The chemistry between Bell and Dohring’s characters still flares up, although their attraction seems to have cooled a smidge over the years. The relationship between Veronica and her PI dad (Enrico Colantoni), however, seems as tight as ever. As one expects from the mind behind the show (Thomas co-wrote the screenplay with show producer Diane Ruggiero), the wit and smartassery are aplenty.
At the second of her two Austin shows, Friday night at the Central Presbyterian Church, Maines looked ultra-modern in a pompadour haircut and all black clothes. What mattered more was the confidence she found within a new band led by Harper in a set that included covers of songs by Vedder, The Jayhawks, Dan Wilson and others, as well as a couple of catchy originals.
Although the closing guitar duel between Harper on lap steel and Maines’s father Lloyd on pedal steel was fun, the set’s crowning moment came when she dared to try a version of the late Jeff Buckley’s “Lover, You Should Have Come Over.” That sweeping ballad’s technical difficulty is enhanced by the challenge of living up to Buckley’s vocal, which hit otherworldly heights. Fully committing herself, Maines scaled the song’s tricky melody like a free mountain climber, hitting notes that seemed to defy any scale. Immersed in the music, unconcerned about whether she was living up to anyone’s definition of success, Maines presented us with the privilege of witnessing her own internal process of rediscovery.
As an actress you’re often told things like [be] more sweet, smile more, flirt more, be warmer. Fuck that. That’s not the whole picture. That usually comes from network TV directors who need you to play into an idea of how they think women ought to be or what they think viewers want to see.
It’s nice not having to do that sort of acting in independent films. At this moment in her life, I like that [Allie] is a fuck up and makes bad choices and isn’t reasonable. What’s the fun of being reasonable? Reasonable is not fun for an actor.
I’d already signed up to volunteer the late shift Friday night during SXSW at my church, and this lady has been added to the lineup. Yippee!
My sis pointed out today that I haven’t been posting much on Tumblr in recent days, and it won’t improve anytime soon. I imagine I’ll be on Twitter during the fest because I can tweet from my phone. Since Tumblr is slightly finicky on my Kindle, I likely won’t be checking in here much til the festival ends (except to link to stuff I write for Slackerwood).
Also, I’m moving to South Austin the weekend after the fest!