Showing posts from August, 2010

Book #8 The Hunger Games-The Only Thing You'll Be Hungry For Is More

I'm beginning to have a little more hope in humanity. After making both The Millennium Trilogy and The Hunger Games series something of a word-of-mouth phenomenon, it seems that perhaps more people actually like GOOD books than I had initially given credit to the masses for. I'm sure there are things that other people will find to complain about with this first installment, "The Hunger Games" but I can't help but feeling that those comments will just be an attempt at a backlash and they should go away fairly quickly or be dismissed altogether. What "The Hunger Games" is, is a page-turner. A wholly absorbing, turn off your cell phone, cancel your plans page-turner, where the only thing that matters for the next five hours is figuring out just what will happen to our heroine, Katniss Everdeen.  
First and foremost, congratulations to Suzanne Collins for creating, what I consider, one of the best fictional heroines in a very long, long time. To me, Kat…

So You Think You Can Download that Playlist

So You Think You Can Dance consistently has some of the best music on network television.  I'm just making a list for my own benefit, because I love music lists beyond all reason, but if you see something you think you might like, do yourself a favor and check it out:

Top 11 Perform:

Artist Song Title

Kenny Loggins                                      Footloose
Santigold                                               Starstruck
Ne-Yo                                               Beautiful Monster
Florence + The Machine                  Addicted To Love
VV Brown                                             L.O.V.E
Jeff Buckley                                          Hallelujah *  (Alex & Allison)
Jason Mraz                                             Butterfly
Yello                                                    Oh Yeah (also known as that song from Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Diva Invasion                                   Lady Marmalade
Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway     For…

Boys of Summer

Because this is the first day that I can remember in the last few months where I will actually need my covers and probably won't turn on the fan, not to mention the fact that the sun set before 8 pm, I'm tempted to wallow.  I feel as if I could mourn the end of summer, and throw a self-pity party and begin going to bed earlier in preparation for the seasonal depression that will inevitably be brought on by winter, that special time of year invented by some horrible sorcerer who now masquerades as a meteorologist.  But I won't.  Instead, I'll make a list of the boys who have captured my attention, or who have just gotten better and better, in my opinion, over the summer.  Allow me this one last summer luxury.  Oh, who am I kidding? I'll make at least one more list of boys who should be my arm candy before the year is out, but here's the summer edition.  It's very possible that there will be revisions and additions to this list, but what you see is what you g…

Les Faux Arts

Usually, I've been trying to avoid writing reviews of movies from my Netflix queue because I rarely keep up with my theatrical release reviews. But every now and then I see a film that I just want to discuss with people because it brings up so many interesting points, and well, I use my blog as my sounding board, because, let's face it, one-way conversations are much easier to have. My Kid Could Paint That is a movie that opens so many cans of societal worms that it's difficult to know where to begin, but I'll do my best to organize my ideas.

Can #1-What is Art? Amir Bar-Lev, the director of the documentary, dips his toe into the shallow end of this question, but never says the words out loud. It's as if this question is the elephant in the room that no one quite discusses. And with good reason. This question would be too all-consuming. The story needed to be simplified, but it is a question that you can't avoid asking yourself during and after seeing th…

The Girl Who Took The World By Storm and Made Publishers Squeal with Delight Who Also Has a Dragon Tattoo

So I did it, I finally gave in. It's one of those undeniable literary sensations that people can't seem to get enough of, invoking similar reactions to The Da Vinci Code and infused with it's own Potter-mania like enthusiasm from fans and doesn't seem to have too many detractors; or at least not too many detractors who have very much funding to make their opinions known. In all honesty, I'm ready to add to the hype. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo might not be a literary revelation, but it is engrossing, fully-formed and, towards the end, a page-turner.
When I bought the first installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy at the Strand so many months ago, I had certainly heard of it before; in fact, I thought I was probably behind the curve and purchasing it in its twilight stage of readerdom. What I didn't know was that the original Swedish film trilogy was about to be released, David Fincher was itching to get his hands on the Hollywood version an…

Chuck Vs. The Helicopter (aka ep.1.2) Playlist

First, let's talk about the minor casting change starting in episode 2.  The head of the National Intelligence Agency from the pilot, portrayed by Wendy Makkena, becomes General Diane Beckman, played by Bonita Friedericy.  While I once thought that only soap opera audiences could fall pray to such re-casting shennanigans, ever since those jokers over at The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air tried to pull the wool over my eyes with that glaringly obvious Aunt Viv switcheroo, I've come to expect the unexpected with television.  That's why I try not to get too attached.  Also, there's a moment where Chuck mentions Oceanic flight 815 in one of his flashes.  Bravo, writers, bravo.  What I'm really curious about is how those writers feel about the ending of LOST?

Well, anyway, to make what could be a very long story extremely short, here's the official listing of all of Chuck's music.  I have once again been beaten to the punch by the Internet.  I just can't win:

The S…

Chuck- Pilot episode playlist:

It's back to school prep time and since it's been a while since I've been in school and because I sometimes still yearn for the days when I had assignments with specific guidelines and a clear end point, I'm giving myself a task.  Yes, I'm that bored.  So, since I have loved CHUCK since it first came on the scene, and since I wasn't quite as dedicated as I should have been last season, I'm going to go back and rewatch the series, thus far, despite that I still have last season's two-part finale on DVR (oh I've watched it (trust!) I just like having the ability to re-watch).  However, I'm going back and re-watching with a specific task:  To catalog as much of the music as I possibly can.
Ever since Dawson's Creek pretty much changed the way I felt about music in television, I've paid close attention to musical choices and CHUCK makes some of the best choices out there.  Perhaps it's because it seems to be produced by an extremely pop-…

My Summer of Television

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..... and summer television saved me from having to do anything physically taxing during these extremely warm summer days.  The summer of 2010 will probably go down in official record books as one of the warmest summers.  It was the summer when the Gulf of Mexico got doused in oil; the summer when Lindsay Lohan went to jail, the summer when A-Rod hit his 600th home run; the summer when Inception blew people's minds and the summer when I decided it was finally time to get myself in gear, but not before gorging myself on an inordinate amount of (some) mind-numbing entertainment.  I just realized this recently.
I feel like I don't normally watch all THAT MUCH television.  I'm usually pretty restrained; yet I keep track of so many shows that it often feels like I watch more than I actually do.  This fall/spring belonged mostly to Glee and Fringe, both of which will have my vigilant attention come September.  CH…