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Book of Eli – Your Mom would want you to see it.

 

So i finally got around to watching the Book of Eli, which friends and coworkers have been telling me I should see for something like two years.

Short Review:  Definitely worth a viewing, although problematic

Longer Review: There is a lot to like about this film.  Denzel Washington is fantastically cast as the title character, and manages to carry off a fairly challenging job of being both badass and gentle-soul, without heavy-handedness or too much awkward hand ringing.  Mila Kunis manages to not get in the way, which is actually saying a lot, given that her character, as written, is one dimensional and uninteresting.  Gary Oldman is bizarre in this film, although I cannot really blame him, as it is pretty probable that he was working with what he was given.  (Side note:  f you disliked Rango’s evilguy, you will probably find some resonance with Oldman’s character).

The post-apocalyptic world is breathtaking.  Let me repeat that:  the post-apocalyptic world is breathtaking.  I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed this world. Although there are no shortage of films, spanning several genres–horror, sci-fi, drama– that tackle the world after a calamity, few have made me more curious as to what happened, and how on earth people eek a living out of the rubble.  The authors/directors give us little in the way of back story, in fact, just enough to put your mind on the right rails.  Outside of that, you are allowed to construct your own histories and explanations.  Some people might dislike this…I found it refreshing.  Does it really matter *who* Eli is?  No.  No it doesn’t.  What matters is what he’s doing and why.  I give a lot of credit to the directors for having the chutzpah to not explain things.

anyways, the story is unwieldy at times, and several developments don’t seem to make logical sense, but generally things move along at a good pace and resolutions come about where you feel they ought to.

In terms of technique, the films looks great.  The washed out colors and general shabbiness of everything really helps the piece feel like a period piece.  Fights are well-choreographed and stark, almost like the Bourne Series fights.  Well done.

Um.  I could say more but it’s late.  I heartily recommend the film to anyone with 2 hours to kill and a yen for some unique storytelling.

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Gil Scott Heron passes 5-26-2011 :(

Gil Scott Heron

My mother introduced me to Gil Scott Heron one night when i was home visiting about 3 years ago.  I was taking her on a tour of the youtubes, and she wondered aloud if there would be a video of Gil Scott Heron, and i assured her that there would be (is there anything not on youtube?)  and sure enough there were many many videos of him.  I had no idea who who was, although I’ve known some of his work for much of my life…

He may be most well known for his era defining piece “the revolution will not be televised”

http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xpqut
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by mallox

My favorite songs of his are Pieces of a Man and We Almost Lost Detroit.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Senator Ron Wyden takes a common sense approach to IP Legislation. Whoa.

In a statement released by his office, the Dem from Oregon had this to say:

“In December of last year I placed a hold on similar legislation, commonly called COICA, because I felt the costs of the legislation far outweighed the benefits. After careful analysis of the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, I am compelled to draw the same conclusion. I understand and agree with the goal of the legislation, to protect intellectual property and combat commerce in counterfeit goods, but I am not willing to muzzle speech and stifle innovation and economic growth to achieve this objective. At the expense of legitimate commerce, PIPA’s prescription takes an overreaching approach to policing the Internet when a more balanced and targeted approach would be more effective. The collateral damage of this approach is speech, innovation and the very integrity of the Internet. “The Internet represents the shipping lane of the 21st century. It is increasingly in America’s economic interest to ensure that the Internet is a viable means for American innovation, commerce, and the advancement of our ideals that empower people all around the world. By ceding control of the Internet to corporations through a private right of action, and to government agencies that do not sufficiently understand and value the Internet, PIPA represents a threat to our economic future and to our international objectives. Until the many issues that I and others have raised with this legislation are addressed, I will object to a unanimous consent request to proceed to the legislation.”

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/05/sen-ron-wyden-to-place-a-hold-on-the-protect-ip-act.ars

 
 

Dr. Cornelius Makes It Rain (New Youtube Vid)

Posted another youtube mashup tonight.  It’s Cornelius’s “Drop” vs a time lapse of a rainy day.  check it out 🙂

Unrelated sidenotes:  Game of Thrones is just awesome… Happy Towel Day.  We miss you Douglas Adams.

 

Macho Man Randy Savage dies 5-20-2011

I am not a wrestling fan, i dont know who the big names are nowadays and havent really watched a ’bout’ orwhatever theyre called since probably the late 80s, but when i read the news today that Randall Mario Poffo (aka Macho Man Randy Savage) died tragically today as a result of a heart attack and related accident, I was surprised about how said I felt.  When i was a youngster I watched Savage and Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant and the Junk Yard dog, and all those folks avidly.  I loved the pageantry of it i suppose–the larger than life personae and the ridiculous feuds.  There is something wonderfully earnest, as i look back, about wrestling, guiltlessly tongue-in-cheek,  fully over the top and unapologetic.  I sorta feel like I’ve become such a cynic and so jaded about what I consume for entertainment that I have lost the ability to appreciate things like the wrestling of my childhood.  I dont plan to start watching wrestling…it doesnt interest me anymore.  But I do think I will go back and watch some old time videos of Macho Man Randy Savage tonight and indulge in some nostalgia.  Thank you Randall, for coloring my childhood.  Thankyou for being part of memories that i will look back on fondly for the rest of my days.  I wish you well on this next stage of your journey.

Rest in peace Randall

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A nice youtube tribute vid from way back in 2008:

A great vid from Nicepeter where “Randy” makes a cameo appearance.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Harmon Killebrew: Class act

Read today on CNN that Baseball legend Harmon Killebrew has decided to end his treatment for cancer and enter hospice care. It is always sad to hear about someone you admire enduring hardship, but it is particularly difficult to imagine him fighting this hard and long against cancer, and ultimately deciding it is time to end the battle.  Mr. Killebrew has been the kind of cultural icon we need more of today.  Much more than a sports legend, he has long been a champion of social causes, and has always been especially kind towards people, not just sports fans.  My heart goes out to him and his family as they enter this twilight period.  I hope they find comfort in one another and that they know people all over Minnesota and the world are thinking of them.  Thank you Harmon Killebrew for being a true champion, and for showing amazing courage, grace, and dignity throughout this difficult last year.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Seriously, Meredith Attwell Baker? Really?

I fail at having integrity.

Hello, my name is: Meredith Attwell Baker. I fail at having integrity.

This woman  was one of the FCC commissioners responsible for greenlighting a (massively ginormous, and fairly controversial) merger between Comcast and NBC about 3 months ago, and she just left that post to accept….wait for it…..wait for it….a job lobbying for that very same entity…

SomethinG stinks fairly awful here…  she should be ashamed of herself, and I hope there is some sort of fallout.  What a crass and brazen (is that redundant? don’t care!) move.

You fail, Ms. Baker.