Thursday, August 18, 2005


I don't usually do movie reviews, but the other day I watched "A Love Song For Bobby Long" starring John Travolta, Scarlett Johansson, Gabriel Macht, Deborah Kara Unger, Dane Rhodes and just had to brag on it a little. The movie critics panned this piece of Southern fiction, but what do they know. I loved this movie! And it seems like I'm not the only one, here's a review at BlogCritics who seem to agree with me.

This movie is not a thriller, not action packed, no blood or gore or nudity or sex. But if you're a fan of the dramatic, southern literature of Tennessee Williams or William Faulkner you'll love "A Love Song for Bobby Long" too. "Bobby Long" transpires in the world where "A Streetcar named Desire" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" take place; that of a slower, steamier, and definitively austere culture that clashes with the ideas of growth and progress in a most gentile way. In other words, the South where I was born and raised.

The best thing about this movie is the voice of the author narrating the story. Oh how I wish I could write prose like that. There's almost a musical rhythm to it. The script flows like the lazy waters of a creek and the delta blues soundtrack (go here to listen to clips) is something I'd love to have playing in the background on a lazy day spent lounging around with someone special. It includes :

1. Someday - Los Lobos
2. Lorraine's Song (My Heart Was a Lonely Hunter) - Theresa Andersson
3. Bone - Thalia Zedek
4. Bobby - Nathan Larson
5. Different Stars
6. Lonesome Blues - Lonnie Pitchford
7. Early Every Morning
8. I Really Don't Want to Know - John Travolta
9. Barbara Allen - John Travolta
10. This Isn't It - Giant Drag
11. Daughter Like Mother - Nathan Larson
12. Rising Son - Big Bill Morganfield
13. Washboard Lisa - Grayson Capps
14. Blonde on Blonde - Nada Surf
15. Praying Ground Blues
16. Love Song for Bobby Long - Grayson Capps

Do yourself a favor and watch this movie when you're in the mood for some down-home entertaiment. Let me know what you think.


Trée said...

Junny, thanks for the review. You are doing a great job on your blog--always something new and interesting. I'll try not to distract you too much ;)

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