Movies watched for the first time (non-theatrically) since last week:
None. Pop Culture At Home has been brought to me by Dexter lately, as Mrs. Fletch and I have polished off Season 5 of the serial killer drama. With that complete, I shall now have time to delve into some more videos...provided we don't start up a new show (Mad Men? Breaking Bad?)
Music I'm currently obsessed with:
* I dunno...I'm really stinking when it comes to this particular segment of The State. Good news is on the way, though, as three brand spankin' new CDs are on the way from Amazon (hooray for old school! And weird that CDs are old school!) - the latest from DeVotchKa (I know, I mention them often) and Kings of Leon (worried about this one, like it might be the last I buy from them anytime soon), along with one from the back catalog of White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan, as a recent listening of "My Doorbell" had me bopping to that for a few hours. Hooray for me having a good song in my head for once. And hey, how 'bout we use that as the song I'm currently obsessed with. See, I just had to talk myself through this...
Book I'm currently reading:
* I am currently bookless.
Since the last State, I have finished both The Breach and Sputnik Sweetheart.
The Breach, by Patrick Lee, is an enjoyable sci-fi page turner - a tale of loss and redemption that travels all over the globe, from Alaska to Wyoming to Switzerland and back, all the while delving into Men in Black-style otherwordly stuff, time travel, and other things best suited to comic books. It gets murky and cumbersome at times, and the writing is competent but fairly generic: you won't walk away from the book thinking you've just read the work of a literary genius, and Lee has some serious work to do in the character development department (even physical characteristics would help). Solid if unspectacular. I think it'd make for a great (kinda dumb) action flick...or maybe just great.
On the other side of the spectrum is Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami. It's all character and (almost) no plot. Frankly, I'm not sure which I prefer - Murakami is clearly a skilled writer, and I was never really bored, but I still felt unsatisfied upon finishing the book.
I believe next up will be some massive book Mrs. Fletch has that's a collection of Roald Dahl short stories.
Things to Click On
* Alex continues her movie sketches, but also wants you to know about her Tumblr blog in which she tracks down and posts old, cool foreign movie posters. The one for The Terminator is the fucking bomb. I want. (Film Forager)
* Note to those writing reviews from Univarn - it ain't enough to just state an opinion to be a critic. On the whole, this is basic stuff, but some people tend to forget what being a critic is all about. I think it's more coincidence than anything, but Max posted a similar essay at Anomalous Material on the same subject. (A Life In Equinox)
* Are you ready for The Big Lebowski 2? Tara Reid is. (Funny or Die)
* The rejuvenation of the LAMB's Movie of the Month is nearly complete. Our next film is Black Dynamite. Full details here. (The LAMB)
* Wanna be a filmmaker but think you need expensive equipment? Think again. (Mashable)
* Andrew starts with a simple question, "What Kind of a Movie Would You Make?," but ends up getting all introspective about his life and stuff. (gmanReviews)