Coming Atractions

With the big screens mostly filled with summer cheese, and TV gummed up with game shows and reality crud, it’s good to know that there are some promising coming attractions out there.
Wes Anderson’s new movie “The Darjeeling Limited” will open the New York Film Festival in September — the rest of us will have to wait for Christmas Day. To me it doesn’t even matter what the plot is, I’d buy a ticket just knowing Anderson is at the helm. “Rushmore” was such an unexpected joy when it came out in 1998. I hadn’t seen his debut, “Bottle Rocket”, at the time so I was catching Anderson with fresh eyes. I laughed SO hard, tears of joy ran down my face — my memories of high school blended with the film’s. Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray could not have been more perfect in their roles. Pure magic.

Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums”, and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” may not have had the wire-to-wire brilliance of “Rushmore”, but there’s so much to love in those films too. Grab the Criterion series DVDs because they are all keepers.

On the TV side, the buzz is building for the ABC series “Pushing Daisies.” The creator is Bryan Fuller who was also behind the short-lived — criminally short-lived — FOX series “Wonderfalls.” Fuller’s latest is a quirky drama about a man who can raise the dead simply by touching them — and then send them right back to their maker by touching them again. ABC will run the series on Wednesday night’s beginning this fall, and with “Lost” on the shelf until early 2008 that’s very good news. Bill Carter has an excellent article on “Pushing Daisies” in today’s New York Times — check it out.

Couple other things to consider for the immediate future. New Repertory Theatre will present “Side by Side by Sondheim” beginning Saturday at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Great songs, and talented singers who can do them justice.

Also, 10,000 Maniacs at Lowell’s Boardinghouse Park Saturday night. Actually, it’s more like 9,999 Maniacs since Natalie Merchant is still AWOL. Still worth it though.

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