Last month I went to a Kings of Leon concert solo dozo, semi-spur of the moment when I was #over ub**in, but it was not the first time I pulled a Stephen Glansberg at a show. In 2018, I saw HAIM in Boston (please note that I've grown in spades as a person and writer since that blog) with just me, myself and I.
That doesn't matter much other than me attempting to destigmatize enjoying life when you cannot get people to do things with you and to paint a picture of my HAIM fandom. I've been a HAIM fan since early 2014 when I heard "The Wire" or "Forever" (I can't remember which one) on Pandora. Seeing them blow up from their debut album to an Album of the Year nomination has been incredible as a low-key music snob. I feel like a scout who turned some 6th rounder into a perennial All-Pro with my support. I'm all for getting yours and love that the Haim sisters are getting the credit they deserve.
Admittedly, I had no clue Alana Haim (aka Baby Haim) was dipping her exposed nips into the acting waters. (Does playing yourself on one of the best episodes of Documentary Now! count?)
Regardless, when I saw an ad for the trailer to Licorice Pizza on her IG today, I was stunned!
Este is my favorite Haim sister, but Alana is my birthday twin, which I think is pretty neat. We've both been on this planet for the same amount of time (within 24 hours)!
Outside of the whole 70s, coming of age, love story angle, I don't know what the fuck this movie is about or the significance of the title, but I will totes check it out. With Bradley Cooper playing some nut job hairdresser and the great Maya Rudolph in the cast as well, that's already enough for the boi, but when you throw in the backup guitarist of one of my favorite bands, then I'm sold. BUT TOM WAITS, THERE'S MORE!
Sean Penn, Ben Stiller AND the Waitress? LFG! Alana's (real creative character name!) love interest in Licorice Pizza is Cooper Hoffman, the son of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
I've been to six concerts so far in 2021 to make up for a lost year and still need to see my first movie in the post-Covid world (I went to the Anthony Bourdain doc, but that doesn't count, I'm talking movies with a narrative and actors). I've seen people (one article) ranting and raving about Paul Thomas Anderson directing this film, but I'm not going to pretend I knew a thing about him prior to some wikipedia research. Apparently he's Maya Rudolph's husband, and directed a couple HAIM videos, which would make some sense for Alana's casting as a relative unknown in respects to acting.
Licorice Pizza hits theaters on November 26th (Happy Birthday, auntie!)