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Comics Read 2/21 – 3/16

Jordan | Cram it in Your Ear | Friday, March 16th, 2012

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I’m way behind on comics. I can deal with it if you can.

Venom 13.2, C
Venom 13.3, C
The Amazing Spider-Man 679.1, A
Justice League 6, B
Nightwing 6, C (<–issue inspired me to drop Nightwing.)
Venom, 13.4, B
Green Lantern Corps 6, B+
Ralph Wiggum Comics 1, C+ (sorry)
Detective Comics 7, B
Batman 6, A-
Aquaman 6, A
Mister Terrific 6, B-

Films Watched 2/29 – 3/16

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Friday, March 16th, 2012

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Intruders (2012), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, C-
Detatchment (2012), Tony Kaye, D-
John Carter (2012), Andrew Stanton, B+
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2012), Mark and Jay Duplass, A-
We Have A Pope (2012), Nanni Moretti, C
I Served The King of England (2006), Jiri Menzel, B
The Good Soldier Schweik (1956), Karel Stekly, B
Lockout (2012), James Mather and Stephe St. Leger, B-

Julian Schnabel’s Forgotten Rock Album

Jordan | No News Is Good News | Monday, March 5th, 2012

Sit down, kids, and I’ll tell you a tale.

The year was 1993 and Julian Schnabel was getting tired of smashing plates. But before he became a painter turned (really good) filmmaker, he tried his hand at being a painter turned (really awful) singer.

This is the lead-off track from his album “Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud,” which Island Records released two years after the recording. For God knows what reason, I bought a copy. Maybe I just wanted a CD with a giant purple phallus in my collection.

“She’s Dancing, He’s Dreaming” is the best song on the album, and, frankly, isn’t THAT terrible for the first three minutes. The production by Bill Laswell has a vaguely U2-ish vibe. The song was written by Brian Kelly and Pat Place (don’t know much about them) and the lyrics are by Kelly and Schnabel. The drums are Anton Fier, bass Bill Laswell, organ Bernie Worrell, guitar Buckethead. Yeah, I know, a pretty incredible line-up. I imagine they were all extremely well paid.

The problem is the singing. At first you think that he may be able to pull it off as a “this is how an honest man sings” type thing. But not quite. Then you think, maybe it’s simply an “unusual” voice like a Van Dyke Parks or Biff Rose. But then those strained notes come in at 3:17. Ugh.

Mind you, this is the best of the 13 tracks. I’ve never been able to listen to the whole thing.

But did I mention that The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a masterpiece?

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds

Jordan | Cram it in Your Ear | Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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I had an unexpected reaction to this collection of two Revelation Space novellas. I thought I would like the one that helped flesh out the Universe more, but I wound up just digging the one that was all plot plot plot.

The first half – Diamond Dogs – is a marvelous story about a dangerous puzzle. Great characters, vivid imagery, good examination of the post-human qualities of the RS world.

Turquoise Days seems really promising – a further examination of the Pattern Jugglers. Unfortunately the characters and the conflicts didn’t really connect with me. (Enjoyed knowing more about the Pattern Jugglers, though!)

Films Watched 2/18 – 2/29

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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21 Jump Street (2012), Phil Lord and Chris Miller, B
The Turin Horse (2012), Bela Tarr, B+
Safe (2012), Boaz Yakin, B-
Wanderlust (2012), David Wain, B-
Friends With Kids (2012), Jennifer Westfeldt, B+
Mirror, Mirror (2012), Tarsem, B
Star Trek: Generations (1994), David Carson, B+
Space Truckers (1996), Stuart Gordon, B-

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