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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

Monday, May 26, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Film #23 was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

My NetFlix rating: 2.5 stars
Jamie says: About what you'd expect if you've seen the Star Wars prequel fiascos
RIYL: Having your childhood memories shattered


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Cloverfield

Film #22 was Cloverfield.

My NetFlix rating: 1 star
Jamie says: Mind numbingly lame. The first half hour is like watching someone's crappy home videos which is not a good sign considering the movie's only an hour and a half long.
RIYL: Watching paint dry.


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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Inland Empire

Film #21 was Inland Empire.

My NetFlix rating: 3.75 stars
Jamie says: Probably my least favorite David Lynch movie of the stuff I've seen, but still mind blowing.
RIYL: Pretty much only gonna dig this if you dig Lynch.


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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Knockemstiff

Book #18 was Knockemstiff the debut short story collection by Donald Ray Pollock.

This one blew me away. Easily the best piece of fiction I've read so far this year, and one of the best new books I've read in a long time. The stories reminded me of a sort of Harry Crews meets Raymond Carver, which is about as high a praise as I can give.

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Films #1-20

Here's a recap of the 20 films I've seen so far this year.
  1. Lost Highway*
  2. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  3. Juno*
  4. Sweeney Todd
  5. American History X
  6. Rescue Dawn
  7. Blue Velvet*
  8. Semi-Pro
  9. Short Cuts*
  10. Lust, Caution
  11. Michael Clayton
  12. Shopgirl
  13. Eagle vs. Shark
  14. Secretary
  15. American Gangster
  16. There Will Be Blood*
  17. Harold and Kumar Escape From Guatanamo Bay
  18. Bubble*
  19. Iron Man
  20. I'm Not There

* - Highly recommended

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I'm Not There

Film #20 was I'm Not There.

My NetFlix rating: 3 stars
Jamie says: Not the most watchable movie ever made, but I'm sure Dylan would approve of its opaqueness.
RIYL: Robert Zimmerman, the idea of David Cross as Allen Ginsburg, Cate Blanchett looking eerily like Blonde on Blonde.


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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Iron Man

Film #19 was Iron Man.

My NetFlix rating: 3.5 stars
Jamie says: Cool, a big budget summer movie that actually doesn't suck!
RIYL: Comics, Robert Downey Jr., Robocop, Running + Biking + Swimming


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Bubble

Film #18 was Bubble.

My NetFlix rating: 4 stars
Jamie says: Mesmerizingly raw. I couldn't take my eyes off it.
RIYL: Lo-fi indie goodness


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Y: The Last Man, Volume 3: One Small Step

3 down, 7 to go. Still awesome.

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The Raw Shark Texts

Book #16 on my reading list was The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall.

Inventive Memento-esque sci-fi novel. Was expecting a lot from this one based on recommendations, but was somewhat underwhelmed.

Creepy website
Wikipedia (which can be creepy in its own ways I 'spose)
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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Harold And Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

Film #17 was Harold And Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.

My NetFlix rating: 3 stars
Jamie says: Not as awesome as the first one, but still pretty funny
RIYL: White Castle, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry, Superbad


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