Did you guys have fun with all the 2009 lists??? Good times, eh? Aren’t list fun? Yeah Doris, they sure can be. I’ll keep the links up over to the right at the stop of the sidebar for a little bit, in case you need a quick-click reference when sending your angry letters to Pitchfork/Stereogum/et al for their sad little lists…. lol. Well, I’ve got a different “best of” for you today. Anyone who’s acquainted with me knows that though I love a good movie (and a good book), I’m not really a “movie guy” (or a “book guy”). I take photos, I ride bikes, I listen to music, and I jibber-jabber alot.
Emphasis on the “.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen a decent number of movies this year, but I could honestly count the ones I logged in my brainspace on my fingers, the rest of all fallen into the void of the forgotten. SO, instead of building a list of our Most Awesomest Tsururific Movies of 2009, it really came down to one movie that beat the crowd by a pretty healthy margin.
And the winner of our prestigious award? Who had the mutton chops to tackle this mountain of white noise and cliche trailers? Who had the ball sack large enough to take it the whole 9 nine yards and the extra mile? Only one movie could cause me to butcher this many phrases, yep, our….
Most Awesomest Tsururific Movie Of 2009 is…
Fantastic Mr. Fox!!!
Yay! And hooray!!! And *click click whistle*!!!
I’m a worse movie cricket than I am a music cricket so bear with me. Fantastic Mr. Fox is the animated movie adaption of Roald Dahl’s (of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory fame) book of the same name…
A quick spoiler free run down if, like me, you have not had the pleasure of reading the book (I hear it’s a pretty faithful retelling), but Mr. Fox (voiced by a fast-talking, reminiscent of O Brother Where Art Thou, George Clooney) is a chicken thief, but after his ladyfriend and later wife Felicity (voiced by Meryl Streep) gets the preggers with their son Ash (voiced by Jason Schwartzman), encourages him to settle down into a less dangerous job as a columnist.
You can’t keep wild animals from acting out their nature, so Mr. Fox goes for one last chance to relive some glory days by plotting with his new possum friend to rob the 3 most dangerous chicken farmers and his neighbors, Boggis, Bunce and Bean.
Obviously lots of shit goes down and you have some intra-movie side emotions/stories going on related to Ash, all of which I beg of you to go see for yourself instead of letting some reviewer ruin all the fun for ya.
I will say this, the animation, though at first I was concerned I wouldn’t like, was just gorgeous, the characters were at once alive and obviously not. Each character is casted perfectly to their voices, George at his fast-talking quick-witted best, even Bill Murray as his financial guy (though at times, I SWEAR I heard Bill Murray from Stripes pop out a little more than his normal super-dry tone he usually uses for a Wes Anderson movie).
The movie is executed flawlessly, the script, the set, the switch-overs to “two-dimensional” side-scrolling scenes, the suddenly ravenous eating habits, everything, adding tons of interesting and fun visuals to accompany a full and just-deep-enough story.
There was one moment as we were getting near the end where I was worried about it running long with another chase/escape type scene, but Dahl/Anderson kept me off my kilter with a perfectly touching ending to the climactic scenes. Look at me, keep you in the dark so much. Well, at least I’ll put in the trailer, eh?
Nice. It’s one of those movies you enjoy watching, but then after it’s over, you keep enjoying it, more and more. I found as we drove up to Nestleton, it just kinda lingered in my mind, and by the time we got back home a day later, I couldn’t wait to see it again! And THAT, my friend, is a rarity.
So why am I writing on about movies? Well, just one movie, but still? Certainly there is something music-related I can share to bring us back to the “radio” part of TSURURADIO? Of course there is, silly pants! Because, eventhough we haven’t had a chance to go re-see the movie, the soundtrack found it’s way to my mp3 player of choice, and well, I’m in some quasi-audio-visual heaven right now as each little niblet of a tune grace my brainiums causing me to relive each little moment of the movie!
That’s some fucked up shit right there! And honestly, don’t know what else I could say about it. Enjoy the first few tracks and have a wonderful weekend!
1. “American Empirical Pictures” Alexandre Desplat
2. “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” (from Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier) The Wellingtons
3. “Mr. Fox in the Fields” Alexandre Desplat
4. “Heroes and Villains” The Beach Boys
5. “Fooba Wooba John” Burl Ives
6. “Boggis, Bunce, and Bean” Alexandre Desplat
7. “Jimmy Squirrel and Co.” Alexandre Desplat
8. “Love” Nancy Adams
9. “Buckeye Jim” Burl Ives
10. “High-speed French Train” Alexandre Desplat
11. “Whack-bat Majorette” Alexandre Desplat
12. “The Grey Goose” Burl Ives
13. “Bean’s Secret Cider Cellar” Alexandre Desplat
14. “Une Petite Île” (from Two English Girls) Georges Delerue
15. “Street Fighting Man” The Rolling Stones
16. “Fantastic Mr Fox AKA Petey’s Song” Jarvis Cocker
17. “Night and Day” Art Tatum
18. “Kristofferson’s theme” Alexandre Desplat
19. “Just Another Dead Rat in a Garbage Pail (behind a Chinese Restaurant)” Alexandre Desplat
20. “Le Grand Choral” (from Day for Night) Georges Delerue
21. “Great Harrowsford Square” Alexandre Desplat
22. “Stunt Expo 2004” Alexandre Desplat
23. “Canis Lupus” Alexandre Desplat
24. “Ol’ Man River” The Beach Boys
25. “Let Her Dance” The Bobby Fuller Four
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