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Mar 2, 2010

Tuesday's Things to Click On (3/2/10)

I've decided that in addition to giving you some things to click on, I'll take this space to keep you abreast of the items currently inhabiting my pop culture universe, because you not only need to be aware of these things, but you probably need to become my acolyte and drink them up yourself. How else am I suppose to complete my goal of becoming a Pop Culture Guru?

Movies watched non-theatrically since last week:
Ghost Town - Meh plus. I want to find Ricky Gervais funnier than I do. As it is, I think he's pretty funny, but not the "OMG! I'm sh*tting my pants!" funny that so many make him out to be. This movie was like a less crappy version of that Mark Ruffalo-Reese Witherspoon abomination from a few years back. Always nice to see Alan Ruck, too.

Chinatown - We saw The Ghost Writer on Friday, so picking this off the DVR to watch seemed an easy choice. Neither I nor Mrs. Fletch had seen it previously; I liked it, she not so much. Nicholson is always great, and I get a kick out of seeing him in his thin years. Not quite sure if I think this is one of the best movies of all time, but it's a solid story with great production values, excellent acting and writing (the line about "politicians, old buildings and whores" being things that get respectable as they get older was gold), and I always enjoy seeing depictions of a young City of Angels.

Music I'm currently obsessed with:
* Junior by Röyksopp - Euro electronica. Ask J.D. - he'll tell you that they're sweet.
* Music by Yann Tiersen, a.k.a. the guy that did the Amelie soundtrack.
* Random Acid Jazz artists - thank you, Lala.

Book I'm currently reading:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - about 1/4 of the way through. So far, so good. Movie is released 3/19 - must finish before then. I already want to go to Sweden.

Finally, the Things to Click On:
* R2D2's Nick asks us why anyone expected anything different from Jim Cameron. - solid analysis.

* The Film Cynics' Steve lists his Top 5 Taxi Drivers. So ashamed I couldn't come up with more to add, though Steve did me a solid and picked up my slack, too. Benny FTW!

* The Reel Whore has picked up on something slightly disturbing regarding the Wall Street sequel. Disturbing, yet an improvement. Bonus points for unnecessary cheesecake pics of former Cosby Show child actors.

* Alright, seriously, you're running out of time to enter the LAMB's Oscar Pool. It's free! There are actual prizes of actual worth! The awards are on Sunday - get it done before then. We're trying to get over 100 entries, and we're at about 80 right now.

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J.D. said...

They really are!

My favorite track is "The Girl and the Robot" (oh Robyn <3). Followed by "Vision One".

Fletch said...

Vision One was the main standout for me. That background sound - somehow simultaneously hypnotic and grating, like someone scraping their fingers across an inflated balloon (but in a good way). Hard to describe, but incredibly memorable either way. Can't wait to listen to the whole album many more times.

J.D. said...

Oh, hell yeah. And Anneli Drecker's vocals are totally superb. But really, the greatestaspect of the song is the lyrics. Like, HOLY HELL. *shudders*

I love epic shit like that, especially when combined with female-fronted electronica. ♥

simoncolumb said...

Yeah! Royksopp are great - have you listened to the previous albums? The Understanding and Melody A.M.? I love the first track on Junior though - but Vision One is incredible. Nevertheless, 'What Else is There' and 'Alpha Male' on The Understanding are even better! Interestingly I have the Amelie soundtrack myself - its great!

I finished watching Ghost Town (d'you remember Jo lent it to me and I kept putting it off after watching half of it). Its not great - but better than The Invention of Lying. Gervais is best in Extras and The Office (UK version!)

Nick said...

Thanks for the plug! I personally liked my "adaptations" post more, since I was just being silly with the James Cameron post. But, nevertheless, it was a fun post to research and figure out (seeing how all Cameron's movies are so similar yet different).

I've heard about The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for a long time, but I just the other day heard it was being made into a movie. Right now I'm in the middle of another book, and I've gotta read another for work next, so there's really no way I'll be able to read the book before the movie comes out.

Fletch said...

Simon - yep, listened to the two older ones before hearing Junior. Love that that one Geico commercial song (don't know if that ever aired over yonder - it's the "remind me" song or whatever it's called). Looking forward to Senior, which is coming out soon...

And I need to get the Amelie soundtrack, even if all I really, really need is the main version of the main theme (I love how there are three versions of it on the sdtk).

Indeed, Ghost Town is better than Invention, though I loved loved loved the concept for that one. Too bad it just wasn't very funny.

Nick - I've just got to finish the book soon, since I don't want to see commercials or the trailer before I see the movie (it came on when we were at the theater the other day, but god bless them for not having anyone talk during it and not mentioning the stars). For whatever reason, once I hear who's in it, I'll end up only thinking of them while I read it and I hate it when that happens. It's for this same reason that I can't (or just don't like to) read a book after an adaptation's already come out.

Nick said...

I went out and bought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yesterday. I still wanna finish reading my current book first, but I'll see how it goes. And hey, Spring Break is the week after next, so I'll have a wonderful, wonderful week to myself.

Fletch said...

Depending on where you are with your current book (and how fast you read), I'd say you have no chance to read it all before the 19th, as it's a decent-sized book. But I'm definitely liking it (and intrigued) so far. I'm almost halfway in and it still feels like setup, but it's still good setup.