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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Simpsons Movie

Film #42 of my '07 watch list was The Simpsons Movie.

My NetFlix rating: 3 stars
Jamie says: Longest Simpsons episode ever
RIYL: O.J., Jessica, and Ashlee

Official site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia site

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Once in a Lifetime

Film #41 of my '07 watch list was Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.

My NetFlix rating: 2 stars
Jamie says: Felt like an American soccer propoganda show that you'd see on cable rather than a true documentary. Second star is for the Pele highlights.
RIYL: ESPN Classic

Official site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia site

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Films #1-40

Here's a recap of the first 40 films I've seen this year. Looks like I'm going to blow away my original goal of seeing 50
  1. Curse of the Golden Flower
  2. Talladega Nights
  3. The Devil and Daniel Johnston
  4. Little Miss Sunshine
  5. Murderball
  6. Trekkies
  7. Scoop
  8. Da Ali G Movie: Indahouse
  9. Beerfest
  10. Reno 911: Miami
  11. Jesus Camp
  12. Strangers with Candy
  13. 300
  14. Syriana
  15. An Inconvenient Truth
  16. Children of Men
  17. Blades of Glory
  18. Babel
  19. Match Point
  20. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
  21. What Happened To Kerouac?
  22. Stranger Than Fiction
  23. Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus
  24. King of Kong
  25. Fearless
  26. The Fever of '57
  27. Big Rig
  28. About a Son
  29. The Fountain
  30. Idiocracy
  31. Pirates of the Caribbean 3
  32. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
  33. American Shopper
  34. Knocked Up
  35. Pan's Labyrinth
  36. Letters From Iwo Jima
  37. Scratch
  38. Mulholland Drive
  39. 21 Grams
  40. American Splendor

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American Splendor

Film #40 of my '07 watch list was American Splendor.

My NetFlix rating: 4 stars
Jamie says: More like American Splendid. How's that for cheesy?
RIYL: Crumb, Ghost World, Paul Giamatti, graphic novels

Official site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia site

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

A Feast of Snakes

Book #28 of my '07 reading list was Harry Crews' A Feast of Snakes

One word: classic. Oddly timely too since it involves dogfighting and football players in Georgia (pretty eerie huh?).
"A Feast of Snakes reads like a Flannery O’Connor crossed with Bukowski, and if that description doesn’t interest you, then I don’t know what will. " -- Suicide Girls review

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In the Heart of the Sea

Book #27 on my '07 list was Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex.


ItHotS is a historcial account of a Nantucket whaleship and the men who survived for nearly three months at sea after their vessel is sunk by a giant whale. And yes there is cannibalism involved. The story of the Essex inspired Melville's Moby Dick. All in all a very entertaining and interesting read.

Excerpt
CNN review
Nathaniel Philbrick's site

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Falling Man

Way, way behind on my blogging, so I'm going to make these next few short and sweet. Book #26 of my '07 reading list was Don DeLillo's new post-9/11 novel Falling Man.

Riveting reading as you would expect from DeLillo. It's not his best work, but the fact that he's managed to produce a novel that reasonably contextualizes the impact of 9/11 on our collective psyche makes it well worth a read.

Wikipedia entry
Village Voice review

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

21 Grams

Film #39 of my '07 watch list was 21 Grams.

My NetFlix rating: 4 stars
Jamie says: I seem to be on a Naomi Watts kick. Any other movies she's done that are worth seeing? Besides King Kong of course which obviously goes without saying.
RIYL: Babel, Magnolia

Official site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia site

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Mulholland Drive

Film #38 of my '07 watch list was Mulholland Drive.

My NetFlix rating: 5 stars !
Jamie says: An enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in Lynchian goodness. How on earth did Naomi Watts not get an Oscar, or at least a nomination for her performance?
RIYL: Memento, Pulp Fiction, cult classics, Billy Ray Cyrus

Official site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia site
Fan site

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mayne Mariner

Saw Kenny Mayne on my way to my seats at the M's game tonight. Who knew he was a Washingtonian? He was easy to identify because he was (still?) wearing his All-Star Celebrity Softball jersey. No joke. Anyways, just thought I'd share. This ain't L.A. so this is about as close to a celebrity sighting as we get around here.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Scratch

Film #37 of my '07 watch list was Scratch.

My NetFlix rating: 4 stars
Jamie says: Another excellent documentary from Doug Pray
RIYL: Hype, Juice, real hip-hop


Official site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia site

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I-C-H-I-R-O

What a night. After a great All-Star game in which he hits the first in-the-park HR in All-Star history and wins the MVP award, we find out that Ichiro is on the verge of signing a new 5-year extension to stay here in Seattle. The only way I could be more excited is if Brian Roberts hadn't flubbed J.J's chance for a 1-2-3 save.

"It's like he does whatever he wants to do at the plate. It's almost like he's playing around." -- Justin Morneau

"Obviously, I would love for him to beat it and get to the National League" -- Michael Young

"He's an artist with that bat" -- Tony LaRussa


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Counting Crows & Home Run Derby

Congrats to my boy Big Bad Vlad on his Home Run Derby win. Nicely done sir.

In case you missed it the Counting Crows opened the show with a rousing rendition of
"Accidently In Love", not their best song but still pretty cool to see them...it's been awhile. A review of their quick set can be found here including a link to stream the video.


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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Letters From Iwo Jima

Film #36 of my '07 watch list was Letters From Iwo Jima.

My NetFlix rating: 4 stars
Jamie says: Hmm, that Clint Eastwood fella seems to know how to direct. A fine, fine film.
RIYL: Glory, Saving Private Ryan, subtitles


Official Site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia site

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Rant

Book #25 on my '07 list was Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk.

In Rant, Palahniuk uses an interesting oral biography approach to weave together a story loosely centered around a rabies epidemic, time travel paradoxes, Matrix-style politics and a Death Race 2000-like car crash game. Got all that? The oral biography style is a bit tough to get into, especially with the fifty-plus characters who chime in (none of whom are Buster Casey), but like all Palahniuk novels it's chock full of crisp writing, gross-outs asides, and oh-so-clever ideas. The end result is a book that's a good step up from Haunted, but still on the lower end of the Palahniuk scale. If you're already a Palahniuk fan you'll dig this one, otherwise I'd start with one of his earlier works.

Official site
Reviews


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Friday, July 06, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth

Film #35 of my '07 watch list was Pan's Labyrinth.

My NetFlix rating: 4 stars
Jamie says: Visually stunning adult fairy tale
RIYL: Academy Award winning makeup and art direction, Subtitles


Official Site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia site

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

You Don't Love Me Yet

Book #24 of my '07 list was Jonathan Lethem's You Don't Love Me Yet.

Lethem's new novel is your typical kangaroo kidnapping, punk rock love story with underlying themes of plagarism vs. subconcious influence. As compelling as that sounds, the book is a bit of a let down, with one-dimensional characters and predictable plot twists. Perhaps it's a sly send-up of the genre, but this one just didn't work for me. Try Motherless Brooklyn or The Fortress of Solitude instead.

Metacritic reviews
NPR appearance
Lethem's Harper's essay on plagarism

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Ry-Ry on Letterman

The new Ryan Adams album is really good. You should stop reading this and go get it.


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Knocked Up

Film #34 of my '07 watch list was Judd Apatow's Knocked Up.

My NetFlix rating: 4 stars
Jamie says: Seth Rogan is a funny man
RIYL: Freaks and Geek, Fantasy Baseball


Official Site
Rotten Tomatoes reviews
Wikipedia site

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