Though most of the MTV crew is going ape for today's release of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," I have to admit that the movie I'm most looking forward to today is "Post Grad." It's got a number of things working for it. First, the trailer was accompanied by an excellent tune called "Show Me What I'm Looking For," by the woefully underrated band Carolina Liar. Secondly, it has a great support cast, like the underused Michael Keaton, the always-funny Jane Lynch and Zach Gilford of "Friday Night Lights."
But mostly it's because of Alexis Bledel, who is endlessly charming. A confession: I got the complete "Gilmore Girls" box set for Christmas one year, and then spent the next six months watching the whole series from top to bottom. Having grown up in a small town in Connecticut, I strangely felt like I related to that show, and I became a big fan of the rhythms of the performances and the snappiness of the writing. And Bledel holds the show together with her intelligence, poise and penchant for physical comedy.
Do you know why else she's great? She once starred in a video for ska-punk band Less Than Jake, who were one of my favorite bands growing up. (I was in a number of ska bands in middle and high school — I'm confessing an awful lot today, aren't I?) LTJ hailed from Jacksonville, Florida, and were an almost-quite-but-never-were group during the ska breakout in the late '90s. "She's Gonna Break Soon" is from their 2003 album Anthem and stars Bledel as the titular girl who will be breaking relatively soon. It's a great slice of teenage angst that seems like a great amuse-bouche for "Post Grad."