Friday, May 27, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Best Movie I saw: Saturday night I was over my friend's house and we were thinking about watching a movie. Him and his wife had never seen Wet Hot American Summer. Even though I have probably seen that movie 50 times, I made them put it on. We started the movie around 11:30, and they were asleep around 12:15. But I was laughing away as if it was the first time I had seen that movie. Funny enough, I never realized Bradley Cooper was in it, and it reaffirmed my decision to include that movie on my list of favorites. This is also the movie (along with Anchor Man) which introduced me to the comic genius that is Paul Rudd. If you haven't seen it, please throw it on your Netflix queue. It's available if you want to "Watch it now".
Best TV show I saw: I barely had any time to watch any TV this week, but I can tell you the worst I'd seen. The Office finale was boring, and simply not good. I don't think I even chuckled once. The show will be done next year without Steve Carrell and he will make some bad movies. Really everyone will come out behind with this decision.
Best thing I read: I read two books last week that were both good, but not great. In order I first read The Day I Turned Uncool by Dan Zevin. This is a book of a series of five pages anecdotes writing about how he used to go out drinking every night, and now he gets excited about his lawn and about home maintenance. It is written very tongue in cheek and I mostly enjoyed it because I can 100% relate. I happened to stumble upon this book at the right time while I'm going through all my renovation. I laughed out loud a few times, but the book did lost its luster after the first 50 pages or so and got to be quite repetitive.
Later in the week I read the old satire Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott. I was surprised at the comedy behind this book an thought it was a very smart way of explaining the idea of how perception is everything. I cannot do this book justice, but the story is about a square that lives in a two dimensional world and he becomes enlightened that there exists a three dimensional world out there. The satire about class, and late 1800s English Society (many of the "in-jokes" were explained in footnotes) were all very clever. This was a smart book very ahead of its times, even though I'm sure I didn't "get all of it".
I Also Read: A bunch of Captain America trades up to but not including when Steve Rodgers comes back from the dead. Ed Brubaker's run with Steve Epting's art are some of the best Super Hero books I've ever read. I was never a Captain America fan, but they have made me care about all the characters and they tell the story in such a great pace where everything seems so important. I can only dream whoever is writing the movie is using this series as a template (but I know that's not possible).
Best Thing I Heard: On a whim, I decided to listen to The Crow Soundtrack last week. It brought me back in time to the summer of 1994 and although the soundtrack wasn't quite as good as I remember with some stinkers on there, some of that music was great. I may have to rewatch that movie now. But give it a listen if it's been a while, I think you may enjoy it.
Published in the June/July 2011 issue, on sale soon
In Louis's Infiniti G35, on the way to get a bite to eat at the Comedy Cellar in New York.
LOUIS C.K.: I love this car. Cars and cameras are the two things I let myself be materialistic about. I don't care about other stuff. I used to fix cars, so I like cars a lot.
SCOTT RAAB: You worked as a mechanic. Were you any good?
LCK: I enjoyed it, but I wasn't good. I got fired.
SR: Why'd they fire you?
LCK: I wasn't showing up on time, mostly. And I was working really slowly. I think I fucked a couple of things up. To be a real mechanic, you have to have proper training and buy these beautiful Snap-on tools you pay for like it's your car.
SR: When you got fired, what —
LCK: It was really sad and humiliating and I felt terrible. I really admired those guys. They were very nice to me and they were very good people, honest, blue-collar hardworking guys, and I'm showing up at 11, because I was doing stand-up at night.
SR: You were never a college-bound guy?
LCK: Nope. Just jobs. I thought about going to NYU film school — that was this ideal to me. But I didn't make any kind of grades in high school. My mother was a single mom, putting my three sisters through college, and I was such a bad student that I knew I had no right to take her money. But I loved being in classes and learning. I took in a huge amount of what I learned, but I had a feeling of always being behind and being in trouble.
SR: Trouble trouble?
LCK: Yeah. I did a lot of drugs when I was in junior high school — that kind of trouble. But I got that behind me. I started working at local-access cable and doing stand-up by the time I was 17, 18. I used to do college shows and I'd see these kids living this life I didn't live, and it hurt sometimes. I used to regret it — sometimes I still do. [Parking the G35 and walking to the club.]
SR: I just watched Pootie Tang again. It was on On Demand.
LCK: It won't fucking go away, that thing.
SR: Come on. It's still a lot of fun.
LCK: There's parts of the movie I really do like. I hate the way the movie ended up, but the best thing that can happen to a director is to go through the worst possible version first — losing the thing, being humiliated, having it come out to terrible reviews.
SR: Roger Ebert said it should never have been released.
LCK: He said it's not a movie — it's like somebody took pieces of a movie and put it together. That's exactly what they did. I sat there going, Oh, my God, this is the most trumpeted my name's ever been. This is how I'm getting known, how I'm being introduced. And I'll never make a movie again. And I haven't.
[At the club.]
SR: You want something to drink?
LCK: Club soda.
SR: I'll get a Coke. [To Louis] Are you going to direct a movie again? Do you want to?
LCK: I'd love to. The goal is to get a movie made the way I do the show. One of the great things about Louie [his latest TV show] being my own production with my own company is FX gives us the money and goes away. The advantage is I don't need any of this financially. I make more in five nights of stand-up than I do in a whole season of the show.
SR: You still enjoy the stand-up?
LCK: Oh, I love stand-up. It gave me the ability to do this show the way that I'm doing it. I said no to this gig a few times until it was the way I wanted to do it. The only pitch I have to movie people is the same as this one: Just give me $8 million. I'm not telling you what it's about and I'm not telling you who's in it.
LCK: Eight million bucks. It'll take about six months to finish it. But you don't get to know anything about it.
SR: What happened with Lucky Louie? I loved that show. Why'd HBO kill it?
LCK: I'm not sure. There's never one reason. I talked to Andrew Dice Clay a little while after it was canceled and he just shrugged and said, "Sometimes they got to get rid of something. That's the way it goes." And all the pain just disappeared.