Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Hot Club

Thanks to the Wednesday Wevelers, things at the Hot Club have been picking up lately. My thanks to Buff Steve, Frequent Flyer, Mike Module and the Herbster for appearances. Ex-Blue Cross Bill might make an appearance and I've heard from Caren and Erica. CC Rider is always welcome and we may yet get to see the Runaway Trains (Lionel and Diesel) and The Victor. I'll be at the HC this Wed. (2/7) but Thurs (2/15) next week not Wed. Valentine's with Victoria.

Oh and congratulations to the Lovely Lisa and her beau Bill who just got engaged. No date as yet but Lovely Lisa is now sporting a splendid-looking rock. Good luck to them both.

Foot Joy said he once almost got engaged. FJ said, "It worked out for the best." Wise said, "The best for whom?" "We'll never know", I observed.

A male-female duo that are just friends were reminiscing about a dinner date they once shared. She had tuna tartar. He said, "I spent more money on you than I do on my girlfriend."

A woman named Sherry, who knows Lovely Lisa, found out that I knew Sexual Chocolate. LL said, "Ask him if it's with cherries on top."

We were talking about the Building 19 in Pawtucket moving. The present site is the former clubhouse of Narragansett RaceTrack. Sean said that his father had horses at Narragansett. As a 10-11 year old kid, Sean would walk the horses. He got his hot walker license. Sean said one horse didn't like the automatic walker and would step on your foot. 1400 lbs. on your foot.

Two women were celebrating one's 30th birthday. Mercy and Karis went to high school in Tampa. The School of the Holy Name. "School of the Horny Dame", said Mercy.

Erica told me her husband Ahngelo is in 'dynamite'. "Oh, construction", I noted. "No. destruction", said Foot Joy. FJ wondered whether there is truth to the rumor that Ella's first word was 'Boom'.

I was telling the regulars that I got a parking ticket - in front of my house. It was for 'wheels turned left to the corner'. I've been in Darlington since 1954 and never been ticketed for parking in front of my house. I said Pawtucket must be strapped for money. Foot Joy said the same thing happened to him last year. FJ said a cop told him that they only tag if a neighbor complains.

PhotoGenic said that she has been to Michael Jordan's restaurant in Santa Barbara. Sometimes Michael Jordan is there serving drinks. The night PhotoGenic was there, Michael Jordan was at the bar and served her. She said she was so in awe that she tipped him $5.


This movie is a nice marriage of magic and mortality. Of illusion and reality. Love and death. Love unrequited and love fulfilled. Victoria and I liked it very much.

Edward Norton carries the movie as Eisenheim the Illusionist. He is aided and abetted by Paul Giamatti who is intense as Inspector Uhl, a man torn between doing his duty and preserving his dignity. Rufus Sewell (Dark City) is good as Crown Prince Leopold and Jessica Biel (Sophie) warms the cockles of our hearts and the hero's.

The film is a period piece set in Vienna. It's about class society and class that money, power and property can't buy. The film is done in soft yellows and browns to evoke the sepia images of the past. It is 110 minutes and rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.

Neil Burger (Interview with the Assassin - 2002) directed and wrote the screenplay based on the short story Eisenheim the Illusionist by Steven Milhauser. It was filmed in the Czech Republic. The tagline is "Nothing is what it seems."

According to IMDb, the film got a PG-13 instead of an R because the word 'fornicating' is used instead of f**king. Use of the latter word automatically gets you an 'R'.

IMDb also notes 2 historical connections with the fictional movie. Austrian Emperor Franz Josef's only son Rudolph was found slain with his mistress at his Mayerling hunting lodge. The Eisenheim character is based on a magician and 'clairvoyant' named Erik Jan Hanussen who was famous in early 20th century Vienna. Hanussen was killed by the Nazis in 1933.

Edward Norton, per IMDb, did many of his own magic tricks and was coached by James Freedman who also was Norton's hand double. Jessica Biel replaced the original actress who was to play Sophie just before the movie started shooting.


This is set in Paris in the year 2010 when good gets punished and evil goes on getting rewarded. It's directed by Pierre Morel and the screenplay is by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri, who plays Taha. The script stretches the thin fabric of a story over the cityscape that is the personal jungle gym of Leito (David Belle) and later Damien (Cyril Rafaelli).

This movie is an actioneer of the first order with Leito scaling the walls of buildings, leaping cat-like from rooftop to rooftop and using the confines of District B-13 to his advantage. Nine minutes into this movie and I was in love with it.

District B-13 is clearly really Barrio B-13 but the producers must have shied away from using the less PC 'Barrio', staying with the safety of 'District'. That aside, this is one fun movie with baddies played to the hilt in the person of K2 (Tony D'Amario) and Taha (Bibi Naceri). The opening scene with K2 is especially memorable. If you have good heroes, you need very bad villains. This movie has both. When Taha asks K2 how he let Leito get away, K2 says, "He's like a bar of soap."

No strain on the brain here just action packed escapist fare that fits well as a stress reliever and laugh inducer. It's 85 minutes and Rated R for strong violence, some drug content and language.

With Yeti (Jeffrey Zade Rudom) and a rap song in French.

According to IMDb, Leito's style of leaping, jumping and wall scaling is called 'Parkour' and was invented by David Belle who plays Leito. Belle was influenced by his father Richard. No special effects were used in 90% of the 'Parkour' scenes.

In the trivia section, IMDb notes that several B-13 gang members wear NFL jerseys (Giants, Saints, Jets). Since the producers didn't get permission to use them from the NFL Players' Association, the names on the jerseys were digitally removed so they wouldn't get sued.


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