippi US," but it has since evolved into the be-all end-all concordance of movie information. It is possible to find some obscure and crappy movies not in it, but you'll be hard pressed to find any information elsewhere either.

Dark Horizons: Speaking of movie sites, Garth Franklin from down under has one of the most complete and frequently updated sites about upcoming movies. As long as Garth stays in college and has lots of free time, the site will stay great.

(The links archive might happen someday.)

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