Saturday, October 30, 2004

Movies, Music and Books...

Movies:
Wifey and I have been catching up on our Netflix DVD's this weekend. First up was The Ladykillers. I liked it, plain and simple. Not going to rank as a favorite but I was entertained for a few hours and really what else is there? The dialog had me laughing and the ending while predictable was satisfying. The Coen's are definitely among my favorites and so I am a bit biased.

Next up was Hellboy. I never read the comic book and I didn't know the premise going in but I was again -- entertained. Not great but not horrible either. The premise was strong enough to hold two full hours but the villains had no real intrigue. The "unconventional hero" and "newbie sidekick" relationship wasn't fully developed for the finish but a fun movie for a Saturday night with the wife.

Music:
A couple of weeks ago The Wife and I had an abrupt and unexpected visitor. It was a bit awkward and I was not at all happy about it. Its a long story but Wifey felt really bad and wanted to help me feel better. We had to make a quick run to a large chain department store for some stuff and while picking up the things I needed The Wife went off on her own. We met up at the checkout and before I new it the cashier was scanning the new Mos Def album New Danger. My wife really is the best. Anyway, the album was nothing like I expected. Mos is truly taking chances here with touches of gospel, the Blues, and heavy metal. On the first listen I found myself hoping that maybe in the next song we would just get to hear Mos flow. Don't get me wrong because he does but not that often. Overall it is a good album but if I want to hear the blues or some gospel, Mos Def is not where I'm going to go.

I also stumbled upon a blast from the past. I had commissioned a mix CD from wifey on the occasion of my birthday. In producing said CD she made a few purchases online. One of which was The Lemonhead's Come on Feel the Lemonheads, a CD I hadn't heard in years and years. Merely a few notes in and I was back in the tenth grade. I know that smell is the strongest sense tied to memory but music will get you there just fine. Riding the big yellow school bus with my walkman in my trenchcoat pocket. The walkman stayed with me wherever I went and when I found an album I really liked I would probably hear it 4 to 5 times daily. This was one of those albums and it was surprising where it took me. The nursing home, the band room, the stadium on a Friday night during football season, Newport in the nighttime. It was a fun trip back in time.

Books:
I'm still knee-deep in Lethem's Fortress of Solitude. The reading slowed down greatly with the ALCS and the World Series going on and the celebration hasn't ended yet. Fortress... has just surprised me at last reading. It is quite good I am always impressed when a book brings me something that I completely didn't see coming.

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