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Who needs drugs when you have Psychocandy?

On: January 29th, 2006 at 8:24 pm | Number of Comments » 0

It’s been a while since I downloaded any music from iTunes to replace things long lost. The Jesus and Mary Chain’s landmark album Psychocandy (1986) had been one that I was looking for and it’s been added to iTunes. I forgot how damn good this album is. The iTunes review’s phrase “bliss-out shoegazing” is spot-on […]

The Eye (Gin gwai, Hong Kong, 2002, DVR from IFC)

On: January 29th, 2006 at 4:03 pm | Number of Comments » 0

As a test of the DVR box that I had installed and hooked up to my projector, I recorded The Eye, which was playing on the Independent Film Channel the other day. This film had a lot of potential, and although from Hong Kong, it can be placed within the recent (and waning) J-Horror wave. […]

They’re gonna strip the joint

On: January 29th, 2006 at 1:16 am | Number of Comments » 0

Printers Alley in downtown Nashville is historically known for the bars, clubs, honky-tonks, and strip joints, but those days are long over. It’s still registered with the National Historic Registry and it’s on tourist maps. According to this fairly interesting NYTimes article, the last strip joint there is likely being forced to close down. And […]

Harakiri (切腹; Seppuku, Japan, 1962, Theater)

On: January 28th, 2006 at 11:20 pm | Number of Comments » 2

The art theater in town, The Belcourt, started its Samurai Film Festival last night with Kobayashi Masaki’s brilliant Seppuku (English title, Harakiri, which means the same thing — ritual disembowlment — but cruder, “belly-slitting”). It’s not what you might think. There’s not much swordplay, or even belly-slitting until the end. Instead, this is a study […]

This is not a Hamas sandwich

On: January 26th, 2006 at 11:22 pm | Number of Comments » 4

(Sorry, Summer, I couldn’t resist) I think the Middle East just got a little more interesting, as if it wasn’t interesting enough already. Hamas (i.e., Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah, i.e., the Islamic Resistance Movement) has “shocked” the world with its clear majority over Fatah in the Palestinian vote this week. I don’t understand why everyone is […]

Memoirs of a Western Orientalist Fantasy

On: January 25th, 2006 at 1:46 am | Number of Comments » 5

I cannot bring myself to watch Memoirs of a Geisha, even for scholarly reasons. The trailer sooooooooo confirmed my suspicions it was going to be a Hollywood-made orientalist piece of crap. And then, thankfully, Roger Ebert panned it for reasons that I agree with. However, Ebert too easily accepted that non-Japanese women were cast as […]

New Televistas Have Opened

On: January 24th, 2006 at 10:59 pm | Number of Comments » 0

I’ve never been a big TV watcher. Never had a big TV. Virtually gave up on all network programming after Seinfeld, The X-Files, and Star Trek: The Next Generation ended and The Simpsons started to suck. Have had limited basic cable over the past 2+ years to watch PBS (for Safa to watch PBS) and […]


On: January 20th, 2006 at 11:56 pm | Number of Comments » 1

Your arcane trivia for the day, courtesy of Wikipedia: 44 is “The name of a mysterious saviour of Poland prophesied in Adam Mickiewicz‘s drama Dziady.”  I am half Polish.  And today is my 44th birthday. A coincidence? I think not.