Thursday, June 30, 2011

Five neo-noir films to see if you are unfamiliar with the genre

* L.A. Confidential
* Blue Velvet
* The Big Lebowski
* Vertigo
* The Long Goodbye

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Best albums and songs of 2011 so far

Albums:
• Radiohead – The King of Limbs
• The Strokes – Angles
• Glassjaw – Coloring Book EP
• Touché Amore – Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me
• Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See
• Adele – 21
• Thursday – No Devolucion
• Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
• Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years

Songs:
• Radiohead – Lotus Flower
• Glassjaw – Black Nurse
• The Strokes – Gratisfaction
• Bright Eyes – Shell Games
• Touché Amore – The Great Repetition
• Balance and Composure - I Tore You Apart In My Head
• Arctic Monkeys – That’s Where You’re Wrong
• Adele – Rolling in the Deep
• The Weeknd – High For This
• Thursday – Past and Future Ruins
• Fucked Up – A Little Death
• Tyler the Creator – Yonkers
• Cold Cave - Catacombs

Honorable mention: These WU LYF guys seem to warrant further investigation as well.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The pros and cons of Gangs of New York

Pros:
* Daniel Day-Lewis gives a stunning performance
* Brendan Gleeson is pretty good in it too
* Fight scenes are all fairly cool
* Costumes and setpieces are really good, lots of top hats
* Liam Neeson's role is basically a cameo, but it's the best thing he's done in ages
* DDL's accent is ridiculous and awesome
* The Tammany Hall subplot works pretty well
* It's fun to analyze the power structures of the film

Cons:
* Any scene with Cameron Diaz is basically unwatchable
* John C. Reilly is mostly wasted
* The Civil War subplot doesn't quite work
* The ending really kills the movies momentum
* Too much Irish music (aka: any at all)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Foods I dislike

* Asparagus
* Shellfish (especially lobster)
* Mustard
* Olives
* Blue cheese
* Tofu (just on principle, I've never tried it)
* Peanut butter

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Things to do at work when you're bored

* Repeat the chorus to "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" over in your head a thousand times
* Think about your upcoming fantasy football team
* Stare aimlessly
* Practice throwing bottle caps into the trash
* Think about Batman
* Have meaningless conversations with co-workers, especially about how little there is to do
* Plan silly lists like this

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Things that have happened since the Chicago Cubs last won the world series

* World War One, World War Two and the Cold War
* The following 18 men became president: Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama
* Haley's Comet has passed Earth twice
* Everyone I have ever met was born (except for Gene Autry, he was born the week before the Cubs won)
* Air travel has become common
* The Age of Imperialism ended
* The Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox both won the pennant