Thursday, November 23, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Just about as good a bildungsroman as you're going to see. A Wonder Year. Perfectly captures the mood the few years after 9/11, small city life in its sun-dappled perfections, family life as the cause of and cure to houndstooth-sized trauma and psychoses. Cast is roundly terrific and direction by Ms. Gerwig is astonishing. Her writing, the cinematography of Sam Levy and editing of Nick Houy make this a swift, joyful, wise and very funny film that reflects perfectly that transformative year. Stephanie once got to open the castle gate that legend says Richard Lionheart entered immediately preceding death for water from a well. It looked heavy but swung as smooth as time.
Between the triple use of Dave Matthews Band here and its repeated use on the last two seasons of COMMUNITY, for scenes of communal relief and joy, I've had to do a lot of soul-searching. So much rejection of the band, on the part of me and presumably others, came from petty despising of their fans- mostly harmless, well-adjusted kids. It is not flattering to look back on. The character of Kyle hit so close to home, though Lord I wish I had that hair back then.
Posted by Ben at 11/19/2017 07:36:00 AM
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Bummer but they took a major step back. They've been rushing more and more each season and it finally caught up with them. Crossed a silliness line. Also, the Euron Greyjoy pirate ambush scene was by far the worst thing the show has ever done, it looked like an outtake from 300, Good Lord I hated it so. Just felt like such a tremendous waste of momentum.
Posted by Ben at 11/18/2017 09:00:00 AM
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Not sure I've ever seen a movie trying to be so many things to so many people. Civil rights/underdog sports/period piece comedy/moody midcentury drama///
Buoyed by Steve Carrell, who makes enthusiasm look noble
Posted by Ben at 11/14/2017 11:14:00 PM
Friday, November 10, 2017
Just a lovely, major-key boppy little instrumental album to brighten up your day.
Cantu-Ledesma's solo work is much more of vaporwave meets Tim Hecker, perfect for the serotonin-starved nervous wrecks among us:
Posted by Ben at 11/10/2017 05:54:00 AM