Friday, July 28, 2006

Things that bring me joy

A few of my current favorite things, recommended:


Music

1. Wisdom - Brian Jonestown Massacre. This song is just incredible - so good that I don't even care about the lyrics. A jam that doesn't overextend its welcome at 4.5 minutes, Wisdom has a slightly retro groove, dragged into modern day with a driving beat.

Other songs in heavy rotation:

You Were the Last High
Get Off
Love is the New Feel Awful
We Used to be Friends
Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth (Heroin is so Passe)

All by The Dandy Warhols - all great.

Loom
Pixie
Glasshouse
Pulse

All from the CD "Little Plastic Castles" by Ani DiFranco


But it's Wisdom I keep coming back to . . .such a great driving song. With 5500 miles added in just 2 months, my car's getting a lot of Wisdom these days.

Movies


Donnie Darko - The Director's Cut

It just came out on DVD and makes a nice companion for the original. Longer, a little bit too convoluted, this version barely hit theaters around here in 2004's re-release. We had to drive 45 minutes to find a theater playing it. This version has a great documentary about the film's rise to cult phenom status in England and the US called "They Made Me Do It, Too" where UK fans discuss the film's many metaphors and potential meanings, including religious symbolism and Donnie as a modern day Jesus archetype.


Hedwig & The Angry Inch

After a lull, HaTAI is back on. The bittersweet, hard-rocking story of one man's. . .woman's. .
person's quest for fulfillment, wholeness and his/her 'other half,' Hedwig is one of the most creative rock musicals ever made. Coincidentally, there's some speculation that Hedwig also parallels the Christ story, from visual cues and symbolism.

Match Point

Woody Allen's return to mystery, some say an updated version of his classic Crimes and Misdemeanors, doesn't look for or offer easy answers. But it's worth viewing a few times.


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