Friday, April 20, 2007

California, Here He Comes: Coconut Records "West Coast"

Coconut Records (Jason Schwartzman) "West Coast"

dir. by Cheryl Dunn

This marvelously edited work subtlety announces the return of movie star Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Marie Antoinette) to the ranks of (modest) rock stardom. Compiling obscure footage surrounding an art exhibit in Germany, director Cheryl Dunn puts together a compelling video without any appearance from the singer or a massive narrative. She simply captures the excitement and beauty of a moment in 1998 from beginning to end - culminating in an amazing performance of athleticism and grace by pro-skater Mark Gonzales. This arc is perfectly matched to the rising and falling of the song, making for a surprisingly thrilling experience.

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