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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

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Notorious

Film #5 for me in '09 was Notorious.

My NetFlix rating: 1 star
Jamie says: Gouge your eyes out bad.
RIYL: Giving Puff Daddy more money


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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pineapple Express

Film #4 for me in '09 was Pineapple Express.

My NetFlix rating: 3 stars
Jamie says: Disappointing. Moments of hilarity but it's no Superbad
RIYL: Judd Apatow


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Brazil

Film #3 for me in '09 was Brazil.

My NetFlix rating: 4.5 stars
Jamie says: How does a film from 1985 still feel futuristic?

RIYL: 1984, A Clockwork Orange, V For Vendetta


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Thursday, January 15, 2009

El Borbah

Book #2 on my reading list this year was Charles Burns' El Borbah.


El Borbah is a cross between a luchador and a private eye. Honestly does it get any better than that?

Why Did I Read This One?
Did I already mention that El Borbah is a cross between a luchador and a private eye? Aside from that I picked this one up because it's Charles Burns whose Black Hole is a classic.

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Go 2009

We're only 15 days into the new year and I've already got two nominees for best new discovery of the year: Zune Pass and the newly launched MLB Network. Seriously, baseball 24/7 and all-you-can-eat music for $15 a month (you even get to keep 10 tracks...that was the kicker that finally won me over). Sign me up!

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Factory Girl

Film #2 for me in '09 was Factory Girl.

My NetFlix rating: 2 stars
Jamie says: Yawn. How do you make Andy Warhol boring? And seriously, Jimmy Fallon?
RIYL: I Shot Andy Warhol, Basquiet




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The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics

Kicking off year five of my attempts at the 50 book challenge was The Mammoth Book of Crime Comics.

This one gets a hearty meh from me. Pros: lots of historical comics, good way to sample a wide variety of artists' works. Cons: some real clunkers mixed in, no color.

Why I Read This
Picked this one up primarily because I wanted to read some of Will Eisner's 'The Spirit' and this was all the library had. Also was intrigued by the inclusion of Charles Burns, Alan Moore, and Neil Gaiman.

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Go Gators

National Champs and Tebow's coming back? It sure is great to be a Florida Gator!

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Lives of Others

I kicked off my 2008 film watching with a good one, The Lives of Others.

My NetFlix rating: 4 stars
Jamie says: Would've rated even higher with a modified ending
RIYL: The Conversation


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