Sunday, April 25, 2010

Short review: Capitalism: A Love Story

I watched this because I figured I might as well. Not particularly a fan of Michael Moore, since his tendency to think ultra highly of himself usually annoys me, and I probably wasn't going to learn much that I didn't already know. Plus, I figured that if I did watch it, I'd get depressed and pissy as they discuss people 9432259 times richer than I am right now. So I don't know why I watched this, really. But I did.

And I got depressed and pissy after seeing all the people that are 9432260 times richer than I am right now.


Well, I was off by one.

Really short review: Food, Inc.

I avoided watching this-even though there was a decently sized interest in seeing it-because I figured it would make me never want to eat again.

So now I've seen it.

And I never want to eat again.


Thanks, you jackass movie.

Monday, April 12, 2010

So I watched The Wicker Man this afternoon.

It was bad, as one might expect. But Nicolas Cage pretty much makes any terrible dreck watchable. I mean, the YouTube clip of the "best scenes" pretty much makes watching the entire film unnecessary (especially since the scenes work amazing without any context), but then again... with context it doesn't make much sense either.

All this is to say that I think Nicolas Cage is my favorite actor.

He's great when he needs to be great, and when he gets something that allows him to be gleefully over-the-top, he's pretty much your best choice. Speaking of which... I saw Bad Lieutenant the other week as well. Which was, you know... pretty awesome. Except for the parts where it sort of dragged. But still.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Been listening to Pet Sounds a lot the past few weeks, on account of me driving a lot and having only 8 albums on my new (old) iPod. This is one of the better ones from the album, in my opinion.

I'm assuming Pet Sounds is one of those albums that improves as you grow older. When I first heard it years back, it made little to no impression on me; it had good stuff like "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B" and "God Only Knows," but little else to make you think "wow, this definitely lives up to its moniker as one of The Greatest." Of course, years later you revisit it thinking it to be overrated only to find out that the album's perception as one of the greatest of all time is what prevented you from truly appreciating its brilliance. It probably happens a lot, but for some reason I'd expect this happens with Pet Sounds a whole lot.

It's a very sublime record, but in a subtle way that made me take a while to appreciate it. Cause outside of the big three I listed above, there really isn't anything standing out. But it all blends together wonderfully, with these beautiful arrangements that make me wish Brian Wilson hadn't lost his mind after releasing this.

Out of my 60's pop albums however, Odessey & Oracle still wins out.


This is a cover of Stevie Wonder, and it has this wonderful slapdash feel to it that really endears itself to me. Plus the vocals are pretty amazing. But you could guess that.