Friday, October 12, 2007

The Jesse James Blues

There are a couple of big Assassination of Jesse James releases in the next couple of weeks. The digital release of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' soundtrack will be October 23 (with the CD to follow early next year).

Sooner than that though -- next weekend, October 19th, in fact -- is the wide release of the movie. Unfortunately, critics in some of the new cities aren't getting to see it early, which has folks wondering just what the heck Warner Brothers is thinking. Critics in the initial cities have been kind to it, so you'd think that Warner Brothers would want to keep that going. Maybe they're hoping that those first critics will be enough to convince audiences to check it out.

Unrelated to the movie -- or to the historical Jesse James in general (or even Sandra Bullock's husband) -- but absolutely fascinating nonetheless, is screenwriter Josh Olson's (A History of Violence) funny, emotional account of a friend of his who had an online romance with a guy named Jesse James. It's a long read, but a riveting one. Olson's a talented storyteller and I started off skimming the article only to get caught up in the story and have to start over to read more closely. It's got everything: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, forest fires, cowboys, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, suicide by gutshot, and Harlan Ellison. You'll be glad you read it.

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