Jun. 20th, 2010

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Was I the only one who hadn't watched David Byrne's True Stories until now? It's a musical pop-art movie about the American south in the early '80s (set in Virgil, TX, and filmed thereabouts.) As someone who experienced that culture as a kid, I'm in awe of the accuracy of the portrait. The buildings, streets, rooms, people - they really looked like that. Watching the movie, I could smell those places.

The movie was also an excuse to present the songs from the Talking Heads album in ideal settings. John Goodman sings People Like Us as a character who actually means the "We don't want freedom/ we don't want justice/ we just want someone to love" chorus, and City of Dreams, as music for the closing credits, could knock you over with a feather.

Its on Netflix. Consider this your anthropology homework for the week.

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