Just because it’s Friday and I’ve always liked it, here’s Fiona Apple’s cover of the Beatles’ “Across the Universe,” which was released along with the 1998 movie PLEASANTVILLE (which is where the whole “smashing the malt shop” motif comes from):
I havent’ seen PLEASANTVILLE in a while, but I remember liking it quite a bit when I saw it in the theater. The story is intelligent and heartfelt, the special effects and cinematography are striking, and the cast — William H. Macy, Tobey Maguire, Joan Allen, Reese Witherspoon, the late great J.T. Walsh and even Don Knotts — is top notch. Check it out if you’ve never seen it.
Paul Thomas Anderson (BOOGIE NIGHTS, MAGNOLIA, THERE WILL BE BLOOD) directed the video, and it shows his pitch-perfect sense of pacing and drama. He didn’t direct the movie (Gary Ross did), but he was dating Apple at the time, which is probably why he got the gig. If you have the MAGNOLIA DVD, Apple shows up on the “Magnolia Diary” making of feature. There’s a fascinating — and weird — scene where she actually pretends to be the movie, and Anderson mockingly berates her for not being as loveable as BOOGIE NIGHTS.
Cameo alert: Keep an eye out for actor (and frequent P.T. Anderson collaborator) John C. Reilly as one of the malt-shop wreckers.