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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Pure magic.

1. “Take on Me”, a-ha
2. “Heat of the Moment”, Asia
3. “Livin’ on a Prayer”, Bon Jovi
4. “Dancing in the Dark”, Bruce Springsteen
5. “Summer of ’69”, Bryan Adams
6. “Sunglasses At Night”, Corey Hart
7. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms”, Cutting Crew
8. “The Boys of Summer”, Don Henley
9. “Mr. Blue Sky”, Electric Light Orchestra
10. “Crocodile Rock”, Elton John
11. “Invisible Touch”, Genesis
12. “What is Life”, George Harrison
13. “Sooner or Later”, The Grass Roots
14. “Centerfold”, The J. Geils Band
15. “That’s All”, Genesis
16. “Somebody’s Baby”, Jackson Browne
17. “Jack & Diane”, John Mellencamp
18. “Down Under”, Men at Work
19. “Always Something There to Remind Me”, Naked Eyes
20. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, The Police
21. “Paint it Black”, The Rolling Stones
22. “We Built This City”, Starship
23. “Who Can it Be Now?”, Men at Work
24. “Magic Carpet Ride”, Steppenwolf
25. “Goodbye Stranger”, Supertramp


I have nothing to say. 


As a motivated but ultimately unambitious high school student, I have spent many years devising ways to make myself sound more intelligent than I actually am. One such way involves combining seemingly unrelated and perhaps paradoxical words into a powerfully descriptive packet of knowledge and wisdom.


For example, the reasonably familiar phrase “bold assertion” is adequately effective, but I much prefer “assertively bold” as a nearly synonymous replacement.  I suppose much of what I’m speaking of is not so much irregular combinations of words but rather simple transformations and inversions.  All I did in the above case was switch the order and appropriately make assertion an adverb. It sounds better, right?


I always expect one of my teachers/readers/graders/peers to see through my superficiality and discover the carefully masked clichés in my writing. Fortunately (pathetically?), this has not yet happened, and I have successfully, thoughtlessly produced several pieces that would have otherwise been mediocre. 


In fact, there is one I used a while back on this very blog that has really stuck with me. I used the phrase “thematic artistry” when referring to Joel and Ethan Coen’s agendas in No Country for Old Men.  I could have just said themes, which would have resulted in an equally uninspired but perhaps less impressive analysis.  Did I fool you? Probably not, but hopefully you’re at least intrigued by what a banana steak looks/tastes like.


Note: ‘Cupcakes’ rhymes with ‘Steaks’. Mmmmmm…cupcakes.

Which one of these is not like the others??


The following is factual.

1. Steven Soderbergh

Best film: Traffic
Worst film: Solaris
Up next: Che Guevara biopics Guerrilla and The Argentine (Soon)

2. Paul Thomas Anderson

Best film: Magnolia
Worst film: Sydney
Up next: Wish I knew

3. Joel and Ethan Coen

Best film: Fargo
Worst film: Raising Arizona
Up next: Burn After Reading (September)


Honorable Mentions:
David Fincher (Zodiac)
Paul Greengrass (United 93)
Werner Herzog (Rescue Dawn)
Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line)

…thanks to these…

One day I will feature these songs in a movie. Why?

‘Cause I love the ’80s!

What’s that you say, birth certificate? I never experienced the ’80s? Ha! With nothing but Men at Work, Starship, and Genesis currently on my playlist, I submit that I AM the ’80s!

This weekend brought many things:

1. Newfound respect for Genesis’ greatest hits
2. Studying
3. Awesomeness singularly personified in the form of Robert Downey Jr.
4. Ice cream sandwiches
167. The realization that my blog sucks
168 (Edit). The apparent conviction that adding numbered lists to my blog makes it not suck

So, I’m changing things up, completely. No more arbitrary, lazily scribed reviews of new releases (well, at least not without the accompaniment of some broader social commentary, destined to be just as meaningful ineffectual as that which it replaces).

However, I refuse to not share a few thoughts on Iron Man.

Here are, verbatim, my spontaneous thoughts as I watched the film:

1. Robert Downey Jr. is awesome.
2. Who decided that this movie needed to be relevant?
3. Who decided that making this movie relevant required a Middle Eastern setting?
4. Has Gwyneth Paltrow been in any other movies recently? I don’t remember seeing her since, well, part of her was in a box.
5. Jeff Bridges’ performance is either the greatest thing ever… or a belated celebration of April Fools’ Day. No, wait; it’s both!
6. I am Iron Man.
7. Why would anyone sit through the credits when that lame scene is already on YouTube?
8. This entertained me, which is more than I can say for Spider-Man 1 & 2.