* The Cooler's Jason Bellamy does his thing with The American, by which I mean he writes an eloquent, sharp analysis of this film that's destined to be unappreciated by its titular targets.
Movies watched for the first time (non-theatrically) since last week:
I've seen plenty in the theater lately (yay), but not a single new home-viewing experience (just re-watched Zombieland is all). So I have nothing for you here.
Music I'm currently obsessed with:
* On the heels of my trip to Las Vegas where I saw them, I returned with an itch to listen to the discography of The Refreshments/Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers.
Never heard of 'em? I wouldn't be surprised. They're an Arizona band, but back in the Refreshments days (mid-to-late-90s), they had a hit with "Banditos:
"Well give your ID card to the border guardThat's a great, catchy song, but it's far from my favorite. In fact, over the course of the combined seven studio albums I've got from them, I'd have a really hard time picking out my five favorites, much less one. But I've got to give you something, so howsabout a little "Mekong?"
Yeah, your alias says you're Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Of the United Federation of Planets
'Cause he won't speak English anyway"
Book I'm currently reading:
* Battle Royale. I really wanted to finish this in time for today's post, but no dice. I've about 60 pages left (out of just over 600), so the end is near, and I can't wait to see just how it shakes out. I have the feeling that I'm either going to really love or really hate the ending. Where the characters' motives are at - or at least some of the characters (ok, just Shogo) - is still somewhat in question; I'm too wary of trusting just about anyone in this book for fear of more or less getting stabbed in the back by them myself, emotionally speaking. I really want to take Shogo at his words, but I feel like I should know better. Some heartbreaking deaths, some ridiculous deaths, and some just plain boring ones (ask me later, Nick) - it's all good, though, as this has made for an excellent read, and I can't wait to see the movie as well.