Movie Review: A Case of You

A Case of You is an indie romantic comedy starring Justin Long and Rachel Evan Wood with some hilarious cameos by Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage and Vince Vaughn. I had mixed but mostly very positive feelings about this odd little film.

Justin Long stars as a struggling writer who basically stalks and seduces Rachel Evan Wood’s not-so-manic pixie girl barista through social media. He pretends to be the man of her dreams based on interests listed in her Facebook profile.

Thankfully the film’s direction, script and acting is so strong and interesting you quickly get caught up in the somewhat creepy romantic comedy premise. And Long’s character does redeem himself by the end – after a cleverly self-aware scene with his editor.

The romantic plot aside, the film is worth watching for two very hilarious scenes: one in which Sam Rockwell portrays a has been guitar teacher and the scene-stealing elderly dancer “Raymond” in the film’s finale.

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Carney: Mr. Green, Vol. 1

Carney just released their debut album Mr. Green, Vol. 1 today. The L.A. rock quartet is fronted by and named for actor-musician Reeve Carney – formerly a member of Johnny Lang’s backup band and soon to be seen as Ferdinand in Julie Taymor’s upcoming film adaption of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Carney’s music tempers arena rock pomp with flourishes of psychedelica, pop, and blues.

The opener “Love Me Chase Me” punches up a swirling rock arrangement with militant drumbeats. It and many of the other tracks have a swaggering pop-rock sound reminiscent of Butch Walker’s The Rise and Fall Of….

The middle of the album lags a bit, but there’s a lovely splash of what sounds like old-fashioned slide guitar work in “Amelie” and a slinky hint of Queen in “There She Goes.”

The grand finale “Testify” is a crunchy blend of Zep-like blues and psychedelic rock.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can watch the video for “Love Me Chase Me” (starring actress Evan Rachel Wood and shot on the set of HBO’s Carnivale) at the link below…

Carney – Love Me Chase me (Video)

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