- 1The fact that this was the first Wes Anderson film that Schwartzman was in says quite a lot. He plays the eccentric yet totally lovable Max Fischer, who falls for the same woman as his industrialist friend, played by Bill Murray. Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray are comic gold. Add an elementary school teacher in the mix, and a whole new set of laughs is introduced. The movie came out when I was 13, and I have been a Schwartzman fan ever since.
- 2At a concert in 2002, Schwartzman was noticeably absent and he took his musical prowess with him. They just didn't sound the same. However, their second album, titled "The Guest" (their first album in 1998 went virtually unnoticed and never caught on) is one of my favorite albums. The song off of that album "California", made them big with the teen set, being the theme song for the FOX hit (for 3 seasons, anyway) "The O.C." The melodic tunes were mostly that of Schwartzman because at the concert, they're sound was a lot more rock 'n' roll, less melodic and indie. The lead singer of the group, Alex Greenwald, was and always will be a hot piece of ass. Unfortunately, he doesn't have Jason to give him any personality.
Song recommendations from "The Guest": "Lonely Day" and "Darkest Hour". Also, the video to the left is for probably one of the cutest songs ever, "Always On My Mind". The whole album is amazing, but those are some favorites.
- 3Ah, another Wes Anderson flick. Another brilliant casting job. Who would have thought Oscar winner Adrien Brody, funnyman Owen Wilson and quirky kid Schwartzman would fit together? Apparently Mr. Anderson.
The movie follows the three brothers as they journey through India. These three? Brothers? Yep. And the strange thing is, they all start to kind of look alike as the movie progresses. I think it has something to do with the fact that they have amazing chemistry. Who woulda thunk it?
- 4Created by Schwartzman in 2006 after he started to get the music itch again, Coconut Records has that melodic, indie-pop sound, much like that of Phantom Planet when Schwartzman was still around. His voice is as delectable as his melodies. The first album, "Nighttiming" consists of musical contributions from the likes of Incubus, and vocal contributions by Zooey Deschanel. Is that gorge, or what?
Song Recommendations: "Nighttiming" and "West Coast", both paying respect to the life that Jason has become accustom to here in Southern California. "Nighttiming" is more of a dance tune, whereas "West Coast" could be considered a Schwartzman ballad.
Bored To DeathThis HBO series is Jason's latest venture. He brilliantly captures the life and mind of a Brooklyn based writer who hires himself out as an unlicensed private detective. He is introduced to us as a quirky and obsessive, anal retentive, yet lovable guy. Can one person have all of those qualities? In real life, no. But Schwartzman has delved so deep into this character. Alongside Ted Danson, that guy from "The Hangover", Olivia Thirlby and guest appearances by the likes of Kristen Wiig, how can this show go wrong? Watch it or you will become bored to death.
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