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November 19th, 2005
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It burns, burns, burns...
I'm not a huge Johnny Cash fan. Indeed, I own very little country music, but one of the CDs is a Johnny Cash compilation.

I don't recall when I got interested in the story of The Man in Black - but it would probably have been around 5 years ago. Some time thereafter, I heard Sarah Vowell's story entitled "The Greatest Love Story of the 20th Century" (which you can listen to here, if you've got a RealAudio player).

So, I can't really say why I felt compelled to go see "Walk the Line" tonight. And, having seen it, I may not be the most qualified to judge it. Case in point: Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon sing throughout the film, but I was convinced they were lip syncing. And, I suppose, that reveals my overall disappointment with the movie. I enjoyed the music, I was rooting for the happy ending, but I was always aware that I was in a theatre, watching actors. "Oh", says I, "there's Reese Witherspoon, being charming and cute and strong". And then, "Oh, there's that guy, not Bruce Campbell... doesn't he look like Bruce Campbell? That'd be an odd casting. Wonder what Bruce is up to these days".

But, yeah. If you ever watched a Bruce Campbell movie, and wondered what he'd look like with a guitar instead of a chainsaw, this is the movie to watch.

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Date:November 20th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
Nope, they did all their own singing. And Joaquin had never picked up a guitar before the film, but learned to play for the role.

I'm probably going to rent it when it comes out on DVD.
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Date:November 20th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it wasn't until I got home and I looked it up online that I discovered that up until the final credits, you don't hear Johnny and June.

Which was odd - there were bits where I was certain that Joaquin's lips weren't moving correctly - like he was only halfway into his role. I think part of what threw me is that you hear them going on and off mic, which means that you get substantially different acoustics. I suspect I was interpreting that discontinuity as being where they shifted over to recordings.

Being the NPR junkie that I am (have I mentioned that lately?) I did hear some discussion of the film, and that Johnny Cash was insistant that whoever play him not hold the guitar like a baby or some fragile treasure - Cash carried his guitar not unlike a carpenter carrying a hammer. So, yeah. That worked for me.

Of the folks in the theatre with me last night, I'd be interested to know how many drove home in a pickup truck, or a vehicle with a gun rack. Lest I sound snooty, I will state that I happen to be wearing overalls right at this moment, and the directions to my house include the phrase "turn off the paved road". Yee haw.
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Date:November 21st, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
I almost had to watch "Walk the Line" yesterday -- and Brat Boy would've killed me if we'd had to (the theater for Goblet of Fire was so packed, and the kids running the theater so clueless that they had over-sold the noon showing). Instead we were given free popcorn and soda and let into the 1pm showing first to find good seats.

I'll probably rent it when it comes out on DVD, like I did the Ray Charles movie (though I'm not much of a country music type person).

*Perks up*
Bruce Campbell was in it? With no chainsaw or tights (he wore them in Xena and Heracles -- and I am such a geek)?
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Date:November 21st, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
Bruce Campbell was in it?

Heh, sorry, no.

But throughout the movie, Joaquin reminded me of Bruce.
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Date:November 21st, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
Bleh... I don't really like Joaquin, haven't since he made that movie "To Die For" with Nicole Kidman. His swarmy character in Gladiator didn't help my mental image much.

But Bruce, Bruce I could do (well not literally do and in *do* but do as in watch a movie with him in it).
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