- Joss Stone — Fell In Love With A Boy
I know very little about Ms. Stone except that she's 16 years old, from Devon, and this is how you cover a song. (It's taken from her debut album The Soul Sessions, out in America now, and the UK early next year)
- Air — Lost In Kyoto
From the Lost In Translation soundtrack and their upcoming album Talkie Walkie (available from your favourite P2P application). A week ago, I claimed to a friend that the film wasn't sad. And then I listened to this again. Wrong again…
- Kate Rusby — Underneath The Stars
John Peel has a lot to answer for. I shouldn't be buying folk albums. But this is really good. Damn his eyes!
Best of 2003: Adaptation
The team behind Being John Malkovich (in fact, there's even a scene this film from their previous collaboration) returned with another bizarre tale, this time burrowing deep into the insecurities of a writer. Charlie Kaufman is trying to adapt a book about orchids for his next film. And he's having real difficulties. To make matters worse, his imaginary twin brother is having great success with his insane script about a killer with multiple personality disorder. The film alternates between Charlie's current work on translating "The Orchid Thief" (with a great performance by Chris Cooper), and the trials and frustrations that he experiences in the real world. It loses its way a little in the final twenty minutes (it's quite clever, but rather unsatisfying), but for the most part, this is a very funny and intriguing film. Come on, you've always wanted to see Nicolas Cage play a mood southerner writer, haven't you?