Hump Day Unusual Moment

March 28th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

An aspiring Bulgarian vocalist sings “Ken Lee.” And somewhere in the Great Beyond, songwriter Harry Nilsson is scratching his head and pouring himself another drink. Or two.

A tip o’ the hat to Paul Rapp

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

November 17th, 2010, 12:00 pm by Greg

Yeah, it’s Harry Nilsson week around here. Here he is on “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” from 1969:

Thanks to Paul Rapp for the tip…

DVD: Little Movies We Like

November 15th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

“Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)” (2010): A fascinating, unflinching documentary about one of the rock era’s most under-appreciated (and self-destructive) pop musicians. Lots and lots of talking heads (Randy Newman, Richard Perry, Ray Cooper, Micky Dolenz, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Yoko Ono and Van Dyke Parks, to name just a few), but plenty of footage of Nilsson himself, too. The best rock doc of the year.

“Red Road” (2006): Directed by Andrea Arnold, this taut, Scottish psychological drama examines the unresolved grief and guilt of a surveillance camera operator in Glasgow.

“Peacock” (2009): A strange, captivating drama starring the magnetic Cillian Murphy in his best – and most unexpected – role. With Ellen Page and a great supporting cast featuring Susan Sarandon, Josh Lucas, Bill Pullman and Keith Carradine.

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